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

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RATINGS: 292   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."


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3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
authenticmead (63) - 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!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigguns22 (676) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Pour is a hazy caramel with a medium cream colored head that disapates quick. Aroma is lite but nice malt and caramel.full of flavor caramel and a touch bitter. A nice creamy mouth feel that coats the palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ContemplateBeer (1540) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Aroma: Nutty English malts prevail with a light toffee sweetness and a jigger of raisin liqueur. Appearance: Rich, amber/coppery color with pleasant natural carbonation; firm tan head settles into a mostly present, bubbly skin. Flavor: Nutty up front with a surprising oak touch entirely missing from the nose (my nose, at least); sweetish toffee and raisin finish things out. Palate: Medium body, slightly creamy texture, average carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: Liked this more than I thought I might (didn’t expect much from the clear glass bottle, and wasn’t a big fan of Old Speckled Hen). A lovely complement to my Labor Day brunch.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YantarCoast (83) - Moscow, RUSSIA - AUG 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle that is almost a year out of date. Dark copper with a small light-brown head. Aroma is caramel, nuts, alcohol. Flavour is the same followed by a bitter aftertaste. This is a good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarpa (885) - FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Tap @ Konttori. Pours clear amber, white head. Raisins, malts, hay in the aroma. Fruits, wood, malts , nuts in the flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6166) - 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.
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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maxbier (253) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6239) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zeke626 (423) - 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.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2224) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4205) - 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


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