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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6530) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Tap @ Olutravintola Konttori.
Pours clear copper color with a small steady head. Malts and hay oink the nose, caramel, nuts and faint toffee. Caramel malts, nuts, some bread and sweet fruits on the flavor, maybe some grain also. Creamy thick palate, full-bodied, and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maxbier (401) - Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Dark copper color. Thin white head. Aroma is sweet, toffee and biscuits. Flavor is malty and boozy. Hint of hop bittering in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6567) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Draught @ Kaisla, Helsinki. Pours a dark amber colour with a small white head. Aroma of sweet English toffee, grains, some herbal notes and bread. Sweet flavour of bready malts, toffee, grassy bitterness, honey and some herbs. Medium bodied and a bit creamy mouthfeel. Malty and sweet, yet drinkability is good. Skip breakfast and have this, it’s the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zeke626 (433) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle, pours a deep orange-brown body with light-brown head. Aroma caramel malts, sugar, dried fruit, and prune. Taste is similar with a nice raisin finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2294) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2014
I had this bottle for two years stored at room temperature in a non-air-conditioned lower-level room in a box. I had hope that was enough but it is a clear glass bottle and the aroma is definitely Skunky which is the dominant factor. Thankfully the skunk didn't come through in the flavor at all which had Malt, toffee hop and a hint of roast plus some carbonic tang. Body is good and it's very drinkable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4506) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle from Tesco Express Jewish quarters of London 2014-07-14, London Old crafty hen, bottle AR: brown sugar, caramel, AP: amber clear, fluffy beige head F: caramel, bitter nutty, dry, brown sugar

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielyabu (1255) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - JUL 14, 2014
average frothy offwhite head. good lacing. mostly diminishing. translucent average amber body. aroma: heavy malt, dark bread, caramel, metal. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate sweet light acidic bitter; average duration. palate: light medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, metallic light astringent finish.Dulçor maltado permeado por amargor amadeirado tradicional ingles. Amargor apresenta nuance gredosa e lupulada mais pro final. Ligeira acidez e presença metálica surgem como defeitos. 30 s

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8987) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle @ home shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Nice dark orange to reddish color, decent sized off-white head. Aroma is malts, dried fruits, raisins. Tastes about the same: malts, raisins, dried fruits, slightly bitter. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansjelaah (1509) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle @benzai with dutchdrebus. Copper color with a small head. Smells and tastes malty, sweet, sugar, notes, some fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4311) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Clear amber colour with a small off-white head. Smells esters, alcohol, caramel. Tastes caramel, chocolate, malts, sweet. Thin to medium body, soft carbo.

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