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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1888   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
Clear copper colour with very slight head that fades fast. bitter yeast nose with dry malt taste. and mild bitter after taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (3058) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
Bright bronze beer with a nice foamy head that recedes to a very small ring. Aroma a bit strange with some weird hops (rancid?), malt, and a little Pepe le Pieu. Flavour had some more skunk, but an interesting spicy malt with some cinnamon and then a finish that was a bit salty and had some fishiness to it. Crisp feel and taste and a light body. This one grew on me as it went down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Bottle purchased in England (not by me). Clear golden orange body. An initial stale hoppy skunk cloud hovered over this one, which in the words of my friend smelled like "Budweiser". That dissipated to reveal a toasty malt nose with moderate levels of diacetyl. Flavor was also of toasty malts with a nice woody hoppy flavor and some firm bitterness. A solid bitter, appropriately consumed in the presence of four chickens.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2004
Cask: this beer is perhaps my favorite cask ale. Smooth with a bit of a kick, but it also looks gorgeous in the glass, pure mellow brown/gold with a nice head that stays. Professionally done and appreciated by this guy. Loses a bit in the bottle/nitro can, so give it a chance on cask, you wont be dissapointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Amber in color with medium white head. Aroma is malt, sweet, caramel. Flavor is malty, slightly sweet, buttery. Finish is slightly bitter. A good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellhammers (23) - hanover, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
very nice flavor of burnt toast and carmel and a little sweet-honeyness to it........much better than its competition!!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Draft: Bright amber-red hue with a frothy, fairly lasting head. Malts were light, but they had some noticeable flavors (dark caramel, burnt toast, hint of yeast). Hops had a nice and bitter nip to them, but they were rather one-dimensional. Unfortunately there was a big metallic / tin-like off-flavor. It didnt make it entirely undrinkable, but it was an annoyance. Overall, it was relatively easy to drink, making it an OK session beer, I suppose. Kind of reminded me of a Boddingtons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2004
Bottle from Sainsburys. Amber bitter. Fruity apple/caramel aroma. Medium bodied, little bit nutty. Good hoppy finish. Prefer the Hens Tooth, but honestly theres not much in it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Widget Can. Super rich tan foam. Clear amber color, very slight nut like flavor with unusual bitter finish. Classic "flat" look and taste that most English Bitters have. If you cant make it to Britan or an English Pub this can will suffice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Dark amber/brown with off-white head. Aroma was nutty, sweet, fruity. Some toffee. Mouthfeel was a bit flat. No body. The flavor was nutty and bitter and a bit off but not terribly so. Result of clear bottle? Perhaps.

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