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

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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1465) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Classic British aromas of caramel, toffee and the smokey oak that typifies barrel conditioned ales and especially the Greene King. This one has the dark color of scotch and substantial head. Semi-sweet malty flavor with some hop balance which struggles to come through. Thick on the front and thin on the finish, this beer embodies the same paradox as many lesser bitters. Nice all around beverage.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
THOUGHTS: Damn clear bottle. Slightly skunked, mostly in the aroma. Naturally, very British. Beautiful bottle and label. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light amber with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate grain, caramel and cake; light to moderate herbal and earthy hops; grape; raisin; maple syrup; slight vanilla; slight skunk; cardboard and paper. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, light to moderately bitter and slightly sour. There was caramel, maple syrup, malt in general, cookies, vanilla, raisin, grape, prune, dark cherry, and earthy and herbal hops. The medium body was rather oily, slightly syrupy and then dry with fizzy then soft carbonation and dry, slightly metallic, lightly astringent and , surprising for the lower ABV, slightly alcoholic finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1389) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours a clear pale amber with an assertive, full antique lace head. Aroma is sweet malt and a slight grassiness. Taste is sweet pale malt, a caramel butteriness and a lillte hop bitterness for balance. A pretty decent English style strong ale.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1367) - WALES - MAR 19, 2013
Dec 2012 - An old man in Tesco old me that I should buy this. Made with aged beer and Old Speckled Hen. Quite mild with a spicy sweetness. Malty and a little sharp, bready. Itís OK.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1362) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - NOV 16, 2008
Appearance: Dark redish brown. Little bit of white head.Aroma: No advertised oak. Bit of fruit and malt. Taste: Good malt, some oak. OK bitter aftertaste. Warming. Info: 500ml bottle, 16/11-2008

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1335) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2012
500ml bottle. Dark amber with a white head that lasts seconds. Metallic aromas with a hit of hops and malts. Overwhelmingly boozy malt taste with an oily finish. Decent enough.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gary (1324) - Brentford, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2009
I dont like clear bottles.If iím drinking Corona its fine,but it screws with the construction of this kinda beer.Dusty old books that have sat unread for 10 years all over the aroma and flava...rigid caramelyíy malts.I got dried fruit like almond.Juicy malt. Its pretty alrigt considering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluejacket74 (1267) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2012
500 ml clear bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is toasted malt, toffee, herbal/earthy hops, oak, and a little bit of skunk. The brew tastes like toffee, toasted and caramel malt, nuts, herbal hops, and a bit of tea and fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I thought it was a decent enough overall brew. I tend to stay away from beers that come in clear bottles, but since it was a new arrival at a local store I hoped that the brew wasnít too old yet. I think itís worth a try.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2011
A - Fruits like apple with caramel A - Golden brown with thin white head T - Slight sweetness and some alcohol flavour P - Medium and soft O - Alright...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle from Morrisons. Amber with a white head. Initially rather toffee sweet but the flavour profiles develop in a fascinating way as the beer warms and my pallet tunes in. A very subtle bret tang comes through along with some nuttyness and dusty hops. In the end a rewarding experience and a good example of why I donít like to rate on a sip.


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