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

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RATINGS: 366   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1857) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Poured from a pint bottle into nonic pub glass the way the good lord intended. Mostly-clear orange amber colour with off-white head, thin but long-lasting with a little lace. Tasted a lot like a good Scotch ale. Malty, caramelly, biscuity. Earthy, marmalady hops, dried apricots, hint of beneficial oxidation. Light-medium body, low carbonation. Lingering, well-balanced aftertaste. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomBitter (13) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2016
Lovely aroma of brown sugar and toffee which is found in the taste as well. Great combination between sweet and bitter, bitter towards the aftertaste really gives a nice palate. It also tastes strong but without a big alcohol fug in the back of the mouth which is good. One fine beer I’ll definitely be having again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (4105) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle. Morrisons. Clear, dark copper colour. Thin, dense, off white head. Nose has sugary, dried vine fruit. Caramel. Some ripe banana esters. Taste is rich, vinous sweet, quickly turning light, metallic bitter. Smooth enough mouthfeel. Finish errs toward that metallic bitterness. Starts off great, but tails off somewhat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4572) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/7/2015. Pours clear reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, oak, light vanilla, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, mint, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, oak, light vanilla, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, mint, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and tannic oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, oak, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, mint, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/tannic notes as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and light tannic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great English strong ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Really solid amount of oak presence for only being a small blend. A very enjoyable offering.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeebon (403) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2016
Pours mahogany colour with thin bubbly head. Aroma is strong toffee malt, raisins, stewed fruit and slightly skunky (clear glass bottle!). Taste is medium to strong sweet and pleasantly bitter. A fine beer!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (440) - 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 (985) - 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 (1109) - 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 (1103) - 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 (821) - 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.


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