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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1762   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishonmyplane (498) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2003
The palate is somewhat richer than I expected, which is a good thing. Flavor is sweet and mostly of caramel. Good hop balance in the finish. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5552) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 (500 ml bottle). Beautiful brown / dark golden colour, moderate to low head. Moderate malty aroma, malty flavour with a good bitterness. One of my "go-to" beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 Color was a caramel brown/amber glow with great head. But soon as I poured it I knew I was in trouble. Perhaps a bit skunky, smelled of old sweaty socks and yeasty. Taste was yeasty strong with a bitterness I didn't care for, very uneven. Some grassy grain and caramel malt. Feel was a bitter unsweet dryness to a cotton mouth with a raw butterscotch and caramel. I know its suppose to be a bitter style english ale but I'm not sure if it was suppose to smell and taste that way. I'll try it again when I know its just come in and hopefully fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Not my favorite of the English style. I don't dislike it either. Medium bodied. Somewhat toasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2003
Dark amber-brown w/ small head. Malty nose. Medium body. complex malt flavours (caramel, smoke, fruit, earth, wood, nuts) but they didn't come together particularly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2003
So very English... The aroma is malty with a bit of Melba toast. The taste is mostly dry, malty medium hopps, with a bit of a cracker taste to go with the melba toast. ;) If you took the things I DONT like about a Newcaste OUT of a Newcastle you would end up with this beer more or less.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Nitro can. Golden amber color with the thick nitro head. Sweet banana-like aroma. Slightly sweet flavor with a fairly dry and bitter finish for balance. Very creamy feel. Similar to Boddington's.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2003
Medium to light head. Amber body. Aroma is sweet with some honey. Aroma leaves the impression it has been standing in the sun!?!. Sweet start with long bitter finish. Medium to full and smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2003
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 Very pretty blonde with a nice foamy head--had it on tap in Plattsburgh, NY. Its a very creamy beer with a mild hop to it. It sort of reminds me of Boddington’s, but only better. I wish I could remember more about this beer. Either way, it was rather enjoyable5/5/7/5/13---re-rate-- grassy, metallic hop aroma. Relatively transparent coppery body, with a pillowy nitrogenated white head. Flavor is a lilttle metallic and hoppy, with some herbal notes. Mouthfeel is quite thin and pretty bland. Blegh. Rating reflects most recent sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6364) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2003
I've had this beer in both sized bottles, in a can, and on tap. Okay from the can, good to very good from the bottle, outstanding on tap. My ratings are based upon the most common source, the bottle. Nice amber color with think head that produces good lace. Sweet and nutty with some background fruitiness. Very well balanced , bitter when it needs to be. Surprising dry aftertaste (almost like oak barrel) but it clean the palate for the next taste. My 2nd favorite beer from the Greene King label. **I just hope none of you get a skunky bottle, get from a quality vendor. **

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