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


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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2005) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1958) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1957) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (1943) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. This is nice big ale which bridges complexity and balance very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EHSRanders (1843) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
jamestulloch (1793) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Appearance: Clear amber with glints of garnet deep in its depths. A voluminous khaki head slowly fades in the shape of a donut. Lace sticks in bunches on the sides of the glass. Swirls clumpy.
Nose: Toffee followed by plums, pears, and concord grapes. Oak in the back with vanilla and essence of raw oak. Slightly buttery on top. Cut green grass. Crisp Fall leaves. Intriguing and off-putting at the same time.
Palate: My first quaff reveals a hard bite of burnt wood and pepper in the front. A dry finish of apple cores, plum and grape skins. Rough. Burnt acrid caramel and Werthers Original. Hard minerals along the edges.
Final Thoughts: There was just something wrong with this beer from Greene King. I’ve had many an Old Speckled Hen which, while nothing spectacular, is a solid English Ale. Maybe the clear bottle allowed some skunking, or maybe it was supposed to taste this way. All I know is I didn’t finish mine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1783) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rustyham (1779) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
No aroma whatsoever. Color is a amber, hazy, oily white head. Flavor is strong corn, tin foil, and malt. Only aftertaste is tin foil. This tastes like it is bordering on a malt liquor. Hoped for something more subtle, like the speckled hen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - 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.

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