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

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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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."


authenticmead's rating

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
authenticmead (68) - West Coast, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle from mainbrew.com Gorgeous crystal clear amber color and frothy white head. Classic brittish Diacetyl nose with some malt, hops, and a touch of skunkiness (clear bottle) On the palate I get botterscotch, toast, spicy hops and wood. Rich malty body, but not overly so. A touch of skunkiness (clear bottle). A good mix of old specled hen and old suffolk! A great beer overall and would buy again, good value! Breweries, please do not put your beer in clear or green bottles!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
birocotsios (45) - - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber colour with small white head. Sweet malty and bready aroma. Strong malty taste with bread and caramel notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rouhlas (1298) - GREECE - AUG 17, 2015
From 500ml bottle. Clear amber light copper color with off white head. Malty aroma, caramel, bready, light fruity, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arek (598) - Zielona Góra & Wrocław, POLAND - AUG 13, 2015
09.03.14: Bottle 0.5 l.
Rubinowe piwo z grubą i puszystą pianą, która redukuje się do gęstego kożucha, oraz przyjemnym, lekko owocowym aromacie. W smaku dojrzałe, na początku słodkawo-owocowe a następnie skontrowane przez przyjemny, goryczkowy, lekko chmielowy finisz.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wiadran (64) - POLAND - JUL 27, 2015
Aroma weak, fruity-sweet, a bit herbal. Foam very weak and short. Nice dark cooper red color. Taste strong, oak and sweet. Alcohol not well masked tho. Leaves a pleasant herbal feeling. Little bit to much carbonation. Pretty good beer

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3968) - - JUL 26, 2015
dark bottle. clear copper under a small beige head. aroma has notes of crystal malt and raisins. nice and malty. finishes with a refreshing grassy hop note. superb melted jelly-like texture. so nice to have this style once again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydslip (260) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Deep reddish brown beer with a thin off white head that disappears quickly. Redolent nose of raisins, stewed prunes, and salted caramel. Flavor is rich with dark candied fruit, toffee, and burnt sugar punctuated by a bracing bitterness that counterbalances all the sweetness. Medium-bodied with more carbonation than I expected, this is a savory ale to linger over. Definitely worth your time.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bail (11) - Staffordshire, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2015
500ml bottle, looked nice, med brown with a good head. Strong aroma, malt, hops & fruit. Very strong, rich tasting ale, fruit and malt but rather sweet. Not to my taste I’m afraid,

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
R4N5H (369) - SINGAPORE - JUN 24, 2015
50cl bottle poured into a tall glass on 15/06/2015. Clear copper colour. Medium tan coloured head which dissipates. Slightly fruity aroma - dark fruits - plum, berries, prunes. Medium carbonation; medium body. Flavours of oak, caramel, malt, molasses, vanilla and hops. A typical English strong ale, although a little too sweet for me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftyBeerTour (136) - Barcelon, SPAIN - JUN 23, 2015
Aroma: delicately earthy, rich sweet caramel, fruity, cake fruits. Off white, dense, persistent, one-figure head. Deep amber. Nice lacing. Brite, busy and persistent bubbles. A very attractive beer! Flavour malt-dominant: caramel, raisin-type fruity, slight acidity, delicate lingering bitterness. Medium-bodied. Nice tingling carbonation. Cohesive. Mouthwatering. A very enjoyable drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodrigorj87 (14) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JUN 10, 2015
Great vintage ale with fruit flavors, nice ambar color and fruit aroma. I prefer vintage ales that are less sweet, nevertheless this is a fine one, great for deserts. Great bang for a buck.


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