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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1866   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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radassace (409) - SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2017
500ml can. Pours chestnut with a small beige head. Aroma of sherry soaked Christmas cake, dried fruits, toasted rye and orange peel. Fairly light in the mouth, caramel malt first then Christmas cake, orange peel and a bitter finish. Really quite decent. @£4.48 for 4x500ml cans, I’d say this is a good fridge filler.

BrewWhatIWant (277) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2017
Pours clear, deep copper colour with a small offwhite head. Aroma is bready malt and caramel. Taste is slightly sweet, with a slightly bitter finish. The base is bready malt and caramel and that is followed by spicy rye, tobacco and herbal hops. It’s creamy but light bodied with very low carbonation. The first impression is watery and bland, but there is a bit of complexity to it and it’s got that great English mouthfeel.

sephyrott (199) - - MAR 18, 2017
330ml can at a BA flight (M&S menu). Decent beer, smooth and slightly creamy. Flavour is not its strength, but it is drinkable.

floydslip (417) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 13, 2017
Nice looking mahogany colored beer with a thin foamy light tan head of varying sized bubbles that leaves little lace. Fairly faint nose of almonds, caramel, and lightly toasted bread. Flavor follows the aroma with a little less nuttiness and more of the doughiness finished with a rather musky bitterness that lingers. Decent bitter.

osadchiuskas (23) - - MAR 10, 2017
0.5l bottle. Pours amber with medium carbonation. Syrupy caramel taste. Slightly better than average but not by a high margin.

unclefrito62 (319) - Stow, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2017
440 ml can at the house. Creamy off white head. Creamy from the nitro. Deeper copper in color. A little bitter on the palate but smooth. Deep grains in flavor and overall a very delightful and drinkable beer!

JtanK (577) - Kraków, POLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Old review before making ratebeer account. Incredibly average. Not much to say.

realadam (155) - HUNGARY - FEB 10, 2017
It has a pleasant syrup aroma, but the texture is too light and watery for me. The color is nice amber-like. The aftertaste is bitter, but at first it is a light sweetness you can feel. Drinkable, but I can’t really recommend it.

Grima (2505) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2017 500ml can from Auchan market, Luxembourg City!
Pours clear amber colored with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel and some spices. Taste has lots of caramel and some floral hops. Nothing special, but a solid ESB...

Davros IX (449) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2017
A standard English best bitter. Flavour, mouthfeel and you can taste the alochol. It made for a very pleasant pint.

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