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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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3.6
wheresthepath (2424) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Rating is average of following tastings... [500ml bottle from Jus - cheers mate!] Original rate 17/1/2009: Deep red-amber beer with a moderate cream head. Smells strongly oaky. Flavour is a bit of wood and vanilla, which soon gets overtaken by a lot of fruit (apples, plums and figs?) and rich, sweet malt. Some vinous sourness. This is not bad at all, and the best effort I’ve yet tasted from Greene King (although that doesn’t say much!) 8/3/8/3/15... Rerate 12/6/2009: Much more oak and vanilla flavours than my previous review indicated, and less of the fruit. Sour and with quite a dry finish. Even better than I remembered; it’s the only really good beer I’ve ever had from GK, and it’s an absolute cracker! [Re-rate 10/4/2013, gift from Maureen & Dave (cheers!): rating 6/4/7/3/14] Deep amber with a thick creamy head and a slight fizz. Vanilla, wood, a little spice and toffee and an earthy bitterness. Not as good as I remember; reminiscent of a low-grade Innis & Gunn.

3.6
fonefan (52342) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle 500ml. clear glass bottle.
Clear medium amber color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, wood - oak, light toffee and vanilla. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dried fruit notes. Body is medium, texture is oily and very smooth, carbonation is soft. [20100428]

3.6
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2010
500ml Bottle at Home 15/04/2010 Malt and hop aromas. Carbonation. White head. Amber coloured a little rich on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness in a crisp and bitter full malt finish.

3.6
bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle from Morrisons. Amber with a white head. Initially rather toffee sweet but the flavour profiles develop in a fascinating way as the beer warms and my pallet tunes in. A very subtle bret tang comes through along with some nuttyness and dusty hops. In the end a rewarding experience and a good example of why I don’t like to rate on a sip.

3.6
FenOswin (3) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2011 does not count
Not that keen on ’Old Speckled Hen’, but this is definitely an improvement. Nice rich flavour, not too over powering though.

3.6
ogivlado (8316) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottled 500ml. -from Kaledonia, Budapest. Darker amber coloured, medium sized off-white head, malty nose with hint of alcohol. Moderate sweet malty, caramel and mild toffee with hint of spices. Quite strong but pleasant alcohol notes specially nera the end. Decent brew.

3.6
PorterPounder (8355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 500 ml bottle. Sparkling medium copper pour, sticky white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet with hints of vanilla, hints of butterscotch and a bit of toffee. Flavor is pleasant, with some toffee notes, some butterscotch, nuttiness, a hint of vanilla and some raw cake mix. Sticky, rich mouthfeel.

3.6
daniele (9875) - ITALY - NOV 16, 2011
ambrata ramato schiuma media abbastanza persitente naso fruttato malto caramello leggero vinoso in bocca buon corpo lievi note legnose fruttato caramello uva

3.6
jimhilt (2633) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours a two-finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a very good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Earthy hops nose and flavor is caramel and hops. Light lingering bitter aftertaste. Slightly higher ABV is hidden. $4.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

3.5
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 A Mes rate: bottle at Beer Exposed.
Can’t believe I’m saying this but it’s pretty bloody good. Almost mahogany dark with an impressive off white head and plenty of lace. The 5X comes through superbly. It drinks very much like the Suffolk Strong with a bit less caramel sweetness. The caramel is still quite obvious as is some usual GK type rubbish in the background but for the most part this is jolly tasty. Dry, wooden finish rounds things off nicely. This is more like it GK, still not happy with you though...


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