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


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RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pdubyah (642) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2013
Meh. Average. Sour on the top note and not a lot after the overly banging caramel in your face front that this has. I want to burn my passport rather than recommend this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (12088) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
Sample at DØE 2013. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, oak, hops and fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
petexner (935) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Not bad but nothing special. Pleasant hoppy taste, long dry palate, nice color and head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2013
I still can’t quite decide if I like this. It’s super malty, with a lot of caramel, bread, alcohol. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Better than the old speckled hen, to be sure, but I have a feeling this would taste a lot better in an English pub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
#114 - bottle from Supermarket. Deep rich oak and fruit aroma, almost whisky like. Lovely golden amber colour. Rich malt and dried fruit taste, very nice to drink. Smooth and foams a little in mouth .

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Maybe I got a bad bottle but this was a pretty horrid beer. Clear amber pour with a white head. Aromas of skunk and yard clippings. Taste is weak malt with skunk. Just a bad experience all around. I got through it but I had to chug it. This is a great example of why beer doesn’t belong in a clear glass bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (4034) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Pour is a dark amber with a large tan head. Aroma is malty and slightly woody. Flavor is very sweet and sugary with some bready malty and a bit of dried dark fruit. The sweetness kinda stands out more than anything but this is a decent and different offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
geophagus (664) - Lubin, POLAND - AUG 12, 2013
(Bottle 0.5 l/ Half of a bottle) Clear, dark amber color. Yellow, medium sized, medium fast falling head, lacing, reduced to small stable foam. Medium body, medium carbonation, oily texture, dry and alcoholic mouthfeel. Aroma: Dry and complex, malty and moderate alcoholic. Caramel and a bit toasted malts, bread, raisins, medium strong notes of alcohol and wood. Slightly aroma of resin hops. Taste: Very malty. First caramel malts, second pleasant, increasing notes of toasted malts. Medium strong alcohol, soft bitterness. Finish is medium long, dry, toasted and a bit alcoholic. Nice dry aftertaste, dominated by toastiness and pleasant bitterness. Very interesting, complexive strong ale but alcohol notes could be softer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Janek_Poducha (60) - Lubin, POLAND - AUG 12, 2013
(Bottle 0,5l shered with geophagus) Deep amber color, clear, small yellow head, fast falling. Aroma: Caramel malts, brown sugar, hops, dried fruits, raisins, resin, slightly alcoholic, pinch of some metallic notes. Taste: Caramel malts, malts, hops (resin, dried fruits, raisins), notes of alcohol and wood, brown sugar, metallic notes, a bit bread notes. Medium body, medium carbonation, hoppy/toasted finish, oily texture, toasted aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2013
From a bottle poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

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