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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eirikur (378) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - JUL 17, 2003
Quite nice , would like to feel a bit more carbonation though. To me it is a typical english ale .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
Judging by the clear glass bottle, it seems Morland realize the deep amber hue of their pale ale makes for an attractive selling feature. Appealing smells of vinyl and skunk waft out of the glass, followed by traces of confectionery sugar and meringue. Straight from the fridge, the hop-dominated brew begins a little thin, filling out with a pleasant but characterless bitterness towards the middle and end. By the end of the pint, after it’s warmed up, more intriguing, complex flavours emerge such as wood and broccoli stalk. A fairly nice beer that shows significantly better at close-to room temperature.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Bad after taste, not the greatest beer in the world, definate english tasting beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2003 This ale surprised me in a good way. Quite easy to drink and an attractive appearance. Tastes somewhat of milk-choclate and then turns into a soft taste of coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2005 Re-Rate Sept. 2005 Can. In much better shape than some bottle samples I have had. Copper body, creamy beige head (3+) Mild malt and a touch of grain in the aroma. Flavour is bitter throughout with lots of malt and nutty caramel. Creamy medium palate. All hail the UV protecting powers of the can. 5-6/3+/6/3+/13 <P> May 2001 - Very nice English Ale. not many comments, but will definitely buy it again. 5/3/6/3/13

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Draft. Dark amber color, small head. Malty smell. Taste is smooth, roasty and nutty, with a light overtone of caramel sweetness. Finish is unexpectedly dry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2003 From a can, beer pours (in Hoegaarden glass) a dark red-brown liquid with small 1/4 inch buttermilk creamy, slighty off-white head. Aroma is of white chocolate with malt. Flavor is of small to medium (closer to small) hops with slight malt with straw. Aroma is... well, I'd buy this beer just to smell it. Flavor makes it undesireable. This beer is not effervecent and the consistency is like water. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2003
The palate is somewhat richer than I expected, which is a good thing. Flavor is sweet and mostly of caramel. Good hop balance in the finish. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5972) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 (500 ml bottle). Beautiful brown / dark golden colour, moderate to low head. Moderate malty aroma, malty flavour with a good bitterness. One of my "go-to" beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 Color was a caramel brown/amber glow with great head. But soon as I poured it I knew I was in trouble. Perhaps a bit skunky, smelled of old sweaty socks and yeasty. Taste was yeasty strong with a bitterness I didn't care for, very uneven. Some grassy grain and caramel malt. Feel was a bitter unsweet dryness to a cotton mouth with a raw butterscotch and caramel. I know its suppose to be a bitter style english ale but I'm not sure if it was suppose to smell and taste that way. I'll try it again when I know its just come in and hopefully fresh.

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