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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1856   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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mattduling's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattduling (64) - Fairmont, West Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Great pour, excellent finish, and 5.2%... I wouldn’t recommend drinking 8 or 10 of them but this is a very good sipping beer.

OminouSC2 (731) - Mora, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2017
Amber color, small beige head. Aromas of malt, caramel and slight hops. Bittersweet taste with caramel, nuts and slight hops. Medium bitter finish.

ChadPolenz (1827) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2017

2015 BJCP Category: 11C Strong Bitter

AROMA: Fairly sweet malty nose with caramel/toffee notes. Typical British yeast esters create for light fruity character. Low earthy/floral hops. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Deep copper hue, slightly magenta. (17-25 SRM). Mostly clear body. Large white froth due to the nitro widget. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly mild palette overall; notes of toffee/caramel are present, but subdued. Slight marmalade toasty flavor as it finishes. Minor earthy hop flavor and bitterness. Minor fruity yeast esters. Palette is pretty well balanced. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; low carbonation though extremely smooth due to nitrogen widget. Malty aftertaste. Good afternoon beer at only 5%. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: British pub-style beer for sure, mostly to-spec; though far from amazing. 7/10


spextor (3) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2017 does not count
caramel, nuts, roasty, earthy, resin, citrus, orange, red, medium sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, medium body, oily feel, thin feel, average carbonation, abrupt finish,

kybo92 (84) - Zadar, CROATIA - JUL 16, 2017
Kupljeno u lidlu, nista wauu, al ugodne arome i vrlo pitko...................

alexmate (201) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2017
Pretty tasty, toffee, caramel and malt. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste of zingy hops. Some brandy flavours as well. Price Paid: 39p - out of date can.

ebone1988 (1969) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Thought it was for the book, but I am mistaken. Aroma is caramel, bitter earthy hops, toffee, nutty, nice. Appearance is amber, light brown head, clear. Taste is bitter earthy hops, caramel, fruity, some yeast, dry, toasty, delightful. Mouthfeel is light body, light crisp carbonation, bitter earthy hop and caramel aftertaste. Overall, I am told to have this at the source because it’s a different beer, but I find this version to be quite enjoyable. 7 4 8 4 15

Wezzielad (34) - Ilkley, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2017
Had this from a bottle. When I poured part of it there was not much of a head on it, it had a reasonable bit of carbonation. The Colour is light/orangey brown. The smell is caramel, may be a bit of brown sugar. Quite a sweet initial taste to it, a bit of a tangy taste sits on the tongue after the gulp of beer, the malts really come through in the after taste. Pretty solid beer to be fair, from what I remember it is nice from the can as well (and on cask).

kalunapz (161) - CROATIA - JUN 20, 2017
Boca 0,5L - kupljeno u Lidlu, piše da je premium ali nemam takav dojam, mislim da se nećemo više susretati

Thomas_W1 (865) - Rastatt, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2017
Dose 0,5l: Dunkler Bernstein, klar, kräftiger stabiler mittelporiger Schaum; süße malzige Nase, Karamell, angenehm fruchtig, süße Bitterkeit, dunkle Früchte, leichte Hopfenaromen; im Körper fruchtige Süße, angenehme Bitterkeit, Malz, Karamell, cremig, deutliche Kohlensäure, Hopfennoten; angenehmer fruchtig-bitterer Nachgang

einherjar (376) - Rijeka, CROATIA - JUN 15, 2017
Amber to copper color, small head. Aroma malt and hops. Taste light sweet, caramel, light body, moderate bitter finish.

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