Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Pours a dull copper color with a head that quickly dies. Yellow-leather highlights appear when I hold the glass next to a lamp, but no carbonation is visible. Smells pretty good, like light, biscuity malt with a backdrop of reedy hops. An element of wet paper bag wafts through, but not enough to ruin things. There's a slight--but definite--cidery sharpness right at the top of the nosefeel. Going down, the taste is something like graham crackers or wheat bread dough with a suggestion of nectarine. The aftertaste is surprisingly full of mealy, dried green apple, and bitter, earthy hops spilling out of dusty burlap bags. Unfortunately, the beer stumbles when the deflated-cola mouthfeel catches up to it. Pinpricks of bitterness through the aftertaste aren't enough to prevent things from being a watery wash. Easy to drink, though. If this were coming out of a cask, I could do a session of it.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2005 00:52:49 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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