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


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RATINGS: 382   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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zvikar (6068) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at beerandbeyond shop. Thanks troubles. Pours bronze with a small head, aroma of honey, caramel, toffee and diacetyl, flavor is a bit sourish with diacetyl, butter, caramel and toffee, medium bodied

hayduke (5188) - 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.

gegwilson (3676) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle from Rhythm & Booze, Ripon. Amber ale with white head. Quite bitter with lots of malt flavour and a touch of caramel. Alcohol quite evident. I was looking forwards to this one as I’ma big fan of the style, but this effort was pretty disappointing really. Lacking any real complexity.

ronaldtheriot (1919) - 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

MustangMarkF (249) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2013
500ml Bottle. This came highly thought of but from someone who likes a lot darker beers than I do. TBH I had put it off but finally got round to it.. It pours a ruby brown body with a moderate dark cream head with a good amount of medium lacing. It smells of malts and caramel with a slight hint of hops. It tastes largely of burnt caramel with a raisin mid taste moving to a bitter finish. Yep - not to my tastes but I can imagine many will like it.

Jamedra (754) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 3, 2013
Láhev 500 ml. Aroma dubové, čokoláda a lehce karamel. Pěna je středně vysoká, lehce nahnědlé barvy, jemná a mizící. Barva piva samotného je tmavší měděná. Chuť má silný sladový střed, okraj připomínající sladký meloun, celkově je toto velmi sladké, finiš je slabší hořký, zakulacený ale rázný. Toto pivo je vcelku dobré, nicméně, není až tak dobře pitelné a očekával bych i bohatší chuť.

Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
Appearance: Clear ruby/amber with cm thick ivory head. Aroma: Raisin, dried fig, orange marmalade, syrup, grassy, fruity and pepper. Taste: Medium sweetness, bitterness and sourness. Palate: Thin smooth texture and light/medium body, prickly/average carbonation and astringent lingering finish of fruity and malt flavours. The taste is initially sweet, it then has a slight tartness before developing into bitterness. Comments: Tasty and enjoyable.

JStax (6357) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2013
50 cl bottle. Pours a translucent amber with a fizzy beige head of foam. The aroma is malt, some musty notes, candy, and grassy skunky notes. Taste is sweet and musty. Dries out in the finish.

shorlin (721) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
Initial aroma is caramel, but also some hop. Aroma smooths out into even more malt with time and warming. Appearance is a very deep red-amber, with some initial head although not much lasted. Taste is very good on the first sip, with a full maltiness that dominates, although there is a little brightness at the top of the taste and feels a bit drier than I would have expected. Taste is a little bitter, fairly malty and not the sweetness reported by others. Overall, pretty good beer.

canary dog (766) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - SEP 22, 2013
A very rich and dark malty brew; yet this beer doesn’t ever get too sweet or cloying. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Toffee and heavy roasts predominate throughout. I’m not a huge super-malt beer fan, but this one wasn’t bad at all. Enjoyable.

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