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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1877   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
I_LUV_BEER (223) - - MAY 30, 2016
Served in a tulip from a 500ml bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, toffee. Taste is mainly toffee and caramel malts with a hint of pleasant saltiness, very soft slightly bitter finish. Thin body with medium carbonation. Balanced and very easy to drink. Pleasant, quaffable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
myxy (23) - Hajdnns, - MAY 5, 2016
Amber color with frothy, white head. You can feel some breadish yeast smell. Light body, nothing special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
thepatrickman (1130) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle with the in-laws. Decent ESB style bottled bitter, with some fruit and caramel notes and a bit of hop bite. Still, it tasted too much like stale cardboard to me and it didnt come close to capturing the joy of a good cask bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gangstergafje (864) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016
The beer has quite a nice look. The color of the beer is a lovely red amber. The beer looks like a red ale. The beer is crystal clear. You can see a lot of bubbles rising towards the top livingly. The beer looks very nice. On top of the beer a nice layer of soft white foam is formed. The foam remains on top of the beer for quite some time. I love a creamy soft layer of foam like this. The smell is quite sweet and has something tropical. It reminds me a little of Corona or sol, those tropical beers. Its a fruity fresh, slightly sour but mainly bitter aroma. Its clearly the aroma of hops. It is quite unfamiliar. Its nice though. In the back of the smell there is an aroma of sweet bananas. This gives a nice balance to the bitter hoppy aroma. The taste of the beer is also quite nice. The beer has a delicious bitterness, that reminds me a little of pilsener and hops. The bitterness isnt very fruity and has a dry touch to it, which suits the beer perfectly. The beer is nothing like the most beers Ive tried. It hasnt a lot going on, but its nice in its simplicity. The beer has a lovely alcohol sweetness in the finish. I like this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Docavey (69) - Lehigh Acres, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Tasted cold from the bottle. Good malt and hops on the nose and the palate. Caramel tan color. I enjoyed it by itself and probably even better with pub food! F Avey---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sebilinz (2086) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 22, 2016
Can. Amber body with white head. Aroma is some caramel with malts and hints of fruits. Taste is nearly the same with stronger malts. Aftertaste is nice bitter with some malty caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gurthnar (5350) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 14, 2016
Bottle shared by colleague at work. Clear deep amber colour, rather short lasting off-white head. Aroma mostly caramel, light diacetyl, light grassy hops. Taste has lots of caramel, toffee. Also moderate diacetyl, but nothing over the top. Moderate body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall not bad, but not great either. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (904) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Pours a clear 24 karat gold with a +1" head of foam. Some lacing. Malty nose with fruity hop presence. Overall sweet and fruity aromas. The taste has that discernable English hop taste that leans towards the fruity along with sweetish and bready malt notes. Id say of the fruit, I get mostly lemon and the malt has quite a bit of caramel and some nutty notes. Light bodied with light carbonation. Some light toasted malt to go with this ESB. .I have to say that this tickles my fancy. Despite the fact that it comes in a clear bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Breezy4life (62) - - FEB 27, 2016
Color is amber. Aroma is very malty with a hint of apple. Head is very smooth. Nothing denoting nitro written on can but it sure seems to be. Taste is mild and beer is almost flat. Definitely an English pub style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sjogro (3325) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2016
Shared bottle at home. Clear copper, amber. Thin white head. Caramel, cardboard, vanilla, hazelnut, dry leaves. Light sweet, medium bitter. Medium body, fat, milky mouthfeel. Ultralight carbo.

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