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

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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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."


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 150712. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavour with caramel and alcohol.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ALavery03 (16) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Liquid campfire. Pours a translucent copper/bronze...taste is of caramel and toasted oak...smooth, complex, toasty, creamy, semisweet. Wish I had another right now.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1227) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2012
500ml bottle. Dark amber with a white head that lasts seconds. Metallic aromas with a hit of hops and malts. Overwhelmingly boozy malt taste with an oily finish. Decent enough.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Pours a nice deep amber hue with a creamy slightly off-white head and left good lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of herbal and grassy noble hops(I think some EKG is in there) along with mild, crystal and slight toasted malts. Ever so slight oxidization and oaky notes along the vapours. The taste is very well balanced with a nod of bitterness to offset the sweet malt. Well rounded wood and earthiness lingers upon the palate with a dash of spice, pipe tobacco and butterscotch notes. The addition of the olde ale really adds a layer of complexity to this brew. The mouth feel is actually heavy for the genre, smooth and creamy with a quick dry tannic finish. I really liked this, above expectations and lucky that the clear bottle (damn it anyway) did not bring about any skunky character. Colour this fan of Olde Suffolk impressed! (methinks this would rock on cask!!)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2012
16.9oz bottle. Pours a deep copper color with a two finger fluffy off white head. Smell of caramel, sweet malts and raisins. Tastes follows aroma with caramel and sweet malts and raisins. Has an underlying oak flavor and some grassy hop bitterness that shows a little through the finish. Mellow and smooth, medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kristall-König (2116) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2012
Caramelliger, rauchig-torfiger Geruch.Stark malziger Antrunk, der in der Mitte einer nicht minder starken Karamell-rauchnote weicht. Bitterer, rauchig-kerniger Abgang. Gutes Bier.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nik925 (742) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2012
An odd combo of thinness and stickiness. Nice aroma but poor aftertaste. Alcohol taste is surprisingly strong for 6.5%. Love the decision to go with a clear bottle...I should have excepted that as enough reason to pass on this one, but the 5 years in oak suckered me in.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (861) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2012
500ml bottle into a nonic. Pours a clear medium brownish red with a thin half finger head. No lacing at all. Aroma is very malty with tons of caramel, toffee, and molasses. The taste continues the characteristics in the nose with additions of dark fruit. Still toffee and molasses and quite prominent with some undertones of pipe tobacco. Bitterness is light to moderate with the mouthfeel being full and smooth. Overall, this is wonderful if you like malty beers. I tend to love English ales and this one was not a let down. Would love to have on cask sometime. Serving type: bottle

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (19658) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle at Řlfestival 2012. Clear orange coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, bread and dried fruits. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and hops. Sweet and hoppy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kiptheyip (46) - IRELAND - MAY 22, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 Nice dark red appearance. Aroma of caramel and toasted oak. Flavour is toffee, malt and raisins. Some hop flavours to balance it out. Medium-full body. Very enjoyable beer.


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