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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1957) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 10, 2004
Dark amber with thin head; ok retention. Excellent clarity. Good nose with strong malty, yeasty lift and almost nutty traits. Flavour pakced palate. Plenty of sweet maly thickens the mouthfeel with an almost milky structure. slightly sweet overall but plenty of character.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2004
Bottled. Amber colour without too much head. Flowery aroma. Pleasant and very British maltiness (biscuits). Moderately bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2004
Good malty aroma and a caramel/toffee type malty flavor. Medium brown in glass with a thin off-white head that lasts to the bottom. A little sweet with a mild, balanced hop bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Caramel malt aroma, with a fake sweetness and fruity hops. Dark amber clear with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts with medium carbonic acidity. Ginger and caramel flavor in the malt and fruity dull hops. Light bitter finish and dry, medium bitter after.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwik-lime (1783) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 Fairly well balanced. Hints of nuttiness and butterscotch, some bitterness. Very easy drinking for a 5%+ beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2004
Very bitter aroma, but a pleasure to behold. Medium-sized light beige head. Good aroma, very nutty with good bitterness and a hoppy afternote. Not my favourite type of beer, but it is a good bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2004
tap. deep amber, white head. smooth butterscotch and brandy flavors... a palate thats milky in texture... not complex, but pretty nice, smotth and easy to drink.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
JohnC (3007) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
this beer is a study in butterscotch: Butterscotch nose; Butterscotch flavor; no complexity, no reason finish. drain pour

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Bronze color, nice white head. Aroma: not to my liking, puts me off, cloyingly sweet, tinny, flinty, just not right... Taste: small hops, mellow mouthfeel, light body, some slight maltiness, drinkable, downable, but altogether unexciting. Not my cup of tea at all. I can get why its so popular (been showing up on numerous taplines these past few years), for those who enjoy the untroubled and the uninteresting, but I cant forgive that awful smell, and will pass on this one from here on out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brberry (16) - USA - OCT 9, 2004
good smell, a bit sweet. taste follows up with a sugary flavor up front, followed by the promised bitter. overall a good beer, could use a tad more hops.


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