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

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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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."


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
stravale (2771) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 15, 2011
Reddish-brown clear appearance, Strong woody malt alcohol aroma, initial malty taste then bitter, slightly sour metallic lingering finish. Medium, bit syrupy body, average carbonation. Old Speckled Hen is one of my least liked ales. Although the Old 5X improves it, this is a rather mediocre strong ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kristall-König (2726) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2012
Caramelliger, rauchig-torfiger Geruch.Stark malziger Antrunk, der in der Mitte einer nicht minder starken Karamell-rauchnote weicht. Bitterer, rauchig-kerniger Abgang. Gutes Bier.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rouhlas (2675) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2565) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a thin head that fades. Easy drinking malty taste but would taste better on cask

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2552) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours a two-finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a very good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Earthy hops nose and flavor is caramel and hops. Light lingering bitter aftertaste. Slightly higher ABV is hidden. $4.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RuneStumo (2550) - Haugesund, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2548) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2013 veerrryy nice ale with golden raisin a bit of sweet vanilla and a touch of almond. malt brew with good soft smoothness and a nice appearance of amber with small brown yet substantial head that seems sugary. nice surprise, and a lingering finish with some bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2532) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2508) - Cavan Monaghan, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2467) - JAPAN - AUG 16, 2012
Huge wort nose on pouring - wortiest beer I have ever smelled. Some thin hops as well. Good looking - dark auburn with a soft head. Good full body - crystal malt, some dried fruit, plums, preserve and floral hops with a little tin. Heavy caramel/crysal malt on the finish with some soft bitterness. Pretty darn good and adds up to a premium speckled hen, which is all you could ask for.


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