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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: 1672   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 factoryís works car - the gold speckled MG Featherweight Fabric Saloon, affectionately known as the Olí Specklíd íUn.
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 7, 2002
Pretty straightforward. Exactly what Iíd expect from an english pale. Very good, but nothing outstanding.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2003 Sweet malty aroma and flavor, nutty. Pretty simple beer, some fruitiness. Nothing spectacular though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2002
Much better in the bottle--donít bother with the can. The malt unfolds in distinct, exciting events. Complex malt profile with toffee, dark caramel and a bit of fruit. Quite nice, really.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
orangy colour. some hops on the nose. bready, toastlike malts and some vegetal(carrots?) sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2002
My comment on the napkin was "damn good beer" so Iíd have to say I liked it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2002
I can imagine this being better from a cask, it seems on the verge of being very good. Sort of a buttery soapiness that is not unappealing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2002
Much better in the draught can. When Iíve had it before in the clear bottle, it was ALWAYS skunked. This is a good session beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2002
hmm about time i gave this beer more than a two-word review. has distinctive greene king earthy hop flavour, a rather soapy and syruppy texture, and stacks of crystal malt. prefer abbot ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
popilius (61) - Chicagoland, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2002
When I first tried this out of the bottle, it was quite robust with a truly great cream finish. Since then, I donít get quite the same result (must have been a good batch.) Still, itís very good out of the can, with that distinct Morland cream finish.


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