Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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Reviews by chiefydawg:
4.03/5 rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Yeah - got it in the can! The clear bottle was not fit nor fair for rating, and I do not know why some of Europe's bottlers insist on them. I am on a permanent boycott and wish everyone would join.
Brassy/dull orange and clear, with the nitro bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass leaving the illusion of haze. It is bright. Dense nitro head with clingy walls.
Smells like an November trip to an orchard (overripe, musty apples), livestock feed and caramel. Maybe a little orangy hop, but restrained. Not big on scent, just enough to get the sipping started.
A lot of the same flavOurs (yeah, it is an English beer), but two things become more prominent, and they balance nicely. First, there is a bready toffee that slides back smoothly over the tongue, towing ripe pear. Slick then sticky.
Second, truncating the malt party is this quick bite of earthy, fruity hop that shows up and bitters everything, cleaning the palate and making you reach for another drink to make sure you really did have this sweet, smooth liquid on the tongue just seconds earlier. Quick astringent kiss of clean alcohol at the end of the sips from the bottom of the glass.
Smooov drinking; light on the chops yet showing some substance to it. The 14.9oz can didn't last to the end of the rating. Call me a romantic dreamer, but right or wrong this is sort of how I have imagined English bitters in any local, unassuming pub in England. My family is from there, and I am feelin the Call of the Mild.
Serving type: can
02-24-2010 03:29:59 | More by chiefydawg
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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
78 out of 100 based on 1,489 ratings.