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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: 1853   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tweety83 (26) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Comes in big bottles. Brownish liquid and has a strong aroma to it. Strong bitter taste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2004
can. aroma of cookie-like malt and hops. copper colour with a small white head and lace. bitter and creamy smooth flavour. finish is dry. a fairly nice refreshing pint.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Clear red color with an extremely thick off-white head. Caramel and lots of malts in the aroma. Sweet and smooth malty taste with a slightly bitter finish. A bit too watery but very smooth and refreshing.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2004
(draft) After being lured in by the color and the overflowing foam, I ended up thinking that this beer was all show. Not much of a taste at all, just a faint aftertaste of bitterness.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2004
12 oz bottle, snifter. Caramel, nutty malt (M); earthy hops (L); heavy butter, brown sugar aromas. Deep amber-orange body, with an average, off-white, frothy head that diminishes. Lightly sweet flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter finish. Medium lightly body, watery/creamy texture, soft carbonation, dry and slightly astringent finish. The bottom line is: not much here, subtle or otherwise.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzzler67 (1664) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Clear amber with hardly any head. Aroma of burnt toast and roasted malts. Medium-bodied with malty flavors up front and balanced by a nicely carbonated, English hop finish.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
Pronounced head for a few moments then it falls to a slight cover atop the ale; ruddy and clear. Aroma has that something which seems typical of available British imports here in Ontario (not bad, but it is "something"). Sweetish with the slightest hint of hop aroma. Palate is sharp and immediately demanding on the front of the tongue; it gradually dissipates and leaves an enjoyable smooth sweetness. Flavour is complex with hints of caramel, toffee...burnt almost. Quite enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2004
Amber collored with a clear body. White head that goes away fast. A litte dry fealing in the palate. fruity and some hops. Long aftertaste with som bitternes.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2004
(Tapped @ Kaisla, Helsinki) Quite nice, clear amber color with small head. Yeasty and malty, Belgian aleish aroma with some aromatic hops. Moderately malty, sweetish flavor with aromatic hopping and some wooden tones. Medium-bodied, oily and slightly sugary palate with quite low carbonation. A decent, aromatic and malty, quite refreshing bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
Slightly brown colored beer. Thin head. not too much aroma. nice easy drinking flavor. tastes good in your mouth, not much "bite" to it. overall a nice beer, i plan to buy this often.


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