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

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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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."


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (7013) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7003) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6695) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (6349) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (6199) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2012
Amber coloured and clear. Has a white head. Heavy malty aroma, sweet, syrups, yeast. Flavor starts heavy sweet, some kind of wine, finish light bitter. Syrupy texture.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (stale apricot), with notes of cotton candy and diacetyl. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Artificial, candy-ish nose with the usual stale hop smell. Sugary sweet with a dirty sourness. Blech.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (5962) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2010
Medium offwhite head. Amber body. Sugary nutty caramelly aroma with toffee and roasty rye bread notes. Sweet-dryish caramelly nutty fruity taste with citric notes. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dry nutty caramelly aftertaste with oily grassy notes. Really nice, subtle, drinkable. Perhaps a bit dense and cloying. (0.5l bottle, shared by Ole_R.)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2011
11/12/11. 500mL bottle. Mostly clear amber pour with a small, foamy, soapy tan head that fades to nothing quick. Mild aroma of biscuits and a touch of roast. Bitter, toasty flavor with a bit of dark fruits and big butterscotch mixed with a bit of papery cardboard. Meh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (5910) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
From Sainsburys. Copper coloured with a slight, off-white head and moderate carbonation. Aroma of barley sugar, oak and a touch of marmalade. Flavour was a bit skunky to start, with some stale malts and sweet fruit, before being redeemed by some deep orange, berry fruits and a warming alcohol finish. A mixed bag, but pretty good overall.


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