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

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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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."


Drake's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse Charlottesville. Pours a clear rust color with a medium sized white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of raisins, caramel and soy. The taste is toffee, treacle, herbal notes, anise, soy. Medium bodied. Decent.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bail (11) - Staffordshire, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2015
500ml bottle, looked nice, med brown with a good head. Strong aroma, malt, hops & fruit. Very strong, rich tasting ale, fruit and malt but rather sweet. Not to my taste I’m afraid,

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
R4N5H (255) - SINGAPORE - JUN 24, 2015
50cl bottle poured into a tall glass on 15/06/2015. Clear copper colour. Medium tan coloured head which dissipates. Slightly fruity aroma - dark fruits - plum, berries, prunes. Medium carbonation; medium body. Flavours of oak, caramel, malt, molasses, vanilla and hops. A typical English strong ale, although a little too sweet for me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftyBeerTour (121) - Barcelon, SPAIN - JUN 23, 2015
Aroma: delicately earthy, rich sweet caramel, fruity, cake fruits. Off white, dense, persistent, one-figure head. Deep amber. Nice lacing. Brite, busy and persistent bubbles. A very attractive beer! Flavour malt-dominant: caramel, raisin-type fruity, slight acidity, delicate lingering bitterness. Medium-bodied. Nice tingling carbonation. Cohesive. Mouthwatering. A very enjoyable drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodrigorj87 (14) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JUN 10, 2015
Great vintage ale with fruit flavors, nice ambar color and fruit aroma. I prefer vintage ales that are less sweet, nevertheless this is a fine one, great for deserts. Great bang for a buck.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sjohnh (428) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2015
I can absolutely live with without Old Speckled Hen, especially the cask version. This pumped up version is a different matter altogether. Red brown with minimal head, medium body and a pleasant malty aroma. Taste blends the powerful malts with earthy hops. Good brew!

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
allmyvinyl (6043) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2015
500ml bottle from the Co-op, Amble. Pours clear copper, short-lived white head. Aromas of butterscotch, vanilla, raisins. Like Old Speckled Hen crossed with Innis & Gunn. Taste is sweet, faint hints of oak if you search for it. Mostly demerara sugar. Cloying.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Don2711 (223) - - MAY 13, 2015
Lovely aroma. Raisin flavour. Amber appearance. Great strength and aftertaste. Nice level of bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchad56 (93) - - MAY 11, 2015
Not much of a lasting aroma. Darkish amber / copper appearance with very thin off White head dissipates to just around glass. Decent taste, slight ting on tongue but smooth in mouth - very drinkable, soon gone.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
commonmac (638) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Last bottle from a sampler pack received as a Christmas gift. The goal was to save the "best" for last which is, in actuality, a bit of a stretch of the word "best" since this sampler was pretty weak overall. Consumed in snifter glass. Quickly dissipating head that has some tan qualities to it. Color has a slight haze with a copper/amber quality. Aroma is raisin with a slight funk (seems to be the theme with this brewery) and a malty/caramel note. Definitely leans towards the sweet side with malt coming through strong. The kind of toasted nut or dark caramel presence is welcomed. Ends with a hit of the dark fruit and a finish I appreciate. It reminds me of much better dark abbey ales I’ve had in my lifetime. Like a poor Englishmen’s attempt. Overall, I would recommend trying it if you’re looking for something in the "___ _______ Hen" varieties.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (3099) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2015
Notes of toasted caramel and vanilla on the nose, sweetish with burnt caramel, hints of green apple, oak, dry grass, and warming alcohol. Burnt bittersweet finish.


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