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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1672   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPA24 (7) - CANADA - MAY 27, 2014 does not count
A nice afternoon beer. Serve cool, have two but I have to keep typing. Nothing extra ordinary but a simple well balanced aroma and flavor with a smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltman53 (280) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Tap @ Two Fools Tavern: ESB malt qualities should contribute to an overall "malty" perception, often with caramel notes - but this beer has neither. Overall, a very average pour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
elbernays (416) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle from lidl. Pours browny red. No head. Aroma is fairly nondescript- bread, sugar, hay. Flavour is all sweet sugar malts. Watery light body. No bitterness. No depth or complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ngejo (160) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 9, 2014
Tap. hazy, amber, frothy, lightly bitter, average carbonation, light sweetness, light body, & long finish,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olliejobbins (746) - Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2014
500ml bottle. pours orange-ish brown with thin soapy head. aroma is of malts and cereal. slightly earthy taste, malty and weak hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VDuquerroux (227) - Airvault, FRANCE - APR 27, 2014
Bottle, 500mL. Home. A clear amber beer. Medium white head. Good persistence. Caramel and smoky aroma, resin, floral. Medium refreshing bitter, light sweet. Medium body and texture. Nice carbonation. Long bitter finish. Overall, a delicious refreshing bitter english ale with a smoky/roasty aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kita (996) - Koper, SLOVENIA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle, 0.50l. Clear mahogany color with thin creamy off-white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of herbal hops, caramel, toffee and dark fruits. Taste starts with moderate sweet toasted malt and caramel, following is mild fruity with honeyish notes and medium bitter finish. Medium body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Pretty smooth session ale...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BiereLuc (868) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bière cuivrée et limpide avec une effervescence modérée et une faible mousse. Le nez offre un peu de foin mouillé et de caramel. En bouche, la bière est relativement mince, peu pétillante et amère. À la couleur, je m’attendais à une dominance de malt caramel, mais c’est vraiment le houblon qui prend la plus grande place. Mais le profil final manque de raffinement. Le houblon offre une amertume qui se rapproche davantage de l’âcreté et après quelques lampées on se rend compte que cette bière est un peu unidimensionnelle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (1969) - Manama, BAHRAIN - APR 16, 2014
Pours a clear caramel-mahogany with a tan head. Aroma is fruity, biscuit, sweet bread. Flavor follows the aroma profile with caramel lingering on the finish. Carbonation is tingly. Solid and easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
czlowiekwiadro (199) - POLAND - APR 16, 2014
zapach chmielowy, lekko słodki, ziołowy. piany brak, kolor jasnomiedziany, klarowny. w smaku cierpki, czuć chmiel, karmel, lekką paloność. dość słodki, pełny.

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