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Morland Old Speckled Hen (Cask - 5.2%)

Formerly brewed at Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Cask: Regular until retired in 2006.
Ingredients: Pipkin pale malt; Crystal Malt; brewers sugar; Bittering hops: Challenger; Aroma hops: Goldings and Challenger; Morland yeast.
First brewed in 1979 by Morland Brewery to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the brewery’s MG car - the mud splattered Ol’ Speckled ’Un. Brewed since 1999 by Greene King following the take-over. Brewing discontinued in Aug 2006. Replaced by 4.5% Old Speckled Hen.

chriso's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, - SEP 29, 2003
This can be a cracking strong bitter when on top form and in the Greene King brewery tap it was. Unfortunately it is very prone to appear in the free trade in pubs that only seem to have handpumps because they feel obliged to, when it is often, not surprisingly, virtually undrinkable.This is a glowing red/brown beer with a quite hoppy aroma, sweet fruit, but balancing bitterness on the palate and a clean finish. Full bodied, but not heavy. Easy to drink, despite the relatively high alcohol level for a bitter (and I do consider it to be, in the final analysis, a bitter). Excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shot (339) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours copper with a thin creamy head. Aroma of caramel malt and slight fruit. Flavors are sweet malt, muted stone fruit and earthy hops. Creamy mouthfeel but slightly peppery. Nice traditional English ale, but nothing extraordinary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
anthony850 (434) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Kind of a bland tasting beer. Nothing too interesting about it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (3293) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 9, 2015
Beautiful creamy pour, nice velvety head. Silky smooth body. Malt backbone throughout aroma and smell. Typical bitter finish, enhanced NY the cask pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1663) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Generous sample at ACAT. Nice, hazy orange, with a creamy, beige head. Lovely caramel aroma, with notes of honey, cashews, and white bread. Sweet, with a mild hop bitterness. Medium body, creamy, and smooth. This is an excellent, balanced, and easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beardbeerman (284) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Pours a copper robe topped by a vivid white head. The nose is skunky but lets through some floral hints and a touch of honey or toffee. The taste is balanced but offers a tiny bit too much bitterness from thet malts for my taste. Good english ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weevo (119) - Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle, pours reddish brown, light tan head. Included in monthly beer club. Just a good tasting enjoyable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (3875) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Classic, if not famous bitter since 1979. Thin head, amber colour, well-balanced aroma and taste of caramelly and nutty malts, apple, grapefruit and peppery hops, thin mouthfeel as usual in this style but enough body thanks to the long, hop bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
Malty aroma with hop hints. Amber colour with ok head. Nice lightly malted and well hopped. Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtu71 (364) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2014
Tap. Small fast head, some lace, clear amber. Very yeasty aroma. Malty, muddy, woody ale. Maybe too yeasty palate. Well balanced though.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
angel77 (1916) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 4, 2014
Esta en botella de 33 cl de el c. Ingles y tomada en enero de 2008. cuerpo ligero con 5.2 vol y bastante fácil de beber. Sin mas complicaciones.

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