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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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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."


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2130) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2012
500 mL bottle. Basically, oaked Speckled Hen. I love Old Speckled Hen. It was one of my early favourites, and still holds a special place in my heart. But it is not a big enough beer to stand up to the oak. It just isn’t. This wasn’t necessary.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2103) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle. Good deep dark brown colour with a medium white head. The aroma is a woody malty taste. The taste is malty with more than a hint of oak, with a long bitter finish.

1.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
jamestulloch (2039) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2013
Aroma: Lightly roasted malt, stewed tea and metal.

Appearance: Deep amber body with a thin off-white head. Light carbonation. Few lacing marks.

Taste: Harsh alcohol and metal taste. Bitter finish.

Palate: Thin body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Soft carbonation.

Overall: Harsh and horrible - I couldn’t finish it. Undrinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2038) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. This is nice big ale which bridges complexity and balance very well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2012
A clear brown body with a nice off-white head that had nice retention and some lace. A nice grassy hop profile dominated the aroma malts had a hay quality to it, but there was some caramel malts to it. Flavor had good balance between hops and malts. Caramel malts were a little more present then aroma indicated but took a back seat to nice hay flavors. Hops were delicately bitter with some grass notes. A slight fruit note in the finish. Slightly dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2012) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle. Unusually the beer is exactly like its commercial description says it is. Dark amber colour, malt and raisins. Full bodied, light carbonation. Very good indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1985) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 17, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2011 50 cl bottle, Waitrose, Sheffield, UK. Deep copper colour, big tan head that fades to mere lacing. Brighter aroma than anticipated, some caramel in there with an almost citrus front. Nicely carbonated, sweet with raisin and some alcohol coming out.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gegwilson (1939) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle from Rhythm & Booze, Ripon. Amber ale with white head. Quite bitter with lots of malt flavour and a touch of caramel. Alcohol quite evident. I was looking forwards to this one as I’ma big fan of the style, but this effort was pretty disappointing really. Lacking any real complexity.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EHSRanders (1854) - Tjele, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Clear amber colour with small creamy white mostly lasting head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel. Heavy sweet flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1799) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour and has a thin, fleeting off-white head. Plenty of sweetness on offer from the get go, along with the archetypal Hen hoppiness in aroma. More typical GK characteristics in the flavour, mingled with plenty of decent caramel malts. Round, creamy at times and rather sweet with a dryish finish and a warmth from the added alcohol. Not much more than a stones throw away from the regular Hen and not worth the extra pennies.


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