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

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RATINGS: 283   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."


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (587) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Pint bottle from Woodman’s. Deep ruby red color with a small, firm beige head. Aroma is creamy, roasted malt with a spicy sweet note. Flavor is roasted malt and medicinal hops. A hint of semi-sweet chocolate sweetens it up at the end. Crisp, long lasting bitter finish but still smooth on the palate. A definite winner.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle from Tesco Express Jewish quarters of London 2014-07-14, London Old crafty hen, bottle AR: brown sugar, caramel, AP: amber clear, fluffy beige head F: caramel, bitter nutty, dry, brown sugar

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielyabu (1142) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - JUL 14, 2014
average frothy offwhite head. good lacing. mostly diminishing. translucent average amber body. aroma: heavy malt, dark bread, caramel, metal. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate sweet light acidic bitter; average duration. palate: light medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, metallic light astringent finish.Dulçor maltado permeado por amargor amadeirado tradicional ingles. Amargor apresenta nuance gredosa e lupulada mais pro final. Ligeira acidez e presença metálica surgem como defeitos. 30 s

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (7301) - 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 (1282) - 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 (3876) - 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 (20239) - 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 (1978) - 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.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1208) - 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 (303) - - JUN 8, 2014
Dark golden colour. Lovely fruity aroma. Bitter tasting and mildly spicy. High fruity tones. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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