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."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (11099) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle @ Beer Exposed, September 2008.
Pours a pretty, clear, brownish amber with a weak, film head. Aroma has some lemons, caramel, dark candied sugars. A good, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is a tad unbalanced, a little oak and caramel. Okay, but not overly impressive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5156) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012
Oct, 2008 500ml clear bottle from Tesco. Attractive mahogany colour. Lots of Old Speckled Hen malty flavours. Some boiled sweets pasteurised notes. Some awareness of higher alcohol notes, though Iím not picking up much oak aging - no sour notes or any aging or oak flavours. This tastes like a stronger version of the pasteurised Old Speckled Hen. I like the old Hen, so I like this. Iím quite happy with 5.2% strength, and I think this may show too much alcohol warmth, but on the other hand it does seem to also have a greater depth and richness. On balance, and without the regular beside me to compare, I think I prefer this version. [3.6]
Dec 2011 Candied sweets. OK, but this would be so much better if bottle conditioned. The malt doesnít really work, and the hops are a flop. Yeah, itís drinkable and tasty, but it lacks character. Way too processed. [3.1]
July, 2012 500ml clear bottle from Tesco. Thereís vinegar from the old ale, and hoppy malt from the Speckled Hen. The combination doesnít quite work. Itís drinkable enough, but is not what youíd hope for. [3.1]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (2963) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2010
Red-brown colour with light foamy head. Malty aroma with some dry oak coming through too. Flavour has a malty feel overall with a dry finish and a lingering hint of sweet fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6120) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2010
Medium offwhite head. Amber body. Sugary nutty caramelly aroma with toffee and roasty rye bread notes. Sweet-dryish caramelly nutty fruity taste with citric notes. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dry nutty caramelly aftertaste with oily grassy notes. Really nice, subtle, drinkable. Perhaps a bit dense and cloying. (0.5l bottle, shared by Ole_R.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slash_1_uk (22) - annesley, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle on 22/12/11 pours a burnt Orange colour with diminishing off white head smell of caramel, nice warming toffee and biscuit flavour with long lasting flavour miles ahead of speckled hen

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle 50 cl. Clear amber with an off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma combined with some phenols and an alcoholic touch. Solid body, sweet caramel and nuts, a little chocolaty. Lightly bitter Ė some alcohol. 251211

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (3799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
500 ml bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose is caramel, floral, with light hints of toffee and oak. Clear copper with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly bitter, with a small fruity note, and a little toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Pours copper with a tall, frothy tan head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is grassy, planty, toast, caramel, toffee, light nuttiness, a touch of skunk and englishy yeast. Flavor is caramel, toffee, toast, a little more skunk than the aroma lets on, a little sulpher, sweet malt, autumn leaves, sweet hay and a slightly boozy, dark fruit and nuts finish. Palate is light to medium bodied and dry, but slick throughout. I wasnít terribly impressed with this beer at ~$6/500ml bottle, but price aside, itís pretty average. The clear bottle probably did it no favors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13106) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2012
Bottle. It pours a clear, dark amber colored body and a finger-thick, off-white head. The aroma is lightly roasted and bready, some piney notes in the back. Caramel and some prunes too. Quite pleasant, in a nice way. A bit thin on the palate, soft carbonation. Dry. Roasted and caramel-ish flavor with a nice bitterness kicking in towards the end. A quite nice one, although a bit too British for my preferences. 120405

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (7189) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2012
Bottle 500ml @ gunnfryd
Pours clear deep amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, caramel and grassy, floral hops. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

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