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


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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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."

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 24, 2013
Pours a murky copper with an off white head. Smell is a caramel malt. Taste is a nice combo of bitter and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4450) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle at home. Clear amber pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of English hops, some cognac, slightly spicy, dark sugary malts and caramel. Flavor is thick heavy malts with some spicy hops, nicely balanced. Slightly warming finish with a hint of brandy. Decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AtronSeige (1398) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 18, 2013
Aroma: Caramel, oak, musty, molasses, Appearance: Clear copper body. Think off-white head. Flavour: Medium bitterness, resin, medium-light sweetness. lingering bitterness, peppery, Palate: medium-full body, creamy carbonation, slight warming. Overall: A nice beer, but not a wow. 500 ml bottle, poured. 8C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - DEC 7, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Clear deep amber with gorgeous red hues and medium off white head. Honey like malt aromas, with some caramel, toffee, fruitcake and some grass. Juicy malt flavor, lo-med bitterness, honey, dried apricot and cookies. Med body, satisfying, well rounded and yummy. Cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Welley_Alves (248) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 7, 2013
Ótima Tripel belga. Cor amarelo-palha com ótima formação de espuma e aroma remetendo frutas amarelas e especiarias, na boca corpo médio, com notas de fermento belga, pêssegos e damasco, com álcool bem inserido. Final longo e aquecedor. Ótima breja! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yingwait (25) - Taipei, TAIWAN - DEC 5, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 濃郁的麥汁風&# Ale。

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
shylos (5) - - DEC 4, 2013 does not count
Light amber colour, malty aroma with hint of whisky. Malty and bitter to taste, not unpleasant but plenty of carbonation - too much for my palate. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (4307) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
Amber pour, small beige head. Sweat malty aroma, subtle cherry,and dark fruits. Light hoppimg, touches of wood abd oak. Not bad, but not great, a tad too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Appearance: Clear amber with glints of garnet deep in its depths. A voluminous khaki head slowly fades in the shape of a donut. Lace sticks in bunches on the sides of the glass. Swirls clumpy.
Nose: Toffee followed by plums, pears, and concord grapes. Oak in the back with vanilla and essence of raw oak. Slightly buttery on top. Cut green grass. Crisp Fall leaves. Intriguing and off-putting at the same time.
Palate: My first quaff reveals a hard bite of burnt wood and pepper in the front. A dry finish of apple cores, plum and grape skins. Rough. Burnt acrid caramel and Werthers Original. Hard minerals along the edges.
Final Thoughts: There was just something wrong with this beer from Greene King. Ive had many an Old Speckled Hen which, while nothing spectacular, is a solid English Ale. Maybe the clear bottle allowed some skunking, or maybe it was supposed to taste this way. All I know is I didnt finish mine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Westchesterco (1917) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Poured from a bottle this is a clear amber ale with a slight head. The aroma is slight citrus scent. The taste tells more with a strong flavor of raisins that lingers bitter on the palate

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