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


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RATINGS: 386   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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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. I’ve 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 didn’t finish mine.

Westchesterco (2192) - 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

Iphonephan (7287) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
From a 5 cl bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Malty nose. Flavors of light butterscotch and raisins. Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter finish.

Ferris (16538) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle - Caramel and a bit of burnt sweetness. Clear amber with a beige head. Sweet caramel, oaky and a bit sour. Bitterness up front and a bit harsh. Overall not my favorite of the series. A bit rough around the edges.

Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. This is nice big ale which bridges complexity and balance very well.

leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Slight;y malty, sweet aroma, subtle. Nice deep red / amber colour with standard minimal white head. Some good malty flavours going on, beats it’s little sibling and the flavour does linger some medium to deep complexity but no discernible oak vats from what I can get. Satisfying small bubbly mouthfeel. Good for a mass produced, pasteurised beer.

geologyguy (1662) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Smell is like a sour beer..taste is a bit sweet and malty, no decernable hops per se but a tad bitter on the finish

Spab (4085) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2013
500 ml bottle from LCBO (part of Hen House mix pack). Pours a clear dark amber colour with modest-sized eggshell-coloured head. Aroma is toffee, dark fruit and butter. Flavour is toffee, raisin, wood and butter. A little bit of booziness and a lightly drying finish. Ok.

cfrancis (3575) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
Pours a dark copper with a small white wisp of head. Aroma is toffee, oak, dark fruits. Taste is toffee, raisin and oak. Nice English strong.

probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2013
50 cl bottle in a mixed pack from LCBO served cold in a tulip glass. Clear cooper with a full, orange-tan head. Fruity and vinous, some toffee and treacle, dark dried fruits, a little woody, brown sugar, decent. Medium+ body with moderate carbonation. Quite fruity, lightly boozy, brown sugar, a bit of dark rum character, dark dried fruits, a little wood, alright; off-dry with moderate-low bitterness and a long, brown sugar and treacle, fruity finish. Alright.

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