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

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RATINGS: 1853   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 A fine, dry, fruity, complex flavoursome beer. Very pale colour. As good as my best batch of home brew pale ale. Quality.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2003
Amber beer, nice size white head. Aroma is subtle of hops. Balanced taste, some rubber or something, but fairly dull, bitter finish. Watery palate. Bottle.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2003
Grassy, hoppy smell with a touch of bread. There is a yeasty tinge to the beer, cominmg out through the caramel and hops. Funny, since the beer is canned. Drunk at room tempereature.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trogdor (197) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 my favourite english session beer, I love the tofee/honey flavours, the creamy body and head, it's well bittered with a lingering finish. give it a try.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 I thought this was a boring beer. Not much body, not very bitter, not much carbonation... sort of blah. I was told this was great and was disappointed. Maybe a bad keg, as I had it on draft in Fort Worth, Texas... Nope, had it from a bottle later and it was still pretty normal.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Draught can pours a deep copper color with the nice creamy widget head. The aroma is somewhat hopped, but mostly malty. The flavor is right malty and with a good hop finish. The palate is fairly rich. I actually like this fairly well.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2003
Sweet caramel aroma. Nice easy drinking. I prefer this on tap to bottle though.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2008 Cask conditioned version. Nice malt and chocolate flavors with smooth, creamy head. light, grassy. Worth a go.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2003
strong but not unpleasant smell of hops; dark red-amber with a thin head; much too bitter for my taste

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Pretty straight foward English Ale. Nice colour. Very bitter finish. Descent brew no more.


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