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

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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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."


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle, pours a deep orange-brown body with light-brown head. Aroma caramel malts, sugar, dried fruit, and prune. Taste is similar with a nice raisin finish. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YantarCoast (944) - Moscow, RUSSIA - AUG 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle that is almost a year out of date. Dark copper with a small light-brown head. Aroma is caramel, nuts, alcohol. Flavour is the same followed by a bitter aftertaste. This is a good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Aroma: Nutty English malts prevail with a light toffee sweetness and a jigger of raisin liqueur. Appearance: Rich, amber/coppery color with pleasant natural carbonation; firm tan head settles into a mostly present, bubbly skin. Flavor: Nutty up front with a surprising oak touch entirely missing from the nose (my nose, at least); sweetish toffee and raisin finish things out. Palate: Medium body, slightly creamy texture, average carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: Liked this more than I thought I might (didn’t expect much from the clear glass bottle, and wasn’t a big fan of Old Speckled Hen). A lovely complement to my Labor Day brunch.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vinivini (1281) - BELARUS - OCT 28, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Reddish to brown colour, well lacing head. Smells of caramel, wood, grass, herbs. Medium to full body. Well balanced bittersweet taste. Hoppy ending without exaggerated bitterness. Good & emotional.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mszzukowski (32) - Olsztyn, POLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Aromat dość słaby, karmelowy, lekko ziołowy. Barwa_ miedziana, klarowne. Piana początkowo dość gęsta, szybko rozpadająca się. W smaku mocno dominuje karmel, lekkie zioła i alkohol. Goryczka średnia. Odczucie rozgrzewające, wysycenie średnie. Ogólnie na pewno warte spróbowania i myślę że z przyjemnością wróciłbym do niego w inny chłodny wieczór.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (729) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2015
Aroma: great hit of golkden syrup and oak Appearance: dark golden with an off white head perfectly clear Flavour: toasty caramel with some oak and hop character Palate: medium length toasty toffee finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SanfordBrewer (1502) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Amber with a beige head. Moderate carbonation and body.
Aroma: grainy malt with a little wood, oxidation, and brett character..
Smooth and decent, but lacking refined integration of flavor components.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomBitter (13) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2016
Lovely aroma of brown sugar and toffee which is found in the taste as well. Great combination between sweet and bitter, bitter towards the aftertaste really gives a nice palate. It also tastes strong but without a big alcohol fug in the back of the mouth which is good. One fine beer I’ll definitely be having again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4986) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2008
Bottle. Very clear tawny appearance. Pleasant and inviting aroma upon opening.Deep slightly fruity flavour with just enough body.Impressive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5778) - 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.


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