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

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RATINGS: 290   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."


3.4
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (5750) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4121) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4364) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Pours amber into an English pint. Bright white head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Vanilla and oak aromas. Sweet summer pit fruit upfront turning to oak and marshmallow in the dry, lasting finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexcandy (59) - Whitstable, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2011
Aroma- dried fruit, sweet, Appearance- dark brown, orange tinge, off white head that disappeared quickly. Taste-dried fruit, maybe christmas cake, nice alcohol balance Overall-much stronger beer than I usually buy, but I like this. Don’t think I would drink more than one bottle at a time, but this is a very pleasant beer for a cold sunday afternoon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30913) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2011
50 cl bottle at Cafe Benedict. Pours clear and golden orange with a huge off-white head. Aroma is fruity, caramelish and roasted. Thick caramelish, roasted and almodt breadish. Dry raisins and spiced. Bitter and lasting dry malty, light spiced. Lasting bitter impression. Slowly appearing sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29224) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2011
Bottled. An amber beer with a huge light tan head. The aroma has notes of spices, hops, elderflowers, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of elderflowers, malt, spices, and hops, leading to a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours a two-finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a very good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Earthy hops nose and flavor is caramel and hops. Light lingering bitter aftertaste. Slightly higher ABV is hidden. $4.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (5348) - ITALY - NOV 16, 2011
ambrata ramato schiuma media abbastanza persitente naso fruttato malto caramello leggero vinoso in bocca buon corpo lievi note legnose fruttato caramello uva

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (5996) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2011
11/12/11. 500mL bottle. Mostly clear amber pour with a small, foamy, soapy tan head that fades to nothing quick. Mild aroma of biscuits and a touch of roast. Bitter, toasty flavor with a bit of dark fruits and big butterscotch mixed with a bit of papery cardboard. Meh.


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