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


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RATINGS: 1636   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.

Bosbouw's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bosbouw (833) - Gemonde, - NOV 25, 2013
Zeer heldere koperen kleur met een volle kraag. Ruikt citrus, pils en ruikt ook iets raars. Smaakt bitter zoet, lichte caramel, citrus. Lichte smaak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (1943) - Manama, BAHRAIN - APR 16, 2014
Pours a clear caramel-mahogany with a tan head. Aroma is fruity, biscuit, sweet bread. Flavor follows the aroma profile with caramel lingering on the finish. Carbonation is tingly. Solid and easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (714) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
Appearance: Clear mahogany with finger thick white head. Aroma: Caramel, toffee, bread, yeast, pepper, fruity and raisin. Taste: Medium bitterness, low/medium sweetness, low sourness and medium pepperiness. Palate: Thick grainy texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, dry, lingering, peppery, caramel, fruity, bready finish. Comments: Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
czlowiekwiadro (43) - POLAND - APR 16, 2014
zapach chmielowy, lekko słodki, ziołowy. piany brak, kolor jasnomiedziany, klarowny. w smaku cierpki, czuć chmiel, karmel, lekką paloność. dość słodki, pełny.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rob_D_UK (650) - Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2014
Pours a deep chestnut with a creamy white head. Aroma is malt with a hint of toffee. Taste is mostly sweet with a bit of bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbruner (1998) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle sampled at Classic City Brew Fest 2014. Pours a clear golden brown with bubbly white head. Aroma and taste are typical for the style, mineral well water with English yeast and bready malts. Meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vanelst (33) - AUSTRIA - APR 8, 2014
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 Nothing special this. Aroma is caramel, bread and fruit of some kind. Bitter ending. I´m not a big fan of this style of beer to be honest. Probably will do the job on a very warm day as a refreshing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StilleStorm (474) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
DAA; Pours clear amber with a off-white, short lived head. Aroma is malt, caramel and sweet fruity. Taste is sweet and light bitter, moderate lasting. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
belgis (97) - LATVIA - APR 10, 2014
Nice english hops in smell, almos no foam, clear redish color, thin taste bit bitter, almost no aftertaste. Drinkable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
adodo (40) - Riga, LATVIA - APR 10, 2014
Brown/ amber. Strong aroma but not very pleasant, metallic/ rusty. Medium bitterness. Not very pleasant overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BiereLuc (768) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bière cuivrée et limpide avec une effervescence modérée et une faible mousse. Le nez offre un peu de foin mouillé et de caramel. En bouche, la bière est relativement mince, peu pétillante et amère. À la couleur, je m’attendais à une dominance de malt caramel, mais c’est vraiment le houblon qui prend la plus grande place. Mais le profil final manque de raffinement. Le houblon offre une amertume qui se rapproche davantage de l’âcreté et après quelques lampées on se rend compte que cette bière est un peu unidimensionnelle.

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