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

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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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."


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tbopslt (346) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Clear dark amber color, minimal head but ample lacing. Very little carbonation. Deep oak cask aroma. Full malt flavor, smooth start and finish. Similar to Innis and Gunn if you like that. Slightly heavier. Average drinkability, somewhat filling

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2224) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2013 veerrryy nice ale with golden raisin a bit of sweet vanilla and a touch of almond. malt brew with good soft smoothness and a nice appearance of amber with small brown yet substantial head that seems sugary. nice surprise, and a lingering finish with some bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1225) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Old Crafty Hen has a very thin, off-white head, and a mostly clear, deep, brilliant, amber appearance with some bubble streams and lacing. The aroma is of of rich, sweet caramel and toffee, bread crust and maybe some raisin. Taste is of those elements, with some mellow, but distinguished bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Old Crafty Hen finishes wet, sweet, rich, and delicious. Overall, a most excellent beer! RJT

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4362) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Pours amber into an English pint. Bright white head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Vanilla and oak aromas. Sweet summer pit fruit upfront turning to oak and marshmallow in the dry, lasting finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Deu (681) - Nantes, FRANCE - OCT 25, 2012
Tasting tray at a beer festival in Dublin. Bright copper colored liquid topped by an thick rocky beige head. Lovely toasted biscuit malt nose reminiscent of toffee. Sweet butterscotch malt flavor with a silky mouthfeel upfront. Realy nice! I recommend it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OwainTurner (313) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
#114 - bottle from Supermarket. Deep rich oak and fruit aroma, almost whisky like. Lovely golden amber colour. Rich malt and dried fruit taste, very nice to drink. Smooth and foams a little in mouth .

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2218) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2014
I had this bottle for two years stored at room temperature in a non-air-conditioned lower-level room in a box. I had hope that was enough but it is a clear glass bottle and the aroma is definitely Skunky which is the dominant factor. Thankfully the skunk didn't come through in the flavor at all which had Malt, toffee hop and a hint of roast plus some carbonic tang. Body is good and it's very drinkable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kiptheyip (46) - IRELAND - MAY 22, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 Nice dark red appearance. Aroma of caramel and toasted oak. Flavour is toffee, malt and raisins. Some hop flavours to balance it out. Medium-full body. Very enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6013) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Pours a nice deep amber hue with a creamy slightly off-white head and left good lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of herbal and grassy noble hops(I think some EKG is in there) along with mild, crystal and slight toasted malts. Ever so slight oxidization and oaky notes along the vapours. The taste is very well balanced with a nod of bitterness to offset the sweet malt. Well rounded wood and earthiness lingers upon the palate with a dash of spice, pipe tobacco and butterscotch notes. The addition of the olde ale really adds a layer of complexity to this brew. The mouth feel is actually heavy for the genre, smooth and creamy with a quick dry tannic finish. I really liked this, above expectations and lucky that the clear bottle (damn it anyway) did not bring about any skunky character. Colour this fan of Olde Suffolk impressed! (methinks this would rock on cask!!)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_leit (50) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAY 9, 2013
Old good strong ruby-amber ale with malt, hop and woody aroma. Good drinkabilty, a little sweet, malt, caramel and toffee, nuts, oak, bitter finish.


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