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

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RATINGS: 1251   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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3.1
Cybion (188) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2017
Bottle, 330 ml, as Strong Suffolk Dark Ale. Pours clear dark copper/brown with initially a finger or so of soapy light tan head which dissipates quickly. Tiny amount of lacing and visible carb. Aroma is strong dark caramel/toffee malts up front with quite a big whiff of vanilla and allspice, with some minor hints of dark fruits, cake, wholemeal bread and cocoa off to the side somewhere. Little bit of a sharp and metallic edge to the whole aroma and something reminiscent of swimming pool chlorine at times, but neither of these are strong enough to completely spoil it. Taste is a lighter caramel malt with wholemeal bread, honey, light spice, dark fruits, bit of pithy citrus towards the finish, in which is more bread and a light malty bitterness. Little bit sickly and medicinal in the middle when the fruits come in. Body is medium, texture is smooth but a bit watery, carbonation is nonexistent and the finish is dry, sticky and astringent. Definitely flawed but amazing by Greene King standards!

3.9
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2017
Bottle. Dark mahogany colour. Intensely flavoured strong ale. Roast/burnt malty (caramel, burnt toffee, oaky). Sour fruity (dark fruits, raisins, berries). Spicy. Fairly bitter throughout. Slightly metallic edge. Long very dry bitter roasty finish. Lovely Beer! (2014-07-24)

3.6
Oxytocin (144) - AUSTRIA - DEC 28, 2016
330 ml pours clear dark ruby - brown with a light brown with a hint of red foam honey, malt dark caramel aromas, dried fruits - especially prune and raisin medium to full body with a slightly sweet finish

3.8
s_hartshorne (2784) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle thanks to in laws. Drunk from bottle on train to ally pally for darts. Nice treacle breads malt aroma taste same nice fruits lots of toffee malts nice hoppy bitter finish. Nice mouthfeel. Good stuff

3.8
PowY (758) - AUSTRIA - DEC 27, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with a light brown head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, cookies, dark bread and prunes. Medium oily body with a low carbonation, a light sweetness and a light bitterness. Rich flavors of sweet ripe fruits, prunes, wood, some roasted malt - caramel, brown sugar.

3.7
wlf (590) - DENMARK - DEC 21, 2016
From Meny; Pitch black with big brownish head; aroma is roasted malt, cacao very malty grainy, slightly spicy alcoholic, dark dried fruits; taste is medium to heavy sweet, cacao, dark malts, grainy malty, fruity notes, finish is low to medium bitter with some aged notes; oily creamy mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation

3.3
labeerinthum (866) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 19, 2016
Bottiglia. Il gusto al naso trova un aroma speziato, affumicato e tostato. L’intensità olfattiva è elevata e la persistenza olfattiva è sufficiente. Il cappello di schiuma dal colore marrone chiaro ha una discreta resistenza. La grandezza delle bollicine è medio-fine. La carbonazione è media. L’apparenza del liquido è nebbiosa. Il colore è marrone scuro. Il corpo è rotondo. Il dolce è medio in buon equilibrio con l’amaro medio. L’intensità gustativa è normale e la persistenza gustativa è sufficiente. Il gusto è piacevole. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono di facile beva. Il finale è felpato è lungo. Il retrogusto è di media intensità. Al palato arrivano percezioni di caramello, miele, cereali, cioccolato e castagna. L’aroma è sul tostato e sullo speziato.

3.7
Thomas_W1 (841) - Rastatt, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2016
Flasche 0,33l: Kastanienbraun, klar, kräftiger fester mittelporiger Schaum; in der Nase kräftige dunkle Süße, Malz, Malzzucker, getrocknete dunkle Früchte, Röstaromen, Kaffeelikör, Orangenlikör; im Körper dunkle Süße, Malz, Malzzucker, kräftige Röstaromen, Kaffee, dunkle Schokolade, cremig, kräftige Kohlensäure, angenehme trockene Bitterkeit, etwas Tabak; langer trocken-bitterer Nachgang mit kräftigen Röstaromen

3.5
Sebilinz (2345) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 10, 2016
Bottle. Dark Brown nearly black body with tan head. Aroma is roasted mals and some wood. Taste is the same. Aftertaste is nice balanced.

2.9
Moravius (1291) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - NOV 27, 2016
Flasche (“Strong Suffolk Dark Ale“, 33 cl) von April Gourmet, Peking. - Tiefes Kupferrotbraun, klar. - In der Nase appetitliches Toastmalz mit pikanter Säure und milden holzigen und kellerigen Noten. - Im Antrunk Röstmalz und mild fruchtige Herbe, zarte Malzsüße, alte Nüsse. Mild rezent, trocken aber etwas matt. Im Abgang holzige Herbe (Eiche?) und leicht muffige, salzige, schwach angebrannte Noten. Unangenehmer, leicht metallischer Nachgeschmack. - Vor allem im Abgang etwas abgestanden, also „alt“ (wie man es von einem Old Ale erwartet), dazu aber geschmacklich dünn und etwas holprig. Nicht so recht überzeugend.


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