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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2004
500 ml can. Dark copper colour with a fully diminishing fizzy white head. Caramel, earthy, and lightly fruity aroma. Caramel, slight cardboard and acidity, and a dry, nutty bitter finish. Medium bodied, lightly fizzy and dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2004
Nice clear lightamber colored beer.It has a fine dry caramel aroma and a fine maltyness.The taste is light to medium with a good touch off roasted mald and a dry bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (2098) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 How have I not rated this yet. I used to think this was great. I actually like the Tanners Jack a bit better. This was my first introduction to English bitter. It isnt my favorite style but its unique and flavorful. Old Speckled Hen gets the thumbs up from me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 I was a little disappointed with this one. Looked promising, but very bland in the finish. Hops are a bit thin, and the bitterness never quite assembles itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Dark-amber, near brown color, light head and hop lace. Yeast-dominant nose, much like distillers beer, with light hop aroma. Strong yeast signature with diacetyl notes. Moderate malt sweetness, light hop signature, more as an aftertaste. Above-average alcohol content for the style. Less yeast signature and more boiled hops would improve the balance.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7487) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 By now you would think that I would have learned to avoid beers that come in clear bottles. With the possible exception of a couple of Sam Smiths products, any brewer that cares so little about his beer to send it naked into the world is really not worth my time. It may be pretty, but it is imprudent. So tossing all reason aside I purchased the 12 oz clear bottle of the Old Speckled Hen. It poured a color that was expected given the packaging. The head was small and white. The sour macro scent that assaulted my nose gave indication to my mistake. The flavor was surprisingly complex. Not good, but complex. The front was sour and vaguely malty. Then a short wave of an almost butterscotch flavor came. It was followed by a rather unpleasant bitter aftertaste. In all a waste of time. It has also been my experience that the draft is completely lacking in flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (4280) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Canned with the widget inside. Pours red with a white head like a guinness. Some malt in the aroma. Flavor is very bitter malt. Syrupy and thick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2004
Bottle. A burnt-orange ale that pours with a disappearing head. Light aroma of caramel and leafy, herbal hops. A hint of skunkiness, too. Light-to-medium body with a thinly syrupy mouthfeel. Toffee-like sweetness and moderate hop bitterness up front, with quick, brisk, hoppy finish that fades into a sweeter aftertaste. Satisfactory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2004
Bottled. A mid brown bitter with a malty nose. The taste is typically English being mostly bitterness. There is nothing distinguishable about this beer. It is brewed to be very safe.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Amber Coloring. Not a bad Ale. Very balanced. Definitly a session beer. The Can seems to be a bit creamier.

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