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

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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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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jjsint (3093) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2015
500ml bottle from Waitrose. Auburn brown with a smattering of beige head. Smell of cheap cognac, rain-soaked oak and stone fruit. Full sweet taste with a nice hoppy note in the back of the throat. Full body, and unlike many supermarket bottles, not over-carbonated. It isn’t really my thing, but it’s tasty enough.

2.4
stravale (3065) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - APR 15, 2011
Reddish-brown clear appearance, Strong woody malt alcohol aroma, initial malty taste then bitter, slightly sour metallic lingering finish. Medium, bit syrupy body, average carbonation. Old Speckled Hen is one of my least liked ales. Although the Old 5X improves it, this is a rather mediocre strong ale.

3
jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2013
From a bottle poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

2.9
ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2014
At just on cool and into a Speckled Hen glass. Points for being an attractive number. Fiery copper and bright. Almost still bar a few tight bubbles. Head is a creamy wafer of white that just holds for the length. Very English is the nose. Peated, chewy toffee malts; bready and toasted with a subtle praline nuttiness and hint of floral, earthy hops. Sweet at this temperature, and even sweeter as it warms. Quite nutty, distinctly Speckled Hen in character. Quite thin but relatively rounded with a spritzy finish and soft finish. Soapy, slick in the swallow. A touch woody, earthy, and floral. Hops are subdued. A touch too much burnt toast and rubber builds late into drinking. This is just Ok. I wasn’t expecting much and it certainly delivered. (50cL, BBE 03/15, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

3.8
Shag (3000) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2013
A dark brown color with little head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and raisin. Flavor is malty with more caramel, toffee, toasty notes. Aftertaste is dry. Overall I don’t know what it is but I dig these hens.

3.2
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Poured from 12 oz. clear bottle. Clear, orange-walnut brown with a large pale tan head that does dot linger long and excellent lacing. Aroma of bread, pear, grapes and caramel. Taste of caramel, medicine, honey, toffee, molasses, dark fruit and sour cherry. Full/medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
joe19612 (2923) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle. Good deep dark brown colour with a medium white head. The aroma is a woody malty taste. The taste is malty with more than a hint of oak, with a long bitter finish.

3.1
Embrouille (2852) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 13, 2012
Bottled 50cl. Clear deep amber. Buttery with earthy hops throughout. Medium to full bodied. A decent malt accented english strong ale.

3.6
Kristall-König (2820) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2012
Caramelliger, rauchig-torfiger Geruch.Stark malziger Antrunk, der in der Mitte einer nicht minder starken Karamell-rauchnote weicht. Bitterer, rauchig-kerniger Abgang. Gutes Bier.

3.6
jonno (2761) - JAPAN - AUG 16, 2012
Huge wort nose on pouring - wortiest beer I have ever smelled. Some thin hops as well. Good looking - dark auburn with a soft head. Good full body - crystal malt, some dried fruit, plums, preserve and floral hops with a little tin. Heavy caramel/crysal malt on the finish with some soft bitterness. Pretty darn good and adds up to a premium speckled hen, which is all you could ask for.


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