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

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RATINGS: 269   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."


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (6415) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2012
Bottle 500ml @ gunnfryd
Pours clear deep amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, caramel and grassy, floral hops. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (12682) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2012
Bottle. It pours a clear, dark amber colored body and a finger-thick, off-white head. The aroma is lightly roasted and bready, some piney notes in the back. Caramel and some prunes too. Quite pleasant, in a nice way. A bit thin on the palate, soft carbonation. Dry. Roasted and caramel-ish flavor with a nice bitterness kicking in towards the end. A quite nice one, although a bit too British for my preferences. 120405

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (3432) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2012
50 cl. Clear and red-brown with a lasting disc of creamy foam. Aroma of earthy-spiced caramel apple, dark fruit, and a touch of oak. Flavor is the same blend with more accent on the toffee and woodsiness than the rest. Medium body is a touch to the sweet side, but not sticky, and the wooden finish lingers a bit.. Shows a bit of surprising warmth for 6.5% abv.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2803) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 13, 2012
Bottled 50cl. Clear deep amber. Buttery with earthy hops throughout. Medium to full bodied. A decent malt accented english strong ale.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2012
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, leaves, slight toffee, slight caramel, and a hint of diacetyl. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, loose, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, leaves, slight caramel, Earth, and a slight hint of hops. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Light to medium sweet, malt, slight caramel, Earth finish is dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (3106) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Whole Foods, P st, DC 500ml ($5): Fortunately Whole Foods has a high turnover rate and this bottle was fresh enough to not get the white bottle skunk. Pours an amber colour with a cream head. Aroma is pretty nice. Some dark fruits, a little bit of cake, sugar, and another flavor or two that I couldn’t quite finger. The taste is slightly worse than the aroma, but still quite satisfactory. Pretty smooth. Not overly complex at the palatable level, but still plenty nice. Really soft carbonation. Mouthfeel was also much lighter than expected. Mild bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (1823) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Pours copper with a tall, frothy tan head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is grassy, planty, toast, caramel, toffee, light nuttiness, a touch of skunk and englishy yeast. Flavor is caramel, toffee, toast, a little more skunk than the aroma lets on, a little sulpher, sweet malt, autumn leaves, sweet hay and a slightly boozy, dark fruit and nuts finish. Palate is light to medium bodied and dry, but slick throughout. I wasn’t terribly impressed with this beer at ~$6/500ml bottle, but price aside, it’s pretty average. The clear bottle probably did it no favors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2012
500 ml clear bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is toasted malt, toffee, herbal/earthy hops, oak, and a little bit of skunk. The brew tastes like toffee, toasted and caramel malt, nuts, herbal hops, and a bit of tea and fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I thought it was a decent enough overall brew. I tend to stay away from beers that come in clear bottles, but since it was a new arrival at a local store I hoped that the brew wasn’t too old yet. I think it’s worth a try.

1.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2012 Smells like - and I’m not kidding - skunk and spoiled meat. Tastes like stale hops , oak, and astringent bitterness. I don’t know who is the bigger idiot - the brewer for using clear bottles, or me for buying this anyway.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (3752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
500 ml bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose is caramel, floral, with light hints of toffee and oak. Clear copper with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly bitter, with a small fruity note, and a little toffee.


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