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

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RATINGS: 289   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."


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle from my local Sainsbury. Poured an orange gold colour with a thin white head. Toffee, spice, some tobacco, malt quite strong. Not bowled over but certainly a passable effort and quite enjoyed it. Cheers.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1589) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Rating is average of following tastings... [500ml bottle from Jus - cheers mate!] Original rate 17/1/2009: Deep red-amber beer with a moderate cream head. Smells strongly oaky. Flavour is a bit of wood and vanilla, which soon gets overtaken by a lot of fruit (apples, plums and figs?) and rich, sweet malt. Some vinous sourness. This is not bad at all, and the best effort Iíve yet tasted from Greene King (although that doesnít say much!) 8/3/8/3/15... Rerate 12/6/2009: Much more oak and vanilla flavours than my previous review indicated, and less of the fruit. Sour and with quite a dry finish. Even better than I remembered; itís the only really good beer Iíve ever had from GK, and itís an absolute cracker! [Re-rate 10/4/2013, gift from Maureen & Dave (cheers!): rating 6/4/7/3/14] Deep amber with a thick creamy head and a slight fizz. Vanilla, wood, a little spice and toffee and an earthy bitterness. Not as good as I remember; reminiscent of a low-grade Innis & Gunn.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1488) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2013 Bottle. Amber body, thin white head. Fruity, alcohol, burnt sugar, grassy hop. Bittersweet. Bitter finish. 6 3 6 3 12 #### Bottle. Chestnut body. Thin white head. Black malt, fruit, hops, malt, yeast, toffee popcorn, boiled sweets, fruit, candied fruits. Bitter with a sweet finish. Full bodied. A fine winter warmer but a little overly pasteurised. 7 4 6 3 13

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
Caramel pour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet malt and some fruit and oak. Taste is creamy smooth. Nice malt backbone. Little sweetness and an oaky finish. Goes down so smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1467) - 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 (1416) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1382) - 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 (1371) - 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.


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