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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   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 factorys works car - the gold speckled MG Featherweight Fabric Saloon, affectionately known as the Ol Speckld 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
whiskeyfairy (27) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2005
From a can: Poured a dark amber color with a nice full head. Seemed a little cloudy . There was a cider type smell to it maybe a hint of wine. Looked great. And then i tasted it. There didnt seem to be any body at all. It was very boring. If i were in a non adventurous mood it would be a perfect beer. There was however a nice sweet and innocent after taste but it was very short. Definately not my favorite brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2005
Pours dark orange with a thick white head. Malty, yeasty aroma with some hints of diacetyl. Hoppy, fruity malty flavour. Slight caramely. Great bitterness. Somewhat woody finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Bottle. Average size frothy white head with some lacing. Amber colour. Flavour is mostly bitter with a long dry lightly bitter finish. I remember this being better; will have to try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 Dark amber with a small creamy head. This beer has a burnt timber aroma that takes me back to days of the backyard bbq - the real kind (not this gas bottle stuff). I could also pick up a bit of apple in there too. On tasting I received a huge burst of butter toffee and roasted malts. The flavour was good, with some toffee sweetness capped off with a lasting bitterness. The palate is a bit thin, but this just means I want to keep drinking it!! For what it is, I am really impressed with this beer. (3.9) Re-rate: Not quite as impressed this time around. Maybe it loses something in the smaller bottle!! Very shallow pasteurised taste seems to detract. Still a pleasant drink though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2005
Orange-brown with dense white head. Fruity aroma with notes of apple, bread, roasted malts, flowers, wheat bread, applesauce and some vanilla. Tutti-frutti flavor with notes of cream, roasted malts, rubber and apples. Growing typically english bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (2374) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 12, 2005
Orange in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of caremel malts, fruity yeast, and perhaps a bit of licorice. Flavors are about what Id expect from a typical bitter: sweet malt, goldings hops, cooked apples, a bit of spice, and a slightly woody note. The only flaw with this beer is its body, which is way too light... almost like a pale lager. Close, but no cigar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marmite (6) - Nimman, Chiang Mai, THAILAND - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
Draught Keg Ale. I may rate this a bit high, but as I live in Bangkok, it is a minor miracle that we have this available on draught. I dont need to drink Kilkenny or the awful Malaysian guinness anymore. Hurrah!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7430) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear orangey-brown with a large white head. It looks great, too bad about the aroma which thanks to the wonderful clear bottle consists mainly of SKUNKYNESS! Try as I might I cant get past the skunkyness but I think I detect some malt, yeast and caramel way in the background. Flavour is pleasant, quite mild and innoffensive but theres something in the taste that I cant place. This used to be a favourite beer of mine way back when and was one of my transition beers but I am far from impressed today. Im sure it would fare better in the can, brown bottle or on tap but as long brewers insist on using clear bottles Ill keep rating them and giving them the rating they deserve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5840) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 8, 2005
This is bitter? Smells like Boddingtons to me, but is like a lighter-colored, but equally creamy and heavy a beer as Beamish. An excellent brew for sure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - AUG 5, 2005
draft. nice creamy head w/ amber hue. toffee w/ floral aroma, medium bodied.

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