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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1833   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
IslandHaole (1201) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Clear with nice amber orange color. Sweet malts with moldy straw and floral notes. An odd mouthfeel, nearly flat with a tangy flavor of sweet & sour sauce mixed with Hazelnut coffee creamer. Watery feel. at $8.00 a can here in Japan, one I will NOT have again anytime soon!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Botttle: A nice golden amber in the bottle, poured a sizeable large-bubbled head, but no retention to speak of. Aromas of hops, a mild maltiness, breadlike overtones, fig-newton like aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel, and a somewhat cidery finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fly (1452) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Fneh. sweet, hints of bits I would like lurking out of reach. why nitro? fneh, smeh, ackh, harrumpphhhh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2005 nitro can, bottle, cask in the UK: all three ways are very different. the nitro one isnt as impressive as the others. i always think their trying to hide something with a nitro can. bottled you get more malty character with a slight bitter finish without that creamy texture covering things up. not really a ’strong ale’ to me .i went to abington where this stuff is brewed and they had just been bought by greene king the brewery was being dimolished for flats, been brewing since the 1700’s....its a crying shame....the bartender gave us these beutiful glasses, on cask its spectacular. go to england and try to find it , its worth it. our versions are okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2004
Great ales this one, I always go back to this to get a real sense of what an ale must taste like! Every time I open a bottle it seems better, and I love the frothyness and smooth taste...No I don't work for the "Speckled Hen Co."

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
hershiser2 (1789) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
The appearance is average, maybe a tiny bit above. It keeps its carbonation nicely. Smell: yuck, skunky Taste: ugh, I want to pour this out. Very dry and gin tasting. Mouthfeel: not terrible... I'd rather keep it in my mouth than swallow it. For me, this beer is almost undrinkable. I'm surprised at its higher ratings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Out of the bottle or on draught nice hoppy but balanced aroma.Draught version on nitro beautiful cascading tan head.Creamy flavor with a distinctive yeasty finish. EXTREMELY drinkable but it is 5.2ABV so don't get too carried away! One of the best of it's ilk!!

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