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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1853   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Docavey (52) - Lehigh Acres, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Tasted cold from the bottle. Good malt and hops on the nose and the palate. Caramel tan color. I enjoyed it by itself and probably even better with pub food! F Avey---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sebilinz (1790) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 22, 2016
Can. Amber body with white head. Aroma is some caramel with malts and hints of fruits. Taste is nearly the same with stronger malts. Aftertaste is nice bitter with some malty caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gurthnar (5003) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 14, 2016
Bottle shared by colleague at work. Clear deep amber colour, rather short lasting off-white head. Aroma mostly caramel, light diacetyl, light grassy hops. Taste has lots of caramel, toffee. Also moderate diacetyl, but nothing over the top. Moderate body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall not bad, but not great either. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (807) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Pours a clear 24 karat gold with a +1" head of foam. Some lacing. Malty nose with fruity hop presence. Overall sweet and fruity aromas. The taste has that discernable English hop taste that leans towards the fruity along with sweetish and bready malt notes. I’d say of the fruit, I get mostly lemon and the malt has quite a bit of caramel and some nutty notes. Light bodied with light carbonation. Some light toasted malt to go with this ESB. .I have to say that this tickles my fancy. Despite the fact that it comes in a clear bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Breezy4life (52) - - FEB 27, 2016
Color is amber. Aroma is very malty with a hint of apple. Head is very smooth. Nothing denoting nitro written on can but it sure seems to be. Taste is mild and beer is almost flat. Definitely an English pub style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sjogro (2722) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2016
Shared bottle at home. Clear copper, amber. Thin white head. Caramel, cardboard, vanilla, hazelnut, dry leaves. Light sweet, medium bitter. Medium body, fat, milky mouthfeel. Ultralight carbo.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Maakun (3926) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to sjogro. Chlear amber with big off white head. Weird skunky and cardboard on the nose. Cardboard, caramel, light marmalade, light grassy herbs, sugary, bread. Medium sweet and light bitter. Under medium bodied with soft carbonation. Not that bad but it smells really nasty to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jorn69 (2671) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 Backlog, early amateur rating! @ Havregatan 20121016. Bottle from Systembolaget. Malty, caramely and sweet with fruity notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
josanguapo (1108) - SPAIN - JAN 27, 2016
From Carrefour. In Teku glass. Reading CPPHTP Ch17. Im getting used to these english brews or this one was better than the others. Very drinkable and with a low rancid taste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hamilton_w (249) - - JAN 24, 2016
Light toffee aroma. Medium sweet and lightly bitter. Thin body. Just an average beer.

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