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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: 1690   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nigos (631) - 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 (4625) - 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 (602) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Bottled, clear-glass, light-struck, skunky of course. Should’ve known better and gotten a nitro can instead if I felt like I HAD to rate it (hey, there are precious few beers available in this state left). Underneath the skunkiness there’s some nice caramel malt, but you have to search. Ok head dies quickly; nice orange color. Flavor significantly better than the nose would suggest, hugely sweet and malty, with caramel, slight raisiny undertones, some smokiness. Turns dry and rather bitter at the end; thinnish. Not as bad as I expected from the nose, but I probably won’t get it again unless I’m ever in England and can try it on cask.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2002
tap. Very creamy head, thick, white. Light copper color. Smooth and then the English bitter taste kicks in. Medium finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2002
a friend from the uk brought me a tin and a bottle. i’m not rating from the bottle as the clear glass made it awful, however the tin was much better. the aroma was slightly fruit but had "scotch" smell. the color was golden/orange slightly cloudy. the head was very small and with very small carbonation bubles. i find the flavor almost bland, however the hop finish is very strong. i find this beer out of balance and probably not drink it on a regular basis.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29286) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2002
An amber beer with a small head, it has a slightly fruity aroma. The flavor is a little flat with a very soft bitterness and sweetness from a good malt blend. It’s an OK beer, but nothing special.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2002
This beer leaves a pecuiliar rotten egg quality on the palate.


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