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

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RATINGS: 1245   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?


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5394) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MikeBeermaster (764) - 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 its a solid brew. The cons outweight the pros.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
torgerd (7) - Radom, POLAND - APR 24, 2017 does not count
Greene King Strong Suffolk (Olde Suffolk) Brewed by Greene King Bury St. Edmunds, England

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markoijelena (3093) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - APR 23, 2017
Bottle 0.33l at Gunners Pub Belgrade, Serbia. 11.04.2017. Pour it clear brown color with medium white head. Aroma roasted malt, rusty little bit. Taste of rust, metallic, caramel all the time later on, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter finish. OK classic!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (5528) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 16, 2017
Bottled at the Croatian beer judge classes some time ago, blind tasting. My notes were subsequently lost, but I do remember this as a quality, tasty complex aroma- and flavor-wise malt-driven beer, blending various malt-produced notes with some fruitiness that may well be from the yeast, but without aggression, without, perhaps, that much "daring" (which is still plenty considering the brewer), very well polished all in all. Will rerate almost certainly if faced with another bottle. In any case, I liked this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alvaro78 (462) - Sevilla, SPAIN - APR 12, 2017
Aromas leves a madera y a frutas maduras. Buen aspecto, espuma fina y persistente. Cuerpo medio-bajo. En boca balanceada, maltosa, fruta madura y ahumado de la madera. Final seco

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonev (696) - POLAND - APR 11, 2017
Piwo metne w kolorze brazowym nalewa sie z obfita iloscia piany ktora znikajac pozostawia lacing naszkle. W aromacie niezbyt intensywne orzechy, toffee i zwietrzala kawa. W smaku rowniez zawiodlem sie brakiem ciala, jest wodniste z i lekko slodkie. Trudno wogole powiedziec cos pozytywnego na ten temat. Lekko ziolowa goryczka na niskim poziomie i wysycenie na srednim, spodziealem sie czegos o wiele lepszego po tym piwie.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrepintado (3259) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 9, 2017
Bottle from estucerveza as green king strong suffolk dark ale. Hazy orange red brown black. Thin beige head. Medium sweetness. Medium thin body. Finish is dry. Aroma and flavour is caramel, chili, vanilla, oak, vegetable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FinnIckler (390) - GERMANY - MAR 30, 2017
Bottle from galleria Kaufhof in Munich. Pours dark brown. Nose is chocolate, nuts, citrus, bread, orangepeel, red graped resins. Palate is very smooth, chocolate, dried fruit, wood, red grapes, bitter backbone. very complex for 6 %, still very Drinkable. Great beer, great old ale, the only thing I dont really like is the bitterness in the finish that lingers in your mouth for a bit.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Trolleo (1485) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 30, 2017
Little bit of wood, alcohol, hints of dried fruit, brown sugar, resins and honey. Clear coppery to ruby body with small creamy and very persistent brown head. Taste is rusty keys at first, than chocolate and sweet caramel, some honey and toffee. Medium body, average carbonation, sparkly. Great aroma, taste has some flaws.


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