JorgeLee (1315) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sainsburys. Copper colour, poured with quite high carbonation. I guess it does just taste like a beefed up Speckled Hen, but it is pleasantly warming, solid malty background and well balanced bitterness. Nice and drinkable for the abv, there are probably more complex beers available in this niche but this one wasn’t bad.
Wixie (90) - BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear, light brown liquid. No head. Aroma of malt and citrus. Light body, light carbonation. Taste is bitter.
Chad9976 (1294) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t tend to drink that much English beer mostly due to the fact that much of what’s for sale in my area is old and stale. That’s fine if the beer is intended to be aged, or at least is not harmed by aged. Greene King/Morland’s “Old Crafty Hen” – a blend of fresh and vintage “Old Speckled Hen” is the kind of English beer that’s apparently unaffected by age. It has the palette I associate with traditional British pub-style brews (even though I’ve never been to a pub in the U.K.). It’s held up surprisingly well despite its age and clear bottling. I should drink beers like this more often.
I poured a 500ml bottle into an English pint glass. It was bottled on 8/23/15 and cost $4.79 ($0.28 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful burnished copper hue; slightly cloudy but constant carbonation is visible. Pours to a two-finger, white, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Noticeable skunky aroma from the clear bottle, though the genuine malty aroma is present as well. Sweet fruity and confectionery notes are detectable.
Taste: There seems to be a gray area when it comes to differentiating between beers of the “Old Ale” style and the “English Strong Ale” style. I think Old Crafty Hen probably fits either category due to the fact it’s a blend of new and old beer, though the former is a classic BJCP-recognized category and the latter is New School. Disirregarless, the flavor here is surprisingly flavorful and appealing. The malts comprise the classic British flavor notes of caramel, toffee and raisin bread. It’s almost pudding-like (“Spotted Dick” to be specific) in its composure. Little in the way of hops, but it’s in no way sickly sweet or cloying. Minor notes of vanilla or rum from the alcohol, but it’s well-blended with the palette to accentuate, rather than distract from, the base brew. I do notice a slight tanginess from the lightstrike and/or the old ale blend. A slightly cleaner brew would be pretty amazing I’m sure, but what’s here is damn tasty.
Drinkability: One thing I absolutely love about English-style pub ales like “Old Crafty Hen” is how extremely soft, smooth and comfortable they ale. This isn’t just a great-tasting beer, it’s a pleasure to have in the mouth as well. Medium-bodied, though still slightly crisp; yet it has distinct weight and doesn’t finish completely clean. The aftertaste is tolerable. At 6.5% ABV it has the drinkability of a session cask ale, but the robustness of a strong brew. A 500ml pint is the perfect serving size. It makes a great night cap.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2608) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Skunky aroma with underlying hops and decent caramel body. Medium lively body with hops and caramel but soured skunk from the damn clear glass. Decent body and a decent beer by I suspect would be surprisingly nice fresh-shame.
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Nilz (431) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle pours a clear darkish amber with a slim light head. Aroma, malty sweetness. Taste, caramel malt, sweetish with a reserved bitterness. One to savour I thought.
kaziopiwosz (362) - Warszawa / Wałbrzych, POLAND - JAN 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tastes honey with sharp hoppy background. Delicate caramel nutes. Long, bitter finish. White head stays long on the top. Copper colour.
matstrange (80) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark ale, strong in flavour. A mild head on pouring. A slight undertone of caramel moxed with liquorice. Smooth in mouth feel and very drinkable.
mszzukowski (22) - Olsztyn, POLAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromat dość słaby, karmelowy, lekko ziołowy. Barwa_ miedziana, klarowne. Piana początkowo dość gęsta, szybko rozpadająca się. W smaku mocno dominuje karmel, lekkie zioła i alkohol. Goryczka średnia. Odczucie rozgrzewające, wysycenie średnie. Ogólnie na pewno warte spróbowania i myślę że z przyjemnością wróciłbym do niego w inny chłodny wieczór.
AshtonMcCobb (3280) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Coop.
Appearance - amber with a nicely proportioned head.
Nose - toffee
Taste - toffee and burnt orange. Floral honey.
Palate - medium to full bodied with a big tangy texture and a finish that is a combination of dry and sweet.
Overall - interesting beer.
RobBestwick (624) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Black currant aroma. Pours bronze in colour with a small head. Strong Christmas cake flavours with lots of maltiness. Brown sugar notes. Hint of bitterness in the finish.