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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1684   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29230) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2002
Nice color. Smooth malt tones with caramel flavors. Slight hoppiness.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2003 Thanks to the clear bottle, this beer had a disgusting skunk aroma. WHY DO THEY USE CLEAR BOTTLES? I grabbed a bottle from the back of a dark shelf, had the clerk put it in a brown bag, and put it under my car seat to avoid the light. Still it was skunky. I should learn never to buy beer in clear bottles! I want my money back!!! NOTE: I wrote to them and asked for my money back. Instead they sent me a deck of cards, a bottle opener and a pen. I sold them on eBay for $15 and made 3 times my money back. I still won't try this beer again until they use brown bottles!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2002
Hey, do not put beer in clear bottles. Iam sure this is pretty good on tap. But the bottle I had was pretty bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2002
This was great. Very pleasant surprise. I bought a can with the capsule for draught effect. Excellent creamy mouth feel! Toffeeness and body make this stand out from the others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11453) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2002
Clear amber body with a medium whitish head. Sweet toffee malty aroma, flavor is much the same with some butter as well as a bit of skunkiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Mild head, leaves quickly. Pretty goob body for a light colored beer. Malty, buttery flavor. Decent balance. Try it.

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