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

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RATINGS: 1774   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ramboraffe (1001) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2015
500 ml bottle. Clear amber with white head. Smell is grain, malt and biscuits. Taste is light sweet malty with biscuits and bread. Bitter finish with grass and hay. Dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (408) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2015 Can. Pours a clear amber colour with a fizzy white head which doesn’t last. Aroma is a little sweet with malty, caramel and fruity smells. Taste is the same, sweet caramel malt with fruity tones. Soft carbonation and watery texture. A balanced fruity finish. Ok, but not as nice as on cask.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarageBrewer80 (148) - SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2015
Flaska från SB. Bärnstenfärgad med smutsvit skumkrona. Söt doft av bröd och torkad aprikos. Söt kropp. Smak av bröd och torkade aprikoser. Lätt bitter eftersmak som försvinner snabbt. En ganska tråkig bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
loubar (151) - Los Gatos, California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
14.9 oz. can. Pours red and clean with many bubbles. Large and creamy yellow head. Nose of caramel malts with a hint of flowery hops. Taste of sweet caramel malts and light molasses with a bit of alcohol and a moderate bitter end. Quite creamy, lightly carbonated, smooth and refreshing. A well done British Ale.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hoppy_Luke (556) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Kolejna część zbierania żniw szału zakupowego w Lidlu. Niski rachunek przypłaciłem niską jakością produktów. Już w szkle piwo nie prezentowało się zbyt szczególnie - wyglądało na wodniste a do tego nie udało mi się uzyskać piany. Zapach również nie zachęcał do spożycia. Nic przyjemnego, żadnych ciekawych nut. Jedyne, co uratowało piwo przed zupełnym skreśleniem był lekko drewniany posmak, który przypadł mi do gustu. Metaliczność, którą poczułem, zepsuła jednak odbiór. Do tego ewidentnie piwo było wodniste. Czy tak smakuje stara nakrapiana kura?? Znów słabiutko...

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TychoJames (416) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2015
Flaska systembolaget. Bärnstensfärgad med smörig doft och lite knäck. Lätt maltig smak med karamellkänsla och smörig jäst

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sean19 (13) - GERMANY - JAN 29, 2015
Ein ausgezeichnetes englisches Ale. Wenig Kohlensäure, aber intensiv fruchtiges Aroma und Geschmack, vor allem nach Bananen. Sehr süffig!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (1590) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Nice aroma. Excellent. Interesting yeast flavor. Very unique. Malty. No head fades. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Godfather50 (106) - SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2015
You can’t slay an English prince with pasteurisation,filter and gas. You just wear it away to mediocre. This is a lovely style of beer calling out to us from the past. English hops topping malt sweet and dry bitter. Must brew a real ale clone to rediscover its greatness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Florya (699) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Dark red, medium head. Aroma: intense caramel, nutty, mild fruits, vanilla. Palate: Medium to full body, smooth carbonation.


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