Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
3.43/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Type: 440 ML (14.9 oz.) nitro can
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Oct. 25, 2013
Consumed: Oct. 27, 2013
Misc.: A part on the can read, “This can contains a floating widget which may rattle. Please do not shake the can before opening.”
Poured an auburn clear color with three fingers of khaki cream head after settling on the top. Getting there was a treat as the foam and lacing slowly made its way up. Very nice. Healthy amount of uneven thick lacing along the sides. Tons of thick foamy retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled caramel malts, sourdough bread, cereal, honey, iced tea, rye, plum, dark cherry and old apple.
Tasted pretty close to what I thought it was going to and a lot like the smell. Got iced tea, rye notes, caramel, honey, plum, figs and warm bread.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft-to-flat carbonation. Abrupt finish.
A decent English Pale Ale overall. I’d probably have it again.
Serving type: nitro-can
10-28-2013 06:04:57 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.33/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured into an Irish pint glass.
Look: Copper, English breakfast tea. Light cream colored head recedes to a wisp, no lacing.
Aroma: Faint caramel malts, some skunk from the clear bottle.
Taste: Mostly malt sweetness, some toffee, sour hop finish, some skunkiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Overall: The skunkiness ruins a lot of this. The canned version would be a good bet.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 19:31:31 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.08/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
14.9 fl oz. can, with some kind of coded canned on date on the bottom. I am assuming that this is the nitro-can version of this beer, because the can mentions something about a "fixed widget which may rattle". My first encounter with this beer and this brewery; acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Oh yeah, this was definitely a nitro-can. It hissed open, and poured a crazy looking triple layered white / khaki colored head on top of a beautiful burnt copper colored body. Lots of tiny flecks of sediment in the glass and some bubbles clinging to the side. Two to three fingers of thick creamy white head with excellent staying power. Looks pretty damn awesome.
S - The smell is comprised of English / amber malt breadiness, some cheap grainy adjuncts, and lots of raisin.
T - Taste is hardly comprised of anything at all. Cheap grainy adjuncts, bready / pilsner malt, some sticky green apple skin, and little else. Poor depth and duration of flavor.
M - The mouthfeel might be the worst thing about this beer; very contrasting. Extremely smooth and creamy from the nitro, but extremely thin and watery. Grainy and dry on the finish, with some lingering breadiness / green apple skin. Feels like a cheap adjunct lager.
Overall, this is an interesting and unique beer, but the concept is definitely greater than the finished product. Extremely conflicting though - looks great, smelled okay, taste was just not there at all. It grew on me the more I drank it, but this was very boring and one-dimensional. Glad to have had it, especially on nitro-can, but I wouldn't want this again.
Morland Old Speckled Hen ---3/5.
Serving type: nitro-can
02-17-2014 04:06:26 | More by mfnmbvp
Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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