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


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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (7767) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ DØE tasting. Pours amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, wood, hops. Flavor is malt, caramel, oak, green apples. Medium body, soft carbonation. 170713

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Valgreen (760) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle @ øl smagning, 17 / 7 2013. Dark orange, small white head, some lacing that doesn’t last long. Aroma, sweet malt, toffee, straw/hay. Taste, malty, toffee, bread, slight alcohol. Bitter dry aftertaste, bit of sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bax (1299) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
(bottle 17 /07-2013) low white head, clear amber color, smooth taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steverus0 (231) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2013
A tasty English strong with a delightfully complex character or Raisin and malts with deeper but mellow oakish notes. Clear amber with just a little head, this crafty brew earns its name ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
RobertDale (4343) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and wood. Taste is malt, fruit, caramel, and wood. Might have had an off bottle, but was not impressed at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmahut (1521) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (616) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
jamestulloch (2209) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (4149) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 30, 2013
Malty, earthy woody. Medium body. Typical strong English ale. Not bad, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KoNrRiI (789) - 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.

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