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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a medium beige head. The aroma is quite faint, with molasses, brown sugar, raisins, and toasted malts coming through. Lowering the rating because I can barely smell this stuff. Flavor is the same with the addition of sour cherries, and to be honest, the flavor seems a bit muted here as well, though not as bad as the aroma.medium to full bodied, soft arbonation. Leaves a weird bitter aftertaste. An above average brew. Side note: this is one beer you need to let warm up quite a bit for any flavors and aromas to come out. I let this one warm up a bit and also was able to pick up on some oak in the flavor, but otherwise everything is the same, just more apparent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2006
[bottle from beers of europe] Aroma is sweet and malty, nutty, dark fruit nuances. medium bodied, faintly dry finish, was hoping for a bit more acidity here :/

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2006
Dispointed here. Aroma gives seriously toffee malts, some dark fruits also. Taste is similar sweetish. I get the vinus near balsalmic tones also. However whatever would posses the brewer not to make this bottle conditioned is behond me. So much potentional, however such an average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16819) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2014 Bottled. Deep mahogani color with a nice beige head. No carbonation. Sweet aroma with prunes and raisins, some vanilla, and a hint of alcohol in the background. It has a rich, sweet, fruity-bitter and caramelized flavor, that finishes of lightly dry and bitter. Medium, sweet body. Unfortunately, the flavor dont follow up the promising aroma. Rating: 7-4-6-4-15-3.6. 060430

Bottle. As my first encounter with this beer was from before the sterile filtering started, I thought I should have another try. Looking more or less the same it seems, deep mahogany color, clear, and with a beige head of moderate size. Lots of dried fruits on the nose, raisins and prunes, with caramel tending towards toffee, some roasted hints and a piney hop note. It still has that rich, sweet flavor, but its dried than I remembered it to be, no vanilla is detected, but theres a fine bitterness to go with the dried fruits and toffee. Lasting finish. Well, its still a fine brew, thats for sure, but you gotta love toffee and dried fruits to love this beer. Adjusted my score slightly, but left the total score, even though Id like more complexity, and Id like the oak to play a part too. Which I dont think it does. 141120

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (14554) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2006
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Roasted toffee aroma. Roasted toffee and some fruit,raisin flavour. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 This beer pours a deep amber with a small tan head. Aromas of fruits and florals. Very smooth and drinkable beer! Probably one of the best english ales, if not the best! Cheers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 22, 2006
50 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Dark reddish brown colour with a small head. Lightly aroma of berries nearly like redwine or port, notes of malt and oak too. Very tasty and smooth flavour with notes of roatsed malt, caramel and wood. Very unique and speciel and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (9624) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 18, 2006
(bottle) Dark ruby-brown colour with a creamy off-white head. Toasted malt aroma with caramel, dark berries and liquorice. Bitter flavour, medium to full bodied, smooth carbonation. Slightly sweet and roasty malty taste with caramel, fruity notes, spices (liquorice and pepper); dry and woody finish with bittering hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - APR 9, 2006
Very "English" tasting, with a slight diacetyl aftertaste. Beautiful soft carbonation, allowing the ingredients to shine through. Just a tad watery, since I like more body in an old ale. Hard to describe flavors, caramel, banana, bitter orange peel, bouquet garni. Unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2006
Poured from the bottle at The White Horse on Parsons Green (London), a dark ruby red with no head. A strong rich coffee aroma. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but enough carbonation to contrast. Roasted caramal is the dominant flavour, with the presense of the alcohol also quite strong.

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