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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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Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
Finally, finally getting a chance to try this, thanks to the friendly provider and sharer of beer goodies, Hogtown Harry, sampled after a squash night. Not sure the year, but the bottle said best before Nov 07. Dark ruby brown, medium foamy head. Wow, aroma - so woody, malt, grain. Like a contemplative old style porter. Nutty. Amazing. Nutty, caramel, burnt sweet taste - lovely stuff. Medium body. Very easy to drink, alcohol never a factor. Not overly complex in taste (now the aroma is a different story), but man, the flavour is good and this beer is an amazing example of an English Strong / Old Ale. Waited 3 years to try it, thanks again Harry.

3.1
thomat (3868) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2006
Dark redish brown color with a thick tan foam. Lots of malt, hops and fruit tones. Medium to full body with a long bitter aftertaste.

4.5
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2006
The nose is nutty, malty, fruity just beautiful. Pours a nice deep ruby color that makes you want to drink.

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Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 8, 2006
Dark red brown malty beer, with sweet roasted malty and peppery flavor. Oaky aroma, good body and balance. Very good:

3.7
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2006
16.9oz bottle. Pour is deep ruby with off-white hue that lingers. Nose is oaky, fruity, similar to a light red wine. Flavor is more oak, some sweet malts, and hints of flemish sour characteristics. I guess this is the oak. Finish is dark fruits. Not incedibly strong for the style, but has an enormous amount of character. Would like to taste the Old 5x and BPA separately someday. Solid Brew.

3.3
SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Dark brown black ale with a bubbly light brown head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Dry sweet caramel malt and coffee flavor.

3.7
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2006
Dark red, almost black colored. Fastly vanishing beige head. Sweet, caramelly, licoricy, oaky and chocolaty aroma, also mild vanilla there. Medium bodied. Flavor is rich with oak, licorice, sweet caramel, roasted coffee and chocolate.

4.3
REROLIM (9) - ITAPEVA-SP, BRAZIL - SEP 5, 2006 does not count
DARK BROWN COLOR. COMPLEX AROMA WITH FRUIT AND CARAMEL NOTES. NICE BITTER FINISH. GREAT BEER !

3.4
Skinnyviking (9570) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle. Small white head. Clear dark red body. Vineous aroma. Flavor almost like red wine.

3.9
Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2006
One of the surprises at Tromsø Ølfestival 17 Aug 06. Dark golden brown. A large head. Malty aroma. Very varied flavour of fruit (apricot?) and caramel. A long fruity finish. Very good!


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