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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1668   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 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerBoom (79) - POLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle. Small, unstable, white head. In aroma some malty notes. Taste is watery, with low bitterness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
InPivoVeritas (231) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is very weak - caramel and fruit mostly. Taste is also very weak. Watery mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Bland and boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregus (140) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Butelka 0.35; Barwa ciemnego bursztynu. Piana biała szybko opada do obrączki. Przyjemny słodki aromat słodowy, karmelowy, toffi, biszkoptowy, orzechów, ziół i kwiatów z chmielu. Smak słodowy, karmelowy, ziołowy. Goryczka raczej niska.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kamil_ (294) - POLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Clear, amber colour with frothy and long lasting, white head. Aroma of malt, grain and caramel. Taste is caramel with hints of alcohol. Medium bitterness, full body beer. Carbonation is soft to medium. Decent english ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HonusWagner (1315) - Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2014
It’s pretty much a typical bland unremarkable bitter on nitro. Taste is a little sweet caramel, slight bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Can drink, would probably never leap for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
peponi (254) - POLAND - JUN 24, 2014
Aroma: herbs, flowers and malts. Appearance: clear amber color, poor white head. Taste: medium bitterness (herbs and something like iron), there is some malty backbone, but still this beer is quite watery and dry, roasted caramel, herbs. Palate: low body and medium carbonation, astringent finish. Overall: Not very interesting beer. There is a problem with this iron aftertaste, which destroys a mouthfeel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimbad6 (7) - IRELAND - JUN 24, 2014 does not count
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber. Fruit, malt, caramel notes. med-high carbonation. dry finish. Just ok.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Derbeth (263) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle. Copper colour, quickly diminishing white head. Aroma isn’t very intensive, but pleasant, with some bread, toast, a bit of herbs. Light bitterness. Light body, thin texture, soft carbonation. Easy to drink, good, but it could be more intensive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Iznogud (565) - CROATIA - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml in London, UK. Amber colored with small white head. Malty caramel aroma and flavor. Hint of hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
generallee08 (513) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a clear 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 5.2%. Appearance: It has a light amber body with good clarity and a small quick fading white head. Smell: The aroma is light overall. The hops are up front and offer very light mineral like notes with a slight skunked presence over a very pale thin malt. Taste / Palate: The flavor has a nice bready maltiness up front along with some mild caramel and toffee sweetness. Hop flavor comes in quickly and adds some dryness and mellow bitterness to the finish.

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