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Brewed by Greene King
Style: English Strong Ale
Bury St. Edmunds, England

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Cask; special for the Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival October 2013. This new, potent brew, brewed exclusively for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival, is rich and warming, with floral notes supplied by late hopping, leading to a full flavour, completed by a superb balance of bitter and sweet notes in the finish. Hops used: Challenger, First Gold, Fuggles, Pilgrim


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1060) - - NOV 11, 2013
Cask at Hunters Hall, Galashiels. Good clear amber with a long lasting head. Good fruity/ hoppy/ malty nose. Full bodied with nice balance of malty sweetness and spicy hops, and a good lingering finish. Much better than I’d expected after reading some of the rates! Well done to GK and ’spoons!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Cask Half Pint at Edward Rayne (JDW), Raynes Park, London in Oct 2013 during Spoons Festival - Amber Red in colour. Malty; sweet malts, toffee. Fruity; orange citrus and dark fruits. Hoppy; earthy spicy hops. Syrupy sweet. Sweet malty fruity throughout. OK. Drinkable; but too sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6445) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol, October 2013. Deep amber with a slight, off-white head. Big and boozy, with some sweet malts, hint of nuts and spice and a decent, bitter finish. Fine.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (15804) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
17th October 2013
Crosse Keys Spoons. Cask. Almost clear amber beer. Small pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth, slightly viscous and dry. Strong malts with sweet caramel. Touch of floralness. Alcohol spice. Dry creamy toffee. Whisper of dried fruits. Smooth semi dry finish. A bit dry and spicy but okay.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (1378) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2013
Cask from the Swatters Carr, Midldesbrough. Amber with creamy head. A bit disappointing for the strength. Quite bitter with burnt toffee and raisin notes, but lacking complexity. Oily mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidtjm (511) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2013
On tap at wetherapoon’s ale festival. Sweet aroma, Sweet floral malty taste, like a Belgian, fantastic

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (3308) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2013
Some dried fruits and liquorice in the aroma. Flavour is similar, sweet and fruity perhaps with a touch of clove too. Really smooth and silky.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4645) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
Cask at the Bear (JDW), Maidenhead. Reddish copper with a ring of cream head; a slightly musty malt aroma; dry and spicy taste with a rich barley-wine style body; the finish is warming and sweeter, with the alcohol well hidden. But overall, this is a rather boring barley wine.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beese (2035) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2013
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 17 October. Poured a clear copper with a thin white head; looked nice enough... which is where the niceness ended... Aroma of tropical fruit juice (5 Alive), pear drops, fruit salad sweet and synthetic banana-essence. Hideous sweet flavours bombarding with treacle and yet more boiled sweets. Finish is even sweeter, big toffee and intrusive, unsubtle booze. I don’t understand how Greene King can make a beer that’s only 8.5% and somehow manage to make it taste like 40% moonshine. Undrinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1396) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2013
Tasted this in the Edward Wylie, Glasgow (JDW) in October 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark copper red in colour with a thin gloopy off white head. Fantastic sweet aroma of banoffee pie wafting out from the pulled pump and across the counter - thats how strong the smell is! Creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Mixed malts give a rich maltloaf base with sweet lashing of mashed overipe banana and soft warm buttery toffee. There is a whack of musty, earthy traditional English hops in the short bitter aftertaste. Finish is strong, sweet and malty with hints of dark rum boozey warmth, marzipan and dry vanilla oak cask in the mouth. This is a decent Barley Wine in style but it does lack a certain depth of flavour, range and complexity for 8.5% Still, well done Greene King for giving the few Barley Wine enthusiasts out there something new to try!


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