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Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,591 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,591
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 10-23-2000)
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mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You have to be careful with this beer. If you aren't drinking it fresh in an English pub you're probably buying it from the local beer store and running the risk that the clear bottle will precipitate, in short order, a marked degree of skunkiness. With this in mind, and under the suspicion that such a fate has befallen my sample, I am hesitatingly submitting my score. The thing is, and this might sound weird, but I kind of enjoy the flavour of a beer with a funky skunky edge.

I'll agree with one reviewer who noted that the nitro in the can has an adverse effect on the taste and mouthfeel. The aroma is, however, wonderful and it is a pleasant beer to look at.

In short, some bottles, at least from the LCBO, are better than others.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-28-2005 05:07:31 | More by mwrseeley
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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,591 ratings.