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: 1235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mulander (118) - POLAND - MAR 21, 2017
Pours dark brown with red reflexes accompanied by a medium quite long lasting tan head. The aroma is a huge disappointment, its very weak almost non existent takes a huge amount of stirring to pick up any notes - mostly cherries. Lightly sweet in taste, the alcohol is somewhat coming threw with , almost no bitterness with a cognac note. Medium bodied, oily and foamy texture soft carbonation. Its good overall but lacks character and feels very bland/average.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tightslice (1158) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 12, 2017
Bottle from BevMo! in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is caramel, rich fruits. Taste is smooth caramel and deep, dark fruits of all kinds. Really incredible beer. A go-to Old Ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evilman (199) - Taverny, FRANCE - MAR 11, 2017
Damn, what a lovely one! Exactly my kind of beer. Mine was the "Dark Ale" variant, which is apparently the same beer borrowing another name and a different design. Despite its "strong" label, this is a very sweet beer with a low alcohol level. Taste and aroma, however, are among the most pleasant beers I experienced. Smoky, caramelized, very small hints of fruits in the aftertaste... This is what Im looking for all day. Reminds me a lot of two other favorites - Schloss Eggenbergs Urbock and Samichlaus. Just lower alcohol level, which is my only complaint. Wonderful beside that, and totally APPROVED BY TAVERNYS BLACK METAL CREW!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kasap (26) - Skopje, MACEDONIA - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark red with a thin, short lasting off-white head with minimal lacing. Sugary/sweet toffee aroma, with hints of dark fruits, molasses and some rum-like alcohol. Similar mouth-feel. dominant sweet toffees, transforming into warming alcohol with sweet finish. Medium bodied, sticky texture and average carbonation. Pretty good, though not every day beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobeerBumA (5) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2017 does not count
This is blended Beer,an Old Ale.Plenty of Xmas cake,rum barrel,leather and old furniture in an old room character.Reminds me of a musty cigar lit sitting in an old leather chair then someone pours raisin juice over you,but not Gouden Carolus Xmas raisins,different raisins.Yes the expected Caramel,Chocolate/Coffee flavours are here,levened by some citrus in the hops,with slight flashes of Butterscotch,Clove,Vanilla and Licorice.It has the smoothness,low carbonation and alcohol kick one expects from an Old Ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JuanCC (62) - Valencia, SPAIN - FEB 10, 2017
Color castao oscuro perfectamente transparente. Buena formacin inicial de espuma color crema, aunque desaparece bastante rpido. En nariz da principalmente notas de pltano y meln muy muy maduros, resultando a la vez delicada y expresiva. En boca manda el dulce, en este caso virando a notas de pasas, aunque se acompaa de un fondo con un amargo muy suave y una tenue acidez. La persistencia en boca no es muy larga, pero el tiempo que est resulta muy agradable e invita a seguir bebiendo. Una cerveza con una enorme bebestibilidad a pesar de su carcter dulce. Absolutamente recomendable. Para repetir.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GemmeDeReve (64) - FRANCE - FEB 10, 2017
Bire rubis fonc sans mousse, un arme dalcool, pas trop de nez, pas trop ptillante, un got de fum, comme les bires brunes pas dplaisant, par contre le palais surprend avec des fruits rouges, mais qui ne tient pas, dommage, rien dexceptionnel, ce got dalcool revient en fin de bouche. Perso jaccroche pas

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
izikk (277) - POLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Aromat karmel, śliwki, whisky, czekolada. Barwa ciemnego bursztynu. Bardzo ładna drobnopęcherzykowa piana. Smak śliwki, karmel, czekolada. Goryczka średnia.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Foerdifuxx (307) - Franconia, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2017
Clear deep red coloured beer with a small, shortlasing, brownish head. Aroma is malty, dark malt, milk chocolate, toffee sweet caramel, oak, vanilla, bit of port wine, dark fruits. Taste is fruity with in the beginning, rising nuttiness, strong dry nutty finish. Lasting nuttiness and a bit alcohol. Overall not too sweet. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Good!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
klukas (220) - Rijeka, CROATIA - JAN 24, 2017
Enjoyed: Poured from a bottle into English pint glass. Appearance: Deep red/brown colour, with small head. Aroma: Dry plums and raisin, caramel, toffee, alcohol/whiskey/oak Palate: Medium body, gentle carbonation. Taste: Sweet, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, gentle bitter and dry aftertaste with alcohol note. Overall impression: Complex, unusual, different, good but not for everyday it is not my favourite style. But, after some time/sips, it is very enjoyable - it goes excellent with homemade smoked cheese from Lika.


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