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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."


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3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beardedbarber (5) - - JUL 26, 2013
Strong amber color with light medium head. Fig and fruit cakey nose. Smooth lightly tart taste with a raisin finish.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (347) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2016
Pours a deep amber, pretty clear, quickly dissipating off-white head. Nutty aroma, caramel toffee, bready, a slight vinous barrel note. Big caramel toffee flavour with noticeable oak tannins, and a doughy malt base. It’s quite lively and fizzy, lingering sweetness and dark fruits, medium body. Not bursting with flavour, but enough complexity to keep it interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rjplumer (933) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2016
Heavy toffee malt aroma. Deep mahogany color with a one fingered head that is a hint of red. Dark fruit malt taste. Heavy bodied. Sweet and smooth with a dry finish. A fine sipping beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hman43 (914) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2016
It pours amber with a white head. It has aromas of caramel, toffee, bread, and raisins. It has a sweet taste that features caramel and bread, with molasses and raisins.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jinroh (1030) - ESTONIA - FEB 27, 2016
Pours amber, nice slightly beige foam, stays a bit. Aroma is malty, sweet and hint of hops. Taste is very caramelly, sweetish and mainly malt-forward. Bitterness is there but coming out later and no aromatics at all. Alcohol is warming. I don’t like this heavy, sticky and overly caramelly aftertaste. Can drink this but well, nothing enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Biroholik (689) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Kolor: Ciemny bursztyn. W 100% klarowne. Bardzo dużo bąbelków.
Piana: Bardzo słaba. Szybko opada. Drobne oczka. Piana w kolorze złamanej bieli. Słabe krążkowanie.
Zapach : Trochę chmielowy, trochę zbożowy. Lekkie aromaty śliwki i drewna. Po ogrzaniu cała masa karmelu i szczypta toffi.
Smak: Smak wyraźnie słodowy. Dość słodkie w smaku. Delikatne, łagodne i przyjemne. Karmel, toffi, trochę dębiny, śliwki i wanilia. Na dalszym planie ciasto z rodzynkami, nuty chlebowe, a nawet nuty winne. Słaba goryczka. Rozgrzewający alkohol.
Wysycenie: Wysokie. Zbyt duże.
Podsumowanie:
Piwo jest blenedem dwóch innych piw z Browaru Greene King : Old Speckled Hen oraz 14% Old 5X (leżakującego do 5 lat w beczkach dębowych). Bardzo sympatyczne piwo. Osobiście bardzo lubię ten styl. Smak i aromat zdominowany przez słody: od ciemnych owoców, poprzez zbożowe, chlebowe i ciasteczkowe nuty, a na dębinie zakończywszy. Piwo warte spróbowania.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lux_edwards (265) - - FEB 17, 2016
50 cl bottle. Pours a clear copper with a white head. Aroma of caramel and honey. Taste is slightly sweet. Overall good beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobblackcoffee (21) - - JAN 16, 2016
Sweetly charming mass produced olde English ale. Would be nice to sup in a wooden beamed old pub on a rainy autumn’s day. A good supermarket find.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (4065) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle from Sainsbury’s Heaton, Newcastle. Bright amber coloured with almond and nutty flavours followed by burnt toffee and a sweet warming red fruity finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wildfruity (4) - Aylesbury, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016 does not count
My favourite regular beer. It has it all. Flavour, strength, just about perfect.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (3631) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2016
Pours clear copper with about a finger of off-white head. Aroma of light toffee, hints of raisin, mostly caramel and rye bread. Taste is sweet and roasty with toffee, burnt butter, raisins, very light bitter finish. Body is light to medium and smooth with soft carbonation.


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