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: 1230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

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3
gyllenbock (9664) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2017
Sample at SBWF 2017. Dark amber with a small head. Quite soft with malt, caramel and some fruit. The body was medium as was the bitterness.

3.2
rane (1094) - Nibe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2017
Bottle. Red brown with small offwhite head. Aroma malts and caramel. Taste malts and caramel.

3.3
Grumbo (3729) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

4
gorthaurz (81) - CROATIA - JUL 16, 2017
Pours a dark ruby-red with a medium head. Aroma of fruits and oak cask. Taste of spices, caramel and slightly of roast malts. Alcohol taste is present. Light bitter and sweet finish, leaves an alcohol warmth.

3.3
ozzatoadisback (199) - ITALY - JUL 3, 2017
Dark brown fading into black, with nice reddish hints. Minimal slightly off-white head, still leaves some lacing. Nice aroma of red fruits soaked in alcohol with some oak/woody notes. Not too vivid though. Taste starts sweet with caramel malts and slight nuttiness, shows fruity notes and again light alcohol and oak notes. Finish is semi sweet with a hint of burnt caramel. Medium bodied with light carbonation, slightly silky. Nice enough.

3.3
koleminer20 (3840) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2017
330 mL bottle, I think shared by ebone1988. Him and the damn book. The pour is a clear medium brown color with a little garnet shining through and a light khaki head that falls to a ring, leaving a decent couple pieces of lace. The aroma had a good caramel and fruitiness to it. There is a lot of bready malts and a light influence of oak. It’s got a decent bit going on, but it’s not deep or complex at all, which is what I’ve come to expect from an old ale. The flavor is just about what you’d expect from the aroma. There is a caramel and bready malt, a light oakiness and a dry fruitiness. There is a little bit of a sweetness on the back, but it’s light and messy. The mouth feel is decently bodied with a softer carbonation and a lingering caramel and a light charred malt on the finish. It’s pretty decent, but not quite what I’ve come to want and expect. 7 4 6 3 13

3.5
ebone1988 (2070) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Aroma is caramel, toffee, bready, nutty, sweet, dark fruit, woody, really nice. Appearance is mahogany brown, light brown head, clear. Taste is caramel, woody, fruity, dry, toffee, earthy. bready, eh. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, woody caramel earthy aftertaste. Overall, it fell a little flat for how nice it smelled.

3.9
Jury (288) - RUSSIA - JUN 13, 2017
Вкусный эль, в аромате и вкусе карамел& патока, тростни& сахар, пить не спеша.

3.5
ischas (777) - - JUN 9, 2017
Bierverkostung im Limes, Bonn, 08.06.2017. Waldhaus / Greene King. Bier #10. Riecht nach Karamell, vergorene, rote Früchte, Kaffee. Schmeckt dezent bitter, Karamell, vergorene rote Früchte.

3.3
Fules (1334) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - MAY 31, 2017
Kicsi, nem túl tartós hab, fekete szín. Pörkölt malátás, karamelles illat. Karamelles, malátás, enyhén fűszeres ízek. Közepesen testes, enyhén szénsavas és keserű. Kellemes, túlzásokba még véletlenül sem eső sör.


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