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


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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
authenticmead (63) - West Coast, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle from mainbrew.com Gorgeous crystal clear amber color and frothy white head. Classic brittish Diacetyl nose with some malt, hops, and a touch of skunkiness (clear bottle) On the palate I get botterscotch, toast, spicy hops and wood. Rich malty body, but not overly so. A touch of skunkiness (clear bottle). A good mix of old specled hen and old suffolk! A great beer overall and would buy again, good value! Breweries, please do not put your beer in clear or green bottles!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle 50 cl. Clear amber with an off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma combined with some phenols and an alcoholic touch. Solid body, sweet caramel and nuts, a little chocolaty. Lightly bitter – some alcohol. 251211

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gowdy (734) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle at parent’s house from Morrisons. dough, grass, amber, clear, frothy, lightly bitter, light body, creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3929) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Skunk to begin but thankfully after that a decent maltiness, relatively grainy, with some fruit kicks in. The flavor is malty with caramel and a strong nuttiness. Going with an ale in a clear bottle, was not expecting a great ale but was surprised, not the absolute best still pretty good, still needs to be in a brown bottle though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2670) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
50 cl. bottle. Pours a medium, ivory, long duration head, over a clear amber copper (SRM 15) body...nose is strong toffee/caramel, treacle, light cereal....taste is toffee/caramel, biscuit finishing with a mild spice bitterness, touched by light dried fruit tones...mouth light of medium, carbonation high. This meets the style quite well. The malt tones dominate, giving rich nourishing drink. It is not to the standards of Fullers, but it is not too far behind. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slash_1_uk (22) - annesley, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle on 22/12/11 pours a burnt Orange colour with diminishing off white head smell of caramel, nice warming toffee and biscuit flavour with long lasting flavour miles ahead of speckled hen

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (4017) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle 50cl, a clear amber-red beer with medium head. Nose is caramel like and hopy. Aroma is nice quite hopy, honey like, sweet, with caramel notes, good body, floral, very nice hops bouquet, tobacco and coconut notes, a good ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2011
dark amber colour, clear liquid, pours a white head that settles to a thin silky lacing around the glass. aromascape is surprising with fruit, grapes, malt, hops, cream, caramel, and nuts. Taste is surprising with crispy bitterness and a very smooth sourness complemented by a subtle malty sweetness. A surprisingly full taste with a balanced salty side-kick. Palate is dry and slick but manages to avoid feeling watery. The carbonation also helps the body to feel more full with its even spread and tingle. Overall a nice beer I have to say. The appearance and initial aromas left me expecting a overly sharp bitter with not much depth but I was proven wrong. A tasty, dry, hazy beer with a warm and misty character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (6106) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Oren. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, caramel and some oxidation. Sweetish malty flavor with caramel, honey, some fruity notes and a slightly drier finish. Light to medium-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4230) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Good label, clear bottle (tsk, tsk,) clear, ruddy beer with a frothy head. Great aroma - musty, caramel-sweet, tannic and fuggle-icious. When you go back to the glass, it gets a bit cigarette-y. Grassy, a bit woody, good (but moderate) bittering, lightly sweet, complex and interesting. Medium to slightly heavy mouth. Alcohol bitter, woody plum finish. Overall, the palate was a little less than I had hoped for, but the other factors held firm. Very good. New Leaf Market.

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