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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.


Jonte's rating

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, - JUL 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 Bottle. Amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, caramel, butter, toasted malt, honey, and light hops. Malty and fruity taste with notes of caramel, honey, nuts, minerals, butter and a little spiciness. A bit of light bitterness in the finish. The carbonation is a bit too strong. Drinkable, but I will probably not buy it again. Re-tested 090315.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ljthiessen (727) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
Can. Clear amber pour with a big dense beige head. Aroma is malty toffee and biscuit. Flavour is light, sweet and malty, a little toffee, not a lot going on. Thin and not much carbonation. Pretty disappointing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baaj (14) - DENMARK - JUL 24, 2015
Malty and fruity aroma Orange and clear with minimal head Sweet and bitter at the same time Flat carbonation with a deligtful bitter finish

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (812) - - JUL 17, 2015
Big fan of old speckled hen. Honey amber colour. Malty and hoppy and no nasty aftertaste. Big fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mateuszk (822) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 7, 2015
Bottle, clear amber/golden with white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, biscuits and earthy hops. In taste similar, dry and a bit watery. Bitterness on low-medium level. Solid bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ktwse (2808) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2015
Pours clear copper with low off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel and light citrus. Taste is sweet and malty with loads of rye bread. Light, smooth body with soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerAndPonies (119) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
500 ml can from Sobeys Liquor, served in a goblet. Pours a clear, light cola-caramel shade, with moderate carbonation, and a creamy, smooth, well-retained head of light mocha that leaves curtains of lace. Aroma is a rich, dense, toasty maltiness, with dark wood, deep red berries, and cinnamon with brown sugar. The flavor presents interesting and delectable hints of whiskey aged in lightly charred oak amidst its softly sweet malt panorama, like a more restrained Innis & Gunn offering. There’s caramel and vanilla flourishes as well. Creamy texture and moderately chewy, with a gently lingering finish. A superb example of the wonderful results when maltsters and brewers recombine their efforts. Malterrific beer!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrepintado (1936) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUN 25, 2015
On tap at george’s pub, lisbon. Color is dark orange. Head is super smooth and medium and white. Taste is medium sweetness and light to medium bitterness. Flavour is hoppy, malty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fashawn (430) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JUN 20, 2015
Deep amber color with white and compact, cramy,head. Dark fruit and some roasted makt for the aroma, and the taste following pefectly. Watery and soooooo smooth, very easy to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
paolo71 (112) - Alviano, ITALY - JUN 19, 2015
White, fairly fine, not very persistent head. Dark Amber. Clear. Not very intense and persistent at nose. Honey, caramel, raisin, a bit of rhubarb, Low carbonation. Watery. good balance with a fine bitter in the finish

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamT (251) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2015
14.9 fl oz can courtesy of Pat B. Golden/orange hue, normal clarity with fully lasting 1 finger thick super creamy off-white head. Apple spice taste up front with more of a grape/apple finish. Dry texture on palate.


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