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

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RATINGS: 1250   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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3.7
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
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
kramer (6682) - 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
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
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
stouby (4653) - 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
McWorta (1627) - 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.

3.6
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a tan head that quickly dissipated to a ring and left light lacing. The aroma found fruits, caramel, and more & more oak as it warmed. The flavor was sweet fruits, oak, and hints of toffee. Medium body. Slight sour ending but enjoyable.

3.8
User37895 (3042) - - JUN 8, 2006
Within style, about as good as I guess it gets. Very nice initial head and decent lacing. The color was translucent brown. Aroma was malty, buttery, and licorice. The flavor was pretty much the same, hops lacking. The mouthfeel was oily with an acidic type finish.

3.7
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Bottle stamped L3003, so I dont really know how old it was. Poured into my English pint glass, a medium- lasting head developed on top of a cloudy chestnut body. I thought the aroma was strongly oaky, with vinuous notes. I also detected a little wildness (brett maybey?) in the aroma as it warmed. From the strong aroma of oak, I expected the flavor to be very sharp, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was mild and earthy, with a creamy texture. Very nice.


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