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Old Crafty Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Crafty HenOld Crafty Hen

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BA SCORE
84
good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: GreenCard on 10-17-2008

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2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a little white head.
S: It smelled like strong skunky lager yeast, with some sweet raisin and toffee, and a little biscuit and maraschino cherry.
T: It tasted like strong skunky lager yeast, with a little sweet raisin and subtle nutty malt and biscuit. It had a lasting skunky aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Fairly light body.
D: Clear glass strikes again. Moreland needs to fix this, since I can only imagine ever getting skunky beers from them in the US. The scent and taste were not pleasant, and the body was pretty weak. The finish was rough, so it was not easy to drink in any regard. Boo.

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2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a amber color, head fades quick. Very little to no lacing
S - Light hints of carmel, almost a slight smell of hops but nothing exciting
T - Taste comes through with the same ammount of hops as the smell, almost absent. And maybe a hint of fruit. Somewhat earthy.
O - An alright beer not the worst ive had. Will not seek out again

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2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

50cl bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a rich white head .5 finger head with low retention. Beer is a clear mahogany. Lacing is spotty and stringy with average stick but thin and oily legs that really cling to the glass. Not bad for the style.

Nose is corn, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and an effervescent hop bitterness. Moderately aromatic. OK.

Opens sweet. Notes of caramel, toffee and brown sugar. A slightly sour hop bitterness emerges in the middle but fades quickly. End is brown sugar and nutmeg with a sweet aftertaste. Average.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and filmy in the mouth and goes down slightly bubbly with a lightly boozy finish and a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Thin.

I always used to think that Old Ales were thick, robust and complex but this beer is demonstrating a completely different take. I don't know if that's good or bad. I only know that I prefer what I used to think what an Old Ale was.

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2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What a rip-off almost 3 quid for a pint sized bottle in Sainers. But it looks very good, promising almost:

A - A beautiful ruby to dark fawn colour - this must be great

S - Smells lovely also - fruit notes, hops, some malt and spiciness

T - Now it starts to disappoint it s not hideous but just a bit bland with a confused taste of a bit of everything

M - Too stale and manages to be dry also

D - I would not recommend this beer and probably not drink it again myself unless in dire need. Stick to Old Speckled Hen for a tastier AND mor affordable experience

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2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 mL clear bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: clear brown beer with a thick-ish head and plenty of lacing

S: sour, mushroom/earthy, and fermented

T: alcoholic with a sweet aftertaste

M: first sip or two is actually numbing to the tongue, has a syrupy thickness to the feel/body

D: not bad, but not great either. The higher 6.5 (for English ales) makes it less appealing in some ways, BUT that is characteristic of the style.

I've only tried two old ales at this point (Old Peculiar and this one) and I definitely prefer OP over OCH.

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3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ML bottle poured into a mug

Appearance - clear copper/amber color with thick, frothy white head

smell - burnt brown sugar, toffee, malts, I also think this may have skunked a little bit due to the clear bottle

taste - malt, toffee, caramel, a little bit of wood in the finish

mouthfeel - thin body to this one, low carbonation, flavors do not stay around long enough to savor

Overall - not a bad beer, but within the style, this falls flat, lacking depth of flavor that I've experienced from other old ales. Factor in what I paid for it and I can't see buying this again.

Price Point - $3.99/500ML Bottle

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Old Crafty Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.