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


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RATINGS: 1706   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 factoryís works car - the gold speckled MG Featherweight Fabric Saloon, affectionately known as the Olí Specklíd íUn.
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2002
I can imagine this being better from a cask, it seems on the verge of being very good. Sort of a buttery soapiness that is not unappealing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5177) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2002
Much better in the draught can. When Iíve had it before in the clear bottle, it was ALWAYS skunked. This is a good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2002
hmm about time i gave this beer more than a two-word review. has distinctive greene king earthy hop flavour, a rather soapy and syruppy texture, and stacks of crystal malt. prefer abbot ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
popilius (61) - Chicagoland, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2002
When I first tried this out of the bottle, it was quite robust with a truly great cream finish. Since then, I donít get quite the same result (must have been a good batch.) Still, itís very good out of the can, with that distinct Morland cream finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2002
Dark amber; aroma - powdery hops, tobacco, soft biscuity malts; dry, toasty character, creamy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Having read through past reviews, I did not see anyone remark that there are two versions of this brew. One is bottle conditioned and aged. The other is force carbonated. Having tried both, I am basing these scores on the bottle conditioned version. Smooth malt tones sluice through the tastebuds with caramel flavors. Some yeastiness reminiscent of dough. Soft hop contribution. A good session brew. This is a late August in Northern Michigan type of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2002
Quite light in appearance, with a nice bitterness to it. Not too complex, and has nice toffeeíish notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 11, 2002
I didnít like the bottle - it makes me think that Iím drinking either malt liquor or whiskey. A bit skunky, but itís supposed to be much better on tap. Malty lagerish notes, bready finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2002
Decent English pale ale. Medium/Light caramel taste. Drinkable considering I have a 2 six packs left and Iím not throwing it out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
A decent amber beer you could drink everyday. Has more flavor than the average beer but it isnít something I would rush to try. But I wouldnít mind having a case of it sitting around.

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