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


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RATINGS: 1230   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OxfordBeer (16) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 Bottle into nonic glass. Pours a clear dark brown with medium carbonation and a small tan head that fades quickly. Nose is chocolate, roasted malt and Sweet toffee. Taste is very complex, yet somewhat dull compared to aroma. Roasted malts, nuts, some warming alcohol, but the star here is the burnt toffee. Mouthfeel is thin and watery/oily with very little carbonation and not too bitter, there is some sourness though. This watery texture works very well with this beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JuanCC (38) - Valencia, SPAIN - FEB 10, 2017
Color castao oscuro perfectamente transparente. Buena formacin inicial de espuma color crema, aunque desaparece bastante rpido. En nariz da principalmente notas de pltano y meln muy muy maduros, resultando a la vez delicada y expresiva. En boca manda el dulce, en este caso virando a notas de pasas, aunque se acompaa de un fondo con un amargo muy suave y una tenue acidez. La persistencia en boca no es muy larga, pero el tiempo que est resulta muy agradable e invita a seguir bebiendo. Una cerveza con una enorme bebestibilidad a pesar de su carcter dulce. Absolutamente recomendable. Para repetir.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GemmeDeReve (46) - FRANCE - FEB 10, 2017
Bire rubis fonc sans mousse, un arme dalcool, pas trop de nez, pas trop ptillante, un got de fum, comme les bires brunes pas dplaisant, par contre le palais surprend avec des fruits rouges, mais qui ne tient pas, dommage, rien dexceptionnel, ce got dalcool revient en fin de bouche. Perso jaccroche pas

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
izikk (259) - POLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Aromat karmel, śliwki, whisky, czekolada. Barwa ciemnego bursztynu. Bardzo ładna drobnopęcherzykowa piana. Smak śliwki, karmel, czekolada. Goryczka średnia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Foerdifuxx (298) - Franconia, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2017
Clear deep red coloured beer with a small, shortlasing, brownish head. Aroma is malty, dark malt, milk chocolate, toffee sweet caramel, oak, vanilla, bit of port wine, dark fruits. Taste is fruity with in the beginning, rising nuttiness, strong dry nutty finish. Lasting nuttiness and a bit alcohol. Overall not too sweet. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
klukas (207) - Rijeka, CROATIA - JAN 24, 2017
Enjoyed: Poured from a bottle into English pint glass. Appearance: Deep red/brown colour, with small head. Aroma: Dry plums and raisin, caramel, toffee, alcohol/whiskey/oak Palate: Medium body, gentle carbonation. Taste: Sweet, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, gentle bitter and dry aftertaste with alcohol note. Overall impression: Complex, unusual, different, good but not for everyday it is not my favourite style. But, after some time/sips, it is very enjoyable - it goes excellent with homemade smoked cheese from Lika.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umestre (38) - - 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 (24) - - 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 (2248) - 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 (167) - 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 (2698) - 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)

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