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

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RATINGS: 1243   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finn (7039) - Troms, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2006
One of the surprises at Troms lfestival 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (4526) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2006
0.5 l bottle: Pours with a deep brown body with red corners and a nice tan head that is moustly lasting, it has nice lacing. Nose of malt, vanilla and caramel. The flavour is of malt , caramel and dark fruit (plum). Medium to full bodied. It has a light sweet/ sour and bitter finish. Very smooth and enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4178) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Great nose of tart fruit, caramel, and oak; opaque cherry brown when held next to a light; Smells better than it tastes; flavor of sour maltiness with some plumand a little hops in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2006
Brown body, red shine, beige head; Super, super nose, it has this slight sourness that I really love in ales. Balanced, deep and complex: lots of warm a little sour fruit, mostly cherry and cherry pit, warm orange, almond. Just great; Body has a soft but a little thin texture. A little soft carbonation, a little acidy freshness; Quite long finish that could have more aroma, plain malt is the most apparent, it could be more complex as well. Super, super beer, perfect if not for the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2006
50 cl bottle. A port-like nose, sligtly sparkling. Amber/reddish color. Tastes of sherry, prunes and alcohol. A nice finish. Good, but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (6578) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2006
500 ml bottle. Pours a dark ruby red, bordering on brown under a small tight bubbled head that faded to a thin film. Aroma was of light fruitiness, caramel, oak tannins, and just a light hint of alcohol. Flavor was slightly sweet up front with a nice soft maltiness, toffee, and caramel. The finish had a nice drying oakiness that made for a very pleasing ending. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with nice soft carbonation. A really pleasant and quite complex beer. A definate recommended beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Pours red clay lava w/ a full creamy froth. Aromas of aged malt. Full nectar w/ mellow effers. Malty, dry, bitter, and creamy w/ a sourdough tropshire. Mellow bittering on the finsh. I can tell this has been aged. It has a pronounced rustic character. I really dig this brew. Highly recommended.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2006
Bottle ( From Morrisons). Deep brown. Fruity, vinous, light roasty toffee. A bit sweet with some sourness and a hint of hops as well. Lacking in body. On the whole not to great for me. Conflicting flavours and the finish is sweet and musty not a nice combo.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (4598) - Holbk, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle at home. Brown with a light brown head. Aroma moderate malty (caramel, vineous?). Flavor moderate/heavy sweet and light acidic (oak). Medium body, soft carbonated.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
McWorta (1601) - LUXEMBOURG - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2015 This beer I got across rather randomly took me by surprise. "Vintage ale" ... the name sounds bold and surely it stands for it. The head was a classic ale head small crisp not too thick not too soft. The colour is ruby red. It is lightly carbonated, slick and full bodied. As the bottle promises the caramel, fudge, toast and toffee do really march over your palate. A slight hint of oak is rounding it all off. The taste is full nearly bold. Rather sweet with a splash of bitterness. Now the mix makes it really interesting. It is not for nothing that this beer became an International Gold award. I am deeply impressed and will definitely get some more of them.


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