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

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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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."


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (1940) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Poured from 12 oz. clear bottle. Clear, orange-walnut brown with a large pale tan head that does dot linger long and excellent lacing. Aroma of bread, pear, grapes and caramel. Taste of caramel, medicine, honey, toffee, molasses, dark fruit and sour cherry. Full/medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8560) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse Charlottesville. Pours a clear rust color with a medium sized white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of raisins, caramel and soy. The taste is toffee, treacle, herbal notes, anise, soy. Medium bodied. Decent.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2012
Underwhelming aroma, quite warming and gentle pale malt. boozy flavour, especially at the finish. Grainy with some caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
OllieBBommel (1088) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle@tasting, 50cl. Head: off-white colored foam. Color: clear, orange. Aroma: hops, some sour. Taste: butterscotch, some sweet, bitter. Palate: dry, smooth, medium body, bitter finish. Overall: very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (591) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Pint bottle from Woodman’s. Deep ruby red color with a small, firm beige head. Aroma is creamy, roasted malt with a spicy sweet note. Flavor is roasted malt and medicinal hops. A hint of semi-sweet chocolate sweetens it up at the end. Crisp, long lasting bitter finish but still smooth on the palate. A definite winner.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The Etruscan (528) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 14, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 Dark amber colour. Light beige weak head. Aroma is malty with fruity (hazelnuts, raisins) and light caramel notes. Flavor is malty too with fruity (banana, raisins, prunes), caramel and toffee tones, ending in a balanced bitter and fruity finish, Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (1953) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber in colour small head. Aroma is of sweet malts. Palate is a little thicker than usual. Taste is of caramel and toffee a little sweet. Small amount of warming dried fruits in finish. A nice beer, better than speckled hen.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2160) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Pours deep orange/amber with silky/creamy head. Head stays with the drink and coats the glass. Taste of toffee with some bitterness. Some of the oak barrel comes through in the flavor. Different from the usual English bitter....

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
No aroma whatsoever. Color is a amber, hazy, oily white head. Flavor is strong corn, tin foil, and malt. Only aftertaste is tin foil. This tastes like it is bordering on a malt liquor. Hoped for something more subtle, like the speckled hen.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (1940) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2012
A clear brown body with a nice off-white head that had nice retention and some lace. A nice grassy hop profile dominated the aroma malts had a hay quality to it, but there was some caramel malts to it. Flavor had good balance between hops and malts. Caramel malts were a little more present then aroma indicated but took a back seat to nice hay flavors. Hops were delicately bitter with some grass notes. A slight fruit note in the finish. Slightly dry.


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