Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Speckled Hen is popular with ale drinkers up and down the country and renowned for its unique character and consistent quality.

The great British ale was first brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It was even named after the factory’s old run around car which was often parked outside the paint shop. Spattered in paint, the car became known as the “Owld Speckl’d Un”. The eagle-eyed might even see the resemblance between MG’s logo and the Old Speckled Hen label!

More than 35 years on, the great premium ale continues to be a finely balanced beer with a distinctive rich, malty taste and fruity aroma.

Added by Quaffer on 10-23-2000

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Reviews:
944
Ratings:
2,135
pDev:
16.52%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
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Photo of Stoven5
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its good up there with the best. Unlike Abbot ale which is better as is in a non widget can this is better in the bottle or the widget. Here in the States I only see the bottle or the widget while up in Canada the 500ml non widget can. So lets say on tap would be the best then the widget, 3rd the bottle and 4th the non widget can. They are all very good but that is my choice of order.

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Photo of spectru
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A clear dark amber with a creamy head. the aroma is fruity but subdued. the mouthfeel is unremarkable, not much sparkle. The flavor is sweet and tangy, but subdued. A pleasant ale. I love the MG connection.

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Photo of wc94wc
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Callednumbers
2.44/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of beergoot
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a chilled nitro can - it still gushed...

Crystal-clear, deep amber body; dense, creamy head. Intense malt aroma; lots of toffee, caramel and charred sugar. Heavy sweetness; toffee; buttery; low-key yet nicely balanced hop bitterness. Heavy body; smooth and velvety.

All in all, a nice malt-forward beer although a bit too sweet overall. And that nitro thing...god, I hate them...but the beer, well, it is a nice experience...

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Photo of Gajo74
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color, visible carbonation, and a decent sized moderate off white head. Solid retention yields a creamy layer of film and lacing.
I’m picking up some dark fruit in the aroma, maybe plum or raisin. There is also nutty and toasty grain with hints of citrus and spice.
The taste of the malts are bready, biscuity, nutty and light caramel. However, it is well hopped; there is a moderate spicy bitterness and a citrus flavor. Finish is dry with a hint of lemon, grassy and slightly bitter.
Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth and finely balanced. There is both a clean water lightness to it, yet, at the same time it has a toffee/buttery fullness to it.
Overall, this is quite easy to drink, sessionable and for me a bit underrated. I enjoyed it a lot.
P.S. I notice some reviews complain about the clear bottles. Perhaps that’s changed because mine was brown.

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Photo of dirtyharry2489
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mishi_d
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of count_von_count
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tuowl74a
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of georgeanthorpe
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Vyvyan
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 440ml can with a BB of Oct 2018. ABV is stated as 5%. Acquired a little while back from Morrisons. The label describes it as a malty ale with a toffee character; hopped with Challenger, Pilgrim, First Gold and Goldings. The name apparently refers to an old factory MG that was known as the 'old speckled 'un'.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright coppery-amber hue with excellent clarity and good carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of fruity ale yeast with hints of esters, caramel malt, toffee, mild grain, leafy hops, subtle hay and a faint earthiness. A classic English ale profile.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with notes of grain, mild toffee, barley sugar, fruity yeast esters, leafy hops, hay, faint pepper and a vague earthiness. Slightly sweet, followed by a moderate leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body for the style. Aftertaste of caramel malt, toffee, fruity yeast and bitter leafy hops.

O: A distinctive classic ale; could be thought of as representing the style. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour showcase a satisfying blend of caramel malt, fruity ale yeast and leafy hops. Nice body. Drinkable if a tad pedestrian; the traditional character won't be to everyone's taste. Almost certainly better on cask. Worth sampling.

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Photo of JimKal
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the nitro version of this beer. It was canned and not in a clear glass bottle. I think this led to an improvement in the taste as there was no skunkiness present. Poured an amber with the nice nitro head. Taste was mildly bitter. Creamy texture due to the nitro but not much beyond that. If you are a fan of nitro beers you may like this as well.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden copper with a one-finger, creamy, off-white head. Leaves some lacing
Smells of good malt and little hop.
A wonderful malty taste with a good hop finish. This is much more enjoyable than I expected.
Extremely creamy smooth finish with just enough hop bite in the end. Very refreshing. Some graininess.
Overall, I like this much more that other BA's do. Will get again.

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Photo of Tludke
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Momon
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
2.72/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle
ABV: 5%

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice clean/clean golden amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, kinda yeasty, with some toffee. The taste is pretty nice, malty, kinda yeast, with some toffee, nice little sweetness. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of Jim67
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nhdjinn
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

looks: Golden copper with nice lacy head that last
Smell: Toffee, malty and slight hint of hops
Taste: bitterness with a malty toffee with a hint of butter- very smooth.
Feel medium feel - easy drinking
Overall: On high end of Special Bitter Ale class. Not an ESB due to hop rate an ABV.
Very pleasant English ale.

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 2,135 ratings