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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1766   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   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.

2.7
   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.

2.7
   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.

4.3
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 24, 2003
Had this at the Old Bag of Nails Pub in a large can with a widget. Lovely nose of spiced raisins, dates, and plumbs. This is my favorite beer smell, it doesn't get any better for me. The brew pours a hazy ruby amber with a thin Guinness inspired widget head (cheating IMO) that is off-white and creamy with massive lacing. The balanced start and middle leads to a finish that is long and very complex with a spicy fruit character (see nose). The body is full, syrupy and flat and coats the tongue like palmolive. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
(Bottled version)A good english pale. A fairly bold flavor. Good, though nothing spectacular.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chevboy (37) - Millgrove, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2003
strong but nice aroma, frothy head, powerful taste that doesnt stick around. nice beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GiddyBoy (117) - USA - JAN 27, 2003
Very pale beer that had very little hops. It was a nice mild flavor and had no aftertaste. Not a bad brew

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2003
Nice widget-induced frothy pour that gets me everytime - like a kid marveling at a science experiment. Aroma is sort of malty with a tinge of vinegar. Head is long lasting and creamy - good mustache licking for later. Good common standard English Ale flavor - nothing out of the ordinary - a bit thin, perhaps. Would make a good session ale.


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