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


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RATINGS: 1799   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

HonusWagner's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HonusWagner (1793) - Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2014
It’s pretty much a typical bland unremarkable bitter on nitro. Taste is a little sweet caramel, slight bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Can drink, would probably never leap for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AaronTDubs (44) - - OCT 8, 2015
Deep amber color, filtered beer. Medium carbonation. Malt and yeast driven spicy aromas, little bit of caramel, some plum-like fruitiness. Medium body. Tastes of caramel, grassy, herbal, little bit of almond notes. Good beer. One of my favorite british beers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lebo88 (185) - POLAND - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle 500 ml. Not a fan of the style for sure. The ale kind of aroma and taste fails me again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gyhallmanti (48) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
45cl bottle at home. Pours a clear amber colour with a foamy beige head. aroma’s of caramel and malt. tastes fairly bitter and a bit sweet with notes caramel and malt. a bit watery with low carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jann3 (206) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2015
Amber with a beige foamy head. Sweet aroma with malts and caramel. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Finishes with a very moderate herbal hoppy notes. (500ml can)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NallePalle (327) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2015
Bottle, 33 cl. Pleasant ale, nicely well balanced in all respects. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mysticbrew (92) - - AUG 22, 2015
Beautiful nitro draft pour with a creamy compact head with excellent retention. It has a nice clear amber color. The aroma is subtle malt and sourness. Smoothly flavor with a slight bite finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TorbenJensen (1334) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
Beautiful maroon and golden color with compact foam. Very little aroma, actually sensed only slightly malt. Tastes contrast quite like a good British ale: slightly sweet, pretty bitter and light flower. An ale that I really wanted to taste from cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
labeerinthum (100) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 15, 2015
Bottiglia. L’intensità olfattiva è normale ma di persistenza olfattiva sufficiente, con gusto al naso di malto e di orzo. Il cappello di schiuma compatta e persistente a bollicine fini e a bassa carbonazione si mantiene con merletti sul vetro. Il perlage è medio ma insistito e vivace. Il colore è ambrato rossiccio. L’amaro è mediamente percettibile. Il corpo è rotondo e la struttura è di spessore. L’intensità gustativa è normale e la persistenza gustativa buona. Il gusto piega sull’etilico. Il finale è complesso con retrogusto intenso.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seehaferb23 (117) - - AUG 13, 2015
We had very mixed ratings out of the 4 attendees today. We had to do a lot of averaging. For some this might be an acquired taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arek (635) - Zielona Góra & Wrocław, POLAND - AUG 13, 2015
02.03.14: Bottle 0.5 l.
Miedziane piwo z puszystą, jasnobeżową pianą. W smaku pełne, chlebowe z przyjemną, lekką, chmielową goryczką na finiszu.

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