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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

409 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 25
Gots: 14 | 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 delta490
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.

delta490, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of johnny29er
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

johnny29er, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of fourstringer
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.

fourstringer, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Vsarmatov
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Vsarmatov, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of juicebox
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

juicebox, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Jimbo4430
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Jimbo4430, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Richie71
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Richie71, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of REDAMI
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.

REDAMI, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

harpus, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of pastramionrye7
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

pastramionrye7, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Sparty55
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Sparty55, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Zorora
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Zorora, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Anvilfarm
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Anvilfarm, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Rwalford74, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Doppelbockulus, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of TEHieatt
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

TEHieatt, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of dansmcd
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

dansmcd, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mrfrancis, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of schwemjw
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby red with almost no head.

S: Dank herbs. a wine quality with a hint of oak. There is some spice in here with bits of grape and sour cherries. A butterscotch malt.

T: Tart cherry with a dry finish. Cranberry and walnut dance around my tongue followed up by dried grape. A little roasted malt that imparts some toffee with oak in the finish. Lots of acid.

M: Pretty light actually. No carbonation. I expected this to be bigger.

O: This is refreshing! The taste is very different from the aroma. Its very tart surprisingly. /83

schwemjw, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Shanop1288
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Shanop1288, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of jbaakko
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jbaakko, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown body; medium sized head

Aroma: Spicy; oak notes; wine like

Taste: Spicy; oak flavors; malty with a bitter finish; fairly well balanced and pretty good overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of TwoForty
4/5  rDev -0.5%

TwoForty, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of jonathaniler
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jonathaniler, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber brown in color with a modest off-white head, which soon fades to a scattering of foam on the surface. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls. Before a light, fat, slow-rising carbonation can be seen.

Aroma: Caramel and spices dominate the aroma, there is a wood note as well, somewhat like old oak

Taste: Opens with dark caramel and toasted malt. As the taste progresses, a slightly smoky, wood flavor appears. Towards the background of the taste, understated mildly earthy hops as present as well, rising from the middle of the taste to a modest presence at the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant, full.

Drinkability/notes: Well-crafted and elegant.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom embossed pint bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adam Boston Lager sensory glass.

Pegasus, May 26, 2013
Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.