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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1858   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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Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle: Nutty, flowery, sweet, and lightly hoppy aroma. Pours a dark transparent copper with a decent white head with good retention. Very nutty from start to finish with some light malt. Very light hops come into play into the finish and leave a moderately nut and lightly bitter aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel.

bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. beautiful clear amber, low head. quite malty, complex. finishes slightly dry with a nice hop character.

Dorqui (2257) - Brescia, ITALY - MAR 25, 2005
Creamy and adherent foam. Dark red color, limpid and much bubbly. Decided scent, much flowery and bitter. Dry and prickly taste, much bitter. Persistent and alcoholic finish.

iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
A clear bottle, wonderful copper hue, not very much aroma,foam didn’t last, but the lace stayed from start to finish, not too bitter, slight sweetness, very good, try again?, you bet.

beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Widget can. Medium amber color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is cookie malts, with a touch of butter. A medium bodied ESB/bitter. Malts are mild and caramel, with a touch of cookie. Hops are slightly bitter. Has that soft carbonation feel of a cask ale, but it also has a soft buttery flavor that’s somewhat unpleasant. Kind of flat. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

DucklyIII (8) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005 does not count
One of my favourite common drinks. In a bottle that is...!!!!! The first time I saw this one on tap both my wife and I were salivating, turns out it was a split decision. She liked it on tap, I did not. oh well. This ale has strength. Great taste, not the greatest aroma, with a bite at the back of your throat aftertaste.

can8ianben (1556) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2005
I had this on tap in Cape Town and liked it much better than the can I tried in Ontario. A great amber colour, a nice creamy texture with underwhelming flavour.

GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 nose of slightly burnt caramel, fairly full mouth with a dry bitter finish. A decent plain pub beer, nothing fantastic , but definitly not bad..

rbloodworth (15) - CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
I thought this was a skunked brew from start to finish. Very few to any redeeming qualities. Probably best to sample somewhere other than North America.

Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 On draught. A wonderfully smooth English pub ale. Combines mild hops and malt notes with an especially distinctive yeast character. Very simply: an incredibly drinkable well-balanced pub ale with an out-of-this-world mouth-feel. Drink on tap or packaged in pub draught can. It just feels good to drink it.

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