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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Yellowish amber body with a good sized creamy white head that is still in my glass after finishing it. Gotta love the way it settles due to the nitro-widget. Very mild aroma, a combination of light hops, and a bit of yeast. Slightly hoppy flavor, and thats about it. Very creamy in my mouth. Nothing all that special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
Very malty aroma, a tad salty. Nice copper brown colour, white foamy head. Hops, roasty flavour. Lingering pine hop aftertaste, alcohol. Not a great aftertaste. Palate is thin. A fairly standard brit pub ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11831) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Rich brown color with a tan head. Flowery and hoppy aroma. Bitter and toffee flavors. Dry palate.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crockett (1071) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2004
Pours a really nice text-book amber. Big frothy head, white and lacey. Big time skunked, gone. It's too bad. Well I've had it before and it was quite nice. Will re-rate in the near future. Man that stunk!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mobilecow (14) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2004
Poured out of the 500mL can (not tried the bottle yet) this is a beautiful amber ale with an off-white head. Rich doesn't begin to describe this, but smooth, rich and creamy can be added. The taste is malty with a little sweetness from the hints of caramel and butter along with a hint of nutty follow-up. All in all well-balanced, the only short-coming is the finish, there's just a certain something missing but that still doesn't get in the way of this being a must-have.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (5132) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2004
Hoppy, fresh aroma. Okay. Red coloured, not much head. Taste is quite neutral, but quite well brewed. Easy to drink, hopbitter and malts. Fresh and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2004
A great amber ale with a medium body, sweet malt and no hint of a dodgy aftertaste lingering. I'll have half. Spanner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2004
Lightly hopped copery beer with initially big head diminishing to no head to speak of. Smooth but fairly bland with a mild bitter aftertaste. Pleasant enough but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2004 Poor head retention, but a much darker colour than the illustration on this page. There was a prevalent hop flavour, and the alcohol was definitely tasteable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Draught. Pours nice amber with medium sized head that dimished quickly. Aroma is nutty and bready with some malt. Flavor reminds me of a typical amber or brown ale and otherwise fairly nondescript. Not bad, but not as good as many other draught choices wherever they have this one.

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