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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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Ferris (15401) - 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.

3.6
bhensonb (15235) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Bottle from Waitrose. Pours copper with a creamy off-white head. Nice fruity aroma with a hint of spice. Med body. Flavor is moderately dark fruit, with some floral or fruity hop. Though some spicy hop seems part of it. It’s a bit malty, but with the fruit and mild bitter it’s great to me. I was thinking it had similarity to Old Speckled Hen, then I read the description. It’s a very good drink. Perhaps the blending provides some complexity which is confusing me.

2.9
gunnfryd (14895) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malt, hop. Flavour is caramel, roasted malt, hop. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

2.6
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Oren. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, caramel and some oxidation. Sweetish malty flavor with caramel, honey, some fruity notes and a slightly drier finish. Light to medium-bodied.

3.4
imdownthepub (14556) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml from Tesco, Banbury. Deep Orange Amber with white head. Rich malty flavours initially, with a molasses grainy effect, burnt and mouthcoating, then an unfortunate pasteurisation, cardboardy note followed by a fruity, sugary finish. Shame about the middle part as it was proving to be a very decent beer.

3
Borup (14548) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
Sample at DØE 2013. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, oak, hops and fruit.

3.2
Tmoney99 (14495) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle. Poured dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate grassy hop and sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable beer.

2.7
HenrikSoegaard (14176) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Light bitter flavor. Week caramellic notes. Average light bitter finish. Oily palate.

3.1
Drake (13741) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse Charlottesville. Pours a clear rust color with a medium sized white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of raisins, caramel and soy. The taste is toffee, treacle, herbal notes, anise, soy. Medium bodied. Decent.

3.3
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours brilliantly clear dark amber with a large, frothy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is dried fruits, light caramel and nutty notes, moderate toast and cookie malt, and minty, herbal hops. Flavor is lightly bitter dried fruits and minty hops, light sherry oxidation, caramel notes, toast and cookie malt, and a sweet finish. Medium body and light carbonation with a mild alcohol warmth.


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