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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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (12371) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle @ Beer Exposed, September 2008.
Pours a pretty, clear, brownish amber with a weak, film head. Aroma has some lemons, caramel, dark candied sugars. A good, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is a tad unbalanced, a little oak and caramel. Okay, but not overly impressive.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (12061) - Troms, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2010
500ml bottle labelled as special vintage ale bought at Waitrose Bloomsbury. Bright amber coloured body to an off-white head that left fragile lacing on the glassware. Smell of dark caramel malts joined by a spicy touch. Toffee-like malts in flavour balanced with dried bitter fruits. Pleasant drinkability. Rating session at Finns in Troms, 27.10.2010.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (11704) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ DE tasting. Pours amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, wood, hops. Flavor is malt, caramel, oak, green apples. Medium body, soft carbonation. 170713

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (11233) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2012
Bottle 500ml @ gunnfryd
Pours clear deep amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, caramel and grassy, floral hops. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (10451) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle: Clear, chestnut-amber coloured, lacy medium-sized off-white head; raisins, dark toasty malt and solid hops in the nose; moderate to solid bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied as expected; slightly lingering drier fruity and hoppy finish, accompanied by a little tartness and delicate traces of alcohol. Robust thirst-quencher......

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (10400) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle. Copper with an off-white foam. Aromas are sweet weetabix and caramel malts. Some raisins, too. Flavours are sweet malts with some toastiness. Raisins with spices and evident alcohol. Some woodiness. OK, but not as good as Hens Tooth.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (10300) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle from Sainsburys, Kidlington, Oxon, 02-10-08 They had this and the GK Abbot Reserve on the shelf this evening. Pours reddy/amber with white head. Sweet and fruity bit tangy and with caramel in abundance, had that GK taste, I cant put me finger on it or describe what that is exactly but believe me the GK thumbprint was there and quite heavily unfortunately. I really lost interest in this after a while and just drank it because it was there, like Hughie says it starts well, but I think it finishes with a whimper.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
allmyvinyl (10270) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2015
500ml bottle from the Co-op, Amble. Pours clear copper, short-lived white head. Aromas of butterscotch, vanilla, raisins. Like Old Speckled Hen crossed with Innis & Gunn. Taste is sweet, faint hints of oak if you search for it. Mostly demerara sugar. Cloying.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9973) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle. Rich, malty nose. Raisins, light port, some sweet orange, caramel, and a bit of cheese. Deep amber with a nice fine head. Malty and vineous. Lotsnof dried fruits, caramel, toffee. This is some fun stuff. Not cloying, but finishes dry and earthy. Smooth and full. Dig it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9939) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Tap @ Olutravintola Konttori.
Pours clear copper color with a small steady head. Malts and hay oink the nose, caramel, nuts and faint toffee. Caramel malts, nuts, some bread and sweet fruits on the flavor, maybe some grain also. Creamy thick palate, full-bodied, and tasty.
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