Old Crafty Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
274 Ratings
Old Crafty HenOld Crafty Hen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom
greenekingbeers.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong fine ale combines the malty taste with a smooth raisin finish.

Challenger provides a key herbal dry hop character, First Gold and Goldings give some citrus fruit and crystal malt provides warming toffee in the main beer of this blended ale. The use of some old 5X 12% ale adds dried fruit and raisin and produces a complex flavoured and richly satisfying ale. The tradition of brewing a Strong Suffolk Ale and maturing in Oak Vats is one that unlike other UK brewers, GK have continued - the practice is mentioned in 1810 in connection with GK.

Added by GreenCard on 10-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
274
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
51
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 274 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Martine
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gouettn
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Burnerdale
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep orange/amber with silky/creamy head. Head stays with the drink and coats the glass. Taste of toffee with some bitterness. Some of the oak barrel comes through in the flavor. Different from the usual English bitter....

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Photo of Greasy
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice raw umber/sienna color with a frothy head that faded away after a moment.

S: The aroma is not overpowering. Soft notes of caramel malts and some earthy characteristics.

T: Beautiful flavors of sweet caramel, dried fruit, and hints of tobacco.

M: Feel is soft and smooth. Carbonation is good. Medium body.

O: A tasty brew from the UK that does not remind me at all of other old ales that I've tried. Maybe closer to an English Strong ale. Recommended.

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Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a thick beige head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma with notes of English hops, toffee, mild ginger, fresh tea leaves, pear and white grapes.
Flavor with notes of English hops, a bit of licorice and plums, distant oak, minerals, ginger, toffee, nuts, butterscotch, grapes, apple juice and vanilla. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% is not felt.
Tasty Old Ale, a bit less intense than other exemplars, but still it tires a bit. Though the style is rather broad with different blending.

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Photo of BrianLC1990
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kofukasho
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of couchsitta
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tom147139
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chickenshack
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mike-Harms
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sephyrott
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerinabottle
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bung
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wcjensen
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of werehereforthebeer
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep red amber. Dirty magnolia head lasting only a short while. Medium to no tracing.
S: apples and toffee.
T: caramel, toffe, sticky sweetness. A little orange and a fair price of apricot. Slightly metallic. Nice bitterness at the end.
F: coats the mouth gently. A lingering bitterness is very enjoyable.
O: solid from start to finish.

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Photo of TGS
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dan-76
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured nice and smooth without a lot of concern for too much head. About 1/2" with light lacing. Smell was dark fruity...fig/raisin like. Taste was not far off from prune juice with an alcohol burn at the end. Mouthfeel was great and light. Was hoping for a better taste from a barrel aged ale.

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Photo of dmurray50000
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Old Crafty Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 274 ratings.
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