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

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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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."


nigos' rating

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, - APR 25, 2011
Deep copper hue. Strong malty toasty nose. Malty toasty flavour with a slightly syrupy texture. Slight skunky though. Reasonable.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (7218) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle @ home shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Nice dark orange to reddish color, decent sized off-white head. Aroma is malts, dried fruits, raisins. Tastes about the same: malts, raisins, dried fruits, slightly bitter. Medium body and carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansjelaah (1229) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle @benzai with dutchdrebus. Copper color with a small head. Smells and tastes malty, sweet, sugar, notes, some fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (3790) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Clear amber colour with a small off-white head. Smells esters, alcohol, caramel. Tastes caramel, chocolate, malts, sweet. Thin to medium body, soft carbo.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
campbega (68) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours dark amber / copper with off-white head that lingers. Aromas of nut, malt and toffee. Smooth finish with hints of raisin and slightly buttery. Nice ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Bottled. Reddish amber colour, small white head. Aroma is wood, vanilla, some slight sweet malts as well as some floral and a bit metallic notes (not in a bad way here though9. Flavour is sweet malts, some wood, mild sugary notes as well as some raisins and quite nice floral and grassy bitterness towards the finish. Wellbalanced, and a quite nice GK brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (1907) - FINLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Tap@o’malleys. Red clear. Plummy malts, fruity yeast (feels sort of abbeyish). Has some vanilly oaky in flavour, med bodied. Really english, stronger ale. Not much of the, supposed, oak, just a lil vanilla. Murky dark fruity malty. Enjoyable, takes some time to get into it.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1199) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Aroma of oaky malt, or sourdough bread. Taste is sweet oaky and malt forward. The alcohol feels stronger than it is. The finish is dry with a tangy lingering bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissPxx (297) - - JUN 8, 2014
Dark golden colour. Lovely fruity aroma. Bitter tasting and mildly spicy. High fruity tones. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EtTuCthulhu (991) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2014
The aroma blends heavy skunk, nuttiness, and caramel malts, and the appearance has a clear copper color with a medium off-white head. The initial taste is slightly sour and a touch sweet, but it quickly becomes quite sour; however, the finish has a slight nutty sourness and a touch of umami, balancing out the beer. The palate fuses a slick texture, medium body, and a soft carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
olliejobbins (728) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
500ml bottle. pours clear yellowy orange with no real head. aroma is of malts, hops and hay. good taste. slightly sharp finish but over all, hoppy with lightly smoky malts.


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