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


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RATINGS: 1225   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raisedfist86 (12) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Valentines present to myself and so good... Aroma is malty as hell. Toffee, liquor, oak--its all there. Taste is sweet & the lightest hint of sour. It feels light on the tongue and goes down smooth. I could drink this for weeks on end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umestre (34) - - JAN 20, 2017
Cerveza q parece mas al x rirla por el aroma q desprende que recuerda al sabor de los barrilles pero q al tomarla no se nota esa intensidad. De sabor muy poco intenso con toques a madera muy suaves se esperaria mas al llevar tanto tiempo en un bareil. De muy biena apariencia con un color rojizo muy bonito.e.intenso y una espuma.cremosa. con un carbonico bastante intenso. Se agradeceria mas sabor pero es una cerveza correcta

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDsz5 (23) - - JAN 19, 2017
Aroma 7. Appearance 4. Taste 6. Palate 3. Overall 13. Caramel and dark fruits aroma. Sweet and metal taste. Good anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Towey1989 (2123) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2017
Bottle. Pours a deep brown colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of toffee, burnt caramel, some treacle, slight dark fruits, a little prune, a hint of brown sugar and subtle spice. Taste of caramel, treacle, dark fruits, some brown sugar, slight chocolate, a hint of metal and subtle spice. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A short, spicy, malty bitterness in the finish. Started strong with a nice aroma of rich toffee, treacle and honey fruits but the taste is a standard fruity, malty old ale. Short finish too but a very good Greene King beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybion (150) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2017
Bottle, 330 ml, as Strong Suffolk Dark Ale. Pours clear dark copper/brown with initially a finger or so of soapy light tan head which dissipates quickly. Tiny amount of lacing and visible carb. Aroma is strong dark caramel/toffee malts up front with quite a big whiff of vanilla and allspice, with some minor hints of dark fruits, cake, wholemeal bread and cocoa off to the side somewhere. Little bit of a sharp and metallic edge to the whole aroma and something reminiscent of swimming pool chlorine at times, but neither of these are strong enough to completely spoil it. Taste is a lighter caramel malt with wholemeal bread, honey, light spice, dark fruits, bit of pithy citrus towards the finish, in which is more bread and a light malty bitterness. Little bit sickly and medicinal in the middle when the fruits come in. Body is medium, texture is smooth but a bit watery, carbonation is nonexistent and the finish is dry, sticky and astringent. Definitely flawed but amazing by Greene King standards!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (1491) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2017
Bottle. Dark mahogany colour. Intensely flavoured strong ale. Roast/burnt malty (caramel, burnt toffee, oaky). Sour fruity (dark fruits, raisins, berries). Spicy. Fairly bitter throughout. Slightly metallic edge. Long very dry bitter roasty finish. Lovely Beer! (2014-07-24)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oxytocin (36) - - DEC 28, 2016
330 ml pours clear dark ruby - brown with a light brown with a hint of red foam honey, malt dark caramel aromas, dried fruits - especially prune and raisin medium to full body with a slightly sweet finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (2688) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle thanks to in laws. Drunk from bottle on train to ally pally for darts. Nice treacle breads malt aroma taste same nice fruits lots of toffee malts nice hoppy bitter finish. Nice mouthfeel. Good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PowY (385) - AUSTRIA - DEC 27, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with a light brown head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, cookies, dark bread and prunes. Medium oily body with a low carbonation, a light sweetness and a light bitterness. Rich flavors of sweet ripe fruits, prunes, wood, some roasted malt - caramel, brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlf (404) - DENMARK - DEC 21, 2016
From Meny; Pitch black with big brownish head; aroma is roasted malt, cacao very malty grainy, slightly spicy alcoholic, dark dried fruits; taste is medium to heavy sweet, cacao, dark malts, grainy malty, fruity notes, finish is low to medium bitter with some aged notes; oily creamy mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
labeerinthum (669) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 19, 2016
Bottiglia. Il gusto al naso trova un aroma speziato, affumicato e tostato. Lintensit olfattiva elevata e la persistenza olfattiva sufficiente. Il cappello di schiuma dal colore marrone chiaro ha una discreta resistenza. La grandezza delle bollicine medio-fine. La carbonazione media. Lapparenza del liquido nebbiosa. Il colore marrone scuro. Il corpo rotondo. Il dolce medio in buon equilibrio con lamaro medio. Lintensit gustativa normale e la persistenza gustativa sufficiente. Il gusto piacevole. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono di facile beva. Il finale felpato lungo. Il retrogusto di media intensit. Al palato arrivano percezioni di caramello, miele, cereali, cioccolato e castagna. Laroma sul tostato e sullo speziato.

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