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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Smells a little skunky at first, but then it went away. Fairly clear amber with a small head. Perfect amount of sweetness to go with the bitterness, as advertised. Very smooth aftertaste that lingers for a while.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6128) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2003
A very beatiful beer! A soft palate, very pleasant mouthfeel. A bit weak flavour, unfortunately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinNorling (2) - DENMARK - APR 27, 2003 does not count
Excellent pale ale with just the right amount of bitterness for me. Looks pretty in the glass

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2003
Decent head with good lacing to it.Strong lingering bitter aftertaste.This was just an okay beer to me.Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (5139) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured a medium head of small to large white bubbles with a good lacing. Its body is a beautiful amber brown color with carbonated bubbles rising up the side of the glass. I smelled an aroma of hops and citrus. It has a fizzy hoppy taste that starts off slightly bitter and finishes slightly bitter too. Not a bad brew but it could be better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adv (22) - Milan, ITALY - APR 14, 2003
Too much body to be an outstanding Pale Ale and too sweet to be a Bitter. A good beer but not very well style-defined, in my opinion

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2003
Toffee/amber colored. A blend of band-aid in the flavor. Bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (3341) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2003
I was afraid of skunk so I tried the nitro-can rather than the clear bottle. Really gorgeous. Red, thin head with sheets of lace. Strong malt and surgical gauze aroma. Based almost entirely on sweet malt. Some hops in the finish. I need to try this without the nitro-can tastelessness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 Can: Pours clear yellow edging on amber, small white head. Malty aroma with floral smell (hops) coming through. Not all that strong though. Nice taste, well balanced sweetness. Malty, with a bitter finish to it. Floral/grassy hop flavour too. Thin-medium body. Rerate 16/10 tap: Pretty much the same, yet a lot less aroma on tap. Slightly better apperance.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
This has to be one of the worst beers that I have ever tried. It has a taste of chewed tobacco to me.

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