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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1895   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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zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Clear red color with an extremely thick off-white head. Caramel and lots of malts in the aroma. Sweet and smooth malty taste with a slightly bitter finish. A bit too watery but very smooth and refreshing.

barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2004
(draft) After being lured in by the color and the overflowing foam, I ended up thinking that this beer was all show. Not much of a taste at all, just a faint aftertaste of bitterness.

wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2004
12 oz bottle, snifter. Caramel, nutty malt (M); earthy hops (L); heavy butter, brown sugar aromas. Deep amber-orange body, with an average, off-white, frothy head that diminishes. Lightly sweet flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter finish. Medium lightly body, watery/creamy texture, soft carbonation, dry and slightly astringent finish. The bottom line is: not much here, subtle or otherwise.

guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Clear amber with hardly any head. Aroma of burnt toast and roasted malts. Medium-bodied with malty flavors up front and balanced by a nicely carbonated, English hop finish.

DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
Pronounced head for a few moments then it falls to a slight cover atop the ale; ruddy and clear. Aroma has that something which seems typical of available British imports here in Ontario (not bad, but it is "something"). Sweetish with the slightest hint of hop aroma. Palate is sharp and immediately demanding on the front of the tongue; it gradually dissipates and leaves an enjoyable smooth sweetness. Flavour is complex with hints of caramel, toffee...burnt almost. Quite enjoyable.

screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2004
Amber collored with a clear body. White head that goes away fast. A litte dry fealing in the palate. fruity and some hops. Long aftertaste with som bitternes.

sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2004
(Tapped @ Kaisla, Helsinki) Quite nice, clear amber color with small head. Yeasty and malty, Belgian aleish aroma with some aromatic hops. Moderately malty, sweetish flavor with aromatic hopping and some wooden tones. Medium-bodied, oily and slightly sugary palate with quite low carbonation. A decent, aromatic and malty, quite refreshing bitter.

paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
Slightly brown colored beer. Thin head. not too much aroma. nice easy drinking flavor. tastes good in your mouth, not much "bite" to it. overall a nice beer, i plan to buy this often.

TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Had this at the Bier Garden in Portsmouth VA on 8-7-04. Poured copper with a small lifeless tanned head. Aroma is nicely malted but contains the standard English skunkiness you can expect from a clear bottled beer. Taste is malt mixed with an odd vegetable flavor. Stewed carrots, maybe? Palate is medium but it feels sort of flat. Finish is light malts and spices.

YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2004
buuuuhhh - what is wrong with me - nobody has the same bad opinion about that brew as I have. This liquid smells ten miles againstr the wind - terrible. Light amber color with a spare layer of a head is the only nice thing I can say. Before I ever sip that terrible mushroom beer again I cut out my tongue!

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