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

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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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."


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3554) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Skunk to begin but thankfully after that a decent maltiness, relatively grainy, with some fruit kicks in. The flavor is malty with caramel and a strong nuttiness. Going with an ale in a clear bottle, was not expecting a great ale but was surprised, not the absolute best still pretty good, still needs to be in a brown bottle though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gowdy (681) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle at parent’s house from Morrisons. dough, grass, amber, clear, frothy, lightly bitter, light body, creamy.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
authenticmead (58) - West Coast, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle from mainbrew.com Gorgeous crystal clear amber color and frothy white head. Classic brittish Diacetyl nose with some malt, hops, and a touch of skunkiness (clear bottle) On the palate I get botterscotch, toast, spicy hops and wood. Rich malty body, but not overly so. A touch of skunkiness (clear bottle). A good mix of old specled hen and old suffolk! A great beer overall and would buy again, good value! Breweries, please do not put your beer in clear or green bottles!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcosmlima (18) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 27, 2012
Ótima aparência. Gosto forte e amargo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (576) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Pint bottle from Woodman’s. Deep ruby red color with a small, firm beige head. Aroma is creamy, roasted malt with a spicy sweet note. Flavor is roasted malt and medicinal hops. A hint of semi-sweet chocolate sweetens it up at the end. Crisp, long lasting bitter finish but still smooth on the palate. A definite winner.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Roadcat (2) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2012 does not count
A lovely winter ale. The colour is a beautiful redish-amber which is, unfortunately, packaged in clear glass. A delicious caramel taste leads to a rich spice finish with very, very subtle notes of vanilla. Absolutely delicious!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep copper in color, very minimal head or CO2. Rich dried fruit aroma lots of oak. Rich full body, creamy smooth malts. Very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Tea brown with a tall, frothy, beige head. Aroma is slightly light-struck skunk, toffee... Flavour is toffee/vanilla..definite wood notes from blending. Very smooth, creamy malt. Really nice bittering. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2013
A dark brown color with little head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and raisin. Flavor is malty with more caramel, toffee, toasty notes. Aftertaste is dry. Overall I don’t know what it is but I dig these hens.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3159) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
From a bottle. Pours a rich copper color with a robust off-white head. Good lacing. Nice nose of malts, fruits, spices. Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is rich malts with lots of ripe fruit and floral hops. Great drinking.


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