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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1840   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 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
pivo (2657) - GERMANY - AUG 4, 2004
Huge skunky nose, no doubt due to the clear bottles and the fact that it was likely sitting on the shevles of my local beer shop for some time. After letting it breath you got some toasted malt aromas. Copper color with a low frothy head. Light roasted malt with some caramel. Sharp spicy end that is chemical-like and articfical. Oily mouthfeel. Thin and not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Deep copper color...thick white head...smells floral then like grass clippings...a little malty, but then more grass clippings...bitter finish...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
Lovely copper-orange colur with a tight lasting off-white head. Rih toffee, caramel, and cookie dough malts. Faint orange citrus with nice spicy hops. Softly carbonated, fairly sweet malt on the front with a biscuit and caramel malt taste, fairly thin in the mouth but finishes with spicy hops and a nice lasting bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
Nice ale. Strong head - but otherwise looks lousy. Powerful flavour with strong malt and a sharp, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (15710) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2004
Bottled (BB 06/2005)
Red brown, good off-white head. Interesting grassy and spicey nose. Smooth mouthfeel. Starts hoppy, a bit thin in the middle then some late bitterness. Some toffee flavors can be found. Though this beer is maybe a bit thin, it has a good character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Belly Full O Beer (57) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2004
I really enjoyed this beer from a bottle. Nice flavor and clean finish, very easy to drink. However, I did not enjoy it NEARLY as much when from a can. Unfortunaly I can only find cans in Nova Scotia

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madquacker (1099) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2004
This has always been a favourite. A english ale in its prime. Very balanced. Even better after a few.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loomis (43) - Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Despite the terrible clear bottles (what are they tthinking?), I really enjoy this ale. It pours well with a nice head, has a very nice hop balance, and finishes nice and bitter and slightly dry. It’s easy to drink and I find it to be very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
Bottle. Poured a nice, clear golden amber colour with a tannish head. Hoppy aroma. Well balanced hop and malt flavour. Good mouthfeel with light bitter finish. Never had a bad pint of this, whether from the bottle or cask.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 This pours a medium amber with that cool nitro can head. With no carbonation, the beer is very smoothe. The nose is weak, but of a light caramel and hops. Mouthfeel is medium and the taste is of mildly sweet caromel malts, very light roastyness, and light bitterness. It is lightly dry in the finish. It’s a mild and average beer in a great style.

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