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

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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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."


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (10838) - 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 (10775) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (10741) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
Sample at DØE 2013. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, oak, hops and fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9979) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle: Clear, chestnut-amber coloured, lacy medium-sized off-white head; raisins, dark toasty malt and solid hops in the nose; moderate to solid bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied as expected; slightly lingering drier fruity and hoppy finish, accompanied by a little tartness and delicate traces of alcohol. Robust thirst-quencher......

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (9632) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ DØE tasting. Pours amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, wood, hops. Flavor is malt, caramel, oak, green apples. Medium body, soft carbonation. 170713

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9605) - Wigston, 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 (9304) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9224) - Ottobrunn, 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9178) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2010
500ml Bottle at Home 15/04/2010 Malt and hop aromas. Carbonation. White head. Amber coloured a little rich on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness in a crisp and bitter full malt finish.


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