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Brewed by Greene King
Style: Old Ale
Bury St. Edmunds, England

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RATINGS: 1023   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
Marketed in the United States as Olde Suffolk.
dark ale
A blend of two ales: Old 5X , which is brewed to the maximum strength possible (around 12% abv) and left to mature in 100-barrel oak vats for a minimum of two years, and BPA, a dark, full-bodied freshly brewed beer which is added just before bottling. The result is a unique beer - strong (6% abv), dark, fruity, oaky and very, very special.
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.


olie's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olie (21) - Greater London, - NOV 16, 2012
Lovely reddish brown colour, with a light head. Aroma of hay, raisins, apricot. Flavour combines fruity, strawberries, cherries, with a slighty sour complexity and bready taste. Would love to taste unblended 5x. Why does a brewery capable of making such an interesting, complex beer mostly make such boring stuff?


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Lappy (25) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2014
I was expecting a lot more from this ale. Falls well short of the Fullers and even further behind the Bateman’s Vintage. For a Vintage it came across as a little thin and lacked real depth of flavour. Also pretty flat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dervock (497) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle - pours ruby brown with a small short lived off white head. Lost of swee caramel malt, dried fruit and burnt sugar. Sweet up front, with a transition to a mellow dried fruit and a dry lingering finish. Full palate, covers the whole mouth mild carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanCrusher (642) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle 0,33L. Dark, amber, mahagonycolour with small, light brown, frothy head. Aroma of sacher cake, cherry, chocolate and honey. Taste starts light sweet with a lot of dark fruits taste and finish light bitter, still fruity, but with a hint of chocolate. Full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Another masterpiece from Greene King.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2898) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle from Tesco; dark brown pour with zero head, dried fruit and sweet jammy aroma, taste has fortified wine, sweet jam, dark fruits, sweet caramel, Greene king can make a good beer shocker.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (2094) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle@Ølmesse, Voldby - amber coloured pour. Aroma and taste is caramel malty, toffee, dried dark fruity, medium sweet, pretty decent overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (5960) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle @ Voldby ølmesse. Pours dark amber with a tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, wood, dark fruits, light buttery notes. Flavor is malty, caramel. wood, dark fruits, nuts, raisins. Medium body, average to lively carbonation. 300814

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBHansen (94) - Køge, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle @ sisters place: Appearance: pours red/brown with small frothy off-white head and fair lacing. Aroma/taste: caramel, fruit, oak, vanilla and floral notes. Palate: low carbonation, medium to rich body with notable sweetness. medium duration and a oily texture. Overall: very good and tasteful old ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (5295) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours very dark ruby with a small creamy tanned head. Vinous aroma with dark ripe fruits, cherry and dark caramel. Taste is light dry, dark fruity with raisins and caramel, weak wood. Light oily mouthfeel with a shy herbal finish, very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (1607) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark brown with a medium sized light brown head. Cocoa, wood, earthy, dark fruits, dried fruits, light caramel, flowery hops. Medium body, oily texture, soft/medium carbonation, medium sweet and bitter. Ok, ok.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1410) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Pours a dark colour, taste is of molasses and burnt sugar, strong alcohol on the palate


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