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


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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2403) - 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 (4727) - 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 (1351) - 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 (9653) - 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 (1629) - 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 (4528) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
campbega (94) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours dark amber / copper with off-white head that lingers. Aromas of nut, malt and toffee. Smooth finish with hints of raisin and slightly buttery. Nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21935) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Bottled. Reddish amber colour, small white head. Aroma is wood, vanilla, some slight sweet malts as well as some floral and a bit metallic notes (not in a bad way here though9. Flavour is sweet malts, some wood, mild sugary notes as well as some raisins and quite nice floral and grassy bitterness towards the finish. Wellbalanced, and a quite nice GK brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (3164) - FINLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Tap@o’malleys. Red clear. Plummy malts, fruity yeast (feels sort of abbeyish). Has some vanilly oaky in flavour, med bodied. Really english, stronger ale. Not much of the, supposed, oak, just a lil vanilla. Murky dark fruity malty. Enjoyable, takes some time to get into it.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1320) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Aroma of oaky malt, or sourdough bread. Taste is sweet oaky and malt forward. The alcohol feels stronger than it is. The finish is dry with a tangy lingering bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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