stouby (4392) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle ar DBF2012.
Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma medium malty (caramel, woody notes). Flavor medium sweet and bitter. Medium+ body, some warming alcohol. Nice.
Holmen1 (4624) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fra flaske på DØE festivalen: en fremragende esb, balansert, lettdrikkelig og med herlig ettersmak. Mye bedre enn Old Speckled Hen.
BlackHaddock (5849) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
November 2008: I wrote this on BA. It is a sunny yet cold Sunday afternoon in Shropshire and I want a decent pint before my Sunday Lunch. I have choosen this beer from my stash.
The clear 500ml bottle was poured into my ’La Chouffe’ tulip glass three times (to catch the aromas and force a good head out of the beer). It had almost a year left of its life, so was fairly fresh when reviewed.
The beer poured a deep rich amber and on each occasion had a well formed off-white foaming head. On each pour the head fell away to a thinner covering and some laceing on the glass.
Oak aged beers always remind me of coal fires and childhood Christmas’s, the aromas in this one followed the same trend. A warm and comforting smell, a ’Sod the Credit Crunch’, ’Balls to the Recession’ type of richness only the well off can have. This is a boardroom of the rich beer.
The taste also brings back memories of sitting round the fire and warmth. A deep malty richness and depth of the body give this beer a really good glow and feel.
The 6.5% is well hidden within the brew and even though it is a mix of two beers (Old Speckled Hen and Old 5X), the blender has got it just about perfect. This is the best GK beer I’ve ever had.
One small note, ’Old 5X’ isn’t sold, it is a 12% Oak aged (3 years) brew that is blended into other GK beers.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Classic British aromas of caramel, toffee and the smokey oak that typifies barrel conditioned ales and especially the Greene King. This one has the dark color of scotch and substantial head. Semi-sweet malty flavor with some hop balance which struggles to come through. Thick on the front and thin on the finish, this beer embodies the same paradox as many lesser bitters. Nice all around beverage.
dwyerpg (5433) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A malty English aroma. Nice red color. Malty up front with toasty caramel notes. This has a bit of hops near the end to counteract the sweetness that grows throughout. pretty tasty. Way better than the speckeld hen.
obguthr (5424) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tinny honey nose. Crystal clear copper, medium yellow head, good lacing. Rich malty honey with a mildly buttery flavor, that is not diacetyl. Medium body. Tinny on the palate. Not noticeably stronger than Old Speckled, but fuller bodied to be sure.
lembeek (143) - ITALY - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Schiuma bianca poco persistente. Aroma tenue di caramello, malto e note fruttate. Gusto equilibrato con il dolce dei malti caramellati ben bilanciato da un’elegante luppolatura.
Martin243 (1000) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle, cellar cool. Nice dark amber colour, white head. Faint toffee aroma and toffee and marmalade flavours. Medium bodied, slick texture, mildly carbonated. O.K. if a bit boring.
TheBeerGod (5921) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Ruby-copper pour with a medium, frothy tan head. Aroma is caramel, raisin, tea leaves and fruit notes. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, raisin, tea notes, bread, fruit notes and flowery notes. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more tea notes, dark fruits, caramel, sweet malt, and toasted grains.
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle pours a clear amber brown with finger of frothy light brown head. Aroma of caramel, buttered toast, nuts, wet leaves. Medium bodied. Flavor is balanced, with a subtle hop profile adding an appropriate bitterness and malt flavors dominating, including caramel, fresh hay. Pretty tasty, would like to try it out of the cask.