Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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Reviews by NHGrafx:
3.23/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Poured from a 14.9oz nitro can
Pours a nice dark amber color with a 2 finger creamy head. Almost what I would call a secondary head slowing moving to the top of the glass made of millions of tiny bubbles which forms a nice layer of foam that lasts a long time. There is also some very nice lacing on this one too.
The aroma is nice. There is a light sweetness to it, also some malts and a slight aroma of yeast. Hints of hops as well.
Taste is pretty good. Very malty, some caramel flavors and bread, almost like toast. There is some nice bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, with almost no carbonation at all. Has a watery feel to it. The mouthfeel pretty much killed this one for me.
Overall not bad. Might want to try it on tap or in a bottle sometime, I am not a real big fan of nitro cans.
Serving type: nitro-can
09-28-2008 22:41:42 | More by NHGrafx
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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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