Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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3.74/5 rDev -7%
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.
11-22-2013 11:45:55 | More by SmashPants
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
11-09-2013 22:24:36 | More by delta490
3.15/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
10-13-2013 02:35:57 | More by fourstringer
4.04/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-31-2013 17:19:34 | More by REDAMI
Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.