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


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RATINGS: 346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (9535) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1681) - Norfolk, 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4297) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1531) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (4141) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (24032) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2218) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2382) - 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%.

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