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

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RATINGS: 293   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."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (1943) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smallprint (74) - - SEP 5, 2012
Pours a beautiful, dark copper/red colour with a very thin off white head that quickly dissipates, though this is probably because of the dishwasher tablets. Smell of malts, very slight fruity smell. Lovely, rich malty taste with some notes of biscuit and dark fruits. Has a bitter finish which lasts, very smooth to drink. Much, much better than Old Speckled Hen and Old Golden Hen, a pleasant surprise! Fuller’s 1845 is better though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4361) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Tesco. Dark copper pour with a thin white frothy head. A malty aroma and a lovely malty smooth flavour with a hint of bitterness which lingers for a while on the palate. A big step up from Speckled Hen and a beer that is loved by everyone that tastes it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (2087) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2012
16.9 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, grain and toffee. Taste of malts, grain, caramel and a touch of bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
I was a little scared by the clear bottle but the price was right so I took a flyer. Pours a super clear auburn color. Good amount of sparkle on the tongue. Has the typical apple cider taste with some malts backing it up. But I would like to have gotten a bit more of the Old 5X in this beer. Maybe amp that up to 25 or 30%.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
THOUGHTS: Damn clear bottle. Slightly skunked, mostly in the aroma. Naturally, very British. Beautiful bottle and label. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light amber with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate grain, caramel and cake; light to moderate herbal and earthy hops; grape; raisin; maple syrup; slight vanilla; slight skunk; cardboard and paper. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, light to moderately bitter and slightly sour. There was caramel, maple syrup, malt in general, cookies, vanilla, raisin, grape, prune, dark cherry, and earthy and herbal hops. The medium body was rather oily, slightly syrupy and then dry with fizzy then soft carbonation and dry, slightly metallic, lightly astringent and , surprising for the lower ABV, slightly alcoholic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Deep ruby color with thin head. Tons of toasted, caramel and dark fruit aromas. Taste is similar with a rich maltiness and a strong raisin finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcosmlima (18) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 27, 2012
Ótima aparência. Gosto forte e amargo.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (685) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2012
500 ml bottle. Bright copper colored liquid topped by an thick rocky beige head. Lovely toasted biscuit malt nose reminiscent of toffee and malt vinegar. Sweet butterscotch malt flavor with a silky mouthfeel upfront. Midtaste has dried fruit and vanilla notes. Finishes with a bittersweet herbal hoppiness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnfryd (10588) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malt, hop. Flavour is caramel, roasted malt, hop. Medium body. Ordinary beer.


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