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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."


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5538) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015
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 I’m 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. I’m 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 doesn’t really work, and the hops are a flop. Yeah, it’s drinkable and tasty, but it lacks character. Way too processed. [3.1]
July, 2012 500ml clear bottle from Tesco. There’s vinegar from the old ale, and hoppy malt from the Speckled Hen. The combination doesn’t quite work. It’s drinkable enough, but is not what you’d hope for. [3.1]
May, 2015 500ml clear bottle, filtered. 6.5%. I like this. There’s the rounded, plumy, toffee and barley-sugar flavours of the bottled Hen, plus the more robust tones of a strong ale. Good boiled hops - not aggressive or fragrant, just underpinning the sweet malt with a gently sombre bitterness. Interesting corners and edges to this, such as the green apple in the nose, and the hint of banana in the swallow. [3.5]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (5951) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2008
[500ml bottle from Tesco, Bracknell.] Copper with a thin white head; aroma has grassy hops and some spice; sweet caramel malt flavours, slightly burnt, and some sweet cereals - a touch of Sugar Puffs in fact; smooth and creamy mouthfeel; the finish is warming with spicy raisins and slightly dry, leaving a vanilla aftertaste. A pleasant beer to sip slowly.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bottle at home. Perfectly clear rich amber with a centimetre of head. Malty taste with some alcoholic warmth. Not bad for GK actually.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4629) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kester (2) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2009 does not count
[Bottle - UK supermarket] A bit sour, a bit oaky and maybe vinous, but still with much of that Speckled Hen flavour and aroma. As someone who’s not been a great fan of Speckled Hen, I have to say this is a more interesting than the average strong english beer. Not bad at all.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (8681) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2011
50cl bottle shared with a friend. Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Lovely beer. Even nicer than the regular beer

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (4872) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 6, 2011
Bottle from Kaledonia, Budapest. Poured a coppery amber body with an off white head. Malty light nose, some raisins. Malty taste, again raisins, some very very light bitterness, no flaws really, not heavy. A nice, full English ale,

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2011
nice warmy aroma, full malty with medium strong hoppy aroma, amber, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, really warmy taste , flavour a bit like rumthick feel, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish, nice beer for ugly autumn weather, fullmouth

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1939) - 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 (2452) - 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.


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