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

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unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1865   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 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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3.1
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.

2.8
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.

2.8
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.

4.3
shrubber85 (11508) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 A very nice ale. Has a great ale taste. On re-tasting this beer, I am even more pleased. Has a sweet malt aroma and nice amber color. Moderate hops with a strong malt flavor. This rating is for the bottled version - In a can, it tends to pick up a metallic taste.

3.2
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Lovely crafted bottle. What’s up with the clear color? Starts well and full enough. The finish is unexpectedly a bit rougher though. Nice color. Interesting sweet vs. bitter combo. Good enough. I prefer a smoother creamier brown ale.

3.1
Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - MAY 18, 2004
bottle, pours a beautiful golden color, and has a nice hoppy aroma. slightly sweet flavor that finishes bitter. not a bad beer.

3.1
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a golden-amber color with medium-sized egg shell head. Has a toffee and malt aroma. Flavor is sweet and creamy.

3.1
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Canned
Being a real ale fanatic, and not satisfied with bottled beers from UK in general, this is quite good. Well balanced - more so than the keg version. Maybe a bit sweet initially. I won’t say no if you buy me one.

3.2
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.

2.4
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 Very poor..............................................


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