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

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RATINGS: 269   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, malt, fruits, wood and hops.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
czlowiekwiadro (37) - POLAND - APR 17, 2014
lekki zapach skunksa (pewnie przez butelkę), do tego karmel i jabłka. kolor rdzawy, piana bardzo skąpa, klarowne. w smaku karmelowe, palone, wyraźnie słodowe. pozostawia lekki kwaśny posmak, niska ale przyjemna goryczka

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4277) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2014
(Keg at Black Door, 20140411) The beer poured brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts and molasses. Palate was medium bodied and sticky with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, malts, caramel and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and bitter. A way too sweet brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (137) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2014
Pours dark amber with a foamy white head that fades to a ring. Aroma of caramel, sweet malts, oak and vanilla. Taste is caramel, sweet, slightly vanilla followed by malts, roasted malts and bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (452) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 3, 2014
Bele couleur orangée, arômes caramel, sucre candi, orange. Super bière ! Dans mon top anglais à coup sûr. Génial !

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9071) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours brilliantly clear dark amber with a large, frothy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is dried fruits, light caramel and nutty notes, moderate toast and cookie malt, and minty, herbal hops. Flavor is lightly bitter dried fruits and minty hops, light sherry oxidation, caramel notes, toast and cookie malt, and a sweet finish. Medium body and light carbonation with a mild alcohol warmth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (5386) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kupferfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, nussig, würzig, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, fruchtig, würzig, Karamell, nussig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - Dark Amber in colour. Very Malty; toasted malts, lots of caramel, toffee, lots of vanilla, oaky. Fruity; raisins, dark fruits, spicy. Full flavoured. Alcohol very evident. Sweetish malty fruity throughout. Dry malty finish. Not bad. Quite tasty. Enjoy this. Nice beer!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (1697) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2014
Clear glass bottle, 500 ml, at home, poured into a big Guinness glass. ABV 6.5% Amber colour on the body, just a couple of bubbles rising to the surface. Head is something less than two fingers, off-white in colour and quite thick, with good retention too. Light lacing left after it has collapsed. Aroma has plenty of caramel, toasted malts, toffee, the slightiest of vanilla but still there. Very good and inviting. Taste is toasted malts, caramel, light butter and toffee, a touch of pepper, with a nice bitterness on the finish and on the aftertaste, nothing too extreme or even moderate, but rather subtle, somehow though it fits it quite good. Medium thin body, notable carbonation. Overall a very nice beer, much better than the normal Hen I think.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
g_georgiou (143) - CYPRUS - MAR 12, 2014
Clear amber body. Thick head to start but only a ring to finish. Roasty, fruity, sweet aroma. Almost candy like. Taste is sweet with light bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Salmoniform (247) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Amber hue with off white head that dissipated to a thin ring. Aroma is heavy malt, woody, caramel, clove, roast, slight banana. Mouthfeel is nice with full body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with bitter following and dry finish. Overall this is a nice smooth brew.


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