Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 1810   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle and nitro can: Filtered. Also available as "Smooth" from nitro tap.
Ingredients: Pipkin pale malt; Crystal Malt; brewers sugar; Bittering hops: Challenger; Aroma hops: Goldings and Challenger; Morland yeast.
previously 5.2%
Cask version was first brewed in 1979 by Morland Brewery to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon. The name comes from the MG factory’s works car - the gold speckled MG Featherweight Fabric Saloon, affectionately known as the Ol’ Speckl’d ’Un.
Brewed since 1999 by Greene King following the take-over of Morlands
Bottled Old Speckled Hen has been sterile filtered in the "Old Speckled Hen Hall" bottling facility since May 2006.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Widget can. Medium amber color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is cookie malts, with a touch of butter. A medium bodied ESB/bitter. Malts are mild and caramel, with a touch of cookie. Hops are slightly bitter. Has that soft carbonation feel of a cask ale, but it also has a soft buttery flavor that’s somewhat unpleasant. Kind of flat. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DucklyIII (8) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005 does not count
One of my favourite common drinks. In a bottle that is...!!!!! The first time I saw this one on tap both my wife and I were salivating, turns out it was a split decision. She liked it on tap, I did not. oh well. This ale has strength. Great taste, not the greatest aroma, with a bite at the back of your throat aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1423) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2005
I had this on tap in Cape Town and liked it much better than the can I tried in Ontario. A great amber colour, a nice creamy texture with underwhelming flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 nose of slightly burnt caramel, fairly full mouth with a dry bitter finish. A decent plain pub beer, nothing fantastic , but definitly not bad..

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rbloodworth (15) - CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
I thought this was a skunked brew from start to finish. Very few to any redeeming qualities. Probably best to sample somewhere other than North America.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 On draught. A wonderfully smooth English pub ale. Combines mild hops and malt notes with an especially distinctive yeast character. Very simply: an incredibly drinkable well-balanced pub ale with an out-of-this-world mouth-feel. Drink on tap or packaged in pub draught can. It just feels good to drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1448) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2005
SuperLee is the sort of girl who doesn’t surprise you when you walk into a pub with her and she says, "Hey, I remember this pub - I got punched in the face here once" - and then carries on walking up to the bar. (Turns out she was a barmaid there and had a ding-dong with a customer.) Scottish John, her and I used to get through gallons of this beer on draught in a Sydney pub after work. SuperLee knows her beers and will happily risk a punch in the face for a good one. The bottled version pours a copper colour with a huge, lasting head. Laces as it recedes. (Very rare that I rate 5/5.) Rich nutty aroma, faint honey notes. Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Nutty malt flavours on the tongue, some sweet toffee and then that famously dry, bitter finish that divides opinion. For my money, the finish could use a little softening - but that might be because I’ve woken up with this on my breath too many times... (Cue Mental As Anything song). (Bottle, no date/batch number)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geiserich (3864) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 1, 2005
Fresh fruity, hoppy aroma. Bronze color. Sparkling, fruity taste. Light sourly, hoppy, fresh. Light dry finish, medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
richpech (1) - Wokingham, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2005 does not count
The great thing about Old Speckled Hen is that it is one of the few beers that tastes similar in the bottle to the superb cask conditioned original.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2005
A decent pub ale, not quite as good as others, but nice. Very creamy thanks to the nitro, definate honey notes, with a touch of sourness. Balances nicely. Definately good with common pub food.

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