Greene King Strong Suffolk / Olde Suffolk

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

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RATINGS: 1268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bottle: Filtered.
Dark Ale
Marketed in the United States as Olde Suffolk.
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 cold filtered rather than pasteurised since May 2006.

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3.7
Miły (241) - Kielce, POLAND - NOV 3, 2018
Wygląd: Barwa bardzo głębokiego rubinu, przejrzyste pod światło. Piana po przelaniu do szkła średniej wysokości, żółto-beżowa, zbudowana głównie z drobnych oczek, opada do ostatniej warstwy pozostawiając niewielki lacing. Aromat: Średnio lotny, zbalansowany. Głównie słodowość w postaci karmelu, ciemnego toffi i biszkoptu, melasy, tostów, skórki chleba wraz niewielkimi estrami rodzynek, suszonych daktyli oraz czereśni. Odrobinka wanilii. Smak: Podobnie jak w aromacie. Leciutkie ciepełko alkoholowe i nutka dębiny. W ustach półsłodkie, pełne z odrobiną kwaśności. Treściwość średnia w stronę wysokiej, gęstawa, wysycenie średnio-niskie. Goryczka minimalna, ziołowo-pestkowa. Finisz półwytrawny, przypieczonego karmelu i toffi. Ogólnie troszkę za dużo głębokich nut słodowych, lekko przykrywających pozostałe.

3.9
NeverBinge (197) - Cologne, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2018
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2018 Very dark brown with a head that vanishes quickly. It's not really a 'nose beer' - but you do get some interesting smells (including caramel and... leather!) if you take the time to detect them. Bitterness is discreet with a black toffee finish, but the beer is quite dry overall - a vague hint of fino sherry at the very end. I'm not sure whether I actually taste maturity or imagine it due to prior knowledge (because the label clearlly tells me how long one of its components has aged). This almost syrupy ale could definitely hold its own against very rich food. Fairly small amounts served in large wine glasses could be a good idea with red meat. Yes, it's quite delicious, but really wants to be saved up for special occasions. Drink it too frequently, and it will probably weary you quite soon, despite its considerable depth.

3.6
bdleedahl (1060) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 11, 2018
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2018 A nice beer, has a nice varied complexity to it with a lot of different flavours coming together. Could use a little more full body to make it all come together perfectly. Craft beer store dresden

4.1
Martinsh (46) - Crewe, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2018
Bottle at home – originally from ASDA ? Really pronounced nose on this one – fruity, currants, raisins, plums and fruitcake generally. Pours a rich ruby red with a creamy (artificially induced) head. More fruit (apples, blackcurrants, plums) in the mouth, together with an underlying ginger and malt flavouring. Carbonation is low – doesn’t detract from the taste. Finish is just the same, but it goes up into the roof of the mouth which wasn’t previously affected. A wonderful complex beer – to be savoured.

2.7
dchad56 (758) - - AUG 16, 2018
Bottle - as Strong Suffolk Dark Ale. Darkish, reddy brown with decent off white head - though thin. Strong fruity aroma. 6% beer but tastes stronger. Slight ting on tongue - a sipping beer for me - too strong tasting for regular drinking.

4.1
dorain (1187) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2018
Aus der Flasche 2015-08 getrunken. Ein alter Bekannter nur im neuen Gewand. Vollmundiges, dunkles Englisches Starkbier. Extrem süffig - Klasse!

3.4
rami_pl (7130) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUL 27, 2018
Rami Rami is drinking a Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale (2014) by Greene King at Konstruktorska Business Center Karmel, chleb, sherry, susz, ciemne owoce, kawa melanoidyny... beczki nie czuje. slodkie... malo mi ciala. Dlugie posmaki. Zlozone. Dobre
Rami Rami: no dobra, z minusem, meczy cukrem

3.6
Flag08 (324) - - JUL 19, 2018
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2018 Bottle, 330 ml @ The Old Fishing Shack. Aged beers are nice man! I thought why i would like to taste oak in beers before. But i support it, big time. It gives some kind of whiskey/rum deepness to the ales. This has an especially rich baking spices tone. Dark brown with reddish shade. Complex aromas of biscuit, caramel, sweet chocolate and baking spices with cloves and cinnamon. Whiskey undertone, quite interesting. On the palate this whiskey-feeling is more permanent. Typical British-taste palate with this oakey deepness inside. A bit hot after the swallow gives this whiskey-feeling again. Long and present aftertaste. This is my 2nd oak aged beer today, and i really enjoy it.

3.3
FROTHINGSLOSH (9188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2018
Sampled from a 16 oz clear bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with a large soapy light tan head that lingered. The aroma was sweet and malty with molasses, a bit of wood and a hint of fruit. The flavor was toasty malts, wood, molasses, toffee and fruit. Medium length finish. Medium body.

3.7
Dbcwi88 (290) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2018
dark brown with thin head. smell is very complex with lot going on. fruity, oaky, coffee, smokey. taste is same with some whisky notes and woodiness. yummy


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