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

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RATINGS: 1873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hauxe (518) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2017
Pours clear amber from the bottle. The head is short, creamy, and soon fades to a thin layer that lingers. Aroma is caramel, but with hints of alcohol. The beers strength is the taste which is bittersweet with elements of toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, and a light fruity tang. Promising, but the effect remains underwhelming given the body which remains lighter than I would have liked. Finish turns grainy and metallic. Okayish. I liked it more on tap.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
remALUS (274) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - JAN 13, 2017
Bottle : 500 ml, gift : from London
Skaidri ruda spalva...

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mister_Li (1099) - GERMANY - JAN 7, 2017
Klares kupferfarben mit relativ wenig Schaum. Malzig, leicht slich, etwas Karamell und Vanille, wrzig, leicht herb.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomHendriksen (209) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2017
Fles gedeeld door Benzai, geprobeerd met Niels. Het is een amberkleurig bier met een medium schuimkraag. Het heeft een lekkere kruidige smaak.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jzi (310) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
excessmind (7) - BULGARIA - DEC 21, 2016 does not count
bottle, clear amber colour, nice aroma, low to medium carbonation, ok for me although im not fan of bitters/esb

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
migwell (283) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Not a great one, but passable. Smells like caramel and tastes like it too. Bottle into a Spencer Abbey goblet, no head and a brown/orange color. Unremarkable mouthfeel and flavor, malty, tastes a bit like tea leaves, ever so slightly bitter. Pretty sure I would actually like the nitro version as it is rather inoffensive out of the bottle.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ghostbeer (166) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 7, 2016
This is pricey and is not worth the cost. It was very caramely and reminded me of a Scottish ale for some reason but not nearly as good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumpelmies (160) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle. Light reddish brown. Small head, no lacing. Aroma: hoppy, lemons, toffee. As it gets warmer theres also a slight hint of butter which surprisingly doesnt bother me at all. Taste is also lemons, toffee, malty, nutty, fruity, caramell and biscuits. Very balanced. Good carbonation and a bitter finish. Well I just like these british ales and from personal experience I can attest this is very sessionable...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lore (2373) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 3, 2016
crystal clear amber coloue, moderate sized creamy beige-ish off-white head; aroma of fruits, cream fudge, floral notes and some walnut; taste is the same with less intensiveness and perfectness - anyway, its a good bitter


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