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

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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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."


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (3108) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3700) - 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.

4.4
   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!

3.5
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvikar (4129) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at beerandbeyond shop. Thanks troubles. Pours bronze with a small head, aroma of honey, caramel, toffee and diacetyl, flavor is a bit sourish with diacetyl, butter, caramel and toffee, medium bodied

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
From a bottle. Pours a rich copper color with a robust off-white head. Good lacing. Nice nose of malts, fruits, spices. Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is rich malts with lots of ripe fruit and floral hops. Great drinking.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gegwilson (3152) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle from Rhythm & Booze, Ripon. Amber ale with white head. Quite bitter with lots of malt flavour and a touch of caramel. Alcohol quite evident. I was looking forwards to this one as I’ma big fan of the style, but this effort was pretty disappointing really. Lacking any real complexity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1763) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Old Crafty Hen has a very thin, off-white head, and a mostly clear, deep, brilliant, amber appearance with some bubble streams and lacing. The aroma is of of rich, sweet caramel and toffee, bread crust and maybe some raisin. Taste is of those elements, with some mellow, but distinguished bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Old Crafty Hen finishes wet, sweet, rich, and delicious. Overall, a most excellent beer! RJT

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MustangMarkF (244) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2013
500ml Bottle. This came highly thought of but from someone who likes a lot darker beers than I do. TBH I had put it off but finally got round to it.. It pours a ruby brown body with a moderate dark cream head with a good amount of medium lacing. It smells of malts and caramel with a slight hint of hops. It tastes largely of burnt caramel with a raisin mid taste moving to a bitter finish. Yep - not to my tastes but I can imagine many will like it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jamedra (722) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 3, 2013
Láhev 500 ml. Aroma dubové, čokoláda a lehce karamel. Pěna je středně vysoká, lehce nahnědlé barvy, jemná a mizící. Barva piva samotného je tmavší měděná. Chuť má silný sladový střed, okraj připomínající sladký meloun, celkově je toto velmi sladké, finiš je slabší hořký, zakulacený ale rázný. Toto pivo je vcelku dobré, nicméně, není až tak dobře pitelné a očekával bych i bohatší chuť.


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