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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1689   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.


VastActiv's rating

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VastActiv (2825) - Oulu, - MAY 1, 2013
Tap at St Michael, Oulu. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Bitterness, sweetness, toffee and malts.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2539) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle, red pour, off white head, nose is citrus, taste is hoppy, malty, low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SzopPiwosz (142) - - SEP 10, 2014
Piana: Kremowo-beżowa. Bardzo obfita, o bardzo drobnych pęcherzykach. Kolor: Miedziany, klarowne. Zapach: Dość wyraźne toffi, tosty, lekkie orzechy. Delikatna kwiatowa miodowość, nuty karmelowe. Smak: Spora orzechowo-tostowa słodycz i leciutka, karmelowa kwaśność. Trochę nut owocowych w stylu wiśni, czereśni. Tekstura: Dość aksamitne, spore ciało. Lekko cierpkie. Nasycenie: Minimalne. Goryczka: Trochę ponad średnią. Mocno skontrowana słodyczą. Pijalność: Bardzo Wysoka. Pomimo nieco przykrej otoczki produkcyjnej piwo trzyma wysoki poziom. Nie jest to szałowy styl oferujący intensywne doznania, ale za to pijalność rozkłada na łopatki. Piwo jest rewelacyjnie zbalansowane w trójkącie kwaśność - słodycz - gorycz. Właśnie tak pamiętam bittery z początku swojej przygody z nimi - kwiaty, orzechy, tosty, toffi i owoce. W wersji widżetowej ta mieszanina podchodzi mi tym bardziej.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenOver (78) - SLOVENIA - SEP 9, 2014
Pours golden-red, with a bit more head than expected for strong ales, but it is quickly dissapearing. Smell is strongly yeast-to golding hoppy, no citrusy notes. Taste is very pleasant, soft, lacking an aftertaste, low carbonation and a full mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewGoblin (308) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
A pretty decent standard ESB. Copper-ruby juice with a cream light beige head. Nice earthy and herbal UK hops, light basement and caramel stink. Taste is bittersweet hops and honey. A light oiliness, low carbonation and dry finish make it a classic bitter choice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ZodiacM (36) - - SEP 4, 2014
Mooie amberkleur, een duidelijke geur van caramel, licht bittere smaak met een duidelijke caramelsmaak, de afdronk is prettig bitter. Heb weinig ervaring met Brits bier, maar dit is een prettige kennismaking! Lekker bier!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DomD (55) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
Poured from can. Strong aroma of caramel. Clear amber color with white head. A light sweet taste. Medium body, creamy texture, with average carbonation, and a very mild bitter finish. Overall a very smooth brew that goes down easy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorgeLee (1188) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle, on this occasion brought round by Mr Goodall. Amber brown colour. Quite a malty bitter with some English hop character. A little sweet. I used to really like this, dunno if GK hit the recipe at all? It was fine, a pleasant bitter, but I’ve been in a mood to enjoy more the old school bitters and less of the overly hopped amateur stuff of late, amd this still didn’t really hit the spot.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jpkeskinen (219) - FINLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Drank as a draught. The beer is quite still and has a slightly sweet taste. Not bad but a bit boring.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CraftyBeerTour (53) - Barcelon, SPAIN - AUG 26, 2014
50ml bottle. Quite a strong herbal floral aroma on opening, some menthol-like aroma, later red apple skins and some sweetness. Classic inviting English ale aroma. Looks handsome too, lovely amber, brite as. Head diminishes to a few mm but persistent. Flavour is much more about malts--light caramel, cherryish, fruity. Dry and and tangy in the mouth. Very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatDane1632 (368) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Rated based on notes taken 15 Jul 2011 -- I have been intrigued by this beer for so long and could never get myself to buy it. I’m glad I finally did, good beer.


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