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

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RATINGS: 1888   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 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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2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
excessmind (7) - BULGARIA - DEC 21, 2016 does not count
bottle, clear amber colour, nice aroma, low to medium carbonation, ok for me although im not fan of bitters/esb

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
migwell (348) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Not a great one, but passable. Smells like caramel and tastes like it too. Bottle into a Spencer Abbey goblet, no head and a brown/orange color. Unremarkable mouthfeel and flavor, malty, tastes a bit like tea leaves, ever so slightly bitter. Pretty sure I would actually like the nitro version as it is rather inoffensive out of the bottle.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ghostbeer (202) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 7, 2016
This is pricey and is not worth the cost. It was very caramely and reminded me of a Scottish ale for some reason but not nearly as good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumpelmies (290) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle. Light reddish brown. Small head, no lacing. Aroma: hoppy, lemons, toffee. As it gets warmer theres also a slight hint of butter which surprisingly doesnt bother me at all. Taste is also lemons, toffee, malty, nutty, fruity, caramell and biscuits. Very balanced. Good carbonation and a bitter finish. Well I just like these british ales and from personal experience I can attest this is very sessionable...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lore (2573) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 3, 2016
crystal clear amber coloue, moderate sized creamy beige-ish off-white head; aroma of fruits, cream fudge, floral notes and some walnut; taste is the same with less intensiveness and perfectness - anyway, its a good bitter

0.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ivaein (1) - - NOV 5, 2016 does not count
Meget god Deilig smak og godt. Lite maltprek og lett drikkelig. Kommer godt ut

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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Antzrhere (178) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2016
Pours dark orange. Taste is caramel, toffee malty with some oak-like vanilla. A decent example of a mass produced ESB

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
midovark (809) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - OCT 30, 2016
0.355 l bottle. I only took numerical notes while having this one, therefore: -

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cristobal37 (1013) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 30, 2016
Sweet malty cherry wood aroma. Really nice ESB. Malty with just a bit of dry bitterness for balance. Nutty and sweet like almonds or marzipan. Simple and tasty and good example of the style.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (23631) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle. Clear deep amber color, off white head. Aroma of flowers and toffee. Taste is sweetish toffee, very light body.


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