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


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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2805) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2013
A dark brown color with little head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and raisin. Flavor is malty with more caramel, toffee, toasty notes. Aftertaste is dry. Overall I don’t know what it is but I dig these hens.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2536) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2013 veerrryy nice ale with golden raisin a bit of sweet vanilla and a touch of almond. malt brew with good soft smoothness and a nice appearance of amber with small brown yet substantial head that seems sugary. nice surprise, and a lingering finish with some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marc18 (28) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 15, 2013
Strong amber ale. with malt, hop and woody aroma. Good drinkabilty, a little sweet, malt, caramel and toffee, oak, bitter finish with a hint of raisin. A quality ale for the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_leit (1946) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAY 9, 2013
Old good strong ruby-amber ale with malt, hop and woody aroma. Good drinkabilty, a little sweet, malt, caramel and toffee, nuts, oak, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Draft at Manchester Pub. Pours caramel colored with a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet (and malty with some woodiness (oak, I presume). Taste is one par with the aroma, sweet toffee and malt-forward with some fruit and spice notes. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2013
Enjoyed this. What’s in a name? Malty smoothness. Thin easy drink. What else to say?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a low cream head. Light malt aroma. Malt and toffee flavor. Medium bodied. Malt and light toffee linger with light citrus and light dried fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
Caramel pour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet malt and some fruit and oak. Taste is creamy smooth. Nice malt backbone. Little sweetness and an oaky finish. Goes down so smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6247) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle. The ruddy reddish color is evident thru the clear bottle. Not much of a head, just a bit of foam. The aroma is of wet mash and caramel, with a sweet edge. This drinks with an almost whiskey-malt sugary bottom, ending with a decidedly British twist. (#4988, 4/16/2013)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5475) - New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle, clear glass. Nose airy and a little stale out of the neck, but that subsided, in favor of crystal and latent fruit, a touch of nail polish, light berry stuffed under faint caramel/toffee. Pours a beautiful clear amber with a lacing cream head. Taste is semi-dry with fleet flights of fruit before the light but rubbery bitterness rears its head, very smooth fullish body is somewhat flat, alcohol vapors have wound their way around the poles, aftertaste isn’t particularly compelling but there’s nothing particularly upsetting here, either. Comes off as something of a generic ’Strong Ale’ with subtle oak and vanilla notes from barrel aging. Malt is there but undeveloped, hops just aren’t.

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