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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1794   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2003
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 Very pretty blonde with a nice foamy head--had it on tap in Plattsburgh, NY. Its a very creamy beer with a mild hop to it. It sort of reminds me of Boddington’s, but only better. I wish I could remember more about this beer. Either way, it was rather enjoyable5/5/7/5/13---re-rate-- grassy, metallic hop aroma. Relatively transparent coppery body, with a pillowy nitrogenated white head. Flavor is a lilttle metallic and hoppy, with some herbal notes. Mouthfeel is quite thin and pretty bland. Blegh. Rating reflects most recent sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2003
I've had this beer in both sized bottles, in a can, and on tap. Okay from the can, good to very good from the bottle, outstanding on tap. My ratings are based upon the most common source, the bottle. Nice amber color with think head that produces good lace. Sweet and nutty with some background fruitiness. Very well balanced , bitter when it needs to be. Surprising dry aftertaste (almost like oak barrel) but it clean the palate for the next taste. My 2nd favorite beer from the Greene King label. **I just hope none of you get a skunky bottle, get from a quality vendor. **

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Pub Draught Can : Pours deep red/brown. Smallish head, but remains for duration & clings to glass. Smooth. Nice malt almost butterscotch-like, perhaps? Only negative is alcohol taste is too noticeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2003
on nitro: this beer confused me . it had the standard nitro creamy feel and taste, but the beer was rather light. I wondered by it was nitro because i usually expect nitro's to be far heavyier beers. It improve after the first taste , but reminded me on a more pleasent version of an american standard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2003
A solid beer.Aroma is sweet. smooth going down with just a little bitterness. Good aftertaste that lingers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2003
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 This is one of those beers that has to be re-rated as the option of cask v bottle is available. From the bottle it suffers a bit in that it is difficult to distinguish it grom the many other ales presented in a clear bottle. Carbonation as opposed to natural nitrogenation is a negative and it therefore has a pommy ale clone character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3858) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2003
From an American keg system, the massive head (nitro?) was like whipped cream from a pressurized can. The aroma was sweet, but the flavors were more dry, with a woody flavor like dry oak casks and a hint of vinousness. Smooth with a gentle bitterness. This used to be one of the great local beers around Oxford (Morland being in Abingdon, 15 minutes south). It is still worth a try, despite the buy-out contract brewing. (on tap, Flying Saucer, Addison, TX)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Smells a little skunky at first, but then it went away. Fairly clear amber with a small head. Perfect amount of sweetness to go with the bitterness, as advertised. Very smooth aftertaste that lingers for a while.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6143) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2003
A very beatiful beer! A soft palate, very pleasant mouthfeel. A bit weak flavour, unfortunately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinNorling (2) - DENMARK - APR 27, 2003 does not count
Excellent pale ale with just the right amount of bitterness for me. Looks pretty in the glass

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