beersearcher (2168) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was a little scared by the clear bottle but the price was right so I took a flyer. Pours a super clear auburn color. Good amount of sparkle on the tongue. Has the typical apple cider taste with some malts backing it up. But I would like to have gotten a bit more of the Old 5X in this beer. Maybe amp that up to 25 or 30%.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Damn clear bottle. Slightly skunked, mostly in the aroma. Naturally, very British. Beautiful bottle and label.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light amber with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate grain, caramel and cake; light to moderate herbal and earthy hops; grape; raisin; maple syrup; slight vanilla; slight skunk; cardboard and paper. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, light to moderately bitter and slightly sour. There was caramel, maple syrup, malt in general, cookies, vanilla, raisin, grape, prune, dark cherry, and earthy and herbal hops. The medium body was rather oily, slightly syrupy and then dry with fizzy then soft carbonation and dry, slightly metallic, lightly astringent and , surprising for the lower ABV, slightly alcoholic finish.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby color with thin head. Tons of toasted, caramel and dark fruit aromas. Taste is similar with a rich maltiness and a strong raisin finish
marcosmlima (18) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ótima aparência. Gosto forte e amargo.
gripweed57 (438) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Bright copper colored liquid topped by an thick rocky beige head. Lovely toasted biscuit malt nose reminiscent of toffee and malt vinegar. Sweet butterscotch malt flavor with a silky mouthfeel upfront. Midtaste has dried fruit and vanilla notes. Finishes with a bittersweet herbal hoppiness.
gunnfryd (9342) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malt, hop. Flavour is caramel, roasted malt, hop. Medium body. Ordinary beer.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - AUG 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge wort nose on pouring - wortiest beer I have ever smelled. Some thin hops as well. Good looking - dark auburn with a soft head. Good full body - crystal malt, some dried fruit, plums, preserve and floral hops with a little tin. Heavy caramel/crysal malt on the finish with some soft bitterness. Pretty darn good and adds up to a premium speckled hen, which is all you could ask for.
TheJester (1651) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 mL bottle. Basically, oaked Speckled Hen. I love Old Speckled Hen. It was one of my early favourites, and still holds a special place in my heart. But it is not a big enough beer to stand up to the oak. It just isn’t. This wasn’t necessary.
Bragesnak (5084) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From Voldby, DK.
Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavour with caramel and alcohol.
ALavery03 (16) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Liquid campfire. Pours a translucent copper/bronze...taste is of caramel and toasted oak...smooth, complex, toasty, creamy, semisweet. Wish I had another right now.