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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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3.5
Leighton (22819) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle at home in London with Chris. Pours crystal clear, deep gold with a small, creamy off-white cap. Sweet, bready malts in the nose, some ripe berries. Medium sweet flavor, sugary-bready malts, some plums, dates, other ripe fruits. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Creamy. Sweet, lightly dry bread to finish, some mild leafy bitterness, ripe fruits, berries. Decent.

3.1
Rasmus40 (22169) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle @ HenrikSoegaard tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 171112

3
saxo (19583) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, malt, fruits, wood and hops.

3.7
harrisoni (19548) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2009
500ml bottle from Sainsbury. Attractive deep orange colour. Thin white head. Some GK yeast character on aroma, bit of cheese even. Then some spicy toffee also on the aroma. The Abbot Reserve I thought was better. But there is some interesting character there from the older ale used in this. That cheese for a start, but also a ton of malt character too. Settles down into a bit of a sipper to be honest. Just about the best GK beer I’ve had. Wow, this is half decent. Very drinkable and makes you want to go back to it. About the only GK beer I’d happily introduce other RBers to. Even thinking of taking it to LCRBM5. It’ll make up for the Mack beers I’m taking anyway. Any filtering or pasteurisation doesn’t affect it too much. Decent dessert/cheese beer. Would be good with a decent medium cheddar. Yes, it has done that hardest thing, it has won me round from my original scepticism and lack of interest in GK beers. Pretty good

3.1
Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
Dark copper colour. The aroma is medium caramel, light fruit and there’s a promise of some alcohol as well. Toasty, light chocolate and still more medium caramel, with quite a bit more malt nuance than the aroma promised. Ok for a macrobrew.

3.2
chrisv10 (18733) - DENMARK - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle, 6.5%. Clear dark amber with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, hop and fruit. Flavour is malt, oak, wood, caramel, hop, grass, little sweet and a little bitter.

3.4
TBone (18560) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 19, 2014
Keg at Black Door. Deep clear copper color, small creamy off-white head. Nutty, toffee aroma. Perharps a bit buttery too. Medium-bodied. Sweetish nutty flavor. Light toffee and Earthy English hoppyness. Quite traditional English strong ale.

3.2
yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2012
Bottle. It pours a clear, dark amber colored body and a finger-thick, off-white head. The aroma is lightly roasted and bready, some piney notes in the back. Caramel and some prunes too. Quite pleasant, in a nice way. A bit thin on the palate, soft carbonation. Dry. Roasted and caramel-ish flavor with a nice bitterness kicking in towards the end. A quite nice one, although a bit too British for my preferences. 120405

3
Ferris (17105) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle - Caramel and a bit of burnt sweetness. Clear amber with a beige head. Sweet caramel, oaky and a bit sour. Bitterness up front and a bit harsh. Overall not my favorite of the series. A bit rough around the edges.

3.7
Benzai (16924) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle @ home shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Nice dark orange to reddish color, decent sized off-white head. Aroma is malts, dried fruits, raisins. Tastes about the same: malts, raisins, dried fruits, slightly bitter. Medium body and carbonation.


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