SilkTork (5067) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012
Oct, 2008 500ml clear bottle from Tesco. Attractive mahogany colour. Lots of Old Speckled Hen malty flavours. Some boiled sweets pasteurised notes. Some awareness of higher alcohol notes, though Iím not picking up much oak aging - no sour notes or any aging or oak flavours. This tastes like a stronger version of the pasteurised Old Speckled Hen. I like the old Hen, so I like this. Iím quite happy with 5.2% strength, and I think this may show too much alcohol warmth, but on the other hand it does seem to also have a greater depth and richness. On balance, and without the regular beside me to compare, I think I prefer this version. [3.6]
Dec 2011 Candied sweets. OK, but this would be so much better if bottle conditioned. The malt doesnít really work, and the hops are a flop. Yeah, itís drinkable and tasty, but it lacks character. Way too processed. [3.1]
July, 2012 500ml clear bottle from Tesco. Thereís vinegar from the old ale, and hoppy malt from the Speckled Hen. The combination doesnít quite work. Itís drinkable enough, but is not what youíd hope for. [3.1]
DruncanVeasey (6805) - NUNEATON, Top 5, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Raspbery jelly red with a fleeting big-bubbled bathfoam head. Pleasing waft of cask, raisin, toffee, oily English hop. Not bad. Downhill from there. OK dried fruit, peaty malt, traces of choc, caramel, vanilla, maybe biscuity malts on the end....but this has just got GKís great big dirty thumbprint all over it. Feels empty and filtered/pasteurised clean of any potential character it might have had. Citric sickbowl notes like a hangover. Just a drab, headachy, overpriced rebottling of Old Speckled Hen by the taste of it. Unless itís half price, or you’re stranded in Tossco on a Saturday night (like I was) minutes before kicking-out time contemplating the only beer on the shelves you haven’t had yet, AVOID.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at beer exposed. Alround rating: I just cant get passed the appley sweet sickly green king pasturised character of this fellow, its like big and malty, but the appley sweetness is really really annoying. Skunky also.
rw4244 (132) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark oaky red. Strong bitter taste wth a rich flavour of roast nuts and malt. Quite sour, and heavy in the palate. Quite slick. A robust ale but not a session beer.
Palidor19 (2871) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
gives nice amber-brown color, lots of malt and sweetness all the way ends on a melloe plain, not the strongest beer but you can taste the alcohol
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 A Mes rate: bottle at Beer Exposed.
Canít believe Iím saying this but itís pretty bloody good. Almost mahogany dark with an impressive off white head and plenty of lace. The 5X comes through superbly. It drinks very much like the Suffolk Strong with a bit less caramel sweetness. The caramel is still quite obvious as is some usual GK type rubbish in the background but for the most part this is jolly tasty. Dry, wooden finish rounds things off nicely. This is more like it GK, still not happy with you though...
Fin (6884) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Sainsburyís, Kidlington, Oxon, 02-10-08 They had this and the GK Abbot Reserve on the shelf this evening. Pours reddy/amber with white head. Sweet and fruity bit tangy and with caramel in abundance, had that GK taste, I canít put me finger on it or describe what that is exactly but believe me the GK thumbprint was there and quite heavily unfortunately. I really lost interest in this after a while and just drank it because it was there, like Hughie sayís it starts well, but I think it finishes with a whimper.
thewolf (10695) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Beer Exposed, September 2008.
Pours a pretty, clear, brownish amber with a weak, film head. Aroma has some lemons, caramel, dark candied sugars. A good, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is a tad unbalanced, a little oak and caramel. Okay, but not overly impressive.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish amber. Malt aroma. Taste is quite startlingly sweet and malty. It was one of those beers that you love after the first sip, but towards the end of the bottle its syruppy, vinous attractions begin to pall. Not quite subtle and complex enough to be a classic.
JonMoore (1764) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Unusually the beer is exactly like its commercial description says it is. Dark amber colour, malt and raisins.
Full bodied, light carbonation. Very good indeed.