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

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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4247) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2009
Bottle. Bronze/Brown beer with a strongish head. The aroma is very well roasted and caramel, and the flavour is very dry with a bitter, caramel, roasted and hopped finish. Overall an average beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1756) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour and has a thin, fleeting off-white head. Plenty of sweetness on offer from the get go, along with the archetypal Hen hoppiness in aroma. More typical GK characteristics in the flavour, mingled with plenty of decent caramel malts. Round, creamy at times and rather sweet with a dryish finish and a warmth from the added alcohol. Not much more than a stones throw away from the regular Hen and not worth the extra pennies.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gethinbeer (2154) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2009
Bottle Shared with Beth101. Good amber colour with a frothy white head. Caramel flavour with toffee. Delicious brown sugar aroma. Smooth texture. Malt ale. Tangy finish. A little bit of a spicy finish. Lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear, deep ruby tinged golden with a small off white head nestling on top of it. The dominating note in the aroma is caramel. Some fruity notes. It’s got this wierd, rubbery note to it as well, which definitely detracted from the experience. Luckily, this doesn’t show in the taste at all. It’s just caramelly, dark fruity goodness with a bit of alcohol showing. Nice, bitter finish, ends semidry. Medium to light bodied. Drinkable and likeable for sure, but nothing very exciting about it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2010
0.5 L bottle shared by GrOve. One finger of dense blond head over a clear reddish-amber body. Fruits, and a distinct nutty and bready malt aroma. Taste is sweet caramelly malts with a nice sourish twist throughout. Notes of plums and apples, also some mild spice tones. Solid earthy and peppery hop bitterness. Quite full. Soft in the mouth. Finish drier than the initial taste. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8044) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2010
500ml bottle labelled as special vintage ale bought at Waitrose Bloomsbury. Bright amber coloured body to an off-white head that left fragile lacing on the glassware. Smell of dark caramel malts joined by a spicy touch. Toffee-like malts in flavour balanced with dried bitter fruits. Pleasant drinkability. Rating session at Finns in Tromsø, 27.10.2010.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1508) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2013 Bottle. Amber body, thin white head. Fruity, alcohol, burnt sugar, grassy hop. Bittersweet. Bitter finish. 6 3 6 3 12 #### Bottle. Chestnut body. Thin white head. Black malt, fruit, hops, malt, yeast, toffee popcorn, boiled sweets, fruit, candied fruits. Bitter with a sweet finish. Full bodied. A fine winter warmer but a little overly pasteurised. 7 4 6 3 13

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
Reddy brown, beige head, bubbles. Strong, alcohol, hoppy nose. Can taste the alcohol, rum, raisin, dark fruit, sourness, some maltiness, not overly hoppy, little/no aftertaste, Not quite as well balanced as the speckled.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (3719) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2012
50 cl. Clear and red-brown with a lasting disc of creamy foam. Aroma of earthy-spiced caramel apple, dark fruit, and a touch of oak. Flavor is the same blend with more accent on the toffee and woodsiness than the rest. Medium body is a touch to the sweet side, but not sticky, and the wooden finish lingers a bit.. Shows a bit of surprising warmth for 6.5% abv.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1481) - 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.


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