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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%
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."

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3.1
shorlin (736) - 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.

3.3
canary dog (780) - 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.

3.4
yiannnos (1254) - , CYPRUS - SEP 20, 2013
Amber colour, medium carbonation. Malty caramel nose. Sweet, toffee, malty taste.

3.1
RuneStumo (2710) - Haugesund, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2013
15.08.2013. 0,5l Bottle. Thanks to Sverre Brekne!!! Amber brown colour with tan head. Sweet aroma of dark roasted malts. Very soft sweet with good flavours of dark malts. Rich and rather firm body. Medium bitterness.

2.3
Pdubyah (791) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2013
Meh. Average. Sour on the top note and not a lot after the overly banging caramel in your face front that this has. I want to burn my passport rather than recommend this.

3
Borup (15320) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
Sample at DØE 2013. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, oak, hops and fruit.

3
petexner (936) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Not bad but nothing special. Pleasant hoppy taste, long dry palate, nice color and head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
DMLINAZ (358) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2013
I still can’t quite decide if I like this. It’s super malty, with a lot of caramel, bread, alcohol. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Better than the old speckled hen, to be sure, but I have a feeling this would taste a lot better in an English pub.

4
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
#114 - bottle from Supermarket. Deep rich oak and fruit aroma, almost whisky like. Lovely golden amber colour. Rich malt and dried fruit taste, very nice to drink. Smooth and foams a little in mouth .

1.3
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Maybe I got a bad bottle but this was a pretty horrid beer. Clear amber pour with a white head. Aromas of skunk and yard clippings. Taste is weak malt with skunk. Just a bad experience all around. I got through it but I had to chug it. This is a great example of why beer doesn’t belong in a clear glass bottle.


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