Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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Reviews by tjsprague:
3.7/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This is a very tasty beer that I like to drink when I don't want anything too heavy or thick, but a beer with good flavor.
The beer pours like a Guinness but a nice copper color instead. The nitrogen swirls and clouds the beer at first making it look milky and turbulent. One of the joys of this beer (again like a Guinness) is watching it settle and watching the creamy white and thick head form on top. The head stays with the beer through out the glass and is very thick, almost like a cappuccino.
There isn't much by the way of smell, just a light malty aroma. The beer has a medium body but a mouthfeel like velvet. Again, I think it tastes like a much lighter Guinness, although I think the OSH has a more velvety feel and thicker body than lots of the Guinness I have had in the States.
The taste is refreshing. No real hop flavors but a nice medium malty taste, very slightly sour at the end of each sip but in a very refreshing way. Almost a dryness to the beer and hint of a bread or biscuit flavor.
I like to drink this on nights when I don't feel too hoppy and just want a nice bodied beer before bed. The head and the velvety body make it a great nightcap and the lower abv helps me sleep.
A very nice rounded beer.
Serving type: nitro-tap
03-06-2009 16:03:02 | More by tjsprague
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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
Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,519 ratings.