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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1874   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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KnutAlbert's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
KnutAlbert (6796) - Oslo, - JUN 18, 2007
Canned. Thios is like a ghost of a good ale that has come back to haunt you, nothing like the cask version. I believe I’ve had this far better in bottled form as well. Sweet, watery.

Hopverdju (1569) - BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2017
Amberkleurig bier met weinig wit schuim. Geur: gesuikerde sandwich pistolet, cola, gistkarakter, boter, toffee. Smaak: sulfer/zwavel, licht bitter, wat geparfumeerd biscuit. Niet in balans. Medium koolzuurprikkel.

deepdrinker (315) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2017 It pours pale brown with white cream head that lasts throughout the beer . Caramel / toffee aroma . medium body with a cream mild bitter taste

klukas (361) - Rijeka, CROATIA - NOV 22, 2017
Enjoyed: Poured from a bottle into mug.
Appearance: Clear copper colour, with nice medium head.
Aroma: Malt, metallic, hint of yeast, toffee.
Palate: Medium body; gentle carbonation.
Taste: Malt, yeast, bread, hops, caramel aftertaste.
Overall impression: Gentle aroma, very tasty, well-balanced.

wombat23 (1832) - Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2017
12 oz. bottle. Pours clear pale amber with an off-white head. Malty nose. Taste is malt, caramel, toffee, biscuit, spice. Okay.

rumore (800) - Rimini, ITALY - NOV 8, 2017
33cl can on a BA flight. Pours crisp amber with high but quickly fading white foam, very fine. Aroma is caramel and toffee. Body is somehow light, but surprisingly with some stickiness. Taste is moderate sweet, and with good old-school bitterness. Finish is relatively long and with some more bitterness. Pleasant.

hrabren (1665) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 4, 2017
Shared with lovely Anja and Marko. Thanks! Clear light amber, small off-white head. Mostly malty, toasty, dusty, light dried fruits. Balanced, lightly dry with some fruity notes. Light body, soft carbonation, moderate finish. Acceptable.

Hrc_Cro (621) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 3, 2017
0.5l bottle. Clear amber color with white to beige head. Aroma of malt, hops and caramel. Taste is bitter and little sweet.

VinegarStroke (446) - 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 (4114) - 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 (1032) - 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.

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