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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1865   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VastActiv (7473) - Oulu/Helsinki, - MAY 1, 2013
Tap at St Michael, Oulu. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Bitterness, sweetness, toffee and malts.

VinegarStroke (441) - Napa, California, USA - SEP 25, 2017
Bottle: Clear copper color with medium head. No lace. Malty aroma. A little roasted or crystal like. Mid weight. Some hops but mainly malt. Reasonable flavor and balance. Good commercial or old style ale.

Grumbo (3720) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

bunget (1010) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2017
Can. Clear copper body, small beige head with medium retention, almost no lacing. Aroma of roasted nuts, caramel malt, beats, rye and dried apricots. Taste of caramel malt, light bitter herbs, grains, some metallic notes and apricot jam. Ok.

Piepenhenrich (1124) - Steinbach, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2017
Very decent Ale with its focus on malty flavors combined with a gentle bitterness.

Kurtos (214) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2017
Bottle. Pours a nice golden-bronze. Aroma.bubblegum, caramel, Cinanoman. Taste. caramel, biscuit. Overall. malt forward with just a little bitterness, quite bland but still an enjoyable beer.

Demens (477) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 3, 2017
0,355l bottle. Clear deep copper colour with medium lasting small white head. Aroma: Caramel, dough with barn notes. Taste: Sweet quite malty start with a tarty tone and a soft bitter mouthfeel. Light/medium body with soft carbonation. Medium lasting tarty/bitter finish. Typical malty English bitter, not bad.

p0urmeac0ld0ne (195) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - AUG 31, 2017
part of the gold standard of british real ale, as far as the mass-produced varieties go. biscuity malt flavors are the order of the day, with a satisfying yet not at all overpowering or overblown lingering hop finish.

darioklc (817) - Karlovac, CROATIA - AUG 29, 2017
Još jedan Lidlov bitter. Pitko je, i to je uglavnom to. Probao jesami zapamtio da ga više ne treba probavati.

AleRider78 (1408) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2017
Pours an average size frothy off-white head. Has a clean, light amber appearance. Dirty lacing. Aromas of roasted barley malts, caramel and light resin hops. Very light flavours of caramel malts, hints of toffee and mild spices. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Faint carbonation. Not bad.

Bijl (770) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2017
Kopergeel, net geen witte schuimkraag, iets wazig en weinig koolzuur. Aroma: Iets metalig, moutig, Karamel, toffee, iets fruitige gist, en iets aarde/mossige en spicy UK hops. Smaak: Zacht, licht kruidig, licht karamel/toffee, brood/biscuit UK mouten en wat aarde achtige hops. Ook in de smaak een lichte fruitigheid en een scherpe droge bitter..... goed gehopt met UK noble hops. Net een stevige wandeling gedaan en nu deze... helemaal niet gek! Medium body, zacht koolzuur, prikkelig en wat netelig mondgevoel. Bitter en wat droog in de afdronk.

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