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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1843   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2003
Egg-farting skunks are unleashed, roaming over caramel apples...Great lacing leading to creamy, flowery hops in a sadly watery feel...Oranges stick to the caramalt and fade into a dry, chalkish ending...The transparent bottle reduces this beer from quite good to merely average...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Apple hop aromacarmelly fruity taste the usual smooth nitro mouthfeel carmel taste disappears but sweetness lingers as bitterness comes on. What at first felt smooth begins to feel flat at the end

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
igneous1 (1530) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2003
same exact copper/amber color as the Abbot Ale i just tried..same creamy thick white head too..not surprising with the widget. aroma is very much perfumey. there is hop bitterness throughout the flavor, albeit subtle. detect a slight citric quality in the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Pours a rich, copper color with a medium head, quickly gone. Nice lacing. Sweet, malty aroma. Tastes rich and full-bodied, especially for a beer so light in color. Smooth and light on the tongue, lightly bitter in the finish. Very pleasant, very smooth ale. Highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Rich, copper-red strong ale. Not bitter at all, smooth to the palate. Pecan-ish. Thin aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2003
Browny orange colour , light malty butterscotch flavour drinks ok but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Can. Typical nitro can pour. Amber color with a heavy cream colored head. Light pale malt aroma with a hint of hops and iron as it warms. Smoother feel, but yet quite watery. Smokey dry caramel flavors. Head clings to glass. Dry and flavorless finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2003
I don't know if it's just me, but this one had a rather skunky smell and not much taste. I remember trying it once before and thinking it wasn't too bad, so I'll re-rate next time I try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2003
Poured from the bottle, the first thing is a rather nice aroma. Can't really pinpoint it but somewhat fruity. The colour is a reddish brown, nothing special, but a nice tan head with the tinyest bit of lacing. First impressions not pleasant, but I'm unfamiliar to the style so I stuck on. And I'm pleased I did. It's a smooth a pleasant beer, not as sweet as I expected, but surely some sweetness. The slightest bite to the aftertaste and hints of copper? Not sure really, need more experience with the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 Canned. Great orange copper color. Short head. Smooth, a little sweet, but balanced with a light bitterness. Not sure if the recipe has improved, but I’ve found this to be more of a regular buy.

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