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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1760   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.

Argonian's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Argonian (280) - Athens, - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours an orange body, with a low white head that diminishes quickly, leaving a fair lace. Malty, bready aroma. Medium bitter taste, with notes of bread, some late hops too. Pretty watery texture, thin to medium body, average cabonation level. Pretty decent, nothing special, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mariuszek (300) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leosanches (24) - - APR 17, 2015
Cerveja acobreada e translúcida, com espuma fina, clara e pouco presente. Cerveja brilhante e é possível ver bilhar subindo à superfície. O aroma é leve e não remete às porters tradicionais, puxando para o frutado e toques campestres. O sabor também é suave e extremamente equilibrado e pouco complexo, com o prometido pelo aroma se concretizando, com toque de frutas vermelhas e primaveril. O pálato é ok; pouco envolvente e ralo. O aftertaste é agradável e refrescante, porém seco. A drinkability é boa. Uma boa cerveja, porém deixa um pouco a desejar com relação às porters tradicionais, sendo uma cerveja mais easygoing para o dia a dia. Boa para qualquer ocasião.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mstrcrwly (536) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle poured into a tumbler..amber/brown with a fluffy white head..aroma of toffee,caramel,bitters..dry,crisp finish..just ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chalumeaux (198) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2015
Poured from can amber color with a beige head. Aromas are slightly sweet with a light floral scent. Taste is malty with hints of grain and nut.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
Another good Greene King Ale, and one with a certain recognition, this is one of my Reliable’s. On it’s Nose I don’t pick up as much as others, but is still a malty, hoppy aroma, particularly fresh. Pours a very Rich, Reddish copper, with a solid body and a medium, fluffy head which is thin. In the mouth it feels rather mediocre, with some carbonation, creamy soft and light/watery. It Boasts a good tasty kick of Malt, a wholegrain bread, with a decent dashing of Nuttiness, rather like Mild Almond’s with a subtle citrus kick, Demerara sugar, which finishes in a long impressive caramel esque after-taste. Goes Amazing with a Sunday Roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alexi91 (112) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Pint Glass. Supplier: Gift (Romsey). Bitter with hoppy overtones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scooterbub (901) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Pint can. Pours an amber color with a four inch beige head. Taste is of malt, caramel, toffee, fruit and some hops. Similar aroma. Has a decent body for a nitro beer. Easy to drink and rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_alkis (406) - SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2015
Nothing extremely fancy but a solid English bitter. I could easily drink a couple of bottles of this beer in a night.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sucharek147 (76) - Dębica, POLAND - MAR 25, 2015
Barwa miedziana. Piana nienajlepsza, ale jakos się trzyma. Aromat słodowy, słodkawy i trochę mdlący. W smaku słodowe, jest też trochę miodu i goryczka na poziomie średnio niskim.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wozap (227) - Węgorzewo, POLAND - MAR 23, 2015
Biała butelka zepsuła niespodziankę z kolorem, piana średnia. Zapach słodowy, biszkoptowy, owocowy. Wyczówalna goryczka na finiszu, Dobre średnie piwo.

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