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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1859   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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2004
Pours a deep amber with minimal white head. Flavors of slight bitterness from hops, with a good balance of maltiness. A decent ale, easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazzman212 (3) - USA - APR 5, 2004 does not count
I thought it was like Newcastle, but a little smoother, a very good brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The Etruscan (629) - Tuscany, ITALY - APR 5, 2004
White weak head. Deep amber color. Aroma is malty with dried fruits, vanilla and caramel notes. Flavor is moderately malty with wooden and nutty tones, ending in a short dry moderately hoppy finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2004
This beer is a good english ale. Creamy, toasty bread mouthfeel. I enjoyed this very much. The only complaint I have is it's kind of expensive but well worth it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13618) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2004
(Tap) Big cascade in 20 ounce glass. Reddish amber with frothy medium head. Light hoppy aroma. Flavor was light on hops and biiters. Short finish with no additional palate. Drinkable and refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Nitro-can. Afraid of skunk, I opted for the 4can pack instead of the single bottle. Beautiful amber crystal clear beer with a monstrous nitro induced beige head. Aroma is faint, consisting mainly of bread and fresh cut grass. Taste is mainly yeasty sweet malt with some toffee flavors and a bitter finish. Flavors are very subdued by the damn nitro can. Taste only came out after warming to near room temperature. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy, but beer character was watery. Much as I feared, would really need to try on tap to fully appreciate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
Bottle. Malty aroma, reddish body, good head and a wonderful bitter flavour. Good out of the can as well. An easy beer to fall in love with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2004
Rich red body w. creamy head that fades into a solid mass. Hint of wet dog hops amongst the malt in the aroma, lots of malt. Taste is initially the malt and follwed up with a long bitter. This is the kind of beer you imagine farmers drinking in villages. A nice introspective beer. Nothing flashy but satisfying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 Bought this bottle blind. I had never tried it nor heard of it. Excellent, excellent beer. It is the best Ale I have had in a long, long time. If you buy this beer, do your self a favor and buy more than one! Re-Rate. My, my, my I have learned so much over the last 200 beers. Taste is smokey like an ashtray. The bitter is good, but it tastes like it is being served in a well used ashtray rather than a pint glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2004
I was worried about the clear bottle but this beer must have been fresh- not a hint of skunkiness upon opening. Poured dark amber-brown with a thin head. Brown sugar and earthy hops aroma. Flavor was predominantly toffee (sweet), caramel and toast with bitter, earthy English hops. Along the lines of Samuel Smith's Winter Warmer.

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