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

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RATINGS: 1248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stryk (30) - Farsta, - MAR 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Duvel glas, bottle. nice head with, reddish ruby brown appearance. Caramel, oak and cherry, cookie dough, hints of raisins and citrus. Enjoyable long spicy aftertaste. One of the better British ales but nothing breath-taking. A nice and solid experience. Yes Please again sometime. Hard to get here in Sweden.


2.9
AntonyWilson (503) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 15, 2018
330ml Bottle: Pours a dark brown, almost black with garnet highlights. Thin tan head that does not retain. Aromas of tobacco, molasses and a slight sherry note as well. Molasses dominates the flavour with hints of roast and smoke in the background. Bitterness is low, beer is sweet. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation. Overall a little sweet for me but some interesting flavours.

3.6
CraftBeerNick (2976) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2018
Bottle as a gift from Emma and Rob, 5th January 18. Pours dark brown, aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar, hops. Taste is caramel, some bitterness, bitter and sweet. Quite nice.

3.2
Johnstledger8 (1409) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2017 Bottle. Pours an opaque dark red with a fading off white bubbly head. Aroma is of caramel, biscuit, dark fruits, plum, raisins. Taste is of caramel, toffee, raisins, figs, plums, bready, hint of warming spice. Light oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

3.7
aardvark1 (233) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2017
Ciemmobrązowe z miedzianymi refleksjami. Aromat bardzo ziołowy, odrobinę w sos sojowy. Bardzo przyjemnie rozgrzewający alkohol, trochę metaliczność, ziołowe, lekko ściągające język taniny. Dobre

3.3
mandrilo00 (179) - CROATIA - DEC 23, 2017
HŽV...............................................

3.6
dimeon (500) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 17, 2017
A: Reddish-black with a small, of-white head N: Plums and black coffee T: Plums again. Bitter dark Belgian chocolate P: Medium-thin O: Well-made dark ale

3.2
jinroh (2462) - ESTONIA - DEC 3, 2017
Bottle from Seiyu. Pours dark reddish brown, caramel coloured. Some foam that is gone quickly. Tastes lightly bitter, lots of caramel and luckily not too sweet. Some herbal thing going on, bit of liquorice. Overall, not really that impressive, a bit watery and caramelly. Not too bad either.

5
beikes (173) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2017
In spite of the dull appearance and mon existing head, this is a masterbrew in this segment of beer. This is just about one of the best old ales out there. Good balance and spice, makes this my goto winter pint.

3.3
Grumpelmies (431) - GERMANY - NOV 12, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2018 Bottle. Dark ruby with a small, short-lived head. Aroma of malts, toffee and red fruits. Reminds me a little bit of Port and Sherry. Taste is malts, caramel, red fruits (cherries, cassis), toffee and some wood. Sourish fruity. Dry finish. Balanced. Low to medium carbonation. It's alright but for whatever reason I had higher expectations.

3.6
tomandoaltura (363) - - NOV 5, 2017
Aroma : granos horneados, pan integral, frutos secos, compota de membrillo y tenues notas de café Chemex; tenues lúpulos herbales y terrosos Apariencia : cobrizo muy intenso y translúcido que traduce en marrón oscuro brillante en el vaso; cabeza color khaki de buena retención; moderado encaje Sabor : notas de membrillo, melocotón, ligeros frutos secos, té negro, tenue café y moderadas maltas tostadas y dulces; prolongado amargor medio (IBU 35 aprox.) con notas de romero y madera Paladar : ingreso fresco; cuerpo medio-ligero; moderada carbonatación; final moderadamente seco; tenue sensación calórica Impresión General : un buen ejemplo del estilo Old Ale y de cómo los ingleses bajan la carbonatación en botella para simular al máximo una real ale


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