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


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RATINGS: 1036   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Decently large beige head over dark brown (there could be purple here... or maybe not :) ). Nose is VERY sweet w/ rasins. The taste is equally sweet, all malts, that equal up to honey and more dark fruits. Theres even a little alcohol here. Good, just too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puren (2) - POLAND - OCT 22, 2014 does not count
Piana słaba, szybko znika Aromat buczyna, słůd, stare meble, skůra, troszkę koniak, estry, wędzone owoce Smak lekko kawa, karmel słodki, koniak Odczucie půłpełne, słodkie, z lekką goryczką karmelowo-alkoholową Lacing szczątkowy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
charlotte (4262) - rÝdovre, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber colour with medium head. Aroma of dark dried fruits and caramel medium body and slight bready mouth feels slight vinous with mild fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artyom (485) - Osijek, CROATIA - OCT 16, 2014
0.33l bottle. Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma is toasted malt and caramel. Taste is sweet with strong caramel notes. Medium body and average carbonation. Overall itís very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
0.5l bottle poured in a chalice. Great beer! Classic English Ale. A: Beautiful deep amber color with a thin beige head which dissipates quickly leaving very few lacings S: Caramel malts (and some notes of roasted malts), toffee, dark fruits (plums and grapes, mainly), wood, brown bread, yeasts, flowery hops and a bit of alcohol in the end. Sophisticated T: Delicious. Complex as the nose. A little bit sweet. Caramel malts and dark fruits in the beginning. Woody (reminds red wine). Very well balanced bitterness (the taste of fresh hops is impressive) M: Medium body. Low to medium carbonation which reminds a traditional English Bitter. Delicious bitterness D: High. Very mild and smooth Beer. A winner, no doubt! [ BA Review @ 6/28/2010 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1341) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Good coffee and fruit aroma. Dark, very smooth, hints of fruit, chocolate and coffee, flavours arenít too strong but itís pleasantly drinkable. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Soft, creamy, wood, nuts and pear to plum fruit with lots of subtlety. This is very nice. If I had one hope with this beer, it would be a longer finish with spicyness, smoke or tobacco. Very vinous in texture -- some flavors as well. Much better at 55+ F degrees than colder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (711) - - OCT 14, 2014
Pours a dark amber color. Aroma and taste is caramel, malts, and dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (835) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
330ml bottle from Tesco. As the name suggests this beer is dark deep amber colour with a thin off white head. Aroma has sweet stewed fruit, the taste also has this, but had a alcohol warmth, that suggests more than the 6% abv. The bottle says blended with a proportion of 5X, just not sure what the proportion would be, low I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
solvaris (106) - - OCT 5, 2014
etwas bitter, sonst ok ---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired --- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1389) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 22, 2014
330ml bottle purchased from Tesco, Irvine on the 4th September 2014. Chalice glass. Pours a crystal clear dark ruby in colour with a thin white head. Strong malty aroma with creamy notes of date fruit evident in the long nose. Silky smooth mouthfeel and poor lacing throughout. Dark complex malts deliver a moist, maltloaf base with strong vinous overtones of sweet raisins and fresh figs. There is a slight hint of earthy hop resins present in the short lived aftertaste. Finish is very malty and robust with smooth boozy warmth coming through. Strong vinous fruit notes with syrupy prunes evident. This is a great example of an Old Ale, just wish there were more varieties of this ilk out there!

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