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Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) AleOlde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

393 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 24
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2002)
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-28-2013 23:08:47 | More by EvanWilliams
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

12-20-2013 23:02:00 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-08-2013 01:39:41 | More by DruC4
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2013 02:57:21 | More by BillRoth
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Sippinonsizzurp

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-28-2013 18:05:29 | More by Sippinonsizzurp
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-26-2013 08:03:10 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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SmashPants

Australia

3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: a quality-look bottle, albeit clear (why do the English like clear glass so much??) with a stylish label.

Appearance: pours an almost cola-coloured clear red-brown with very minimal carbonation visible. A beige head jumps to two fingers and fizzes down to a solid cap.

Aroma: the aroma is dominated by toffee / caramel and some brown sugar. Some vanilla oak just hanging about in the background. A little demure.

Taste: the toffee and caramel are still definitely there, but some bittering hops and oak flavours are better integrated on the palate. Would still like to see a bit more fruits and hops.

Aftertaste: the almost overly sweet toffee and caramel backs off a bit and the bittering hop and oak pick up. Quite a nice finish.

Mouth feel: a medium body with moderate carbonation. Carries the flavour well, I reckon this would be killer if it was a bit drier on the finish.

Overall: a good, reasonably heavy English ale. It does seem like a stronger English mild ale, which is a nice change. I would have expected some more complexity however - as it is, it is more like a slightly richer Newcastle Brown, which is much cheaper. So, a nice beer, but nowhere near worth the price of AU$100 a case of 12 x 500mL.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 11:45:55 | More by SmashPants
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-21-2013 00:39:55 | More by JasonTaverner
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clarknova

Germany

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-18-2013 15:41:58 | More by clarknova
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delta490

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- deep ruby brown with a typical short lived foamy white head. No retention.

S- rich and fruity with dark fruit and caramel dominating.

T- the flavor definitely mirrors the aroma and then some. Raisins and sugar are what I notice

M-thinner, fitting with english ales. A little bite from the hops and oak.

O- a really good English strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 22:24:36 | More by delta490
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johnny29er

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-06-2013 03:59:17 | More by johnny29er
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 1 pt 0.9 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderately aggressive hand. Clear bottle. Why Great Britain, why? The base of the bottle proclaims "Brewing Perfection". Well ok, then.

A: Very dark amber with scant 1/4 finger of white head. Disappears to a wispy suggestion of a head in 1-2 minutes. Kind of underwhelming.

S: Sweet, dark fruit, cherry. Dates. Spice. Light sourness. Not bad.

T: Sweetness up front with raisins, cherry, dried fruit. Malt. Transitions into some mild tartness/acidity and finishes surprisingly dry. Firm bitterness in the end, which is probably the best part. Some oak. Some bourbon.

M: Low carbonation. Honestly, a fairly watery body with a residual stickiness on the lips and tongue. Unfortunately, I don't think this was a prime bottle...

O: Sad to say, disappointed overall. Has potential, especially with regards to the scent and flavor, but came off a bit weak. I was hoping for some more complexity, depth and assertiveness. I believe I'll pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:35:57 | More by fourstringer
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Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

10-03-2013 05:50:15 | More by Vsarmatov
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juicebox

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

09-28-2013 18:28:39 | More by juicebox
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Jimbo4430

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

09-19-2013 00:19:53 | More by Jimbo4430
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Richie71

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-09-2013 20:38:18 | More by Richie71
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REDAMI

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass.

A - Dark, caramel brown color. Little to no head.

S - Bready malts, toffee, raisin, slight pale ale hoppiness, and sweet vanilla on the nose.

T - Sweet toffee, wood, vanilla, vague copper metallic aftertaste from the hops.

M - Alcohol is well hidden, smooth with little carbonation, wine-like.

Would love to have tasted the two beers used in this blend separately. The combination is intriguing in its complexity. Better than expected.

Note: Clear beer bottles should be banned.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 17:19:34 | More by REDAMI
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-22-2013 19:56:55 | More by harpus
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Germany

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

08-22-2013 02:59:09 | More by pastramionrye7
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Sparty55

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-18-2013 02:49:14 | More by Sparty55
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Zorora

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-15-2013 16:59:03 | More by Zorora
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-13-2013 23:32:41 | More by Anvilfarm
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-03-2013 12:14:58 | More by Rwalford74
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-30-2013 23:23:48 | More by Doppelbockulus
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TEHieatt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-30-2013 02:01:14 | More by TEHieatt
Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.