Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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Reviews by obrendano:
4.33/5 rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This is one I love picking up in the can, as I do not trust the clear bottled version I always see.
A - deep copper body and creamy head that takes a good amount of time to set up after pouring. I love beers in nitro cans.
S - good smell of strong sweet malt, almost no hop presence in smell
T - GREAT hit of butterscotch flavor followed by a nice dry malt taste, again almost no hop presence in taste, but the hops are probably behind a slight bitter balancing note in the background of the finish.
M - a little thin, as with all nitro beers, but is more than made up for in flavor
O - I never have any trouble taking this one nice and slow, especially as a substitution for dessert. Great beer
Serving type: nitro-can
06-22-2011 19:49:51 | More by obrendano
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3.33/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Pours a clean coppery color, topped with just slightly off-white foamy head of average size.
The aroma is (surprisingly) mild - malts and some biscuity note also present.
The taste starts sweet, followed by some roasted feel, not too strong, finishing with a slight bitterness that lasts not too long.
A very nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 15:23:08 | More by MarkoNm
4.55/5 rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I have seen this on the shelves but have normally passed it up due to its price. But since it is on sale, I thought I would give it a try.
Pours a very attractive light amber liquid, clear, with a slight head.
Aroma is grain laden and bready.
Flavor is very well-balanced, everything I imagine an English beer will be. Nothing dominates but instead it is a nice marriage of grain, a slight toastyness, some caramel, some hops and some herbal notes.
Very smooth medium-to-full mouthfeel.
I like it. I'm not sure it is worth what I sometimes see it priced at, but it is very good. I will buy it again if it is on sale.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2014 18:56:03 | More by jmbranum
3.28/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Into a pint glass.
A: clear amber/red colored body with a one finger head that sustains for a good minute before slowly dieing to leave a clingy lacing, some carbonation is seen rising
S: English pale malts - malty sweet and could be construed as "soapy" to some
T: malty sweet all the way through; strong English malty aftertaste, quick dry finish
M: light to medium; somewhat sessionable, carbonation is mainly subdued and is good for the style and to me
O: though maybe nothing special to scream about, but hey for what its worth, I could see myself having it again with some fish n' chips.
Serving type: can
03-29-2014 05:01:39 | More by BeerKangaroo
United Kingdom (England)
2.83/5 rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
This is suppoed to be a special bitter, and I'm sure it used to be better. It is possible this was a bad bottle. I'm unable to find a bbe on the bottle neck, just a batch code
The appearance was not good, even in the bottle. Too golden, and slightly cloudy for a bitter.
Once poured, it did smell ok. I'd considered leaving it, as it was hard to pour, way too gassy, and cloudy without sediment. The smell of goldings and / or fuggles hops, a hint of sulphur, and dankweasel (undefined anaerobic smell). The malt seems to have gone missing?
Tastes ok, if it was a home brew, then I'd be enthusiastic, and ask the brewer to contine to refine the process. I suspect some sort of contamination?
The mouthfeel was not good, oily in the mouth, with a drying on the toungue. Not really great.
I may try another and update this, as it's dissapointing, it's a big brewery, and usually consistent. Green king IPA is a good choice if no other ale is available, even if it's not that exciting.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 22:03:59 | More by Richardp
Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.