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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."


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Excellent English ale. Nicely balanced, and the extra alcohol gives it more character than their Speckled Hen.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2655) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2013
A dark brown color with little head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and raisin. Flavor is malty with more caramel, toffee, toasty notes. Aftertaste is dry. Overall I don’t know what it is but I dig these hens.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2339) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2013 veerrryy nice ale with golden raisin a bit of sweet vanilla and a touch of almond. malt brew with good soft smoothness and a nice appearance of amber with small brown yet substantial head that seems sugary. nice surprise, and a lingering finish with some bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marc18 (28) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 15, 2013
Strong amber ale. with malt, hop and woody aroma. Good drinkabilty, a little sweet, malt, caramel and toffee, oak, bitter finish with a hint of raisin. A quality ale for the price.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_leit (180) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAY 9, 2013
Old good strong ruby-amber ale with malt, hop and woody aroma. Good drinkabilty, a little sweet, malt, caramel and toffee, nuts, oak, bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Draft at Manchester Pub. Pours caramel colored with a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet (and malty with some woodiness (oak, I presume). Taste is one par with the aroma, sweet toffee and malt-forward with some fruit and spice notes. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2013
Enjoyed this. What’s in a name? Malty smoothness. Thin easy drink. What else to say?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a low cream head. Light malt aroma. Malt and toffee flavor. Medium bodied. Malt and light toffee linger with light citrus and light dried fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
Caramel pour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet malt and some fruit and oak. Taste is creamy smooth. Nice malt backbone. Little sweetness and an oaky finish. Goes down so smooth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle. The ruddy reddish color is evident thru the clear bottle. Not much of a head, just a bit of foam. The aroma is of wet mash and caramel, with a sweet edge. This drinks with an almost whiskey-malt sugary bottom, ending with a decidedly British twist. (#4988, 4/16/2013)


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