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

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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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."


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8444) - Bochum, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2010
(bottle, vintage 2009) Clear, amber to copper colour with a mid-sized and slightly tanned foamy head. Mildly toasted malty aroma with rich caramelly notes, accompanied by shades of citrus, liquorice, an oaky vanilla touch and alcohol. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Caramel-malty, subtle fruity taste with liquorice-spice and slightly oaky/woody accents; sweet and slightly bitter malt-accented and slightly spicy finish with an almost warming alcoholic note. Has some drinkability for sure. 03.IX.10

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (3026) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2010
Red-brown colour with light foamy head. Malty aroma with some dry oak coming through too. Flavour has a malty feel overall with a dry finish and a lingering hint of sweet fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle from my local Sainsbury. Poured an orange gold colour with a thin white head. Toffee, spice, some tobacco, malt quite strong. Not bowled over but certainly a passable effort and quite enjoyed it. Cheers.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle from Morrisons. Amber with a white head. Initially rather toffee sweet but the flavour profiles develop in a fascinating way as the beer warms and my pallet tunes in. A very subtle bret tang comes through along with some nuttyness and dusty hops. In the end a rewarding experience and a good example of why I don’t like to rate on a sip.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2010
500ml Bottle at Home 15/04/2010 Malt and hop aromas. Carbonation. White head. Amber coloured a little rich on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness in a crisp and bitter full malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34443) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle 500ml. clear glass bottle.
Clear medium amber color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, wood - oak, light toffee and vanilla. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dried fruit notes. Body is medium, texture is oily and very smooth, carbonation is soft. [20100428]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10123) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml from Tesco, Banbury. Deep Orange Amber with white head. Rich malty flavours initially, with a molasses grainy effect, burnt and mouthcoating, then an unfortunate pasteurisation, cardboardy note followed by a fruity, sugary finish. Shame about the middle part as it was proving to be a very decent beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sask89 (414) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2010 Poured into Trappist Glass. Fairly clear reddish colour, small off-white head. Aroma is quite malty; grains and caramel as well as a little fruity. The taste is malty with a nice bitterness to it, mores so towards the finish. This beer is quite light and thin on the palate with some lively carbonation. Overall a decent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1161) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2009
0,5L bottle. Deep copper bronze body, dense offwhite head hangs around. Quite rich aroma, malty with notes of toffee, brown sugar, and dark grain bread. Underlying complexities of rum and raisin. Rich sticky body, moderate carbonation, warming dryness towards the finish. Brown sugar and bitter orange citrus hop on the body leads onto woody spice and raisin. Finish is bitter with vinous notes. Lovely complex and rich English strong ale. Very good!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty toffee and caramel aroma. Sweetish malty toffee flavor with some oaky hints and hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty toffee finish.


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