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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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392 Ratings

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Ratings: 392
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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Photo of Denali


3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque brown. Very thick tan head that, although dissipated slightly, still remained for the entire beer. Bubbles attached to the glass.

Aroma: Strong burgundy and alcohol smell. Initially there was a musty-bready smell that I did not like at all. The aroma improved a little as the beer warmed and was replaced a little bit by a molasses smell. The musty smell did not go away completely though.

Taste: Roasted caramel and molasses taste up front. Finishes with sweet malt taste and a very slight bitter aftertaste. I enjoyed the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation. A little chewy with a dry and tingly finish.

Drinkability: A sipping beer. A little alcohol warmth.

Comments: Unfortunately the aroma ruined the enjoyment of this beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 15:49:20 | More by Denali
Photo of John

New York

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely brilliant deep mahogany/ruby color…perhaps even lovelier than the gem itself. Magnificent malty and fruity aroma. Complex flavors consisting of a deliciously hefty malt backbone, huge fruity grape, plum, raisin and toasted caramel. Hops are only for balance, though some faint piney notes can be detected. Alcohol gently warms the body and soul. Mouthfeel is medium-full, carbonation is low-moderate. Mmmm…grape juice burps. This brew is a unique blend of 2 year old oak conditioned and new ales. Incredible beer, an automatic classic. A must try, seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 07:33:07 | More by John
Photo of brakspear


4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting English strong ale that would quickly become part of my stable of regular beers if it was more readily available in my area. I love the quasi-Victorian label with its "Illustration of Oak Vat No. 6." This beer is a blend of 5x, a 12% apv beer that is aged for two years in oak vats, and a fresh green beer called BPA, right before bottling. The result is a rich and mellow ale that is perfect for sipping long into the night.

The beer pours a deep mahogany with a slight tan head forming and then reducing to a collar around the inside of the glass. Slight lacing occurs.

The aroma deepens as the glass warms (hint serve this beer at warmer 55 degree temperatures). I detect a warm inviting bread-like malt base, with slight raisin and nutty caramel notes coming to the forefront. If the hops are present they are lingering deep in the background.

The taste develops as the beer warms. Nice caramel and bread flavors, with a winelike acidity biting the tongue slightly, or perhaps it is the tannins from the oak vats. Nonetheless, this is a very mellow and smooth beer, that has a very nice body behind it. A real winner if you can find it in your area.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2003 16:57:55 | More by brakspear
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a deep, dark brown color, under a full, lush cocoa-colored head. Generously aromatic, issuing hints of nuts, coffee, cream, toffee, butter. Malt is very prominent, hops take the backseat. Taste is smooth and delicious, with a slightly oily palate. Body is thick, rich, texture is very nice, and the finish continues the sweet, candyish flavors found initially in the nose,and they rest leisurely on the tastebuds. Puts me in mind of a brown ale, but done right, with flavor. Perfectly balanced, perfectly enjoyable, a tasty treat. A good ale with dinner, or in lieu of dessert.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 17:50:37 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of mzwolinski


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby in color with a thin, tan head. First aroma open opening is sherry-like with a medium-strong alcohol nose. As it sits, the malt comes to dominate with hints of molasses, a bit of cinamon-like spiciness, and a noticeable tartness. The flavor starts smooth and malty, but then quickly develops some spicy hop notes. A very light fruitness as though from an English pale ale is detectable mid-palate, but soon yields to a re-assertive spiciness as the finish develops with a moderate hop bitterness and a roasty malt character which lingers on to the aftertaste. Medium-full in body with a slightly dry finish, but *very* well-balanced. Quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 18:02:28 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of Realale


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep purple black. Close to opaque, even though there is no notation that this is bottle-conditioned. Very thick, small-beaded inch thick head, that's not going anywhere.

Nose is initially a brief whiff of molasses, following by a slightly nauseating sour milk stench that almost takes one's breath away. Yick. Thankfully, the sour milk disappears after about 10 minutes (just before I was going to pour it down the drain). Replacing it is the rich molasses that was originally there.

The palate is much better than the nose (yeah, I tasted it during the sour milk nose too). There is rich bready licorice, and molasses. Although this was initially served at cellar temp (today 55F) it got better and more complex as it warmed. The finish is long and winey, and there seems to be some tannins giving structure. An interesting brew that I'll try again to see if that sour milk thing was an abberation.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 07:05:43 | More by Realale
Photo of mjohn27603


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A deep brownish ruby color when held up to to the light in a glass. Smell of faint oak. I taste a hint of caramel with a sweet aftertaste that remains a while. The most noticeable thing I get is the mouthfeel with a syrupy coating. It will cause you to sip the beer rather than gulp it. There is some biting alcohol presence if you allow the beer to sit still on your tongue for a bit. I let the beer warm up some because it seemed so subtle but it didn't change too much. A subtle beer other than the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2002 20:40:59 | More by mjohn27603
Photo of Gusler


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If my notes are correct, this beer was stashed about 3 years ago, so let’s see how the “Bad Boy” has aged, hopefully better than I have.

The beer pours an amphibological reddish-purple color, the head creamy in its consistency, the size modest and the lace left behind, thick sticky sheets that meld with the glass. Maple syrup and molasses come to mind as I imbibe the aromas of this brew, malt, hints of bubble gum as in fusel alcohol, robust another term for this nose. Lightly sweet on the start, the top skimpy, and the finish pertinently hopped, sparingly acidic, dry long lasting aftertaste. Still quite tasty after all this time, and the last of my 12 bottles, “Good-Bye Olde Friend”.

(Note) It is now available in the states, and I’ve found it at two local “Beer Palaces”!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 16:51:51 | More by Gusler
Photo of putnam


4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Following two of my favorite reviewers. A sincere honor.

My wife hollers approvingly, "It smells like chocolate milk." No argument from me. It smells like chocolate and milkweed milk. And thistle, and leather, and cherry pipe tobacco. Not bad.

The suave flavors ride cooly along a swell of rich, mink fur-like foam. They contain notes of cherry tootsie pops, Scotch, caramel, cocoa, pine and orange marmelade.

Dry. Plush. Perfect texture. Like stagecraft.

Happy Halloween.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 15:23:11 | More by putnam
Photo of inebrius


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smashing! Dark and lacy without much head. Malty black currant nose. Caramel and light chocolate balanced with some mossy hop. An odd style, nonetheless tasty. Indeed, quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2002 18:17:11 | More by inebrius
Photo of ADR


4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark ruby-brown color, nice 1/2 inch head that holds an elevated "ring" inside the pint glass. Dank aroma, a little molasses. Nice roasty flavors that persist to the swallow. Coffee flavors, a little raisin, and chocolate. Some sense of grape, as well. Nice complex malt flavor. A blend of an "Old" Ale with a new batch, this brew reminds me of the blended beers of "yore"...very nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2002 08:04:31 | More by ADR
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an awesome little english strong ale, an excellent blend between, malt and hops, medium body with a dry finish, i like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2002 00:59:04 | More by rastaman
Photo of packetknife


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Dark with a brownish-tan head. Smells of roasted chocolate and caramel, hints of coffee. Very unique taste, all of it good and just sweet enough. Definatly a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2002 01:32:07 | More by packetknife
Photo of jreitman


4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice reddish brown color with light brown head with reddish hues. Aroma is very enticing. Really unique flavor with quite a bit of complexity... every sip seems to bring out different flavors. Hint of sourness in the finish. Very easily drinkable. Didn't know what to expect when I opened the bottle, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 20:17:39 | More by jreitman
Photo of StevieW


4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow did this beer surprise me. I expected a pale english style ale. The color is a dark caramel with a thin light tan head, that quickly evaporates. The smell is simialer to a stout or dopplebock and its appearance is too. The first tast is a strong heavy roasted caramel that finishes with a crisp hop flavor. This is the most complex beer I have ever tasted, and it is very very good ! Nice warming finish from the alcohol. I would keep this one for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2002 17:13:31 | More by StevieW
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a deep brown with some ruby-like tint to it with almost no head to it,very nice aroma of oak and caramel with some brown sugar.A real sipping brew here to savor the different flavors some big oaky notes along with some brown sugar and caramel with this,an almost cola-like flavor as well, as it warms the oak comes thru even more.A real nice old, ale here one to savor.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2002 08:49:32 | More by oberon
Photo of pbrian


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a quality, unique ale. Pours dark brown with a tan head that leaves a nice lace. Loads of flavors packed into a relatively light beer. It's winey, oaky, with a tad of sourness. Finishes easy. Makes you want another.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2002 10:51:08 | More by pbrian
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Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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