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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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3.3
Rune (12741) - Tromsø, 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 Tromsø, 27.10.2010.

3.2
thewolf (12591) - 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
Camons (12441) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ DØE 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
Meilby (11495) - 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
pivnizub (10614) - Bochum, Porúří, 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......

2.3
allmyvinyl (10613) - 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.

3.1
leaparsons (10546) - 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
Fin (10538) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, 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 can’t 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 say’s it starts well, but I think it finishes with a whimper.

2.9
ManVsBeer (10448) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2012
Strong golden brown ale with a body to match its strength. Sweet nose, and a sweet fruity taste.

3.5
olio (10265) - 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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