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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1809   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Umoyk (54) - , - MAY 13, 2015
Fruity, caramel and a little roasty. There’s a slight, but very off-puting, butyric-like (vomit) aroma. Thankfully I don’t perceive it once it’s in my mouth. Feels a bit thin. Earthy hops give it a dry end. Not very good but drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
huineman (452) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 10, 2015
Pours copper amber. White head. Smells of iron, orange rind. Fresh, bitter, short-lingering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Piw (522) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2015
500ml Flasche. Klar und bernsteinfarben. Kleine Schaumkrone. Süsser, voller Antrunk. Gefolgt von einem trockenen, leicht bitteren Abgang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nihtila (2089) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle from Co-operative. Pours clear red-copper. Nose is red fruits, caramel malts, sweet toffee, wood. Taste is bitterish malts, caramel, nuts. Not very pleasant flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Don2711 (281) - - APR 27, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2015 Had a couple of bottles and was very impressed. Will try again when I can get a chance to really sample as I was in company first tastings. Caramel flavours. Good strength and nice aroma. Raised to 4.0 after more samples. Best bottled one I?ve tried

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joakgust (1216) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber beer with a small white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, bread, herbs, hay and toffee. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, bread, toffee, herbs and oranges. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
commonmac (758) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle from a sampler pack received as a gift back around Christmas. Delayed consumption based on anticipated low ceiling for beers from this brewery. Pours a copper color with an off white or almost tan head. Quickly dissipates. Aroma was non-existent in the bottle but gives off a slightly sour dark fruit smell upon pouring into a glass. Malty presence with a bitterness. Taste has elements of caramel and roasted, nutty qualities. Bitter notes come into play towards the end. Slight funk that I’m struggling to determine if it’s from a lack of freshness or intentionally put into play by the brewer. Overall, sweeter than I anticipated but it’s a very average to below average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cutitoutdave (67) - - APR 20, 2015
Pours clear amber with medium white head. Malty aroma. Taste balanced towards hops, smooth, medicinal/robitussin flavor, lemon, and banana. Light mouthfeel with low carbonation. Very drinkable beer. Thoroughly enjoyed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mkam (322) - POLAND - APR 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours clean amber with a small head. Aroma is mainly malty with a hints of hops. Taste is quite sweet, malty with a medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mariuszek (702) - Gdynia, POLAND - APR 18, 2015
Very popular and really easy drinking beer indeed. Faint aroma of fruits, malt, mineral. Taste is malty, fruity with very short medium bitter finish. Thin to medium body. Tongue biting soda-like carbonation.

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