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


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RATINGS: 1205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olie (22) - 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Echon (386) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2016
Dark ruby. Caramel with some fruity esters and a bit of spice. Sweet taste with a dry and bitter finish. Medium body. A good old ale. It needs more malt flavour to support the sweetness. Beautiful color and great aroma, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle, gift from Mum & Dad- cheers! Brown with a thin beige head and a moderate frothy fizz. Very smooth mouthfeel. A deep and complex flavour of chocolate, wood, port, figs, raisins and plums. It’s sweet at first with a light sourness and dryness developing. The lasting woody, vinous aftertaste is not quite up to the flavour of the main body of the beer but this is still a very impressive brew- why can’t GK do more beers of this standard?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (2111) - Gdańsk, POLAND - OCT 6, 2016
33cl bottle. Brown with small head. Nice, warm aroma of dried dark fruits, brown sugar, maltose, a bit of bbq sauce, maybe some delicately smoked wood. Oily but not super thick. Beer is well balanced. It has a medium sweet, caramel-ish, roasted toast malty backbone. Fruity and spicy middle. Finish gets a bit earthy but not too much. Balanced and not super interesting. Just better beer in a boring Tesco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ArtificialCyst (602) - Szczecin, POLAND - OCT 2, 2016
Aroma: Molasses, toffee, raisins, plum, alcohol, sherry, soy sauce. Appearance: Dark ruby colour, low creamy head. Taste: Bready, sweet, caramelly, sherry, dried plum, wood, alcohol, spicy finish. Body: Medium-high, carbonation medium, finish sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatiF96 (68) - POLAND - SEP 17, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2016 Barwa ciemna, prawie czarna z czerwonymi przebłyskami. Biała piana która szybko jednak redukuje się do pierścienia. W aromacie dominuje karmel, palone słody z nutą alkoholu. Niskie wysycenie. W smaku przypiekany karmel, skórka chleba z minimalnym kwaskiem. Alkohol lekko wyczuwalny, grzeje po przełknięciu. Goryczka średnia. Smak długo utrzymuje się na języku. Piwo niezłe, stylowe choć trochę jednowymiarowe

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (1973) - Krakow, POLAND - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle Aroma-caramel Appearance-dark red, clear, white foam, Taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jultsu (753) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2016
BBE JUL-2017. 330cl pullo. Musta kohtuuvaahtoinen olomuoto, tuimahko tumma tuoksu. Suutuntuma marjaisa, dunkelmainen, alkoholi lievästi tulee läpi, maukas, tasapainoinen, kiva.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Klimaet (1965) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle thanks to Rasmusott. Thanks! Pours hazy dark brown with a medium brown head. Aromas of caramel, dark sweet fruits, bananas, malty, chocolate. Taste is caramel, malty, bready, light metallic, sweet, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasmusOtt (2374) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, slight fudge, bright chocolate and some roasted malts. The taste is rather sweet with notes of bright chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, bitter nuts and dark dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BaroneBirra (435) - Gorizia, ITALY - SEP 1, 2016
bottle labeled as dark ale. black with brown reflections, medium tan head with big bubbles, short lasting. aroma of vinegar, mold and alcohol. these aroma reflects also in the taste, mixing with a robust malty taste, light roasted, sweet and with significan alcohol presence. bitter final, with some toffee notes in the aftertaste. medium to full body, smooth texture.

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