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

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RATINGS: 375   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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2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
stravale (2974) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2943) - 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 dont know what it is but I dig these hens.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (2930) - Silver Spring, Alabama, 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2844) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjsint (2837) - 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 isnt really my thing, but its tasty enough.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2823) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kristall-Knig (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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2687) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2647) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2013 veerrryy nice ale with golden raisin a bit of sweet vanilla and a touch of almond. malt brew with good soft smoothness and a nice appearance of amber with small brown yet substantial head that seems sugary. nice surprise, and a lingering finish with some bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RuneStumo (2646) - 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.


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