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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: 1765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Aaron68's rating

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aaron68 (608) - Oslo, - SEP 30, 2012
500 ml on tap @ Grunerløkka Brygghus,September 29,2012 Beige/light to brown in color.Aroma is a bit malt, yeast and hops. Very easy to drink.I think it is a bit to thin and watery and it lacks taste.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Don2711 (201) - - APR 27, 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joakgust (1075) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
commonmac (537) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cutitoutdave (55) - - 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.

2.7
   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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mariuszek (323) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leosanches (30) - - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mstrcrwly (551) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chalumeaux (216) - 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.

3.7
   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.


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