Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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3.63/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.25
14.9 oz. nitro can poured into Guinness pint glass
(07:47 L2333 printed on bottom of can)
L: (key note: this is my first nitro can, so take it for what it's worth)
amazing pour ... the nitro can may or may not be worth the trouble, but the crazy silky creamy pour is fun to watch, and old speckled hen is a pretty brew anyway -- crystal clear red, the most red/pink brew; the head percolates almost throughout the entire column until it settles into the thickest, creamiest 1/2-inch head of offwhite foam
S: pure english pale ale notes -- malt, malt and malt ... the good light kind of sweet bread
T: follows the nose
F: to my american palette, almost a 0. the nitro can may serve a purpose, but it leaves you with water that tastes and smells like good beer -- feels flat.
O: really cool experience and there is NO question this beer tastes better out of the can than the clear-glass bottle, BUT the lack of carbonation is a hit/miss thing depending on your palette and your expectations.
it feels flat to me but tastes great. something to continue experimenting with ...
Serving type: nitro-can
09-03-2013 02:28:06 | More by Premo88
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4.25/5 rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 440 ml (15 ounce) nitro can into a schooner glass. The can doesn't have a nitro ball, but a "nipple" attached to the bottom. Crack, fizz, let settle and then a gentle pour that produces about 2 inches of creamy, golden-white cascading head that settles down to about 1/2 inch. The color is a ruddy pale amber with curiously very little carbonation. Sticky, sticky lace on the sides of the glass. A very attractive and enticing appearance.
I get that mineral, sweet, malty aroma and flavor that I've grown to crave from these English bitters. The overall effect is of a dry, yet curiously sweet and creamy brew with low to medium bitterness and some caramel. Easy drinking, creamy and smooth mouth feel and flavor with satisfying burps. Not a ton of complexity but very satisfying. The aroma is lovely and doesn't fade away, and complements the overall flavor.
I really dig English beers and this one is a definite winner. American pale ale drinkers who become weary of all the hops in American ale should try this as a change-up.
This beer was purchased as part of a 4 pack of 15 ounce cans at Hennessey Grocery in Butte, Montana. I had not seen this particular brand before. The price was $11.59, which struck me as reasonable in comparison to the other exotic brews available, though I wish it were cheaper....
An extra note (bitch) for you English exporters out there: What gives with the chincy, metric 440 ml can (a weird, odd size that doesn't correlate to anything except a ball park proximity to an American pint). GIVE US IMPERIAL PINTS!! If these cans were a wee bit bigger, they would fly off the shelves and we wouldn't feel like you were trying to pull a fast one on us (Perfidius Albion!).
Serving type: nitro-can
07-03-2014 04:43:19 | More by archyquaffer
Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,595 ratings.