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


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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FenOswin (3) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2011 does not count
Not that keen on ’Old Speckled Hen’, but this is definitely an improvement. Nice rich flavour, not too over powering though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11533) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Bottle from Waitrose. Pours copper with a creamy off-white head. Nice fruity aroma with a hint of spice. Med body. Flavor is moderately dark fruit, with some floral or fruity hop. Though some spicy hop seems part of it. It’s a bit malty, but with the fruit and mild bitter it’s great to me. I was thinking it had similarity to Old Speckled Hen, then I read the description. It’s a very good drink. Perhaps the blending provides some complexity which is confusing me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2011
Deep copper hue. Strong malty toasty nose. Malty toasty flavour with a slightly syrupy texture. Slight skunky though. Reasonable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
Dark copper colour. The aroma is medium caramel, light fruit and there’s a promise of some alcohol as well. Toasty, light chocolate and still more medium caramel, with quite a bit more malt nuance than the aroma promised. Ok for a macrobrew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
stravale (2280) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 15, 2011
Reddish-brown clear appearance, Strong woody malt alcohol aroma, initial malty taste then bitter, slightly sour metallic lingering finish. Medium, bit syrupy body, average carbonation. Old Speckled Hen is one of my least liked ales. Although the Old 5X improves it, this is a rather mediocre strong ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (3413) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2011
500ml bottle. Soapy caramel malt aroma. Orange brown colour with a good head. Flavour sweet burnt toffee & ash. Strong and a bit sickly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle. Glowing red-orange hue, if it had a nicer head I’d give it a higher appearance score. Aroma is weak, but comes out more as it warms. Smells like discarded cherry pits and slight diacetyl. Subdued malt character is fruity with a hint of pleasant breadcrust and comes out more as it warms. As it warms a lot more aromas emerge--spiciness, cloves. Flavors are somewhat similar to the aromas. Cherry skins, pits. Aftertaste is lingering fruity malts. Spices too, cinnamon and clove. Mouthfeel is drying and chalky, woody. Character improves immensely as it warms, it undergoes an entire transformation. More of the malt complexity emerges. Went from a 2.6 out of the fridge to a 3.0 at room temp. This would probably be better in a cask-conditioned format. Not bad after having a poor first impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
4theloveofbeer (16) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2010
A second nice surprise from M’s sister J. Slight burnt, caramel aroma. golden, clear appearance with a white head. medium bitterness, with a slight sweet bitter aftertaste. medium body, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2861) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark orange with a small head. Aroma is dried fruit and bready malt, slightly sour. Caramel malt start. Lots of dark fruity malt on the aftertaste. Slightly sour in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8500) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2010
500ml bottle labelled as special vintage ale bought at Waitrose Bloomsbury. Bright amber coloured body to an off-white head that left fragile lacing on the glassware. Smell of dark caramel malts joined by a spicy touch. Toffee-like malts in flavour balanced with dried bitter fruits. Pleasant drinkability. Rating session at Finns in Tromsø, 27.10.2010.

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