Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev +13.4%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/30/2013. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown bread, plum, apple, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown bread, plum, apple, nuttiness, light roast, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean in flavor as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice English pale ale! All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
08-06-2014 23:21:48 | More by superspak
United Kingdom (England)
3.3/5 rDev -4.1%
Part of a London supermarket beer tasting I just worked through after moving here and finding a place that has a reasonable selection of less-than-high-end-craft beers.
Actually, the first time I had this beer was at an Irish bar in the Japanese area of Bangkok about 10 years ago, so...just in case you wanted to know...
Pours an orange-hued amber with off-white head...some retention. Like most of the English ales I've tasted this week, the nose is quite weak, but does give some malt, must, and sweet bread. Flavor is better than expected. Balanced malt, brown bread, and some fruity notes. No lingering off flavors that I've experienced with most of the other cheaper ales here (Bombardier in particular, but also with Bank's bitter and others).
At 5%, this is a little higher ABV than what I would call a good session beer. But then again, I probably drink a little more than I should, so I'm likely to find myself drinking a few more of these until I find myself a good supplier of better micros.
08-16-2014 20:15:24 | More by captaincoffee
3.5/5 rDev +1.7%
Solid brew overall. Really drinkable and approachable. Mellow body and slight cinnamon apple feel going on towards the end of the palate. Apple feel is more on the green side. One of the first beers that I really enjoyed when getting into craft beers nearly 15 years ago.
08-16-2014 04:04:23 | More by SPLITGRIN
3.29/5 rDev -4.4%
Had from cask at the Iron Duke Pub in Victoiia Station, London. Had a bit of a sour taste from the cask. Don't remember that from a bottle. Love most cask ales but would pass on this one in the future - unless it was all hey had. We are in the UK and Ireland for 42-days are hitting 2 to 3 pubs per day.
08-14-2014 15:24:56 | More by Bobhoya
Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,654 ratings.