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Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen

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1,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 22
Gots: 105 | 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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro-tap 1/11/07 at The Abbey in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: After the cascade subsides, the beer is a deep amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, caramelized malt and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste contains flavors of mild spice, honey and caramel. There’s a solid malt character and faint touch of hops bitterness. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish has a little bit of stickiness.

D: Not very tasty, goes down OK, not too filling, I think it’s better than Boddingtons’s but I’m just not a fan of the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of smcyrone
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from beers of the world in rochester, stop by if you're ever in the area and be floored by their selection. Average looking brew, nothing special here, copper beer with a thin white head. Smell is quite off-putting, smells of corn, caramel and overall badness. Smells like a macro. Skunky in a word. Taste is equally unimpressing, caramel, sweet maltiness at the start with a very dry almost metallic middle that lingers all the way through the finish and hangs in your mouth indefinitely. Tastes like pennies. Stay away from this one, save those precious dollars for something else. Perhaps it went bad in that ingenious clear bottle of theirs, who does that?? Even so, I won't grace old speckled hen with a second visit to see if that's the case. Adios!

smcyrone, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of elricorico
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber colour with a thick foamy beige head. Head fades slowly and leaves plenty of lacing.

The smells I pick up are mostly soapy and medicinal at first. A bit of wood peeks in as it warms. Nothing mouthwatering.

Sweet and malty, honey and bread up front, moving to flowery in the middle. Finish is bitter and medicinal, and not entirely pleasant. Overall not my pick for the style.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy and highly carbonated. Altogether, the beer goes down alright. Not a treat, but drinkable.

elricorico, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up on a whim, I see this sold a lot of places so decided to give it a shot. Pours a deep copper color with a foamy head thanks to the nitro widget. Smells sweet and fruity, almost like prunes. Tastes the same with some slight bitterness or metallic flavor, not a lot. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall I am not impressed, I'm not sure if it's because it was canned or something with the nitro widget, may review this again in bottled form.

Manosbeeroffate, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of BeerNutta
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Old Speckled Hen

A = Poured a dark copper with a thin light brown foam head like the one you would get from a glass of kilkenny.

S = Very little smell. Feint hoppy aroma.

T = Biscuit malt backbone that dances around a nutty characteristic and slight hop bitterness. A sweet finish is also noted as well as a slight smokey characteristic.

M = Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth and pleasant to drink.

D = Drinkable.

BeerNutta, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical euro pale ale style. Bready malt aromas and flavor, with a very subdued hop presence. Slight mineral taste. Pours a pale copper with a slight head. Very easy going down, refreshing. Better tasting than others of the same style, but not much here in the way of flavor or imagination. Solid sessioner.

kernalklink, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of abcsofbeer
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer I have had from a can in a while. Pours a fantastically huge head that slowly falls down to a respectable two fingers. The head is the nicest thing about this beer and reminds me of a Guinness, with its creaminess and vanilla milkshake looks. This head leaves a tremendous amount of lacing, a result of the nitro can, I assume.

The color is a shiny copper penny.

The aroma is very week and all I can detect is some sweet caramel malts.

The taste is very smooth and sweet tasting, followed by some hoppiness. All the while, I detect some white wine notes. The mouthfeel is very smooth, but, there is some tartness. Would not try it from the can again.

abcsofbeer, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a fluffy two finger head. Light lacing develops. Loads of fast rising bubbles present.

Smell: caramel and malt sweetness.

Taste: caramel, mildly grainy malt profile, ripe red fruits, soft bitterness and a hint of metallic tones. Mildly dry too.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry from the start. The finish is smooth and dry. Brief aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: overall this is a so-so beer, but not one that leans towards the "crappy" or "wonderful" side of the scale. Worth a try, but don't expect much other than a standard fare English Ale.

Gavage, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of aforwark
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer that has a very nice color to it, probably one of the better looking beers I have seen. Smell was a little weak, but rather intersting and different than others. Taste is smooth with a hint of something I can't put my finger on right now. Good aftertaste as it goes down very smooth. Could drink many of these in a row I believe.

aforwark, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of beeroclock
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First 5.0 I ever gave on an appearance. This beer poured a copper color w/ a nice almost peachy-white colored head that was fluffy and very appealing. Smell was subtle, nothing spectacular, some grass and nuts or something, hard to pick it up. Tasted somewhat bitter with a smooth aftertaste. Goes down fairly easy with little carbonation. Enjoyable.

beeroclock, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can had at a beer/wine tasting dinner held at my friend's (Jen & Mike) home. Special thanks to James & Rhonda for providing this brew!

Copper coloured and clear. Off white head quickly turns into a thin ring.

Traditional English Ale aroma. Malty with minimal hops. Hints of leather and minerals in the background.

Mild and malty flavour throughout. Light hints of minerals give some tang here and there.

Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Definitely better in a can than I've ever had in the clear bottles. Smart move to start importing in cans. I might actually buy one or two of these on occassion now.

Noxious26, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a creamy head that leaves trails of lacing down the sides of the glass.

The smell is of sweet grassy/graininess.

Sweet grass and apple-like fruitiness. Grainy. A bitter, earthy undertone. Not complex, but enough flavor to make it worthwhile, if nothing else.

A grainy pale ale. Leans towards sweetness, but balanced by some underlying bitterness.

A decent, easy-to-drink English "session" ale. Not very fresh - could be in transportation, and not overly flavorful. Still, decent enough to grab for an easy drinker.

jwc215, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of Bobikel
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an 8 oz glass from a 14.9 oz nitro-can

Apperance - Pours a deep copper-amber with a generous white, thick creamy head. A little hazy

Smell - A bitter yeastyness dominates with a malt pudding likeness creeping around somewhere down there.

Taste - Yeast turns into a nice malt flavour. The whole thing settles on the back of the tongue with a nice earthy hop flavour. Slightly cloying.

Mouthfeel - A little thinner than I'd like, but very even through the mouth.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. A good session ale.

Overall - A tasty treat. I won't go out of my way to find it, but if I see it, and the mood is right, I'd have no trouble tearing a couple of these puppies down!

Bobikel, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark golden brown, with a minimial half finger head, some good lacing down the glass.

Smell: Very malty, no obvious fruit or hop notes

Flavour: Malty as in smell, a little coffee flavouring, perhaps a floral note finishing in a slightly watery way

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin for my tastes, medium carbonation

Drinkability: Stantard pale ale, good for a session, but nothing to savour here. Average!

seanyfo, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber color, dark and beautiful – half inch head – clear – fairly lively. One of the nicest colored ales I’ve encountered.

Strong bitter ale smell – a little sweetness – a fruit undertone, like prunes or apples – a hint of alcohol.

Bitter, but not citrusy – almost no discernable sweetness – there’s a solid earthy presence attributing to a hearty essence. I feel like I’m getting some yeasty flavors, although I don’t know what those would actually taste like. Overall taste is not very strong. I wouldn’t say it is weak, just not strong.

Pretty thin – mild to little carbonation feel.

I feel like is has a nice little English vibe. Fun to try, wouldn’t go out of my way to seek it again. Not bad.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of plaid75
2.13/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a light amber hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a medicinal, acrid, green apple acetaldehyde aroma.

The taste consisted of a green apple bitterness and a bit a diacytel. Good grain bill and decent hop presence. The grren apple really threw me off though.

The mouthfeel was creamy, a bit medicinal and slick.

Overall not something that I would try again.

plaid75, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Old Speckled Hen arrived in a Morland imperial pint glass and was copper in color. The body varied in clarity with the bottom being crystal clear and just below the head being cloudy. The head was beige in color and had a sudsy meringue-like consistency. The lacing was thick and faintly crusty looking.
The smell was caramel malt sweetness, faintly roasted, green grassy English hops and yeast mustiness. The taste was sweet malts, a light fruity sweetness, moderately bitter with a dry finish and an unpleasant lingering tart acidic aftertaste.
The cask conditioning gave this a light toned-down carbonation that sat on a light body. The mouthfeel had a thin creaminess, but was still somewhat sharp.

I consider myself to be a fan of English Pale Ales. To date this may be my least favorite. I found the acidic tart aftertaste be vinegar-like and wholly unpleasant.

EvilKeith, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a reddish/amber color. It had a short-lived, small head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of pine, yeast and malt.

T - It tasted very malty with a little spicy bitterness.

M - Crisp and slightly dry. It is light to medium-bodied.

D - I was mildly surprised by how good this beer was. It is a nice English Pale Ale.

zeff80, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with an off white creamy head that sticks all over the glass. The smell is a bit skunky, medicinal and metallic that is slightly buttery and nutty. Taste is herbal with with a little bit of malt hiding in the background and a respectable amount of hops in the dry finish. Overall, an average beer that is nothing that I am dying to have again.

cjgator3, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The clear bottle was a bit of a negative, but beer pours to a golden orange colr with thick off-white head that reduces to a foam cap for the entire bottle, and leaves very good lacing on the glass. Aroma was a nice blend of hops and malt, and smelled somewhat like roasted nuts. Taste was somewhat bitter, and more of the hops, with alcohol becoming more evident in both the aroma and taste at mid-glass. Finish was slightly bitter aftertaste, but mostly smooth and a bit dry. I enjoyed the "Hen"

kimcgolf, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came as a 500ml clear bottle. I mistrust clear bottles slightly.

Poured into pint tumbler a slightly hazy dark tan coloured brew with a thinnish bubbly head. Head lasted well however, leaving nice lacing on the glass.
Smelled of hops and not much else.
Tasted of hops with a smoky background. Nice smooth mouthfeel.
Decent solid brew.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 14.9 oz nitro can, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear amber color (once the carbonation settled) with a creamy head that maintained throughout.

Aroma: Sweet malts

Taste: Sweet malt flavors throughout with some nutty overtones in the middle. I didn't notice any hops at all. The finish was rather sweet, still pleasant though.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, very little carbonation though.

Overall: Very enjoyable. I've had both versions and I prefer the nitro over the traditional.

FenwaySquid, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of sewald
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A red-like translucent colour. Dense and creamy head. Very soft smell of coffee and malt. A little hop smell on finish. Dry and bitter hop taste. Beer is full on mouth, good for drinking in cold weather seasons. Overall not a heavy beer, not that easygoing.

sewald, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured an amber color ale with a medium white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of floral malt with some fruit-like sweetness. Taste of floral malt is pleasant with some faint fruit-like sweetness and some slightly bitter finish. Overall this is a nice standard ESB that I wouldn’t mind revisiting again.

Phyl21ca, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an initially clody(from the nitrogen) medium copper colorwith massive slightly off-white creamy head. Beautiful lacing. Smell is pf caramel and toffee and very pleasant. Taste follows through on the smell with nice caramel and roasted notes to be found. Nice creamy and full bodied. An excellent brew with great drinkability. Good session beer.

tgbljb, Sep 20, 2006
Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.