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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."


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1464) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Classic British aromas of caramel, toffee and the smokey oak that typifies barrel conditioned ales and especially the Greene King. This one has the dark color of scotch and substantial head. Semi-sweet malty flavor with some hop balance which struggles to come through. Thick on the front and thin on the finish, this beer embodies the same paradox as many lesser bitters. Nice all around beverage.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (3686) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle ar DBF2012. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma medium malty (caramel, woody notes). Flavor medium sweet and bitter. Medium+ body, some warming alcohol. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20486) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle at Ølfestival 2012. Clear orange coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, bread and dried fruits. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and hops. Sweet and hoppy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1775) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2012
500 mL bottle. Basically, oaked Speckled Hen. I love Old Speckled Hen. It was one of my early favourites, and still holds a special place in my heart. But it is not a big enough beer to stand up to the oak. It just isn’t. This wasn’t necessary.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
I was a little scared by the clear bottle but the price was right so I took a flyer. Pours a super clear auburn color. Good amount of sparkle on the tongue. Has the typical apple cider taste with some malts backing it up. But I would like to have gotten a bit more of the Old 5X in this beer. Maybe amp that up to 25 or 30%.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The Etruscan (498) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 14, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 Dark amber colour. Light beige weak head. Aroma is malty with fruity (hazelnuts, raisins) and light caramel notes. Flavor is malty too with fruity (banana, raisins, prunes), caramel and toffee tones, ending in a balanced bitter and fruity finish, Medium bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2013
Enjoyed this. What’s in a name? Malty smoothness. Thin easy drink. What else to say?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (3578) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear amber colour with average, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Fruity aroma has notes of green apple, raisin, a touch of oak. Taste is dry and minimally tart, hints of oak, vanilla, green apple and apple parings, a touch of raisin. Body is slightly too light to withstand the dry, minimally astringent oak notes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Well, this is certainly in the speckled/tooth neck of the woods, taste-wise. A bit more oomph than Hens’Tooth though and a bit more sweet sugary malt. I like this quite a bit but it is a departure from US style beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bax (1091) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
(bottle 17 /07-2013) low white head, clear amber color, smooth taste.


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