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

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RATINGS: 312   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8639) - Bochum, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2010
(bottle, vintage 2009) Clear, amber to copper colour with a mid-sized and slightly tanned foamy head. Mildly toasted malty aroma with rich caramelly notes, accompanied by shades of citrus, liquorice, an oaky vanilla touch and alcohol. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Caramel-malty, subtle fruity taste with liquorice-spice and slightly oaky/woody accents; sweet and slightly bitter malt-accented and slightly spicy finish with an almost warming alcoholic note. Has some drinkability for sure. 03.IX.10

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8587) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2010
500ml bottle labelled as special vintage ale bought at Waitrose Bloomsbury. Bright amber coloured body to an off-white head that left fragile lacing on the glassware. Smell of dark caramel malts joined by a spicy touch. Toffee-like malts in flavour balanced with dried bitter fruits. Pleasant drinkability. Rating session at Finns in Tromsø, 27.10.2010.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (8434) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2012
Bottle 500ml @ gunnfryd
Pours clear deep amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, caramel and grassy, floral hops. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8416) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle. Copper with an off-white foam. Aromas are sweet weetabix and caramel malts. Some raisins, too. Flavours are sweet malts with some toastiness. Raisins with spices and evident alcohol. Some woodiness. OK, but not as good as Hens Tooth.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (7822) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Kidlington, Oxon, 02-10-08 They had this and the GK Abbot Reserve on the shelf this evening. Pours reddy/amber with white head. Sweet and fruity bit tangy and with caramel in abundance, had that GK taste, I can’t put me finger on it or describe what that is exactly but believe me the GK thumbprint was there and quite heavily unfortunately. I really lost interest in this after a while and just drank it because it was there, like Hughie say’s it starts well, but I think it finishes with a whimper.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DruncanVeasey (7322) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2008
Raspbery jelly red with a fleeting big-bubbled bathfoam head. Pleasing waft of cask, raisin, toffee, oily English hop. Not bad. Downhill from there. OK dried fruit, peaty malt, traces of choc, caramel, vanilla, maybe biscuity malts on the end....but this has just got GK’s great big dirty thumbprint all over it. Feels empty and filtered/pasteurised clean of any potential character it might have had. Citric sickbowl notes like a hangover. Just a drab, headachy, overpriced rebottling of Old Speckled Hen by the taste of it. Unless it’s half price, or you’re stranded in Tossco on a Saturday night (like I was) minutes before kicking-out time contemplating the only beer on the shelves you haven’t had yet, AVOID.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2012
50cl bottle. Clear red / orange color. Good thin khaki / light grayish head. Some decent lace. Nice malty earthy hop aroma. Good raisin, kind of darker fruit aroma. Malts are balanced by the respectable amount of hop, here. Nice light bitterness. Smooth, light carbonation. Medium / bigger body, good more dry texture goes down easy. Really nice depth of flavor. Definitely exceeded my expectations. My favorite Morland brew yet, easily. Would get again / recommend.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7204) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2012
500mL bottle. Poured clear, medium orange with a tall, dense, creamy beige head.. looked very good in the glass. The aroma picked up toasted grains and biscuity malts with soft oak, blended, lighter-skinned fruits, and faint nutty accents.. came across very "English", and well-constructed. The flavor found toasted bready and fruity malts at the core, with grainy fruits, toasted oak, and a kiss of honey around.. finished with more of the honey and fruits along with grainy residual sugars. Medium-bodied at most on the palate, with moderate, rolling carbonation.. creamy across the middle, and nicely tangy right at the finish.. good feel to it.. nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 A Mes rate: bottle at Beer Exposed.
Can’t believe I’m saying this but it’s pretty bloody good. Almost mahogany dark with an impressive off white head and plenty of lace. The 5X comes through superbly. It drinks very much like the Suffolk Strong with a bit less caramel sweetness. The caramel is still quite obvious as is some usual GK type rubbish in the background but for the most part this is jolly tasty. Dry, wooden finish rounds things off nicely. This is more like it GK, still not happy with you though...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a low cream head. Light malt aroma. Malt and toffee flavor. Medium bodied. Malt and light toffee linger with light citrus and light dried fruit.


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