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

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RATINGS: 370   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReV2 (171) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, - DEC 30, 2012
Sickly sweet, deep amber ale with a fine white head. Heavy & thick with dark fruit overtones, molasses, prunes & dates. Well balanced hop bite with toffee & vanilla, phenolic, a bit cloying but drinkable, slowly.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1MrCabbage (30) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2016
11/10/16 bottle at home. Yes I know it's mass produced nowhere near Abingdon, but this is still a mighty ale. Solid malty taste and smoke-tinged palate add up to a good experience. Tempting to drink a few until you notice it is 6.5% ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjp12 (1490) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2016
Some toasty malt aromas, and a variety of fruit notes and flavours. Quite glugabble for its abv

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (2127) - Gdańsk, POLAND - SEP 13, 2016
50cl bottle. Copper/Brown with rocky, lasting, dirty white head. Aroma is a bit on the less intensive side but with notes of dark honey, toast, nuts, a bit of vanilla, some dried fruits and a hint of warm alcohol. The beer has a creamy mouth feel. The taste of this beer is well rounded and extremely balanced. Deep and warm pint that is easy to drink yet satisfying. Medium sweet, warming alcohol, nutty and toasty with noble bitterness that is lingering delicately in the finish. Really nice to be honest. Could be easily overpowered because of subtle profile but if your taste buds are sharp, youll get a nice experience.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
I_LUV_BEER (216) - - SEP 3, 2016
Served in a Teku glass from a 500ml bottle. Pours clear orange-red amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is toffee and caramel, some grassy notes, red fruit, banana esters. Taste is a complex combination of toffee, raisins, malts, biscuit and a hint of red berries. Bitter-sweet with subtle bitter finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very fine, highly enjoyable and very well crafted ale!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1924) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Poured from a pint bottle into nonic pub glass the way the good lord intended. Mostly-clear orange amber colour with off-white head, thin but long-lasting with a little lace. Tasted a lot like a good Scotch ale. Malty, caramelly, biscuity. Earthy, marmalady hops, dried apricots, hint of beneficial oxidation. Light-medium body, low carbonation. Lingering, well-balanced aftertaste. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomBitter (13) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2016
Lovely aroma of brown sugar and toffee which is found in the taste as well. Great combination between sweet and bitter, bitter towards the aftertaste really gives a nice palate. It also tastes strong but without a big alcohol fug in the back of the mouth which is good. One fine beer Ill definitely be having again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (4494) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle. Morrisons. Clear, dark copper colour. Thin, dense, off white head. Nose has sugary, dried vine fruit. Caramel. Some ripe banana esters. Taste is rich, vinous sweet, quickly turning light, metallic bitter. Smooth enough mouthfeel. Finish errs toward that metallic bitterness. Starts off great, but tails off somewhat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4857) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/7/2015. Pours clear reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, oak, light vanilla, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, mint, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, oak, light vanilla, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, mint, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and tannic oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, oak, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, mint, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/tannic notes as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and light tannic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great English strong ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Really solid amount of oak presence for only being a small blend. A very enjoyable offering.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeebon (410) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2016
Pours mahogany colour with thin bubbly head. Aroma is strong toffee malt, raisins, stewed fruit and slightly skunky (clear glass bottle!). Taste is medium to strong sweet and pleasantly bitter. A fine beer!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (507) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2016
Pours a deep amber, pretty clear, quickly dissipating off-white head. Nutty aroma, caramel toffee, bready, a slight vinous barrel note. Big caramel toffee flavour with noticeable oak tannins, and a doughy malt base. Its quite lively and fizzy, lingering sweetness and dark fruits, medium body. Not bursting with flavour, but enough complexity to keep it interesting.


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