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

Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) AleOlde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale
BA SCORE
79.1%
Liked This Beer
4 w/ 468 ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,937
Reviews:
307
Ratings:
468
Liked:
370
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
11%
Alströms:
3.33
 
 
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Photo of Brolo75
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a rich dark amber, mahogany red color with no head or lacing, low carbonation however the bottle was overly carbonated when I opened it, had to put it in the sink to allow it finish bubbling, looks flat, looks a little thin as well.

A: Very little aroma, caramel, toffee, sweet stone fruit, dates, light oak, not much else, very subtle aromas.

T: Caramel malts, toffee, light stone fruits, dates, plums, no oak on the taste, not what I was expecting, I hoping for rich, deep, layered flavors, not there at all.

M: Medium bodied, it's flat, no carbonation at all on the mouthfeel.

O: This must be a bad bottle, it exploded when I popped the cap, overflowed and I had to set it in the sink, very little aroma and flavor, mouthfeel is flat, not good at all. It came in a clear bottle not sure if that affected the quality.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Clear bottle, hopefully dodging the skunk monster here. Vintage undetermined.

Deep garnet red body, with excellent brown mahogany like wood colors. Head creation is about a little more than a finger, and a khaki color like cream consistency. Collar is made quite thick pencil size and creamy too, with a thin whispy puck showing quite a decent amount of body clarity. Some leopard like lacing adds some nice eye candy as well.

So for the nose is there any light struck quality? At first I thought there might be, but it doesn't seem so with some exploration. Small amounts of crisp toffee like aromas, and touches of berry like fruit. A small muted toasty nearly nut like quality but has more wood quality to it. Very creamy sensing, like a matching strawberry and cream character that starts to dominate. Very neat brew. Faint touch possibly of skunk.

Palate seems to stick to basics, but done real nicely. Light crisp body matching a waffery toffee flavor and slight caramel bar quality. Much of the hinted fruit quality seems not noticeable, more of a light wet mineral and hard water like presence which gives only so much depth. Faint wood char, slightly sticky resin flavors as well. Quick drinking, but creates a desire for more.

I call Session drinking old ale! Feels almost light and poundable, but with far more power and richness.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(16.9 oz bottle, no date, bought at SL... poured into a teku)

L: very deep ruddy burgundy-colored liquid - bit hard to tell if there's any sediment afloat... about an inch of tan foam forms on the pour, but fades away to a thin collar, as expected... scab of dark sediment left in corner of bottle bottom

S: cloyingly deliciously-rich caramel (initially), chestnut, hint of spice... perhaps a whiff of light milk chocolate... hint of fresh oak and caramelized wood fibers... faint note of an almost bourbon-like booze... subtle nuances soon die off, and what's left is mostly the caramel and some dried fig

T: first off, notably much less sweet than anticipated by the smell... bits of toasted toffee, leather, and roasted generic nut coated chased with a thin tail of caramel; woody and dry on the back end, with a minuscule vibration of bitter acorn lingering... pleasant dryness, but concurrently a tad dull in the aftertaste

F: certainly has a few more sinewy layers of malt body than an average Brit pale ale, but it arguably falls short of medium-bodied... not much carbonation to dazzle, but it lends just fine to letting it sit for a long while, sipping periodically

O: something a bit different, and I feel worth the wait (had this on my want list since I think 2010)... this is right up my alley and I'm looking forward to 1) maybe finding a fresher bottle within the next 7 years and 2) getting a couple more bottles to pair with funky cheeses

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Photo of samEBC
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/31/2016. Pours crystal clear dark ruby red/brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, sherry, and red grape; with light notes of cocoa, licorice, tobacco, leather, butterscotch, herbal, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, sherry, and red grape; with light notes of cocoa, licorice, tobacco, leather, butterscotch, herbal, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness and tannic oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, apple, sherry, herbal, light cocoa/leather/tobacco, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate oak flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a great old ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate oak flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Very well rounded and rich in complexity for the modest ABV. The diacetyl was a bit overpowering in the aromas at first, but seemed to mellow out as it warmed. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of dcotom
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 1/2 liter bottle into a Craft Beer Club sampling glass. Dark caramel color with tan highlights and a thin off-white head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing to speak of. Aromas and flavors of dark malt, sweet caramel, and toffee, with notes of dried fruit. There are also hints of oaky sourness on the finish, with a little sticky sweetness lingering. A tad astringent, with a bit of tannin. Everything seems to come together quite well, resulting in a very good beer overall.

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Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jheimiller
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harrisjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrDis
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed on the "1001," I will review this the next time I Have it.

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper color with a thin fluffy head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of caramels, butterscotch, earthy English hops and mild Port Wine
Flavor with notes of English earthy hops, toffee, a bit of nuts and chocolate, drops of Port Wine, plums, raisins, vanilla, licorice and wood. Dry aftertaste with a mild to medium bitterness.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
One of the reference for the style, easy to drink and balanced Old Ale. Not bold, bus still flavorful and differs from the crowd with some refreshing notes. This should go well with comfort food.

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Photo of scbeerman
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad as an interesting English blended ale. Very solid malt complexity without cloying sweetness; some noticeable bitterness on the back end improves drinkability. Raisin, toffee, fig, caramel, light coffee. However, a few notable flaws - primarily some grainy adjunct lager-like notes in there and a touch of diacetyl - make this just slightly above average on the whole.

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Photo of GSS
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aletastah
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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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours brown with reddish hue. Little to no head. Aroma is bread, biscuit, toffee, dark fruit, Raisins, prunes. Taste pretty much the same as the aroma. Very nice.

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Photo of 123321123321
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kaiyote
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of der_meister
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 79.1% out of 100 with 468 ratings
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