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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1859   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LazyPyro (595) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear copper brown colour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty, caramel, hops. Same can be said for the flavour, a note of toffee too. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (7049) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2016
Clear nutty color with a fine off white head. Ok intensity in the aroma. Medium body and a fine carbonation. Ok balance between sweetness and bitterness. Lots of toffee in this one, mild citric and mild fruity.
[Bottle from Systembolaget Nordstan in Gothenburg, Sweden]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moravius (1131) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2016 Flasche (50 cl) von Jenny Lou’s, Peking. - Kupfernes Rotbraun, klar. - In der Nase mild-würziger, orangenschalenherber englischer Hopfen und etwas Karamel. - Antrunk blaß karamelmalzig-nussig mit hopfenwürzigem, herb orangenfruchtigem englischem Hopfen und zarter obergäriger Ale-Fruchtigkeit. Schlank und kaum süß, mild rezent und schön trocken, dadurch süffig. Schwach kellerig-muffige Noten erhöhen den Reiz. Nur noch blaß hopfenaromatischer aber schön trocken-herber Abgang. Gut bitterer Nachtrunk. - Keine Hopfenbombe aber ein angenehmes, rundes Bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjsint (2377) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Gift. Oh well, shan’t look it in the mouth. Russet brown. Clear. Precious little head. Very little smell, some caramel but that’s all... On the other hand it’s missing that metallic smell you get with so many supermarket bitters. Taste is ok, some nutty bittersweet. I like the mouthfeel, really moreish. Makes you forget how humdrum the rest of it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
johnnymusky (933) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Least liked of the three Irish brews that i tried tonight....i am not a esb fan so maybe i am biased....not much flavor and very dry and bitter on finish...just not for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beeebon (404) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
I am surprised I haven’t put a review of this on here before as I have drank loadss of it over the years. From can pours typical bitter colour with white minimal foamy head. Aroma is metallic, slightly toasted malt, brown sugar and slightly grassy hops. Taste is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Quite watery texture. Drinkable but very average, I have had much better and much worse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScottWallace82 (96) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle into a nonic pint. Nice, mild caramel and toffee flavors leading into a soft bitter finish. Not the greatest ESB, but always welcome.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DraftDodger (1113) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2015
Copenhagen 24/12 20-5. 35,5 cl bottle from Skjold Burne. In the classic clear glass bottle. Pours clear copper brown with white head. Settles as flimsy layer of foam. Aroma of malts and caramel sweetness with a little brown sugar. A little sourness. But not a very distinct aroma. Soft carbonation and watery palate. A bit flat. Caramel and toffee give some sweetness which is followed by medium bitter aftertaste. Nice enough English bitter which is only moderately bitter after all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gubihumle (584) - Nørre Aaby, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2015
Flaske. Farven er nøddebrun med en cremefarvet skumkrone, Aromaen er blomme og sødlig malt medens smagen er brød og karamel efterfulgt af en humlet tørhed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidAust (199) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle 355ml. Poured into a washington glass. Firstly, much different to when I’ve had it on tap. Aroma was toffee. Appearance was of a flat beer - almost zero head which went to the faintest ring I’ve ever experienced in a beer that wasn’t completely flat. Toffee coloured to match the scent. Sweet tasting with toffee notes a little hint of fruit. Overall nice, but wasn’t a match for what I’d describe as a bitter.

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