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

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RATINGS: 1228   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olie (22) - Greater London, - NOV 16, 2012
Lovely reddish brown colour, with a light head. Aroma of hay, raisins, apricot. Flavour combines fruity, strawberries, cherries, with a slighty sour complexity and bready taste. Would love to taste unblended 5x. Why does a brewery capable of making such an interesting, complex beer mostly make such boring stuff?


3.3
Grumbo (3452) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

4
gorthaurz (70) - CROATIA - JUL 16, 2017
Pours a dark ruby-red with a medium head. Aroma of fruits and oak cask. Taste of spices, caramel and slightly of roast malts. Alcohol taste is present. Light bitter and sweet finish, leaves an alcohol warmth.

3.3
ozzatoadisback (187) - ITALY - JUL 3, 2017
Dark brown fading into black, with nice reddish hints. Minimal slightly off-white head, still leaves some lacing. Nice aroma of red fruits soaked in alcohol with some oak/woody notes. Not too vivid though. Taste starts sweet with caramel malts and slight nuttiness, shows fruity notes and again light alcohol and oak notes. Finish is semi sweet with a hint of burnt caramel. Medium bodied with light carbonation, slightly silky. Nice enough.

3.3
koleminer20 (3798) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2017
330 mL bottle, I think shared by ebone1988. Him and the damn book. The pour is a clear medium brown color with a little garnet shining through and a light khaki head that falls to a ring, leaving a decent couple pieces of lace. The aroma had a good caramel and fruitiness to it. There is a lot of bready malts and a light influence of oak. It’s got a decent bit going on, but it’s not deep or complex at all, which is what I’ve come to expect from an old ale. The flavor is just about what you’d expect from the aroma. There is a caramel and bready malt, a light oakiness and a dry fruitiness. There is a little bit of a sweetness on the back, but it’s light and messy. The mouth feel is decently bodied with a softer carbonation and a lingering caramel and a light charred malt on the finish. It’s pretty decent, but not quite what I’ve come to want and expect. 7 4 6 3 13

3.5
ebone1988 (2016) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Aroma is caramel, toffee, bready, nutty, sweet, dark fruit, woody, really nice. Appearance is mahogany brown, light brown head, clear. Taste is caramel, woody, fruity, dry, toffee, earthy. bready, eh. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, woody caramel earthy aftertaste. Overall, it fell a little flat for how nice it smelled.

3.9
Jury (288) - RUSSIA - JUN 13, 2017
Вкусный эль, в аромате и вкусе карамел& патока, тростни& сахар, пить не спеша.

3.5
ischas (767) - - JUN 9, 2017
Bierverkostung im Limes, Bonn, 08.06.2017. Waldhaus / Greene King. Bier #10. Riecht nach Karamell, vergorene, rote Früchte, Kaffee. Schmeckt dezent bitter, Karamell, vergorene rote Früchte.

3.3
Fules (1302) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - MAY 31, 2017
Kicsi, nem túl tartós hab, fekete szín. Pörkölt malátás, karamelles illat. Karamelles, malátás, enyhén fűszeres ízek. Közepesen testes, enyhén szénsavas és keserű. Kellemes, túlzásokba még véletlenül sem eső sör.

4
superspak (5784) - Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2017
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/31/2016. Pours crystal clear dark ruby red/brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, sherry, and red grape; with light notes of cocoa, licorice, tobacco, leather, butterscotch, herbal, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, sherry, and red grape; with light notes of cocoa, licorice, tobacco, leather, butterscotch, herbal, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness and tannic oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, apple, sherry, herbal, light cocoa/leather/tobacco, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate oak flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a great old ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate oak flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Very well rounded and rich in complexity for the modest ABV. The diacetyl was a bit overpowering in the aromas at first, but seemed to mellow out as it warmed. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

3.3
MikeBeermaster (943) - that shaggy maggot, POLAND - MAY 4, 2017
[33cl bottle as Strong Suffolk Dark Ale from local market] Faint aroma of oxidation in the kind of wet cardboard with rich estery notes of dark fruit, bit of toffee, some bread and nuts. Deep amber in the glass with frothy beige head. Beer is definitely dry with tough fruity profile, some notes of wooden barrel, coffee and metallic touch. Complex but not really overwhealming. Woody finish sharps the palate, but in the long run it’s a solid brew. The cons outweight the pros.


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