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

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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned.
Pipkin pale malt, Crystal malt and maltose syrup. Challenger and Goldings hops. Morland’s original yeast.


MBison's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle 500 ml. Poured cloudy burnt copper with a large, off-white, rocky head which was mostly lasting. A woody aroma with notes of white pepper, toffee malts, nuts, caramelized dried mixed fruits, dried apricots and hints of spiced cookies. Flavor was a light earthy hop bitterness with toffee malts, all spice, pepper, overripe peaches & apricots, caramel, wood and a spicy/warming finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, an almost chewy mouthfeel and a good length finish.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tnkw01 (1287) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle. Deep copper-amber in color. Small head. Aroma is slightly sweet, caramel. Taste is butterscotch, cereal, and caramel.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ardel1991 (91) - - APR 30, 2015
Klarowne, miedziane, z białą szybko znikającą pianą. Aromaty traw, karmelu, miodu, słodu i owoców. W smaku lekki miód, słodowa słodycz. Brak goryczki, średnio wysokie wysycenie.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
commonmac (542) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle from a sampler pack received as a gift around Christmas. Darker than orange moving towards amber/copper. Little bit of off white head. Malt dominates the aroma...there’s not a lot of citrus or bright characteristics on the nose of this one which I guess was expected. Taste has earthy qualities with malt continuing to run the show. Some elements of alcohol and bitterness join the party as the sip progresses. Leaves you with toffee and caramel. Slightly metallic. I think this would benefit from the atmosphere of an English pub rather than my living room. Overall, I"m pleasantly surprised. Thought this one was destined for the lower level of ratings.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lello4ever (204) - ITALY - APR 20, 2015
E’ una buona ale inglese. Colore arancio carico, mediamente torbida e con poca schiuma, aroma prettamente di malto, si fa bere bene con un sapore tendente al dolce. Corpo medio, alcol giusto.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omikr0n (792) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear copper with quickly disappearing white head. Aroma is fresh grass, candy, malt, caramel. Taste is malt, spicy hops, hint of caramel and alcohol. Unpleasantly high carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (6633) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2015
2/22/15. 50cL bottle my dad brought down! Clear red pour with a huge khaki head, good lacing. Lightly skunked aroma, sweet maltiness, black tea, toffee, caramel, fruity. Sweet, malty flavor, lots of toffee, some stone fruit, a suprising hop bitterness and character, mild skunk. Not bad, actually.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erzengel (4968) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2015
*Old rating from 2010. Nice strong ale. A bit sweetish, malty with a nice Ale-characteristic. Easy to drink, fresh but tends to be sticky. Nice but too sweet for me.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fluxing (491) - POLAND - JAN 6, 2015
Kolor ciemnobursztynowy, klarowne. Piana obfita, gwaltownie sie tworzy, szybko opada, przegazowane. W aromacie karton, miod, metal, diacetyl, przypalony karmel, lekkie slodkie owoce, da sie wyroznic morele, lekki alkohol. W odczuciu polwytrawne, gladkie. W smaku puste, lekko karmelowe, i owocowe, do tego metal i diacetyl, pojawia sie tez jakas minimalna, rzeska nuta, moze nawet chmielowa. Goryczka niska, ziolowa, lodygowa.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sucharek147 (76) - Dębica, POLAND - JAN 5, 2015
Barwa to ciemny bursztyn. Piana początkowo niezła, ale szybko opada, a w zasadzie znika. Aromat dość słabo wyczuwalny, słodowy, słodki. Smak też słodowy, ogólnie pustawy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
spittle8 (124) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Ntro draft from the Stag & Lion, San Diego. Creamy head, though not as voluminous or exceptional as that of the Boddington’s we compared it against. Much more flavor than the Boddington’s - Hen’s Tooth had a nice sour, earthy flavor and a pleasant aftertaste. A solid beer that could be drank all day, but with more character than the Boddington’s we rated it against, at the cost of creaminess.


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