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

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RATINGS: 268   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."


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MustangMarkF (212) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2013
500ml Bottle. This came highly thought of but from someone who likes a lot darker beers than I do. TBH I had put it off but finally got round to it.. It pours a ruby brown body with a moderate dark cream head with a good amount of medium lacing. It smells of malts and caramel with a slight hint of hops. It tastes largely of burnt caramel with a raisin mid taste moving to a bitter finish. Yep - not to my tastes but I can imagine many will like it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jamedra (383) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 3, 2013
Láhev 500 ml. Aroma dubové, čokoláda a lehce karamel. Pěna je středně vysoká, lehce nahnědlé barvy, jemná a mizící. Barva piva samotného je tmavší měděná. Chuť má silný sladový střed, okraj připomínající sladký meloun, celkově je toto velmi sladké, finiš je slabší hořký, zakulacený ale rázný. Toto pivo je vcelku dobré, nicméně, není až tak dobře pitelné a očekával bych i bohatší chuť.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (688) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
Appearance: Clear ruby/amber with cm thick ivory head. Aroma: Raisin, dried fig, orange marmalade, syrup, grassy, fruity and pepper. Taste: Medium sweetness, bitterness and sourness. Palate: Thin smooth texture and light/medium body, prickly/average carbonation and astringent lingering finish of fruity and malt flavours. The taste is initially sweet, it then has a slight tartness before developing into bitterness. Comments: Tasty and enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2013
50 cl bottle. Pours a translucent amber with a fizzy beige head of foam. The aroma is malt, some musty notes, candy, and grassy skunky notes. Taste is sweet and musty. Dries out in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shorlin (588) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
Initial aroma is caramel, but also some hop. Aroma smooths out into even more malt with time and warming. Appearance is a very deep red-amber, with some initial head although not much lasted. Taste is very good on the first sip, with a full maltiness that dominates, although there is a little brightness at the top of the taste and feels a bit drier than I would have expected. Taste is a little bitter, fairly malty and not the sweetness reported by others. Overall, pretty good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (649) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - SEP 22, 2013
A very rich and dark malty brew; yet this beer doesn’t ever get too sweet or cloying. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Toffee and heavy roasts predominate throughout. I’m not a huge super-malt beer fan, but this one wasn’t bad at all. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yiannnos (677) - , CYPRUS - SEP 20, 2013
Amber colour, medium carbonation. Malty caramel nose. Sweet, toffee, malty taste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RuneStumo (2129) - FŘRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2013
15.08.2013. 0,5l Bottle. Thanks to Sverre Brekne!!! Amber brown colour with tan head. Sweet aroma of dark roasted malts. Very soft sweet with good flavours of dark malts. Rich and rather firm body. Medium bitterness.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pdubyah (268) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2013
Meh. Average. Sour on the top note and not a lot after the overly banging caramel in your face front that this has. I want to burn my passport rather than recommend this.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (5076) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
Sample at DŘE 2013. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, oak, hops and fruit.


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