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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1786   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   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 factoryís works car - the gold speckled MG Featherweight Fabric Saloon, affectionately known as the Olí Specklíd íUn.
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Bottle purchased in England (not by me). Clear golden orange body. An initial stale hoppy skunk cloud hovered over this one, which in the words of my friend smelled like "Budweiser". That dissipated to reveal a toasty malt nose with moderate levels of diacetyl. Flavor was also of toasty malts with a nice woody hoppy flavor and some firm bitterness. A solid bitter, appropriately consumed in the presence of four chickens.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2004
Cask: this beer is perhaps my favorite cask ale. Smooth with a bit of a kick, but it also looks gorgeous in the glass, pure mellow brown/gold with a nice head that stays. Professionally done and appreciated by this guy. Loses a bit in the bottle/nitro can, so give it a chance on cask, you wonít be dissapointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Amber in color with medium white head. Aroma is malt, sweet, caramel. Flavor is malty, slightly sweet, buttery. Finish is slightly bitter. A good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellhammers (23) - hanover, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
very nice flavor of burnt toast and carmel and a little sweet-honeyness to it........much better than itís competition!!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aubrey (3489) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Draft: Bright amber-red hue with a frothy, fairly lasting head. Malts were light, but they had some noticeable flavors (dark caramel, burnt toast, hint of yeast). Hops had a nice and bitter nip to them, but they were rather one-dimensional. Unfortunately there was a big metallic / tin-like off-flavor. It didnít make it entirely undrinkable, but it was an annoyance. Overall, it was relatively easy to drink, making it an OK session beer, I suppose. Kind of reminded me of a Boddingtonís.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2004
Bottle from Sainsburyís. Amber bitter. Fruity apple/caramel aroma. Medium bodied, little bit nutty. Good hoppy finish. Prefer the Henís Tooth, but honestly thereís not much in it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Widget Can. Super rich tan foam. Clear amber color, very slight nut like flavor with unusual bitter finish. Classic "flat" look and taste that most English Bitters have. If you canít make it to Britan or an English Pub this can will suffice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Dark amber/brown with off-white head. Aroma was nutty, sweet, fruity. Some toffee. Mouthfeel was a bit flat. No body. The flavor was nutty and bitter and a bit off but not terribly so. Result of clear bottle? Perhaps.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Dinít think much of this beer. Nothing to put it up above the rest. Wattered down and yet still more bitter than I would have liked. Just a beer. Still better than alot of stuff in the states.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 28, 2004
Nice traditional bitter. Iíve had it out the 500ml bottle, out the hand pumped cask and nytro keg in the uk and nytro keg in South Africa. The best is obviously out the cask, but the bottled version seems to have a buch deeper flavour to it. Beautiful dark copper body, with a nice little head. The nytrokeg variety in South Africa is disgusting, tasting more like boddingtons than anything else. Itís almost impossible to believe that itís the same ale. Again it proves that ales do not travel well.

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