RateBeer
overall
78
83
style
Brewed by Greene King
Style: English Strong Ale
Bury St. Edmunds, England

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Share this beer with friends!
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13596) - Sønderborg, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13399) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2012
Bottle. It pours a clear, dark amber colored body and a finger-thick, off-white head. The aroma is lightly roasted and bready, some piney notes in the back. Caramel and some prunes too. Quite pleasant, in a nice way. A bit thin on the palate, soft carbonation. Dry. Roasted and caramel-ish flavor with a nice bitterness kicking in towards the end. A quite nice one, although a bit too British for my preferences. 120405

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12544) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
Dark copper colour. The aroma is medium caramel, light fruit and there’s 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (11158) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle @ Beer Exposed, September 2008.
Pours a pretty, clear, brownish amber with a weak, film head. Aroma has some lemons, caramel, dark candied sugars. A good, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is a tad unbalanced, a little oak and caramel. Okay, but not overly impressive.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (10973) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (10955) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10938) - 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. It’s a bit malty, but with the fruit and mild bitter it’s great to me. I was thinking it had similarity to Old Speckled Hen, then I read the description. It’s a very good drink. Perhaps the blending provides some complexity which is confusing me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10774) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (10584) - 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.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1  2  3 4 5 » 29


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50