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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1879   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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denimglen's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
denimglen (8) - Auckland, - MAR 28, 2009
Aroma has some bready, caramel malt character, with a light frutiness. Very clear, oxidised copper, small just off-white head. In flavour a soft, bland, malt character with a touch of caramel, finishes ester-fruity with slight bitterness. Overall a nice easy drinking bitter.

SinH4 (6554) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2018
Bottle. Clear amber color with small white head. Aroma is toffee, fudge, earthy. Taste is fudge, earthy, sweet. Oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

MacBoost (1957) - Victor, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2018
Drank two bottles of this on New Year's Eve. It was actually not too bad. Inoffensive and neutral with some caramel and biscuit notes. I'd drink this again for free. For sure.

drjoeng (1461) - SINGAPORE - DEC 28, 2017
5%ABV. Strong bitter. Poured out deep amber. 14ºSRM. Nose has burnt sugar and fresh water chestnuts, candied yams and sweet roasted root vegetables. Mouthfeel is beery and watery. Palate has a sweet herbal quality, also reminiscent of roasted tea and burnt rice tea with pine nuts. Hops are right at the end and noble and just there to provide some balance. Finish is beery.

fkoolen (1400) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2017 Bottle at home. Interesting orange amber colour, clear, foamy offwhite head. Bitter malty, dry; blend. Light bodied, medium carbonation.

iantheimp (2) - Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2017 does not count
This is my safe beer, never disappoints, maybe a bit too gas, but dark and very fresh.

Teran (343) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 20, 2017
Copper clear, beige top. Caramel, earthy tobacco light biiter hops. Average carbonation. Very enjoyable English stuff.

Hopverdju (1631) - 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 (364) - 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 (368) - 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 (2132) - 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.

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