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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1853   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Dry beer. Somewhat sour, but not in a good, hoppy way. Has a mild flavor that is tough to pin down. Kind of like hay, but not in a bad way. It leaves you a little disappointed, but not enough to complain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 8, 2005
Dark amber with a fizzy white head and little lacing. It has a yeasty, barnyard aroma reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru without the fruity notes. The body also hints at a sourness along with malt flavours and a crisp hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Coolest looking beer I ever saw! It looks almost surreal in the glass. Aroma is incredible, too. It almost jumps out of the glass. You have to love the way the froth clings to the glass. If nothing else is of value about this beer, the asthetics are worth it already. Well, okay, after drinking a pint it seems the appearance and aroma are all that is outstanding here. The flavor is on the thin sde, bitter but with no significant aftertaste. It is a pleasant drinking beer. After the senses of smell and sight were sated, the sense of taste felt underwhelmed. But it is not easy to overcome those first two. I’d buy it again in a minute!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (10139) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2005
Bottle: Amber coloured, thin off-white head, long lasting; malty nose (some traces of cookies), some fruitiness (plums); full malt in the mouth, turning slowly into a light, but lasting, dry, hoppy aftertaste. Quite well rounded, well quaffable, a goodie......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2005
thi is a pretty smooth beer. Nice red color -- nice aroma as well. goes down with with dry bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Nitro-can. Light brown-amber, clear with a very creamy head, and lots of retention. Aroma is watery and slighly malty. Flavor is just plain. Not much on hops and not much on malt and not much on carbonation. Once again, the aroma wrote checks that the flavor couldn’t cash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Poured from a nitro can a nice clear red amber color with a nice amount of froathy white head. I always think nitro brews look so delicious when first poured! Aroma is extremely malty, but not overly sweet, instead accented by a nice floral light hoppy undertone. Flavor is creamy and watery with a bit of dry bitter aftertaste, but no real major dominant flavor. Overall I found this a major dissapointment as the flavor was not what I had hoped for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Tap. Pours orange-golden with short-lived head. Big malty and yeasty aroma belies mild flavor. Tastes of bread and caramel. Good overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Bottle. Medium amber w/ light tan head. Nose is yeast, dough. Taste is water, bit of chocolate and malt, with a dry after taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2005
From a bottle. Good colour and head. Malty aroma and taste, but there’s a watery feel about it. The bitterness is brief and disappointing.

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