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


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RATINGS: 1213   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
What a find!! Like others, I debated on whether to plunk down $4.00 for a pint of this and I am sooo glad I did. Its one of the best ale Ive had in a long time. Aroma starts off things right with a vinous, creamy, toffee aroma that makes the mouth water. The appearance was near perfect with a beautiful cascading head, and a dark red/purplish hue that Ive rarely seen. Mouthfeel is full and round and yet soft and creamy. Flavors are out of this world with a malty, toffee taste blended with raisins, some dark fruit and then the finish is like a wine, very earthy and vinous. Absolutely beautful beer! Now that Ive had it I wont mind paying for it again and again. Excellent!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (2007) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 Vintage 2001

Deep mahogany with a holding head and thick legs. Fairly non-descript but inoffensive malted aroma. Flavor is dry and vinous with an earthiness about it and light alcohol notes.

<font size=-4>Sampled at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Events-Detail.asp?Eve Vintage Beer Fest 2006<font size=-1>

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9640) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle from the Swedish government owned "Systembolaget". February 18, 2006.
Dark red color, lasting brown head. Strong almost alcoholic port like scent. Mild taste, light sour touch of wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2006
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a slim tan head. Aroma of fruit, berries and caramel. Flavours are a nice and complex mix of sweet, fruity, oaky, nutty, caramel, and a light bitter finish. Full bodied, smooth and moderately carbonated. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Otterbeer (4) - USA - FEB 7, 2006 does not count
Nice oaky aroma, slightly bitter but not so much. Kind of a coffee and nut flavor, very tasty. This is a beer I enjoy thoroughly. Should really only be consumed warm, though. Would like to try it on tap someday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle. Very dark ruby color. Smallish brown head.
Spicy, fruity aroma with burnt sugar and toffee.
Malty fruity flavor. Sweet & sour. Slightly oaky.
Fairly smooth. It didnt strike me as being particularly complex though. I had definitely expected something more. It might have been served a bit too cold though. Perhaps Ill have to give it another shot and let it warm some before tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2006
1. Bottle 13/01/2005 Dark coloured strong in alcohol and fruity. Some spice aroma and bitterness. Slightly nutty finish. 2. Bottle 28/03/2005 Dark coloued strong in alcohol fruity and slightly spicy. Some bitterness in a lasting malt finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale isnt really one beer, it is a blend of two different beers. The brewery starts with brewing a beer called Old 5X which is a strong ale weighing in at a mighty 12% abv. They then take the Old 5X, and let it mature for 2-5 years in 100 barrel oak vats at the brewery. This oak aged Old 5X is then blended with a dark, fresh, full bodied beer called BPA just before bottling. The result of the blend of Old 5X and BPA is a dark, fruity, oaky, complex, and delicious beer coming in at 6% abv. That beer is Suffolk Strong Vintage Ale. One of the most amazing beer experiences of my life happened when I had the honor of sampling cask conditioned, pure, unblended Old 5X, at a beer tasting held at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. The tasting was conducted by none other than the Beerhunter himself, Michael Jackson. It was the first time Old 5X had ever left the brewery, the unblended 12% oak aged strong ale is not sold to the public, and there are no plans to ever sell it. This beer was amazingly complex, oaky, strong, and warming. I was in awe of this beer. It was one for the ages, but I take comfort in the fact that I can somewhat recapture that experience with a bottle of Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale. This is truly an amazing beer, and is as world class as a beer will ever get. Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep garnet color with a slight tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is amazingly complex and inviting. Deep aromas of oak, sweet malt, toffee, dark malt, estery fruit, and yeast flood the nose. The palate is full with big pale, sweet, and caramel malt flavors. This marries with estery fruity flavors of plum and apple, along with strong notes of oak. Strong Suffolk finishes with more big malty and fruity flavors up front, and ends with a very pleasing, sour/oaky, slightly warming, yet refreshing edge. This is without question one of the most impressive beers that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking in all my years as a beer lover. I would not dare match this with food, this is a beer that is meant to be drank and appreciated by itself in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzerfaust (825) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 Very dark brown beer with red wine tones and a medium beige head fast diminishing leaving a lacing. Aroma is soft with a little of dark berries, coffee and dried fruits. Flavor is wonderful and bitter, having hints of coffee, bitter chocolate, hazelnuts and almonds. Oily texture and moderate carbonation. A pleasure to drink. A beer with a very uncommon taste and character.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
screwball (1099)
- Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2006
Dark red in colour almoust black. Has a off white head. The mouthful is a pleasent feeling. The taste is malty, spicy and hints of toffee. Blums is also notalble. The aroma has a spicy and malty feel. THis ale was real nice to try. A new experience. Tanx rlgk.

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