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


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RATINGS: 317   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14353) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2009
500ml bottle from Sainsbury. Attractive deep orange colour. Thin white head. Some GK yeast character on aroma, bit of cheese even. Then some spicy toffee also on the aroma. The Abbot Reserve I thought was better. But there is some interesting character there from the older ale used in this. That cheese for a start, but also a ton of malt character too. Settles down into a bit of a sipper to be honest. Just about the best GK beer Iíve had. Wow, this is half decent. Very drinkable and makes you want to go back to it. About the only GK beer Iíd happily introduce other RBers to. Even thinking of taking it to LCRBM5. Itíll make up for the Mack beers Iím taking anyway. Any filtering or pasteurisation doesnít affect it too much. Decent dessert/cheese beer. Would be good with a decent medium cheddar. Yes, it has done that hardest thing, it has won me round from my original scepticism and lack of interest in GK beers. Pretty good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13912) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle, 6.5%. Malty and nutty aroma. Small stable white head. The flavour is nutty and chalky with some alcohol bitterness. It is as if there is a bit too much alcohol for the style, but it is a good beer nevertheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (13253) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 19, 2014
Keg at Black Door. Deep clear copper color, small creamy off-white head. Nutty, toffee aroma. Perharps a bit buttery too. Medium-bodied. Sweetish nutty flavor. Light toffee and Earthy English hoppyness. Quite traditional English strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
Dark copper colour. The aroma is medium caramel, light fruit and thereís a promise of some alcohol as well. Toasty, light chocolate and still more medium caramel, with quite a bit more malt nuance than the aroma promised. Ok for a macrobrew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (12635) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle at home in London with Chris. Pours crystal clear, deep gold with a small, creamy off-white cap. Sweet, bready malts in the nose, some ripe berries. Medium sweet flavor, sugary-bready malts, some plums, dates, other ripe fruits. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Creamy. Sweet, lightly dry bread to finish, some mild leafy bitterness, ripe fruits, berries. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (12343) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle @ HenrikSoegaard tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 171112

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11805) - DENMARK - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle, 6.5%. Clear dark amber with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, hop and fruit. Flavour is malt, oak, wood, caramel, hop, grass, little sweet and a little bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11800) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Bottle from Waitrose. Pours copper with a creamy off-white head. Nice fruity aroma with a hint of spice. Med body. Flavor is moderately dark fruit, with some floral or fruity hop. Though some spicy hop seems part of it. Itís a bit malty, but with the fruit and mild bitter itís great to me. I was thinking it had similarity to Old Speckled Hen, then I read the description. Itís a very good drink. Perhaps the blending provides some complexity which is confusing me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnfryd (11586) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malt, hop. Flavour is caramel, roasted malt, hop. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (11362) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle. Poured dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate grassy hop and sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable beer.

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