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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1740   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.


adv's rating

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adv (22) - Milan, - APR 14, 2003
Too much body to be an outstanding Pale Ale and too sweet to be a Bitter. A good beer but not very well style-defined, in my opinion


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redders1974 (75) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Very easy drinking beer pours well nice head copper coloured smells quite caemaly and malty tastes a bit bland but not bad good sess I on beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (84) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Nitro can pours amber with perfect nitro foam. Smells of bread, biscuit, and cooked sugar. Flavors are the same in this highly drinkable brew, a staple. If not the most interesting, certainly reliable and enjoyable en masse.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
47574xeCD (408) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2015
500ml Bottle sat on DOC37V after some drilling. Poured a deep golden almost chestnut, with white head. Medium Carbonation. Notes of light malt, brown bread, caramel nose. Not as bad as I thought it would be.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
R4N5H (170) - SINGAPORE - FEB 22, 2015
50cl bottle purchased in Tesco, Handsworth (consumed at Hampton by Hilton, Broad Street) and poured into a short glass. Pours clear and a deep golden amber colour. Small white head and softly carbonated. Aroma of stewed fruit. Medium body. Light taste of malt, heavy flavours of caramel and molasses.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alberti92 (110) - - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours a lovely amber with a thin tan head leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is quite grainy and earthy with perhaps slight metallic. Body is light and carbonation is low to medium. Taste is quite crisp and refreshing. There's some caramel and some tang with some clove notes. Haven't had too many English beers. This wasn't anything special but I still enjoyed it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
aumentm (183) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Well done sir. This is a decent way to spend a day. A middle of the road beer that is a pleasant surprise.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ramboraffe (808) - SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2015
500 ml bottle. Clear amber with white head. Smell is grain, malt and biscuits. Taste is light sweet malty with biscuits and bread. Bitter finish with grass and hay. Dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (133) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2015 Can. Pours a clear amber colour with a fizzy white head which doesn’t last. Aroma is a little sweet with malty, caramel and fruity smells. Taste is the same, sweet caramel malt with fruity tones. Soft carbonation and watery texture. A balanced fruity finish. Ok, but not as nice as on cask.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarageBrewer80 (102) - SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2015
Flaska från SB. Bärnstenfärgad med smutsvit skumkrona. Söt doft av bröd och torkad aprikos. Söt kropp. Smak av bröd och torkade aprikoser. Lätt bitter eftersmak som försvinner snabbt. En ganska tråkig bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
loubar (123) - Los Gatos, California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
14.9 oz. can. Pours red and clean with many bubbles. Large and creamy yellow head. Nose of caramel malts with a hint of flowery hops. Taste of sweet caramel malts and light molasses with a bit of alcohol and a moderate bitter end. Quite creamy, lightly carbonated, smooth and refreshing. A well done British Ale.


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