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Hen's Tooth - Greene King / Morland Brewery

Hen's ToothHen's Tooth

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299 Ratings

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.54%

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2001)
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4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a Bright rich golden amber with a tannish foamy head on top. This beer requires you to pour slowly as there is yeast sediment on bottom.

Smell: I noticed the aromas almost instantly upon opening this bottle. Very grainy and bitter its actually quite nice.

Taste: The first thing I noticed was toasted malts then a pleasant dtrness with hints of fruit. I noted a lot of flavors in this bootle through out it probably due to the rawness and yeast. Very tasty and nice though.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and smooth it goes down quite easy and quenches your thirst.

Drinkability: Great! Again it goes down very smooth and tasty. Its as real as ale gets when bottled.

Serving type: cask

07-30-2005 06:22:44 | More by ryantupy
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not the first bottle of Hen's Tooth I've had with thick clumps of sediment caked to the lip of the bottle like spring mud. It's not the most welcomed sight to see right after prying the cap. But bottle-conditioning has done little to spoil the beer's blazing orange-auburn colour and clean, fiery complexion. Its head is dainty but leaves doily-like patterns of lace.

The aroma is comprised of all things irresistible to the British palate: biscuits, toffee, dried fruits, honey. As you can gather these are sweet flavours, but they're airy enough and masqueraded by such a floral perfume that this doesn't smell even remotely saccharine. It's a very pleasant, if slightly reserved bouquet which opens up further with hints of grapefruit and jasmine.

Be sure to consume this English ale the way the English would: cellar temp at coldest. This is a beer that doesn't just benefit from air, it requires it. Serve it chilled and you miss out on the subtle green tea grassiness and delicate wild flower honey notes. A brandy glass, or any kind of wide bowled vessel, is definitely a superior option than a standard pint glass.

All that said, don't expect the moon and the stars - this is an *English* strong ale after all. Just as its 6.5% alcohol doesn't qualify this as a particularly "strong" ale in the minds of most craft drinkers, its relatively mild flavour profile isn't likely to meet North American expectations for the style nor strike them as overly rich or complex, not compared to modern American Strong Ales.

But there is often intricacy in simplicity, volume to quietness. Without making any less sense trying to wax philosophical I'll just come out and say it: Hen's Tooth may not be a double-digit strength, barrel-aged beer that twists your palate inside out and knocks you upside the head, but it is "strong" enough to withstand the test of time and holds a quiet confidence and balanced composure few new-world offerings can offer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 22:47:16 | More by biegaman
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle to a pint glass

A: pours a clear amber color with a thick two to three finger head that breaks quicker than I expected leaving a thin layer of foam.

S: bready malts and a touch of hops

T: the malts come through on the taste with the hops just find the end but coming in smooth.

M: low carbonation and slightly sticky feel.

O: if someone handed me this beer without telling me what it was, I would likely have no problem identifying it as a Greene King / Morland brew. It has that distinct taste. Not a bad beer, but not really anything outstanding either. Seems a bit mild for my liking, but that is the opinion of but one man.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 21:12:07 | More by polloenfuego
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Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from a sampler picked up at the LCBO. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours a deep, amber-brown colour, with one finger of creamy, light beige-coloured head that wilts slowly over a period of minutes. A thin cap and collar cling to the surface, along with a few strands of lacing on the sides. The liquid itself is a little hazy, but to be fair I poured all of the sediment in. The aroma is vaguely skunky at first, but after some time to breathe a lot of this brewer's usual tropes come through - biscuity malt, toffee/caramel, orchard fruit, raisins and leafy hops, with a touch of yeast as well.

I am impressed at this one's balance - this style usually tends toward the higher ends of the ethanol and malty sweetness scales, but Hen's Tooth keeps everything in check deftly. Perhaps this is a double-edged sword, though - while the brown sugar, toasted nuts and biscuity malts are inviting enough, the touch of dried stone fruit isn't enough to make this a very interesting beer. The finish is where the hops and yeast start to shine, providing a light, tea-leaf bitterness and almost woody astringency that lingers briefly into the aftertaste. Not much of an ethanol presence, but you can tell it's there. Medium-bodied, with a slick, almost chewy mouthfeel. The carbonation is mild, contributing to this one's surprisingly high drinkability - not something I'd want to sip all night, but a bottle or two would be welcome in my rotation.

Final Grade: 3.89, a B+. Hen's Tooth won't blow your mind, but it's still a well-constructed English-style strong ale that I'd consider picking up again at some point. A serviceable ale, comparable in quality to the other three brews in this sampler (Speckled, Golden and Crafty). None are the hallmarks of their style, but they're all easy to enjoy and worth at least one shot, at least assuming you're not a vehement opponent to English ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 16:45:11 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of schoolboy


3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I often only tolerate this style - it is not normally a favorite. Being that is the case, I find this one a little easier to drink than some. The sample bottle was supposedly fresh in the store - they made a point of saying so.

It looks great in the glass. Loads of head. Fairly clear. Perhaps a bit too red. Nice, though and appetizing. The aroma is a little odd. Slightly soapy (I know that may sound odd). The taste has that similar off skunky flavor common in the style. This is not surprising since it is in a clear bottle - always a bad idea.

Similarly the aftertaste is a little off, but it is pleasant, as is the overall experience. I am pretty sure this was not the first time I had this but I will seek out others (won't buy this) when I am looking for that British experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 22:25:33 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Pint bottle poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very attractive reddish-mahogany with two fingers of off-white head, speckled with reddish-mahogany highlights, that dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow, very interesting. Lots of fresh bread, but also lots of dried stone fruit, like raisins and prunes, or figs, followed by some toffee and very Belgian-like yeast.

Taste: More malty breadiness upfront followed by toffee, caramel and dried stone fruit. Very Belgian in flavor. More like a Belgian brune. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy. Nice coating of the mouth. Not much in the way of carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer and will certainly look for more. I would love to try it on tap!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 22:28:35 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of TheGreatGizzo


3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I quite enjoyed this ale, it brought back memories of my short trip to London while in college.

The smell was great, call me crazy but it had that weedy smell to it, you know what I'm talking about with yeast. You could tell from the smell that it wasn't your average bottle of ale. The fact that the fermentation process continued, (more so) in the bottle gave it extra nuances that you wouldn't get with other ales..

The taste slightly medium, only slightly. It was a taste that I could enjoy glass after glass. Again you got some nuances with it, fruity and sweet. There was hardly a hint of bitterness, it was there, but not forefront at all.

The mouthfeel was definitely not the highlight of the beer. It had no sting to it, no bite. It was very mild feeling, which I suppose some would like. This is surprising given the 6.5% ABV.

Overall I give this beer two thumbs up. It's good, and I will probably pick up a couple extra pints next time.

Oh and just a suggestion, drink this at, or slightly below room temperature (an air conditioned room).

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 02:50:51 | More by TheGreatGizzo
Photo of Wasatch


4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in LV

Poured into a true pint glass a very nice cloudy golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger foamy off white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice sweet, malty, with a slight hop note. The taste is very nice sweet, malty, with a touch of buttery thrown in. Medium body, the finish is sweet on the lips, dry, and very slightly bitter. Overall this is a very tasty brew, would definitely buy again when in Vegas.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 20:56:29 | More by Wasatch
Photo of IchLiebeBier


4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish-Brown; cloudy; medium head

Aroma: Malty; peppery; slight hops

Taste: Juicy malty start; warming alcohol mid range; slightly bitter finish; overall, well balanced

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:40:08 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and slightly sour Brett-like aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors that I am not entirely sure were intended.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:25:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of breakingbland


3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pt., 0.9 oz. (0.5 liter) clear glass bottle (marked T6 12094 16:29).

Appearance: Poured with a one-finger light brown head with coarse bubbles. There was initial vigorous, large-bubbled effervescence. The head faded quickly to a thin irregular head of big bubbles then to a thin layer. The color of the beer is a lovely deep copper.

Aroma: There was initially a slight hoppiness and a slight skunkiness (characteristic of Morland with their clear bottles?) -- both of which receded later as the beer warmed -- and a very slight maltiness.

Taste: Starts with a bready maltiness that changes to a sweet caramel. There is only a very slight hops bitterness as perhaps would be expected with this style. (The hoppiness was initially more pronounced which may be due to initially serving the beer at too low a temperature. It definitely improved as it warmed.) There is a slight lingering bitterness along with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fine to medium carbonation. The mouth feel improved as the beer warmed; see "Taste" above).

Overall: This beer was part of a Hen House 4-pack from Morland. Reviewed Old Crafty Hen last night. I'll rate Hen's Tooth a bit below Crafty -- but I still like it and would look for it again. As noted above, proper temperature is important (this is a lesson I'm just beginning to learn....).

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:00:07 | More by breakingbland
Photo of ONUMello


3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Amber color with a one-finger head that settles instantly
S: Caramel up front with sweet malt to fill it out
T: Quite sweet with caramel & sweet malt, a bit of brown sugar & fruitiness
M: Fairly light, noticeable sweetness
O: A bit sweet for my palate making it decidedly average; if the sweetness was decreased &the hop amount increased it could be quite nice

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 05:43:51 | More by ONUMello
Photo of mtboozeaddict41


2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a solid red amber with half a finger of white bubbly head. Medium retention digresses to thin white lacing

S:Attractive aromas of sugary dark fruit. Alot of apple and even some banana mixed in. Also lends to some sweet toffee and caramel. Pleasant but weak aromas

T: Large yeast and malt character on the palate. A very strange skunky lingering aftertaste has me pondering...oh well. A very complementing bitterness to the dark fruit of the malts. Hints of citrus. Not completely outstanding but still good

M: Low carbonation and a bit of oil left behind. Medium bodied and off-dry

O: I can see this being an off putting beer for some because of its bold flavors but this is much of a novelty beer. Very malty-sweet jammed packed with fruit. For the most part its a good english strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 04:57:18 | More by mtboozeaddict41
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New York

3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger dense high beige colored head that never completely faded away and left a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of fruity yeast in the nose—apples seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is fruity like the smell but also has some notes of caramel malts and toffee with hints of herbal hops. There is a slight bit of sweetness and no bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink. I wouldn't mind drinking this again if I was in the mood for a bottle conditioned English Ale but something a little stronger than a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:14:55 | More by metter98
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of potentially great things going on in this - but Old Speckled Hen seems to have just as much (and likely more) boldness and depth in flavor.

It starts off auspiciously enough with a high and mighty (and thankfully un-infection-derived) foam pour atop a rich-looking, rather bright, deep-tawny-hued liquid. Drinking down, it leaves some broad splotches of thin, crystalline lace. Not bad.

Very fruity (apple juice) on the nose, at first, it lends some hints of lightly-browned caramel, later opening up into some mild toffee. At its warmest, maybe a little tangy, drying bread dough and delicate earthy hop, however, the aromas lose a lot of their steam, surprisingly enough. You gotta strain... Overall, aside from some promise in the malts, a relatively standard bundle of scents, brought on weakly.

Initial palate sensation is hop bitterness, or perhaps some alcohol or yeast bite coupled with the active carbonation - I would even suggest it's a unmistakable (tea-like) tannic quality. Slowly coming through is, more up front, the esters, which added to the apple show some grape as well. Is that some hops in there, too?!....Phantom alcohol and certain floral notes through the finish... The overall taste is nice, but begs to be more (especially in the malt and caramel richness and depth department)...Really comes across as a modestly stronger OSH or other familar-profiled English pale....

The beer drinks rather clean, but has a good bit of bite that I wished would've been met with a more substantial malty body. Seems way too clean and far from heavy.

All in all, it's a fine beer, I suppose, just way too restrained. And I don't believe extended aging will aid in revealing much more.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 08:04:44 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of damndirtyape


3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 0.9oz bottle served in a Tulip Stout glass. No date.

Appearance: Mostly cloudy coppery amber. Very thick head upon pouring dying back to a thin foam across the top. Initial thick sheets and lots of strands of lacing, eventually becoming just a few strands and islands of lacing here and there. Took care to keep the sediment in the bottle and it looks like most of it was left behind but some came along with the pour.

Smell: Not a lot going on. Hint of yeast, some fruit-like sweetness initially, then becoming more like a copper penny and then not a lot after that.

Taste: Nice fruit and malt up front, moving into a metallic and sharp bitter finish. Very English style hops here. Some buttery flavor comes out with the malt as it warms up to just below room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation but not fizzy. Just right really. Nice thickness, a little bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite nice. A very good English ale. Good with food (Bangers and Mash in this case) but I could easily have one of these by itself. Quite dangerous in drinkability - I would easily want another pint of this. I suspect this would be a fantastic beer fresh on cask.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 00:21:09 | More by damndirtyape
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Nonic, served chilled.

Had this beer once before but the bottle was skunked so I did not review it then. Even with the skunking I could detect the promise of good beer and since I like the other Morland brews; Old Speckled Hen, Tanner's Jack and Old Crafty Hen I decided to buy an unopened case to avoid a repeat of the skunking. I am so glad I did.

Burnished Copper with an old. faintly yellowed linen head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is Crystal Malt, Jolly Rancher fruitiness and a faint whiff of English Hops. Mouthfeel is effortless and smooth with a slight tickle of carbonation. Taste is Pale malt, apple fruitiness and a mild herbal bitterness on the aftertaste. This is a lovely and delicious beer that I eagerly savor each swallow. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 08:18:37 | More by fx20736
Photo of tvv375ia


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass

A-nice copper colored with lots of a big fluffy head that sticks around quite a while

S-not a lot here some faint carmel malt at the end of a long sniff

T-some good biscuit and carmel notes with none of the alcohol showing through and none of the off flavors that I usually get with imports

M-lots of carbonation giving it some creaminess

O-definitely better than I had anticipated nice easy to drink beer

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 10:39:14 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Picked up cheap from an off-licence a while back. A strong ale conditioned with live yeast (highly unusual for Greene King).

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep coppery-orange with faint sediment and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before disappearing. Aroma of rich, fruity malt with notes of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruit, stewed hops, wet cardboard and subtle earthy yeast. There is a background hint reminiscent of maple syrup, along with a warming whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of fruity malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of caramel, mild roasted grain, brown sugar, dried fruit, a slight nuttiness, cardboard, dry yeast and stewed hops. A hint of booze lingers in the background, along with a stale note. A harsh, dry bitterness upon swallowing - this is overbearing and dominates the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, though rather slick and a bit thin for the style. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity malt and harsh stewed hops.

An OK ale, but doesn't fulfill it's potential. The clear glass bottle is an obvious no-no. It has an interesting complexity that raises it above most Greene King brews, but the harsh bitterness from the hops spoils the balance. The fruitiness and caramel notes are nice, but I would expect a strong ale to have a more malt-dominant character. Aims high and falls short. It's quite drinkable and I would have it again, but not the best example of the style. Worth trying (once).

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 22:53:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Rich and beautiful dark amber/light red colour. Two fingers frothy head that shows good retention throughout the whole tasting. Nice amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass. Great looking beer

S- Malty notes of biscuit and butter among a crisp grainy base. Some vivid mineral/metallic notes. Some light fruity undernotes and a hint of estery spiciness may be detected as well.

T- A malty beer. Caramel and biscuit malts, with a dense butter-like feel on the palate, where some light fruity hints show up as well. A touch of earthy and mineral hops, on the tongue and in the aftertaste. Some plain metallic notes as the smell suggested, expecially on the tongue, maybe a bit too strong. Overall nice, though maybe a bit too raw

M- Raw, or rough, is once again a good way to define that. Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Not at all a dry beer, but at the same time not very smooth nor mouthfilling

O- An easy drinker with decent complexity. Not so clean on the taste and mouthfeel part

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 11:03:41 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of Murrhey


2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 1pt .9 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Overcarbonated. Four finger dense khaki head with rapidly shrinking retention. Clear coppery color with heavy carbonation. Some lacing.

S- Grassy and light malts. Smells kind of skunky. Very strong smell.

T- Light malts and some sugary flavors. Has a medium bodied fruitiness as well. Toffee flavoring, but really rather bitter.

M- Medium bodied and very wet.

O- Not executed well. Avoid this bad boy.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:34:59 | More by Murrhey
Photo of airforbes1

New York

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The yeast in this bottle-conditioned ale did their job as the head is profuse (about two-fingers thick) and retains well. I swirled the bottled to make sure it'd get all the yeasty cloudiness in my glass. The aroma isn't as noteworthy; I smell some earthy hops and some fruity notes. Maybe banana?

I'd describe the taste as earthy upfront, mildly fruity in the middle, and strongly earthy on the finish. As in the aroma, it's hard for me to pick out a single fruit. I think I'll stick with mild banana and maybe pear.

I thought this beer was OK, but considering I bought it in California I doubt it was fresh. It might have received a better score from me if it was fresher.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 04:22:32 | More by airforbes1
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautifully clear caramel color with a two finger head that seems to be sticking around. The first thing that hits me in the aroma is skunk. God damn you, clear bottle!!!! Behind the skunk, I get some smokiness, some caramel, and some sweetness. The taste is exactly like the smell. This brew is just above average. Too skunky and too one dimensional to be anything more than barely above average. This needs to be bottled in something darker. I can tell this beer has potential, but the sun sure has damaged this one. Worth a shot, but I'd only get again if I can find it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:36:59 | More by hmf05
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2 1/2" off-white head which floated a lasting merengue on top. Smells like skunking had just barely started (why do so many still bottle in clear glass, geez?), but also smells of the bitters and some malt. Clear dark amber body. Taste follows the smell hints but stronger and without the skunking. There's a higher dose of the bitter hops and even some hints of cocoa butter. Body is velvety but not as much as their Old Speckled Hen.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:58:09 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of kojevergas


2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Bay Brewery pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Reviewed live. Acquired at Spar Off license in Galway.

A: Obviously, the first question I have regards the presentation: what brewer okays a clear bottle for production bottling? Inexcusable. Three finger head devoid of cream but of fair thickness and decent retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark amber. Appealing.

Sm: Amber hops, maybe some butterscotch? There's definitely something familiar there. Maple syrupy note, but it's well concealed. Some earthy fruit notes, but none subtle and focused enough to directly detect.

T: A bit of dry caramel punches through in the climax, which is unexpected. The fruits are very non-berry but not quite dark; they're not balanced alongside the earthy hops, which don't sit correctly in the beer's build. Bittering hops typical of the style are mysteriously absent, but I count this as a benefit. Open has slight caramel. It's built well for the style, but poorly balanced.

Mf: Smooth and dry enough, but not complementary to the taste. The absence of bittering hops is indeed peculiar.

Dr: Expensive, but not bad. I'd have it again, maybe in the UK at a better price.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 21:45:36 | More by kojevergas
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Hen's Tooth from Greene King / Morland Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.