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

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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmahut (1363) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle, bought at OP. Pours in hazy dark amber body with almost no head. Aroma is malt sweetness, with dark dried fruits in the background. Taste is sweet with oak and caramel notes. Medium biterness in the after-taste, long lasting. Alcohol joining the party as well. Body is medium with high carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (603) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Well, this is certainly in the speckled/tooth neck of the woods, taste-wise. A bit more oomph than Hens’Tooth though and a bit more sweet sugary malt. I like this quite a bit but it is a departure from US style beer.

1.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
jamestulloch (1849) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2013
Aroma: Lightly roasted malt, stewed tea and metal.

Appearance: Deep amber body with a thin off-white head. Light carbonation. Few lacing marks.

Taste: Harsh alcohol and metal taste. Bitter finish.

Palate: Thin body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Soft carbonation.

Overall: Harsh and horrible - I couldn’t finish it. Undrinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (3855) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 30, 2013
Malty, earthy woody. Medium body. Typical strong English ale. Not bad, but nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KoNrRiI (683) - Århus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2013
0.5 bottle. Dark amber color with a reddish hue, completely clear with a creamy, off-white head on top. Looks pretty well but lacks proper lacing. Typical bitters aroma with dough, some alcoholic scents and an unusual touch of oak and vanilla. Taste is somewhat spicy, mix of malts and hops, a tad of dough and vanilla accompanied by some hoppy bitterness. It is somewhat dry but not to a fault. Medium body, smooth texture and a carbonation heavier than expected. Finish has more character and strength than the rest which is already rather robust. Overall the beer is a good example of its kind, similar to the Old Speckled Hen but not exactly as easily drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jrwhitney6 (349) - - JUN 27, 2013
Pours a rich amber. Nose of some vanilla. Taste of some raisin, vanilla and malt. Maybe a little on the boring side, but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernesto987 (4389) - Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Malty and ok, for a British beer this is ok, decently drinkable, not bad it’s. ok

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2489) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Draft from draught 55. Brownish pour. Malty. Pretty decent and toffeesh exemplar of style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4564) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear amber colour with average, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Fruity aroma has notes of green apple, raisin, a touch of oak. Taste is dry and minimally tart, hints of oak, vanilla, green apple and apple parings, a touch of raisin. Body is slightly too light to withstand the dry, minimally astringent oak notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5160) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle from the Hen House mixed quad purchased at Aficionado’s. Clear amber in color with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt and corn with caramel and soft fruit notes. Malt and honey flavor with caramel and soft fruit before an earthy hop finish.


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