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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1809   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
Aroma: Biscuity malts, no hop. Some buttery diacetyl notes. Appearance: Clarity good, low head retention. Amber color. Flavor: Spicy, yeasty flavor with malt flavor also present. No hop. Caramel malt flavor. Minerally tasting, which is ok for style. Bready and nutty malt emerge as it warms. Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and assertive bitterness. Overall: Easy drinking ale that I could drink alot of.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goblincat (398) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2004
Pours a nice amber honey color with a thin off white head. Weak aroma of honey and malt with very light skunking (Most likely because of the clear bottle). A little weak with flavor and kind of boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 First of all, the sample I was given at Boston Beer Summit was out of a can, and tasted relatively awful. Nothing like the Old Speckled Hen in the UK, where it's a standard widely-stocked on tap real ale. It has flavor, but its mellow, and well subdued to a fault--at times it may seem too thin. The color is appealing, but again, could be a bit more red or brown. A solid beer, with nice flavor (I would drink this over a random tap in a pub on a conservative night), but less of a leading actor in the beer flavor world. More like a place-holding character part.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2004
Mahogany color with sticky head & lacing. The aroma is lightly skunky with a good maltiness & a touch of british hops. Spicy notes with some aged notes & vanilla. Light vinous quality, decent considering the bottle & import status.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
Commonly available in bottles, but I have had it not only on tap, but under blanket pressure at "The English Pub" in Naples, Florida. That is the Hen at her best. Balanced sweetness with a hop bitterness, a taste of carmel or toffee. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2004
Amber with red hues, light head and lace. Sweet malts, caramel and floral hop aromas. Tangy flavors filled of hops followed with caramel and malt. Reminds me of Newcastle for some reason.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2004
darkish amber colouration. nice head that faded, leaving lacing on the glass. apetizing floral hoppiness with caramel malt aroma. a little thin in body, slightly sweet, toasty, caramel malt, with dry, strong, and fruity hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - APR 11, 2004
Bottle. Light chestnut colored brew raising a thick cream head. Nose is caramel and butter toffee. Sweet malty taste up front with just a hint of bitterness in the finish.Body is thin and watery.Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2004
Copper coloured beer with a small head. Wonderful caramel, butter and hop aroma. The taste is light bitter. The aftertaste is rather short and neutral.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
This is one beer that really has me on the fence. The presentation is fantastic with the cascading head that seems to never drop. A nice yellow to slightly orange color. The aroma is slightly fruity almost cidery. The mouth feel is fun at first, kinda creamy, but then gritty to the teeth. Usually oxidation is an unpleasant flavor however, it seems to be Old Speckled Hen's thing. Once the first few sips have passed it assumes a very non offensive character that keeps me coming back but not the way some beers make me crave the next drink.

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