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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1873   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
Apparently this is one of the top selling imports here in Ontario. Too bad about the clear bottle – many times, it seems a little skunky. But on a good occasion, it is a nice typical bitter ale which a deep red colour, big tan tinged head that dissipates quickly and an appreciate bite in the aftertaste. But why do we have this and not Abbott Ale in Ontario?? Non-nitro version of that and I’d be very happy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Garrat (1344) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 Very poor

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2004
Ahhhhh, ahhhh, uhhhhhh. I think I may be one of those people who are super-sensitive to diacetyl. This was like drinking movie-popcorn butter for me. I see other raters mentioning it but not in great quantities. This smelled innocuous, lightly of floral hops and sweetish malt. Mouthfeel was thin but felt like molasses from the butter flavor. Oh, ew. This was very, very, not good. It took a lot of willpower to finish the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2004
Draught Can. Brown with a everlasting white head. Very subdued flavor with a slight hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
Aroma: Biscuity malts, no hop. Some buttery diacetyl notes. Appearance: Clarity good, low head retention. Amber color. Flavor: Spicy, yeasty flavor with malt flavor also present. No hop. Caramel malt flavor. Minerally tasting, which is ok for style. Bready and nutty malt emerge as it warms. Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and assertive bitterness. Overall: Easy drinking ale that I could drink alot of.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2004
Pours a nice amber honey color with a thin off white head. Weak aroma of honey and malt with very light skunking (Most likely because of the clear bottle). A little weak with flavor and kind of boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 First of all, the sample I was given at Boston Beer Summit was out of a can, and tasted relatively awful. Nothing like the Old Speckled Hen in the UK, where it's a standard widely-stocked on tap real ale. It has flavor, but its mellow, and well subdued to a fault--at times it may seem too thin. The color is appealing, but again, could be a bit more red or brown. A solid beer, with nice flavor (I would drink this over a random tap in a pub on a conservative night), but less of a leading actor in the beer flavor world. More like a place-holding character part.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2004
Mahogany color with sticky head & lacing. The aroma is lightly skunky with a good maltiness & a touch of british hops. Spicy notes with some aged notes & vanilla. Light vinous quality, decent considering the bottle & import status.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
Commonly available in bottles, but I have had it not only on tap, but under blanket pressure at "The English Pub" in Naples, Florida. That is the Hen at her best. Balanced sweetness with a hop bitterness, a taste of carmel or toffee. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2004
Amber with red hues, light head and lace. Sweet malts, caramel and floral hop aromas. Tangy flavors filled of hops followed with caramel and malt. Reminds me of Newcastle for some reason.

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