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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1857   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 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.

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demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle: Copper color with a off-white head. Aroma is mild but rather fruity and nutty with a slight hoppiness. Taste is dry and bitter, quite mild yet pleasing. Palate is bitter and watery. It’s Ok. I think there are better ESB’s out there though.

BeerMountie (117) - Placentia, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
500 ml bottle. Golden brown with nice white long lasting head. Good lacing. Aroma of toffee. nice taste of hops. A very nice beer. I plan to pick up more of this to enjoy over Christmas.

PorterCall (44) - (Formerly UK), DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 Beautiful distinct rich fruity aroma, red amber colour, attacks the palate with power, flavour is smoky malty toffee but well balanced, follows through with a bitter dry long finish.

Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Bottle. Nice golden amber colour and a pretty off-white head. Hops in the nose. Full bodied. Fruity and hoppy taste. Some caramel. Sourish bitter finish.

Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2005
bottle. tan amber color with white head. dry bitter taste...................

Papsoe (25062) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Neatly amber couloured with a white head. Malty body with notes of nuts and caramel. Highly drinkable. 101200

Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2005
Can. Toffee and malts. Nutty flavours. Fairly dry with a chalky finish. Unexciting and middle of the road but does that fairly well.

crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2005
bitter in an unplesant way. It seemed to have almost a dirty taste to it. Althought the sweet malt notes were nice the bitter finish and bitter/skunky aroma really brought down its flavor. maybe i got a bad bottle.

saxo (18945) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2005
Amber color with almost white slightly creamy head, has a complex (to my vocabulary) english yeast taste that grows on you. Can almost be tart but has some toffee overtones. Making for an interesting and refreshing beer albeit slightly dry.

dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
I see juniper berries and breads. I feelt malty and roasty. I taste bitters as well. All that said, there is something missing from this ESB. Meh!

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