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Old Crafty Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

175 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GreenCard on 10-17-2008)
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Hefebossen

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-30-2014 01:16:58 | More by Hefebossen
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TeachChefs

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

07-15-2013 21:48:38 | More by TeachChefs
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WGO

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-02-2013 21:04:56 | More by WGO
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bigbeerfan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-02-2013 03:53:18 | More by bigbeerfan
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, amber color with a frothy, long-lasting head with plenty of lacing.

Aroma: Raisins, spicy hops and cereal grains with a woody aroma.

Taste: Initial taste is brandy-like with dark fruits, oak and a subtle taste of liquorice while on the palate. Aftertaste is a perfect blend of sweet, dark fruit flavors and a dry bitter. Mouth-feel is medium with almost no detectable carbonation. A smooth and buttery swallow.

This is a difficult-to-find brew that I've been hunting for 3 or 4 years. I am happy to report that it has been well worth the hunt and the wait. This one just might make it into my top-10 list!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 03:32:22 | More by kvnstfrd
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deldad

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-17-2012 13:02:10 | More by deldad
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a sunny yet cold Sunday afternoon in Shropshire and I want a decent pint before my Sunday Lunch. I have choosen this beer from my stash.

The clear 500ml bottle was poured into my 'La Chouffe' tulip glass three times (to catch the aromas and force a good head out of the beer). It had almost a year left of its life, so was fairly fresh when reviewed.

The beer poured a deep rich amber and on each occasion had a well formed off-white foaming head. On each pour the head fell away to a thinner covering and some laceing on the glass.

Oak aged beers always remind me of coal fires and childhood Christmas's, the aromas in this one followed the same trend. A warm and comforting smell, a 'Sod the Credit Crunch', 'Balls to the Recession' type of richness only the well off can have. This is a boardroom of the rich beer.

The taste also brings back memories of sitting round the fire and warmth. A deep malty richness and depth of the body give this beer a really good glow and feel.

The 6.5% is well hidden within the brew and even though it is a mix of two beers (Old Speckled Hen and Old 5X), the blender has got it just about perfect. This is the best GK beer I've ever had.

One small note, 'Old 5X' isn't sold, it is a 12% Oak aged (3 years) brew that is blended into other GK beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 13:32:35 | More by BlackHaddock
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tonton

Hong Kong

4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this beer now at Trafalgar Pub in Wanchai.

Poured from a 50cl clear bottle into an English pint. Beautiful golden ale with a gorgeous 2" white head.

Smell - nice, common pale ale smell.
Taste - Banana, walnut, malt, hops.
Mouth - Moderate to high carbonation, nice linger on the tongue.

Overall - Excellent example of a strong English Ale. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 09:37:39 | More by tonton
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pkalix

California

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice copper color, clear, little head on top; smells of sweet malts.
tastes of sweet malts, lots of caramel; a lot like some of these other versions of english beer i've been having lately with the sweetness in the middle. nice, mellow taste, easy to drink with a higher abv at 6.5%
overall, i like the style and i like the taste. lots of character and easy to drink a few in succession. i like the malitness and want to know how these english beers get this particular taste which no one else seems to be able to produce. the closest thing to them are the german commercial caramel-y beers like the oktoberfests, but these have totally different twists which i really enjoy. anybody know?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:55:15 | More by pkalix
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Huffs

New York

4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass and developed a nice creamy, biscuit colored head which lasted and laced reasonably well. Appearance was clear, amber / ruby color with a light aroma of cream and toffee. Taste had notes of caramel, toffee and vanilla with a light, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Classic English Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:07:13 | More by Huffs
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50cl clear bottle. Some code stamped on bottle, but no freshness date.
Served in a Nonic tumbler.

It pours a bright tannish/copper color with a solid, but fast-fading off white frothy head, along with lots of lacy rings.
Smells of toasted malt are upfront. Just underneath are a lively mix of peaty malt, citrusy and tea-like hops, distant whiffs of sulfur and a dose of amber rum.
Flavors of roasted malt, toffee, strong tea and honey, maple, figs, rum and tobacco are easy to notice. Distant tastes of lime-like citrus, dark berries and an ever-so-slight metallic tang lie in the finish.
The body is full, yet not thick. It’s buttery, but not oily. There’s a bubbly carbonation, yet it’s not spritzy.
It’s a bit potent, but not overwhelming
I’m VERY impressed with this ale! It’s Old Speckled Hen’s busty and sexy mother.
Well Done!!!
Well, all except for the clear glass bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 15:53:42 | More by BeerResearcher
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mtrain237

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

06-30-2012 22:38:51 | More by mtrain237
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John_Squires

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

04-13-2014 00:13:33 | More by John_Squires
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Radome

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

03-23-2013 22:08:24 | More by Radome
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Crimsonfloods

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

07-16-2013 03:06:15 | More by Crimsonfloods
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

04-27-2013 00:56:36 | More by Bubbalito
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SonOfKyuss

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

03-17-2013 00:18:19 | More by SonOfKyuss
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Oldkentman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

04-19-2013 19:14:58 | More by Oldkentman
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Offa

California

4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great ale similar to, but a bit different from, the other Morland beers.

Deep reddish copper, it has a medium-big pale tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring.

Aroma is strong nutty character, hint of sulphur, caramelised barley - a new take on the normal Morland character.

Taste is nice caramelly nut (walnut & hazelnut) & barley, juicy orange zest, long spicy herbal-peppery bitterness esp. in finish, toasty bread crust. It has a nice feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 06:58:28 | More by Offa
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Crafty Hen has a very thin, off-white head, and a mostly clear, deep, brilliant, amber appearance with some bubble streams and lacing. The aroma is of of rich, sweet caramel and toffee, bread crust and maybe some raisin. Taste is of those elements, with some mellow, but distinguished bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Old Crafty Hen finishes wet, sweet, rich, and delicious. Overall, a most excellent beer!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 14:00:36 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: orange-y-amber, initially hazy... lil more than 1/4" head stays after a more voluminous stand on the pour, messy collar later, nil on lace... clears a good bit as it warms, but not totally.... there IS some legs?!

S: weird - almost like a Euro pale lager while it's pouring (Heineken?!?!).... estery and surprisingly hoppy while the head still exists.... as it settles, straight caramel chews and a clean English fruity ester

T: plant flavor and bitterness? dandelion greens come to mind.... a standout, enhanced malt richness and depth compared to their other products.... slightest warm, spicy alcohol in the aftertaste... almost white wine vinous set against a mildly-burnt caramel.... dense caramel with some slickness and a honey-ish quality.... bit of toasty pale malt late and a grassy bitterness.... one whose familiar could taste the Old Speckled....

M: soft and smooth with a touch of a powdery feel... little bit of a tart prickle up front on the tongue tip.... kind of medium-bodied.... warmth gradually builds while a mild phenolic burn lingers (made me think of Carlsberg Special Brew for some reason).... quite dry enough actually

O: has some certain qualities worth savoring... increases exponentially in enjoyability as it goes... comes of like an enhanced Old Speckled... very well-balanced aside from the mild alc/yeast bite

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 05:31:15 | More by Bouleboubier
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - copper body with no little carbonation present. nice fluffy off white head two fingers thick. very good retention and ok lacing.

S - toffee caramel sweet malts and raisins.

T - caramel and sweet malts and raisins most present here. nice oak flavor as well. theres a pretty decent grassy hop bitterness to it (more than I expected at least). really tasty stuff.

M - moderate carbonation. unbelievably smooth with a good dry finish nice astringency and nice feel of alcohol on the tongue and throat, its subtle but its there.

O - very good brew so glad its finally made its way state side.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:11:26 | More by celticfutblclub
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick off-white foamy head. Leaves ring of lace after each sip. Orange, light brown color with a touch of haze.

Smells like cut soured cherries. Some sweet melted sugar.

Rich, almost oily body. Lower carbonation enhances this feel. Potent, lightly toasted malt base. Some alcohol warmth on the tongue. A touch of sourness but less than the smell implies. There's a bit of hop to prevent the beer becoming cloy. Short Carmel candy aftertaste.

Seeing the other scores here, I think it might be worthwhile to find this one on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2014 18:51:09 | More by smcolw
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Say what you will about British dental hygiene but their ales are often perfectly manicured and make a stunning first impression; Old Crafty Hen is tanned, polished, and drop dead gorgeous. It has a lightly coppered auburn colour, deep tone but perfect clarity, and just a sprinkling of bubbles. Its head is fine as moss and sits on the beer like fresh dew over blades of grass.

The bouquet is an intriguing combination of toffee and hazelnut, with a hint of iodine and peat; it's vaguely scotch-like owing to the sharp maltiness, earthy hops and subtle wood spice. I can't even smell an English Old Ale like this without fantasizing about how magical it must be to drink from a fresh cask. Alas, I do not live in Britain, and that is my misfortune.

This beer is a blend of Old Speckled Hen and the allusive Old 5X (which is aged in oak vats for two to five years). The resulting flavour produces a perfect balance of wood spice, tannins, dried fruits, toffee biscuits, nut brittle, and lots of wholesome breadiness. Despite its substantial maltiness a strong sherry-like profile constantly intrudes. No issue there though.

Hence, the palate also features a lot of raisin flavour, but isn't sugary or overly sweet in the least; pungent and resinous Target hops add a taste of grassy, vegetal spice and a bitter (almost astringent) taste of spent green and black tea leaves. These resins are earthy and, owing to the oak, make for an aftertaste loosely reminiscent of moss and peat.

The Brits have a particular talent for making intricate ales without compromising their drinkability, without making them boozy, steroid-driven monsters (like the Americans do). Old Crafty Hen is as mellow and manageable as any pint of plain, but it is just that much more alluring and complex. It is a drink most refined; a perfect fireside companion.

Indeed, if Rhett Butler wanted to find somewhere there was left in life charm and grace, he should have settled in Suffolk, right next to the Morland brewery - Old Crafty Hen is nothing if not charming and graceful. English Old Ales like this one - and the Fullers Vintage Ale, which it strongly resembles - teach one how to relax, properly reflect, and appreciate life.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 17:51:50 | More by biegaman
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Clear and bright coppery color. Off white foam upon pouring with that typical English ale mix of bubbles and foam (some really large, most quite small). Some lacing noted, but not very persistent. Good looking beer.

Smell: Malty - toasted malt mostly with some hints of caramel thrown in.

Taste: Buttery toffee, roasted malt bitter finish. Clean, simple flavor profile, but deep and rich in those simple flavors. Back of the bottle talks about some raisin-like finishes, but I'm not getting that very much. Maybe raisins taste different in the UK? Regardless, I'm not tasting raisins much, but in spite of that, this is a very very good beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, little bit chewy. Combined with the taste - felt very much like a rich English ale.

Overall: A very nice English ale. Went fantastic with fish and chips and I think it would be even better on cask. Definitely something I would pick up again. A little bit weak in aroma, but it more than made up for it in taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 00:20:54 | More by damndirtyape
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Old Crafty Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.