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

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RATINGS: 390   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
john44 (3454) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - Dark Amber in colour. Very Malty; toasted malts, lots of caramel, toffee, lots of vanilla, oaky. Fruity; raisins, dark fruits, spicy. Full flavoured. Alcohol very evident. Sweetish malty fruity throughout. Dry malty finish. Not bad. Quite tasty. Enjoy this. Nice beer!

2.6
Chudwick (3423) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2013
12oz bottle - pours amber with small beige head. Nose is creamy caramel, brown candy, bready and herbal. flavor adds brown sugar. fairly bitter with underlying sweetness. alcohol bite for a 6.5% beer - really?!? Compliments my saucisson sec quite well, not really. A bitterer than usual English Ale. weird aftertaste.

3.4
Maverick34 (3389) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Draft from draught 55. Brownish pour. Malty. Pretty decent and toffeesh exemplar of style.

2.9
Palidor19 (3194) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2008
gives nice amber-brown color, lots of malt and sweetness all the way ends on a melloe plain, not the strongest beer but you can taste the alcohol

3.9
vinivini (3146) - Gomel, BELARUS - OCT 28, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Reddish to brown colour, well lacing head. Smells of caramel, wood, grass, herbs. Medium to full body. Well balanced bittersweet taste. Hoppy ending without exaggerated bitterness. Good & emotional.

2.4
stravale (3145) - 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.

2.9
joe19612 (3131) - 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.

2.9
ALLOVATE (3087) - 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)

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jeremytoni (3085) - 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.

3.8
Shag (3059) - 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.


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