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


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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (4392) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (4624) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2012
Fra flaske på DØE festivalen: en fremragende esb, balansert, lettdrikkelig og med herlig ettersmak. Mye bedre enn Old Speckled Hen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (5849) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5433) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 9, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5424) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lembeek (143) - ITALY - APR 26, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martin243 (1000) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5921) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
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.

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