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Old Crafty Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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186 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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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2/5  rDev -45.8%

cfalovo97, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

BigGruntyThirst, Dec 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

WGO, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO. Other than the flagship Old Speckled Hen, this particular line of beers is pretty sparsely distributed in these parts, which makes this sampler a rather nice opportunity to sample some offerings from one of the first English brewers I ever took an interest in. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, clear orange-amber colour, topped with a half-finger of dense, light tan-coloured head that quickly seeps away. A filmy cap and narrow collar remain, with minimal lacing. Malty aroma typical of paler English ales - bready malts, toffee and butterscotch, with some non-descript fruity esters. A little woody, with a very slight touch of ethanol - not bad.

Tastier than the nose lets on, though there's still nothing earth-shattering here. Malts are the area of focus here, with a mixture of bready malts, biscuits and toasted nuts comprising the backbone. Toffee is also quite noticeable, with some fruity notes of sultana raisin and fig coming through as well. The finish becomes increasingly earthy as the hops begin to take charge, culminating with a spicy, almost woody feel in the aftertaste, in addition to caramel and some faint warmth. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a slick but spritzy mouthfeel. Fairly easy to drink quickly, but this is something I'd rather sip slowly for a while.

Final Grade: 3.73, a B grade. Old Crafty Hen is a tasty strong English ale, though 'old ale' probably wouldn't have been my first guess on a blind tasting. Style aside, fans of Innis & Gunn will probably appreciate this one, as it offers a somewhat similar flavour profile with a noticeably more varied hop presence (and thus better balance IMO). A great beer to warm your bones on a cold winter's night, and something I'd consider getting again - it paired nicely with some beef stew.

thehyperduck, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO part of a mixed 4 pack for $13

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size beige oloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, pears, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, hops and pears/apples. There is also some caramel/toffee and a bit of a woodiness.

Overall - Another very tasty enjoyable beer from this brewer. Lots of malty flavour and some nice earthy/fruity flavours to go with it. I'd pick this up again if it was available in single bottle/can formats locally.

spinrsx, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dmk91, Nov 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
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!


RonaldTheriot, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

gshackles, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Although this style can be a little difficult to take at times (that malty badness, like other European styles, it can taste like it's gone bad), I have been in the mood to feel like a piece of England. So I bought a few of these to sample. Many of these I probably tried a long time ago, but never reviewed.

This one looks OK - a little flat. The aroma is typical - slightly funky and even more slightly skunky. The taste has that malty hoppy badness - like it's turned, and that's how it lingers in the mouth.

But I am putting up with these authentic old school ales so I can feel more a part of the All Creatures Great and Small world I am visiting through TV. They are constantly drinking ales like this.

schoolboy, Oct 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Sspeer1, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

cam477, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

mychalg9, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

KevinGordon, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

GreyGhost4, Aug 24, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 500 ml bottle into a glass, rich red amber brown colored with a large off white head, clear

S: heavy on malt, caramel, dark fruits, breast

T: malt forward, caramel and dark fruits, prune, raisin

M: heavy with lower carbonation, warming and rich

O: a nice old ale with emphasis on malt, nice at room temp

M_C_Hampton, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

leinie13, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

JosephHenaghan, Aug 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

bostonryan, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ViragS, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

OriolesFan1008, Aug 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

WhiteLight68, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Scary_Version, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Duwey, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Extrajoker00, Jul 20, 2013
Old Crafty Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.