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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1673   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 factoryís works car - the gold speckled MG Featherweight Fabric Saloon, affectionately known as the Olí Specklíd íUn.
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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2002
Very similar to Boddingtons Pub Ale but with a little more flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2002
An old English brewer told me, íThatís not a name for a beer, itís the name of an old sports carí. In many ways O.S.H. is like an old sports car. Itís still got some graceful lines but thereís some rust and it doesnít go very fast anymore. Very nice light amber color, good head, with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Some nice round malt notes and a dry íbackgroundí hop character. Shipping this in clear bottles is a sin. This beer needs to be tasted on tap - with a little bit of warmth to it to bring up the caramel/toffee flavors and reveal some of the hop character. In good condition, an excellent beer. In Imported bottles... ... hmmm....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2002
Looks like clear liquid copper to me. At first, a big skunk smell. Damn clear bottles. After it goes away, a nice burnt caramel aroma shows up. Toffee flavour with a bit of skunk unfortunately. Had it been in a brown bottle it could have been a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2002
UPDATED: APR 15, 2009 (Re-rate - draught) Even better on draught! creamy head which last all the way to the bottom and those caramel flavours! beautiful bitterness. Call me unsophisticated, but this is really my type of beer. (bottle) MUCH better than I expected! Lovely toffee and coppery flavours and a smooth (yet probably a tad short) finish. I was worryed about the clear bottle seeing it had come so far but it was beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4229) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2002
Big headed beer which is not too hoppy both in taste and aroma for an English ale. Refreshing and overall a good example of a hoppy and malty English beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Very good. The taste is best described as a mild Bass Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Good nose, and not a bad color. Taste-wise it is pretty decent for an ale, with no flavor really standing out. Kind of overly carbonated, but that adds a little bite which is nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarshallMac (143) - West Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2002
Great aroma! nice, thick, off-white head. another good one. (donít get drunk off it)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3053) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2002
The nose is flowery and mild. The head is thin to start with and fades quickly. The color is a medium orange brown that glows in the right light because of the slight cloudiness. The taste is a little thin and watery, but pleasant. I might have picked up a little citrus in the taste. Itís a refreshing beer and the carbonation gives a little bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2002
good in winter. good long lasting head and sweetish flavour. nice hint of bitterness.

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