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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1668   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.

hens' rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hens (500) - Tallinn, Estonia, - NOV 30, 2012
0.5l bottle. Gentle sweet hop taste. Nice copper color unhappily less and almoust no foam. Enjoyable hardening taste. Very good chocolate, vanilla, banana and herbs. Alcohol taste is little too much. But drinkable beer and i will drink it again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KrOliK (5) - - JUL 9, 2014 does not count
Dark amber color. Average foam. Malty smell with little bit of alcohol. Taste of malt, sugar, caramel and fusel. Delicate gentian at the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
terefere (200) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber, clear, 1.5 finger foamy head. Aroma: spices, ripe fruits, hops, caramel. Taste: biscuits, caramel, fruits, grass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (678) - USA - JUL 1, 2014
Drunk from 50 cl bottle bought in Wakefield. Hoppy pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gwizdek1990 (7) - POLAND - JUL 1, 2014 does not count
Barwa ciemnego bursztynu. Piana biała drobno pęcherzykowa, dosyć szybko opada i minimalnie obkleja szkło. Aromat słodowy z lekkimi nutami karmelu. Przy mocniejszym wdechu czuć aromat maślany. W smaku słodowo-karmelowe. Goryczka słaba i krótka. Pozostawia lekki posmak maślanej bułki. Niskie wysycenie i niska treściwość.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuideDogSaint (53) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
500ml can from Carrefour, Xintiandi, Changchun. Labelled as 5.2%. Pours on the brown side of golden with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel with some faint hops. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamesie1857 (1330) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
750ml bottle shared with son - Rich amber body, two fingered white head, looks splendid. Aroma is caramel, bread and fruit of some kind. Bitter ending. I could have sworn I’d rated this before, but as it falls under the category of "some beer" it is easily forgotten.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElDesmadre (1473) - Mikołów, POLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle. Estery-fruity aroma reminiscent of red apples on top of a caramelly and biscuity malty base. Marginal notes of toffee and earth. Light sticky mouthfeel finishing with a dry, grassy bitterness. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tupungato (11) - POLAND - JUN 26, 2014
355ml bottle from Lidl. The appearance is not perfect, head dissipates very quickly, but the taste was very satisfying - Old Speckled Hen is what I expect from an ale. Malty taste, a little sweet, not too bitter, not sour at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PawelD (127) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Piwo butelkowe. Kolor złocisty, klarowny z białą drobną pianą, która szybko opada. W zapachu czuć lekką maślankę(!), lekki karmel. W smaku słodowe, pełne, karmelowa słodycz z lekkimi nutami tostowymi i bardzo delikatną goryczą na finiszu który zostawia lekko maślany posmak. Wysycenie średnie. Ogółem gdyby nie te nuty maślane to całkiem spoko piwo i szczerze mówiąc mimo tego jest najlepszym angolem którego piłem.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
akoeninger (396) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Nitro tap at The Coopers Tavern. Clear amber with off white creamy head. Light aroma of caramel and herbal hops. Taste is mild with some vegetal hops and some malty sweetness. Toasty and improved as it warms. Slightly dry and bitter finish. Light body. Very drinkable, hard to compare it to the American style brews I’m used to, a quiet and reserved beer to be sure. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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