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

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RATINGS: 290   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."


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Salmoniform (564) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Amber hue with off white head that dissipated to a thin ring. Aroma is heavy malt, woody, caramel, clove, roast, slight banana. Mouthfeel is nice with full body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with bitter following and dry finish. Overall this is a nice smooth brew.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vardy (1) - - MAR 4, 2014 does not count
don’t be detoured by the 6.5% alc vol. This beer is very palatable but I have only taken one bottle per night, deciding to change down gear for the next home drink,,like a ’speckie’ or Tribute

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (634) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
500ml bottle from supermarket. A very rich and dark brown beer. It’s a touch sweet, but with a good maltiness and a bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6236) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
From Sainsburys. Copper coloured with a slight, off-white head and moderate carbonation. Aroma of barley sugar, oak and a touch of marmalade. Flavour was a bit skunky to start, with some stale malts and sweet fruit, before being redeemed by some deep orange, berry fruits and a warming alcohol finish. A mixed bag, but pretty good overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2261) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
Part of the Morland Variety 4-pack at the LCBO for Christmas 2013. Pours a clean deep amber colour with a frothy-bubbly, light-beige head with decent retention and lots of soapy lace. Aromas of toffee, mild raisin, nuts and some grassy hops which starts off sharper, but gets milder. Refreshing, but with some bitterness, but not too crazy. All balanced with the caramel, raisin and some light alcohol. Seems like the Old Speckled Hen, but smoother and with some fruitiness to it. No vanilla though. Still, nice and smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdindy (35) - Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
color is deep clear amber with decent yellow tinted head initially but dissipates fast. aroma is sweet with some alcohol and malts. distinctive carmal flavours with some deep malty tone and hint of alcohol in aftertaste. almost feels like a cognac, very smooth. highly recomended, would be good with a cigar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strangebrewer (844) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
bottle. Poured clear medium red-amber with a creamy off-white head. Caramel aroma with a touch of alcohol. Medium body with a warming mouthfeel. Sweet toffee flavour with roasted malt and a spicy hop finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4274) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
pours clear golden orange with a nice off-white head, some retention and lacing. caramel and toffee, grass, fruitiness, hint of woodsy notes, pepper, light earthy and coffee notes. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, sweetish grassy-herbal finish. fairly linear. ok.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (751) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Pours a murky copper with an off white head. Smell is a caramel malt. Taste is a nice combo of bitter and sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3330) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle at home. Clear amber pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of English hops, some cognac, slightly spicy, dark sugary malts and caramel. Flavor is thick heavy malts with some spicy hops, nicely balanced. Slightly warming finish with a hint of brandy. Decent brew.


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