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

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RATINGS: 1690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2004
I was worried about the clear bottle but this beer must have been fresh- not a hint of skunkiness upon opening. Poured dark amber-brown with a thin head. Brown sugar and earthy hops aroma. Flavor was predominantly toffee (sweet), caramel and toast with bitter, earthy English hops. Along the lines of Samuel Smith's Winter Warmer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2004
Draught at Cafe Pegasus, Copenhagen.
Thick and creamy off-white head on a dark orange body. Aroma is fruity, hoppy and flowery. Flavor is a little thin but quite dry and bitter with fruit and flower notes. Nice hoppy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3015) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
Nice limpid ruby body, but its head lacks density. Light malty aroma. Due to the clear bottle, it bears some hints of metal after you pour it. Bittersweet and very balanced flavor. It is quite fair, but for that price, I was expecting something a step above Double Diamond.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2004
Light amber body with a thick, creamy head. Malty aroma. Nice, but weak flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1466) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Casked at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Creamy head. Mild aroma, some hops and malt. Creamy taste. Pretty smooth as well. Mild hops. Good hops/malt balance. A fairly OK brew!

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2004
This intially smelled skunky and the taste was ridden throughout by that same aroma. Darn clear bottles make any beer less than what it could be.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Out of a pub can. Pours with a thick and creamy white head. A deep amber color. Grass, malt and a little earthiness in the aroma. Full in the mouth, but little flavor. It is very mild with very few hops and a little grass. Everything but flavor in this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2004
On tap. I enjoyed the creaminess and nice balanced mouthfeel of this ale. It's a little pale in the flavor department, but the appearance and creaminess are very impressive. I much prefer this one to Boddingtons.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - FEB 29, 2004
Nice mild aroma... Nice head... ambercoloured light/medium body... slightly complex in taste

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 This is a pretty good pale ale. It looks great and the bottle is cool, but the flavour I found to be somewhat mild. Also, it could be that I am Irish, but I felt little to no effect after drinking it. It's 5.2% alcohol though, so it's probably just that I'm Irish. As far as beers of this ilk I would recommend Whitbread Pale Ale or Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale


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