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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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416 Ratings

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 25
Gots: 15 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

DruC4, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Sippinonsizzurp, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of SmashPants
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

SmashPants, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of JasonTaverner
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JasonTaverner, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

clarknova, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of delta490
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

johnny29er, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of fourstringer
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Vsarmatov, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

juicebox, Sep 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Jimbo4430, Sep 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Richie71, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of REDAMI
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

harpus, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

pastramionrye7, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Sparty55, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Zorora, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Anvilfarm, Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Rwalford74, Aug 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Doppelbockulus, Jul 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

TEHieatt, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

dansmcd, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

mrfrancis, Jul 09, 2013
Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.