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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1772   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2003
Body is golden with a smaller but lasting head. Aroma is fruity and backed by malts. Flavour is sweet with a caramel like taste amalgamated with a spicy tint. Finish is slightly bitter and moderately dry. A good beer but nothing overly special about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerisaluxury (4) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 22, 2003 does not count
the aroma of this beer is subtle, yet full. When poured in a glass, its color is a beautiful and unusual brassy gold. The flavors are intricate exciting several different areas of the tongue and greeting the back of the throat as well on the way down. Wish I could get it at home!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Golden amber with deep red tones; very fruity aroma but with rich, malty undertones; warm flavour with nice body. Malt loaf and toffee flavours combine with a bitterness on the back of the tongue to give abalanced sweetness without being cloying; the finish is dry and satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2003
draft, light bronze color with nice off white head. malty aroma with sweet malt flavor of toffee and caramel, and some hints of fruit, with a slightly hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 19, 2003
Pale amber colour, good bubbly head, quite persistent. Hoppy aroma with some floral hints. The flavour is delicate, with some sweet (toffee, honey) and fruity (apple, citrus) notes. The finish is spicy and hoppy, with a balanced bitterness. A bit light, but pleasant and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Wow first beer Ive had with a "foul" reference. Golden color with a very malty caramel taste to it. Large head and very creamy aftertaste. Careful! its in a clear bottle and Im sure some skunked ones are floating around out there. Good selection from the native soil

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Interesting stuff. Nice caramel/toffee flavor that ends with a bit of a citrus flavor. Decent finish, decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2003 not my favorite of the style, but a decent beer anyway. Flavor is more complex than the aroma leads on. Aroma is sweet and malty, but the flavor is dry and nutty with a late but appreciated bitterness. canned version widget did this beer no good...i believe the bottle would be better. tried again and didn't like it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2003
Had this on Tap, pours a nice bronze color, with a decent head. Caramel and a good malt kick taste in this, but from here its just another typical English Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2003
I'm rating this from the canned version with a widget to give it that nitro draught feel. Appropriate darker amber/orangish color with this off white melted marshmallow head. Malty aroma with nice hints of diacetyl and fruitiness; a very mellow hop aroma(could be more evident for a pale ale); even a little alcohol as it warms, but very slight. Malty and fruity flavors are dominant along with toffee (butter and caramel). Very well balanced and finishes a little bittersweet. First sweet, then a lingering pleasant bitterness. It has an aftertaste of hops and an appropriately dry mouthfeel, not astringent, carbonation is low as to style and medium bodied for a very well made beer. This is a beer of which I could drink more than a few.

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