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


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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
A blend of 10 - 14% Old 5X (aged up to 5 years in oak vats - and used in Strong Suffolk) and regular Old Speckled Hen.
"A distinctive malty taste with a satisfying, smooth raisin finish. This delicious dark amber ale is perfect for indulging yourself and your friends."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (5968) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
From a 5 cl bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Malty nose. Flavors of light butterscotch and raisins. Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (12111) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle - Caramel and a bit of burnt sweetness. Clear amber with a beige head. Sweet caramel, oaky and a bit sour. Bitterness up front and a bit harsh. Overall not my favorite of the series. A bit rough around the edges.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2173) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. This is nice big ale which bridges complexity and balance very well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Slight;y malty, sweet aroma, subtle. Nice deep red / amber colour with standard minimal white head. Some good malty flavours going on, beats it’s little sibling and the flavour does linger some medium to deep complexity but no discernible oak vats from what I can get. Satisfying small bubbly mouthfeel. Good for a mass produced, pasteurised beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
geologyguy (1270) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Smell is like a sour beer..taste is a bit sweet and malty, no decernable hops per se but a tad bitter on the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (3287) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2013
500 ml bottle from LCBO (part of Hen House mix pack). Pours a clear dark amber colour with modest-sized eggshell-coloured head. Aroma is toffee, dark fruit and butter. Flavour is toffee, raisin, wood and butter. A little bit of booziness and a lightly drying finish. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (3058) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
Pours a dark copper with a small white wisp of head. Aroma is toffee, oak, dark fruits. Taste is toffee, raisin and oak. Nice English strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3675) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2013
50 cl bottle in a mixed pack from LCBO served cold in a tulip glass. Clear cooper with a full, orange-tan head. Fruity and vinous, some toffee and treacle, dark dried fruits, a little woody, brown sugar, decent. Medium+ body with moderate carbonation. Quite fruity, lightly boozy, brown sugar, a bit of dark rum character, dark dried fruits, a little wood, alright; off-dry with moderate-low bitterness and a long, brown sugar and treacle, fruity finish. Alright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kvnstfrd (32) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Appearance: Pours a dark, amber color with a frothy, long-lasting head with plenty of lacing. Aroma: Raisins, spicy hops and cereal grains with a woody aroma. Taste: Initial taste is brandy-like with dark fruits, oak and a subtle taste of liquorice while on the palate. Aftertaste is a perfect blend of sweet, dark fruit flavors and a dry bitter. Mouth-feel is medium with almost no detectable carbonation. A smooth and buttery swallow. This is a difficult-to-find brew that I’ve been hunting for 3 or 4 years. I am happy to report that it has been well worth the hunt and the wait. This one just might make it into my top-10 list!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2013
500 ml bottle from the lcbo. Brown with a tan head. Nicely layered with dark fruit and well hopped. A little light on flavour for a 6.5% beer. Nice ESA but not the best.

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