oli (108) - DENMARK - JAN 25, 2004
This beer has never let me down.A beer you can drink slowly or just quaff it down you.The taste and aroma is just wonderful and last all the way down to the last drop.It´s an enjoment just looking at this beer.I really am in heaven when i drinking this stuff. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale isn’t really one beer, it is a blend of two different beers. The brewery starts with brewing a beer called Old 5X which is a strong ale weighing in at a mighty 12% abv. They then take the Old 5X, and let it mature for 2-5 years in 100 barrel oak vats at the brewery. This oak aged Old 5X is then blended with a dark, fresh, full bodied beer called BPA just before bottling. The result of the blend of Old 5X and BPA is a dark, fruity, oaky, complex, and delicious beer coming in at 6% abv. That beer is Suffolk Strong Vintage Ale.
One of the most amazing beer experiences of my life happened when I had the honor of sampling cask conditioned, pure, unblended Old 5X, at a beer tasting held at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. The tasting was conducted by none other than the Beerhunter himself, Michael Jackson. It was the first time Old 5X had ever left the brewery, the unblended 12% oak aged strong ale is not sold to the public, and there are no plans to ever sell it. This beer was amazingly complex, oaky, strong, and warming. I was in awe of this beer. It was one for the ages, but I take comfort in the fact that I can somewhat recapture that experience with a bottle of Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale. This is truly an amazing beer, and is as world class as a beer will ever get.
Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep garnet color with a slight tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is amazingly complex and inviting. Deep aromas of oak, sweet malt, toffee, dark malt, estery fruit, and yeast flood the nose. The palate is full with big pale, sweet, and caramel malt flavors. This marries with estery fruity flavors of plum and apple, along with strong notes of oak. Strong Suffolk finishes with more big malty and fruity flavors up front, and ends with a very pleasing, sour/oaky, slightly warming, yet refreshing edge.
This is without question one of the most impressive beers that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking in all my years as a beer lover. I would not dare match this with food, this is a beer that is meant to be drank and appreciated by itself in my opinion. Nandobier (27) - BRAZIL - JAN 24, 2008
Simplesmente a melhor cerveja que eu já tomei. Encorpada e saborosa. Tem uma espuma densa e persistente. Essa Old Ale é surpreendente, possui claramente notas de carvalho. Recomendada para apreciadores de um bom vinho. rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
UPDATED: APR 7, 2017 At lovely drop of beer. In a clear bottle so I was a little worried but thankfully not skunked. Malty, mineral aroma and flavor, maybe some toffee. I can like hoppy beers, I can like very oak-y beers, I can like other extreme beers but this is a testament to the power of subtlety. Smooth easy drinking but complex with out being over bearing. Serving: Bottle AtronSeige (1696) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 15, 2014
Aroma: Sweet, rich, malty. Diecetyl, Light fruity, cherry. Vanilla, possible woody/oaky. Light port notes.
Appearance: Dark copper with red highlights. Very thin head.
Flavour: Licorice, woody, vanilla, medium bitterness. very dry finish. Fruity, cherry, port, Medium sweetness, Rich malt, bready, toasty, slight roasty. Dark malt bitterness.
Mouthfeel: very dry finish. Medium-full body. medium creamy carbonation.
Overall: Highly enjoyable. A lower alcohol old ale with all the flavours and
330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
19A. Old Ale
TorbenJensen (1548) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
Here we have a stunningly beautiful ale, which is nice in the glass with a good blonde from a little thin, but persistent foam. Partly high carbonation. The aroma is not as prominent, but is malty and fruity. The taste is very vinous and distinct taste of dried fruits. Raisin and prune are most prominent but it has also a little orange peel on the sidelines along with slightly burnt caramel. Saving for 2 years in oak can be tasted a little of its malt rich fullness. It is simply a pleasure to encounter an ale of this quality. jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 I loved this beer, such a texture of flavor is unrivaled by most beers. Wow, simply amazing. Vyaches (6) - qqq, RUSSIA - MAY 1, 2008 does not count
So smooth appearence, very nice aroma, rich , complex flavour with fruit notes and light bitterness and it have really long good, satisfying aftertaste! i was so glad to have a bottle of this ale again!!! Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 This is a deep, slightly brownish ruby red with a dense, big, light tan head that dissipates slowly to leave a thin lasting top and a little lacing. The aroma is strongly fruity with toasted bread, caramel, earthiness, hints of juniper, port, brandy, and chocolate. The taste is fruity with a light but definite gingerbread or pontefract cake flavour (a hint of licorice), definite bitterness up front & in the finish, with definite chocolate & wheat bread to fill it out. It has burnt sugar and light piney bitterness to complement the light sweetness. The palate is full and complex, and lively for the style. It is also drier than many f the style, with a more juniopery-juicy hop quality than some. All round, this is a satisfyingly tasty and full-bodied beer, easy to drink. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 Pours dark brown with a thin off white ring of bubbles. Smells of raisins, cherries, figs, molasses, some spice, citrus, oaky, vanilla. Tastes of earthy, fruit, citrus, some tartness, nuttiness, a nice touch of bitterness on the finish. Very enjoyable.