joe19612 (2005) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Good deep dark brown colour with a medium white head. The aroma is a woody malty taste. The taste is malty with more than a hint of oak, with a long bitter finish.
markas101 (1958) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2011 50 cl bottle, Waitrose, Sheffield, UK. Deep copper colour, big tan head that fades to mere lacing. Brighter aroma than anticipated, some caramel in there with an almost citrus front. Nicely carbonated, sweet with raisin and some alcohol coming out.
JonMoore (1957) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Unusually the beer is exactly like its commercial description says it is. Dark amber colour, malt and raisins.
Full bodied, light carbonation. Very good indeed.
Imaena (1943) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This is nice big ale which bridges complexity and balance very well.
EHSRanders (1843) - Tjele, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear amber colour with small creamy white mostly lasting head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel. Heavy sweet flavor.
jamestulloch (1793) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2013
1.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Aroma: Lightly roasted malt, stewed tea and metal.
Appearance: Deep amber body with a thin off-white head. Light carbonation. Few lacing marks.
Taste: Harsh alcohol and metal taste. Bitter finish.
Palate: Thin body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Soft carbonation.
Overall: Harsh and horrible - I couldnít finish it. Undrinkable.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear amber with glints of garnet deep in its depths. A voluminous khaki head slowly fades in the shape of a donut. Lace sticks in bunches on the sides of the glass. Swirls clumpy.
Toffee followed by plums, pears, and concord grapes. Oak in the back with vanilla and essence of raw oak. Slightly buttery on top. Cut green grass. Crisp Fall leaves. Intriguing and off-putting at the same time.
My first quaff reveals a hard bite of burnt wood and pepper in the front. A dry finish of apple cores, plum and grape skins. Rough. Burnt acrid caramel and Werthers Original. Hard minerals along the edges.
There was just something wrong with this beer from Greene King. Iíve had many an Old Speckled Hen which, while nothing spectacular, is a solid English Ale. Maybe the clear bottle allowed some skunking, or maybe it was supposed to taste this way. All I know is I didnít finish mine.
sm89walt (1783) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour and has a thin, fleeting off-white head. Plenty of sweetness on offer from the get go, along with the archetypal Hen hoppiness in aroma. More typical GK characteristics in the flavour, mingled with plenty of decent caramel malts. Round, creamy at times and rather sweet with a dryish finish and a warmth from the added alcohol. Not much more than a stones throw away from the regular Hen and not worth the extra pennies.
Rustyham (1779) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
No aroma whatsoever. Color is a amber, hazy, oily white head. Flavor is strong corn, tin foil, and malt. Only aftertaste is tin foil. This tastes like it is bordering on a malt liquor. Hoped for something more subtle, like the speckled hen.
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel pour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet malt and some fruit and oak. Taste is creamy smooth. Nice malt backbone. Little sweetness and an oaky finish. Goes down so smooth.