Old Crafty Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
274 Ratings
Old Crafty HenOld Crafty Hen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom
greenekingbeers.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong fine ale combines the malty taste with a smooth raisin finish.

Challenger provides a key herbal dry hop character, First Gold and Goldings give some citrus fruit and crystal malt provides warming toffee in the main beer of this blended ale. The use of some old 5X 12% ale adds dried fruit and raisin and produces a complex flavoured and richly satisfying ale. The tradition of brewing a Strong Suffolk Ale and maturing in Oak Vats is one that unlike other UK brewers, GK have continued - the practice is mentioned in 1810 in connection with GK.

Added by GreenCard on 10-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
274
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
51
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a little white head.
S: It smelled like strong skunky lager yeast, with some sweet raisin and toffee, and a little biscuit and maraschino cherry.
T: It tasted like strong skunky lager yeast, with a little sweet raisin and subtle nutty malt and biscuit. It had a lasting skunky aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Fairly light body.
D: Clear glass strikes again. Moreland needs to fix this, since I can only imagine ever getting skunky beers from them in the US. The scent and taste were not pleasant, and the body was pretty weak. The finish was rough, so it was not easy to drink in any regard. Boo.

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2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured nice and smooth without a lot of concern for too much head. About 1/2" with light lacing. Smell was dark fruity...fig/raisin like. Taste was not far off from prune juice with an alcohol burn at the end. Mouthfeel was great and light. Was hoping for a better taste from a barrel aged ale.

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2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a amber color, head fades quick. Very little to no lacing
S - Light hints of carmel, almost a slight smell of hops but nothing exciting
T - Taste comes through with the same ammount of hops as the smell, almost absent. And maybe a hint of fruit. Somewhat earthy.
O - An alright beer not the worst ive had. Will not seek out again

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2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

50cl bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a rich white head .5 finger head with low retention. Beer is a clear mahogany. Lacing is spotty and stringy with average stick but thin and oily legs that really cling to the glass. Not bad for the style.

Nose is corn, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and an effervescent hop bitterness. Moderately aromatic. OK.

Opens sweet. Notes of caramel, toffee and brown sugar. A slightly sour hop bitterness emerges in the middle but fades quickly. End is brown sugar and nutmeg with a sweet aftertaste. Average.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and filmy in the mouth and goes down slightly bubbly with a lightly boozy finish and a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Thin.

I always used to think that Old Ales were thick, robust and complex but this beer is demonstrating a completely different take. I don't know if that's good or bad. I only know that I prefer what I used to think what an Old Ale was.

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2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What a rip-off almost 3 quid for a pint sized bottle in Sainers. But it looks very good, promising almost:

A - A beautiful ruby to dark fawn colour - this must be great

S - Smells lovely also - fruit notes, hops, some malt and spiciness

T - Now it starts to disappoint it s not hideous but just a bit bland with a confused taste of a bit of everything

M - Too stale and manages to be dry also

D - I would not recommend this beer and probably not drink it again myself unless in dire need. Stick to Old Speckled Hen for a tastier AND mor affordable experience

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2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 mL clear bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: clear brown beer with a thick-ish head and plenty of lacing

S: sour, mushroom/earthy, and fermented

T: alcoholic with a sweet aftertaste

M: first sip or two is actually numbing to the tongue, has a syrupy thickness to the feel/body

D: not bad, but not great either. The higher 6.5 (for English ales) makes it less appealing in some ways, BUT that is characteristic of the style.

I've only tried two old ales at this point (Old Peculiar and this one) and I definitely prefer OP over OCH.

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Old Crafty Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 274 ratings.
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