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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1763   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2004
Comes in a beautiful bottle. Clear hoppy aroma, and a small and shortlived head. almost no sweetness but a strong bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Got this with a nitro charge at beers of the world. Pours quite nicely, with a thick head. Full-bodied, with a not-so-strong malty flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
Musky, skunkiness to the aroma with an underlying toasty, malt sweetness. Beautiful golden amber colour with thick off-white head that has good lasting power. Strongly bitter with a good supporting malt base. Very smooth mouthfeel although palate is a bit watery. I have fonder recollections of this beer on tap and will have to re-rate the draught version. Bottle (clear).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Damage (77) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2004
Beautiful copper coloured ale pours with a creamy head. Toasty bouquet. Bitter flavour that hints of caramel. (500ml bottle)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1399) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Light and nutty aroma. Flavor is quite mild and smooth with a good bitter finish. I'd agree with the balance statement. I sense the spruce too. A nice drinking brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4837) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Mild aroma of hops and malt. Light brown, with a thick creamy head like Guinness. Flavor of a standard bitter. A good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (917) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2004
Head is a light tan colour with a nice brown hue. The aroma varies between a nice caramel malty scent to a little citrusy / metal combination. The initial flavour has a light bitterness with hints of malts. Very watery, not much of a palate. It kind of lingers with almost a spruce flavour...very small but ends bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Nice light amber color, creamy head. Had a taste almost like bread, with a caramel taste that was plesant. This one is better from the can, after it has sat out a bit to warm up from the fridge. Nice hop flavor, with a good finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (958) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Tastes like Newcastle Brown Ale - only not quite as good. Nice amber color and slightly sweet aroma. Good - but I'd rather have a Newcastle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1437) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Modest head that stayed with the beer. Flavor was pleasant with some hint of hops. The bottle was very attractive. This ale OK but not remarkable. This was my seventh Christmas beer.

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