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

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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
authenticmead (69) - West Coast, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle from mainbrew.com Gorgeous crystal clear amber color and frothy white head. Classic brittish Diacetyl nose with some malt, hops, and a touch of skunkiness (clear bottle) On the palate I get botterscotch, toast, spicy hops and wood. Rich malty body, but not overly so. A touch of skunkiness (clear bottle). A good mix of old specled hen and old suffolk! A great beer overall and would buy again, good value! Breweries, please do not put your beer in clear or green bottles!


3.3
Erzengel (9348) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 10, 2017
The beer starts mild and smooth. Easy to drink with hints of dry raisins and caramel. Smooth mild, malty with a nice bitter-sweetish rich finish.

3.4
Grumbo (3764) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

3.6
rozsoma (1128) - Gyõr, HUNGARY - SEP 2, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2017 Bottle from Coop, Stromness. Kraftos egy kis maláta bomba, finom mahagóni szín.

3.2
dogbomb (1244) - ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2017
Bottle. Dark amber with a thick yellow cream head. Nose heavy toffee and caramel. Slight meringue. A slight alcohol hit in the mouth, but then more toffee and caramel. Mellows out after a few sips. Some slight oakiness. Some warmth. A little licorice and raisin. Tasty.

3.7
loscovar (655) - Trieste, ITALY, Villeneuvette, FRANCE - AUG 28, 2017
Bottle in Edinburgh, Scotland. Nice bitter amber ale, drinkable and good, some kind of vintage aftertaste

3.7
Bijl (773) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2017
Donker ambergeel, donker crèmekleurige schuimkraag, weinig koolzuur. Aroma: Moutig, Karamel, iets toffee, zoetig en fruitig, UK hops... spicy, aarde/mossig. Smaak: Zoet in begin, karamel en toffee. Daarna een spicy scherpe bitter, hint van dry oak, alle smaken zijn net even intenser al de "Old Speckled Hen". Licht zuurtje in de nasmaak, iets fruitige gist en lekker punchie en iets verwarmende alcohol. Goede Ale! Boven medium body, olieachtig, vol, prikkelig, netelig mondgevoel van de hops maar niet van koolzuur. Afdronk is droog en spicy bitter....

3.1
Sigmund (7826) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2017
500 ml clear bottle, from Tesco Express, Belfast. ABV is 6.5%. Beautiful brownish-red colour, moderate off-white head. Strong aroma of lightstruck hops, oak, toffee and caramel. Medium sweet flavour of malts, caramel and oak. Too modest hops. No masterpiece.

3
luttonm (6635) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2017
Bottle in London. Dark brown amber color, clear. White head. Odd aroma, dark and woody malt. Very copperish, metallic. Some banana and cardboard. Tobacco and astringent alcohol. Meh. It’s unusual.

2.3
thepatrickman (1457) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2017
Bottle with my father in law. Malty at first, but I got a lot of buttery grossness that dominated the flavor. Finished with a harsh, biting bitterness. This is really badly executed.

3.2
GuideDogSaint (1718) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUN 26, 2017
500ml bottle from Tesco. Pours clear dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma of dried fruit and nuts. Bittersweet finish.


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