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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1635   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2002

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Bitterness sets in well, very enjoyable. Great aroma as well. Bitterness initially packs quite a punch, then fades into sweet flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Strong yeasty aroma. Nice head. Hazy golden amber color typical of English Pales. Pretty bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1807) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Can version with the "Guinness" widget. Good beer. Not spectacular, but a very good english ale.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Wow! This is very good stuff, it has a nice rich coloration and a very creamy smoothness about it. I still can not quite place the flavor but it is very good!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nigos (630) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2002
I just love it!! A very well balanced beer. Good stuff

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
From can. Creamy, long lasting head, brown color, light malt aroma, flavor sweet, some hop finish, creamy, smooth on palate, good English pale.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
reverend (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Truely a great ale. A deep amber color with an off white head that clings to the very bottom of the glass. Definitely a session beer. A perfect blend of hops and malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2002
Dark colour. Good initial head but doesn’t last. Nice malt and strong hops. Definatley notice the bitterness but not the toffee. Lasting hops dryness in the mouth.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARMed (590) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2002
The beer looked like a fine scotch so I almost expected to taste some wonderful Jamesons. It has an excellent golden copper color with brilliant clarity, but the flavor was a slighlty smoked caramel flavor with very little substance and complexity. It was very drinkable but there was nothing extraordinary about this ale. Good not great.


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