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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4492) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 <i>Original Rating, August 6, 2003:</i> Definitely a good session ale. A nice clean taste, but nothing terribly special. 6/3/6/3/12 <i>Re-rate, November 2008:</i> Bottle. Copper color with a medium head. Aroma of caramel and toasted malt with a bit of green apple. Light skunk taste for the first couple of sips, moving into a dry malt and a modestly earthy hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2003
a good english ale. when i first broke the 500 ml bottle open, it smelled somewhat skunky, but that odor was replaced by a ggood aroma which came from the glass. a good beer, a great tasting beer, and one of the finer english ales i have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (4063) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
In its cask form this is a very pleasant beer but in a bottle it seems to lose its uniqueness. Pleasant aroma on opening but what follows is not as good as you expected.Slightly fruity taste that soon leads to blandness with little to make it stand out from lots of others. Sold as a premium beer which begs the question, why?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1335) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 very nice! Very typical ale but very drinkable, not a very complex ale, but a nice one to enjoy [re-rate] now my favorite session beer, just great all around beer ..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eirikur (370) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - JUL 17, 2003
Quite nice , would like to feel a bit more carbonation though. To me it is a typical english ale .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
Judging by the clear glass bottle, it seems Morland realize the deep amber hue of their pale ale makes for an attractive selling feature. Appealing smells of vinyl and skunk waft out of the glass, followed by traces of confectionery sugar and meringue. Straight from the fridge, the hop-dominated brew begins a little thin, filling out with a pleasant but characterless bitterness towards the middle and end. By the end of the pint, after it’s warmed up, more intriguing, complex flavours emerge such as wood and broccoli stalk. A fairly nice beer that shows significantly better at close-to room temperature.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Bad after taste, not the greatest beer in the world, definate english tasting beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11343) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2003 This ale surprised me in a good way. Quite easy to drink and an attractive appearance. Tastes somewhat of milk-choclate and then turns into a soft taste of coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2005 Re-Rate Sept. 2005 Can. In much better shape than some bottle samples I have had. Copper body, creamy beige head (3+) Mild malt and a touch of grain in the aroma. Flavour is bitter throughout with lots of malt and nutty caramel. Creamy medium palate. All hail the UV protecting powers of the can. 5-6/3+/6/3+/13 <P> May 2001 - Very nice English Ale. not many comments, but will definitely buy it again. 5/3/6/3/13

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Draft. Dark amber color, small head. Malty smell. Taste is smooth, roasty and nutty, with a light overtone of caramel sweetness. Finish is unexpectedly dry.

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