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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

406 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 25
Gots: 13 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jerefreakinmiah, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of mhaugo
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%

16.9oz bottle decanted into a snifter. 6.0% ABV. Served at 55F and allowed to elevate to room temperature.

Appearance: Stained maple, brilliantly clear, rapidly fading head (4.5/5).

Aroma: Smells like an ancient, musty, dark old bar. There is an incredible lingering sweetness and fresh tobacco scent. This aroma definitely puts the “old” in Old Ale (4/5).

Taste: This beer features an incredible complexity considering its relatively low ABV. There’s an intresting staleness, followed by brown sugar, tobacco, caramel, dark cherries, and oak (4.25/5).

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation (4/5)

Overall: It’s interesting to go directly from The Bruery’s Coton to Olde Suffollk. Both beers are great examples of the style, but on completely opposite ends of the spectrum for alcohol by volume. Both have been aged to perfection. Both have a minimal contribution from hops. Both have rich dark cherry and brown sugar flavors, but one clocks in at 14.5% and the other is 6.0%. It’s enlightening to see that these Old Ale flavors can develop, regardless of the alcohol. I guess you could call Olde Suffolk a “sessionalbe” Old Ale (4.25/5).

mhaugo, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of MarkoNm
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%

Pours a dark brown color covered with a nice tan head and a decent retention.
The malty aroma is complemented by some sweet fruits and spices.
The taste is nicely bittery, you can also taste some nice spices, although can't say which.
Easily drinkable and smooth.

MarkoNm, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ApplePi, Mar 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

DavidHume, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

vinicole, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bmac093, Mar 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Iaido, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

EmperorBevis, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Rihup, Mar 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Sludgeman, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Chemister, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

EvanWilliams, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

DruC4, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Sippinonsizzurp, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of SmashPants
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.

SmashPants, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JasonTaverner, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

clarknova, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of delta490
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.

delta490, Nov 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

johnny29er, Nov 06, 2013
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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.

fourstringer, Oct 13, 2013
Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.