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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1786   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Can. Pours a mostly clear darker amber color with a large nitro-ish head on there. Nose seems very creamy and smells like a mix of grains. Taste also has grains and is slightly bitter. Not a lot to like in this one, though it’s ok.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lello4ever (248) - ITALY - MAR 12, 2015
Discreta ale, colore arancio abbastanza limpido e con poca schiuma. Malto in evidenza. Corpo medio. Non mi ha impressionato.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadRobin (2392) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Clear, caramel-orange with a small khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of brown bread, biscuits, caramel and a faint trace of hops. Taste of brown bread, floral hops, toffee and caramel. Medium body and medium/high carbonization. Maybe the flavor is similar, but I enjoy the tap (keg) version better--if only for its large gorgeous head. By comparison, this bottled version has a disappointingly small head and little lacing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1909) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2015
I am unsure if this beer took a hiatus from being imported to America or the explosion of craft beers diminished its popularity. Caramel malts, light body and bitterness. Easy British drinker.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
willisread (808) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Pours a clear orange-red with a big off-white head. Toffee malts on the nose with slight floral hop aromas and a hint of pepper. Tastes more of the same with a butterscotch quality as well. Nice bit of balancing between the hops and malts. Low carbonation. Light and refreshing. Slightly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Milter (322) - Nyborg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2015
Lidt skuffende. Jeg havde forventet mere. Meget klar og flot, men smaget er kedelig

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redders1974 (319) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Very easy drinking beer pours well nice head copper coloured smells quite caemaly and malty tastes a bit bland but not bad good sess I on beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (136) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2015 Nitro can pours amber with perfect nitro foam. Smells of bread, biscuit, and cooked sugar. Flavors are the same in this highly drinkable brew, a staple. If not the most interesting, certainly reliable and enjoyable en masse.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
47574xeCD (646) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2015
500ml Bottle sat on DOC37V after some drilling. Poured a deep golden almost chestnut, with white head. Medium Carbonation. Notes of light malt, brown bread, caramel nose. Not as bad as I thought it would be.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
R4N5H (291) - SINGAPORE - FEB 22, 2015
50cl bottle purchased in Tesco, Handsworth (consumed at Hampton by Hilton, Broad Street) and poured into a short glass. Pours clear and a deep golden amber colour. Small white head and softly carbonated. Aroma of stewed fruit. Medium body. Light taste of malt, heavy flavours of caramel and molasses.


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