Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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89
very good
465 Ratings
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Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) AleOlde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom
greenekingbeers.co.uk

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
465
Reviews:
304
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The only beer I've ever had that i would rate a 5 all around. Appearance is a rich dark red almost brown. Small head. Flavor is instantly fruitcake, then smoky and finished off by anise. Velvety texture, which only enhances. It is amazing. Even if you only try this once it is absolutely worth it.

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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Olegophren
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Hm, it is strange they decided to change the name. Although it's same strong suffolk I love.

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Photo of pkalix
4.91/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

deep, dark mahogany. a little head at first but dwindling to virtually nothing, although it does lace fully down the sides when tilted....
last guy said it smells like vanilla and wet grass and really hit it on the head with that description...
taste is a sweet malt-y, vanilla-y. very nice and very tasty, but i agree with the other guy in that the 'aging' might be the brew's downfall. it seems to create a slight funkiness, and a tad bitter that just doesnt mesh well. but that only takes it down from a perfect score. this brew has some wonderful qualities and is very pleasing. it feels a bit thin but that can easily be taken in stride.
overall, this is a beautiful drink. and at 6% it's relatively promising. i love the sweetness- it's like a dopplebock but has an entirely different set of parameters. i have a suspiciousness against myself for wanting to award another set of strong 5's in two beers in a row. and after much consideration, i have to admit this is an outstanding brew and i have no 2nd thoughts in rating this very highly. let me know what you think. i recommend this completely and will purchase a few more tomorrow to affirm what i feel now!

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4.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Utterly exquisite! Sublime consistency notes of caramel and toffee just the right hint of bitterness.

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4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured vigorously I managed to get a 2 finger head that eventually became no more than a thin white ring. Deep ruby color with hardly any carbonation. Beautiful aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit, vanilla, and butterscotch. Flavors of figs, raisins, cherries, oak, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. Pleasant bitterness works with the sweetness of the beer quite nicely. Very smooth moutfeel, drying in the finish. The finish really reminded me of wine tannins.

Wonderful beer. One of the things I love I love about it is that the finishing bitterness is so subtle as not to totally and abrasively balance the malts out, rather the flavors flowed from sweet to mildly bitter. Fantastic.

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4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

“Aged in Oak for two years” Cool.

Pours dark, ruddy brown-red with a foamy tan head.

Aroma has solid strong brown ale character. A bit roasty, with a lot of caramel and a hoppy edge. And then, there is that sneaky little sour acidity in there. Kind of a light acetic character.

Up front, there is a light caramel sweetness. This quickly turns into a funky acetic character on the back of the tongue. This is strangely accompanied by some hoppy bitterness and a good hit of roast. Strange, yet very alluring.

Medium body and relatively lightly carbonated, this beer has something for everyone. On one hand, you have a rich, flavorful brown ale. On the other is a refreshing acidity. Either inspired by or the inspiration for Flemish browns.

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4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Much darker than I was expecting but still a beautiful beer. Deep garnet red with just a tiny little bit of head that is quite persistant.

Definately get some oak in the nose. The wood melds nicely with rich malt notes. Distinct caramel notes. Just a hint of fruityness. Just barely there.

Very nice flavor. Very full and rich and complex for an English ale. Nice caramel up front which mingles with distinct oakyness in the mid palate. Also get a distinct nuttiness in there as well. Definately some hop bitterness in the finish with just a touch of astringnecy. Actually finishes quite dry but still with the oak I think. All in all really terrific flavors. Very rich but not overwhelming. Very nice brew.

Good mouthfeel. Fairly thin for a beer of this richness and complexity but not too thin. I bet this is fantastic served from a cask. Would probably make my perception of the mouth feel change dramatically.

Quite drinkable. I wish I had some more. Not cloying at all. That dry oaky finish keeps me coming back for more.

Good mouthfeel.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The foam was dark wheat in color, bubbly and smooth with nice lacing. It had a almost opaque color with a ruby red tone with burgandy and brown highlights. It had a very deep roasted barley and fruit aroma underlined by hints cherries, carmel and toasted wood. It's taste was a very deep toasted oak, barley, fruit, with a carmel toffee hops accent. Mouthfeel - full-bodied. Drinkability - I loved this beer! Deep, rich, full of complex flavors and aromas. This would be a perfect holiday beer during the winter.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Offa
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is wodnerful.

It's deep ruby red with a slight brownish hue, topped with a big, dense, light tan head slowly shrinking to a thin, lasting foamy top and a little lacing.

The aroma is earthy toasted bread, fruit, caramel with hints of chocolate, port, pine, juniper licorice, burnt sugar, pine.

The taste is similar, rich, complex, yet fairly subtle. There's a clear light bitterness up front and in the finish, more mellow in the middle. The palate is full and complex, and lively. It's easy to drink, complex, and very flavourful.

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4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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4.72/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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