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


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RATINGS: 332   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38496) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle 500ml. clear glass bottle.
Clear medium amber color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, wood - oak, light toffee and vanilla. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dried fruit notes. Body is medium, texture is oily and very smooth, carbonation is soft. [20100428]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (34797) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2011
50 cl bottle at Cafe Benedict. Pours clear and golden orange with a huge off-white head. Aroma is fruity, caramelish and roasted. Thick caramelish, roasted and almodt breadish. Dry raisins and spiced. Bitter and lasting dry malty, light spiced. Lasting bitter impression. Slowly appearing sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30192) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2011
Bottled. An amber beer with a huge light tan head. The aroma has notes of spices, hops, elderflowers, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of elderflowers, malt, spices, and hops, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25075) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle 50 cl. Clear amber with an off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma combined with some phenols and an alcoholic touch. Solid body, sweet caramel and nuts, a little chocolaty. Lightly bitter – some alcohol. 251211

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (23306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle at Ølfestival 2012. Clear orange coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, bread and dried fruits. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and hops. Sweet and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22398) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (19082) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty toffee and caramel aroma. Sweetish malty toffee flavor with some oaky hints and hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty toffee finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cgarvieuk (17005) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle at home ... copper ... metalic malts nose ... medium high carbonation ... again a metalic malt in flavour ... light fruity... yeach

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2012
Bottle. It pours a clear, dark amber colored body and a finger-thick, off-white head. The aroma is lightly roasted and bready, some piney notes in the back. Caramel and some prunes too. Quite pleasant, in a nice way. A bit thin on the palate, soft carbonation. Dry. Roasted and caramel-ish flavor with a nice bitterness kicking in towards the end. A quite nice one, although a bit too British for my preferences. 120405

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14990) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2009
500ml bottle from Sainsbury. Attractive deep orange colour. Thin white head. Some GK yeast character on aroma, bit of cheese even. Then some spicy toffee also on the aroma. The Abbot Reserve I thought was better. But there is some interesting character there from the older ale used in this. That cheese for a start, but also a ton of malt character too. Settles down into a bit of a sipper to be honest. Just about the best GK beer I’ve had. Wow, this is half decent. Very drinkable and makes you want to go back to it. About the only GK beer I’d happily introduce other RBers to. Even thinking of taking it to LCRBM5. It’ll make up for the Mack beers I’m taking anyway. Any filtering or pasteurisation doesn’t affect it too much. Decent dessert/cheese beer. Would be good with a decent medium cheddar. Yes, it has done that hardest thing, it has won me round from my original scepticism and lack of interest in GK beers. Pretty good

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