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

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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1500) - 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 (1000) - 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 (12622) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - AUG 16, 2012
Huge wort nose on pouring - wortiest beer I have ever smelled. Some thin hops as well. Good looking - dark auburn with a soft head. Good full body - crystal malt, some dried fruit, plums, preserve and floral hops with a little tin. Heavy caramel/crysal malt on the finish with some soft bitterness. Pretty darn good and adds up to a premium speckled hen, which is all you could ask for.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2197) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2012
500 mL bottle. Basically, oaked Speckled Hen. I love Old Speckled Hen. It was one of my early favourites, and still holds a special place in my heart. But it is not a big enough beer to stand up to the oak. It just isn’t. This wasn’t necessary.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 150712. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavour with caramel and alcohol.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ALavery03 (16) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Liquid campfire. Pours a translucent copper/bronze...taste is of caramel and toasted oak...smooth, complex, toasty, creamy, semisweet. Wish I had another right now.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1694) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2012
500ml bottle. Dark amber with a white head that lasts seconds. Metallic aromas with a hit of hops and malts. Overwhelmingly boozy malt taste with an oily finish. Decent enough.


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