Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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3.45/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Old Speckled Hen is one of the many classic English ales I tried when I was visiting old Blighty. I do not recall if I enjoyed it at all (not a good start), however it comes in a fancy presentable bottle which in most cases means there is a fancy presentable ale awaiting, chip chip cheerio.
Poured from a puny 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Almost a startlingly clear orange in beerplexion with a creamy beige 0.5cm head.
S: Smells about as British as an ale can get: toffee toasted malts, touch of bread yeast, and light fruity hops with a dash of rustic earth hop notes as well. Darth Vader voice: "The aroma of a farmhouse English ale is strong with this one".
T: All the above notes present: toffee toasted malts, bread yeast, fruity/earthy hops with an additional knockabout on the palate from (I kid you not) barnyard hay. Intriguing in the totality of the essence of a farmhouse this ale presents, I feel transported to a sheep farm in Oxfordshire just from tasting this brew. There is a slight tingle of bitterness at the end just to let you know that there are hops in this ale.
M: Typically English with its mid to light body and light carbonation.
D: Pretty easy on the taste buds, well balanced but not easy on the wallet, and there are few English ales that you'll find here in Australia, aka "Expensalia", that are, which is a shame as I do enjoy an English ale. That aside how does it stack up to something more reasonably priced like "Old Hooky"? Fairly well, it has a rustic taste that Old Hooky comes close to but is it worth the added cost? You decide.
Food match: Old speckled roasted hen would go great with this.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2013 08:55:21 | More by doktorhops
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