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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1858   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5806) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Mild aroma of hops and malt. Light brown, with a thick creamy head like Guinness. Flavor of a standard bitter. A good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (1041) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2004
Head is a light tan colour with a nice brown hue. The aroma varies between a nice caramel malty scent to a little citrusy / metal combination. The initial flavour has a light bitterness with hints of malts. Very watery, not much of a palate. It kind of lingers with almost a spruce flavour...very small but ends bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Nice light amber color, creamy head. Had a taste almost like bread, with a caramel taste that was plesant. This one is better from the can, after it has sat out a bit to warm up from the fridge. Nice hop flavor, with a good finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (1443) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Tastes like Newcastle Brown Ale - only not quite as good. Nice amber color and slightly sweet aroma. Good - but I'd rather have a Newcastle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1832) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Modest head that stayed with the beer. Flavor was pleasant with some hint of hops. The bottle was very attractive. This ale OK but not remarkable. This was my seventh Christmas beer.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12936) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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