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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1690   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Iznogud (637) - CROATIA - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml in London, UK. Amber colored with small white head. Malty caramel aroma and flavor. Hint of hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a clear 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 5.2%. Appearance: It has a light amber body with good clarity and a small quick fading white head. Smell: The aroma is light overall. The hops are up front and offer very light mineral like notes with a slight skunked presence over a very pale thin malt. Taste / Palate: The flavor has a nice bready maltiness up front along with some mild caramel and toffee sweetness. Hop flavor comes in quickly and adds some dryness and mellow bitterness to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hidden_Pooch (304) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Can. Pours a dark amber colour with a big nitro powered creamy head. Smells of wood, grapes, and boozy. Tastes of sour toffees and caramel. Don’t really get much from the hops. Has a medium body with creamy texture and low carbonation. Finishes with an unpleasant bitterness. Not a terrible beer, but not worth buying unless it’s your best option.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mr_Pink_152 (706) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle from local supermarket. . Amber colour. Aroma is caramel, and fruit. Taste is plastic bland, some bitterness at the ending. Not a great beer really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsmerig (1246) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Pours a crystal clear copper gold wig a white head and lively carbonation. Aroma of bread and slight sour. Taste is smooth lightly malty with mild bitterness ending in a dry crisp finish. A classic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (1381) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Pours a nice orangeish amber color with white head. Caramel malt and some citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewTom (251) - - JUN 2, 2014
A classic British ale! Malty & sweet with a tangy, bitter finish. Nothing to blow you away but a good, every day pint. Rated by BrewTom

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
codfishh (64) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
Pours a light copper thin white head dies quickly, the aroma is vinous malt and fruity esters. Tastes of dried fruit and biscuity malt, hoppy English style hops. Overall nice Beer.

   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 (328) - 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.

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