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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1689   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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Frothy and light out of the can, with some interesting flowery hops. Kept expecting it to get stronger but it never did.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2002
This beer has a wonderful copper color. The head is a decent light tan color. It’s fizzy/heavy carboninated and has a cider taste which gives it a sour finish. I have had other bitters both here and in London and there are better ones out there. It might be hurt due to being in a clear bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 had this in the draft can. Watery, and light bodied. no trace of bitterness. one of my least favorite english pub ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2002
Pretty ferment and not very full-bodied but still very spicey and bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2002
Not bad at all, the best of its kind, I think. It was just as smooth and creamy as a Wexford, but had nice fruity notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2002
You guys do know that Morland has got to be one of the worst breweries in the UK?? So the fact that this beer is drinkable is a bloody miracle. It’s their best, but nowhere near the best beers around (even in old Blighty). So drink it quick, don’t sniff it too much or the damp carpet will grab ya. Fast malty drinker..... so go for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2002
An interesting beer, but a disappointing aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2002
It was good. Just a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. A little flat in the flavour though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2002
I had this in a can. It wasn’t all that bitter, but it was not my fave - the flavors just didn’t come together well for me. Not unlike a Boddington’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2497) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 Bottled:
Pours copper/orange with a small head. Creamy, buttery aroma. Malty, buttery flavour with a pleasant touch of salty liquorice.

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