Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen
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Old Speckled HenOld Speckled Hen

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom

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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5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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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5/5  rDev +44.9%

Drink this everyweek. Best home beer in a bottle you could want. Not a big fan of chilled beer but a cool 'specklage' hits the spot. Love this beer. If you have not tried it please do.

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5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"OK," I said to my friend. "Let's do English beers now."
Old Speckled was an obvious choice, and we paired it with a John Courage. It was all over as soon as the beers were set in front of us. Speckled had a "creamy" head in a way that shames all other uses of that descriptor. I dipped my finger in the foam and it was solid! Creamy, buttery, thick and highly aromatic as it offered caramel and vanilla perfume. Then, on the palate, the same notes repeated, this time with traces of maduro cigar and roasted pig fat. The finish was a battle between candy, bitter plant and ash.
Absolute perfection!

Sabina @ The Berkley Front is to blame. She's more surly than you-know-who.

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.92/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer on reccomendation from Sam Matson at Red White And Brew in Florence NJ . It poured to a pint glass real smooth , Its taste is typical of the european ale's that I have tried. I am not sure about the availability elsewhere but Red White and Brew just brought it back so I know I will be buying it. It is a beer that I have told lots of people to buy and they have echoed my sentiments

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4.83/5  rDev +40%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great taste easy to drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.73/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed pint at Kinsale Tavern on 93rd & 3rd Avenue in NYC.

Light nose, sweet caramel, Some soft vanilla tones.

Finger and half head that was thick and remained with each quaf, happy to add.

Striking red to orange (i'm colorblind)

Very balanced, creamy & smooth, resonating with caramel to open your eyes.

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4.65/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cask and cans. The bottled doesn't compare, as is usual with bitter, for which can serves very well--with OSH, at least.

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4.63/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber in color with a huge foamy off white, almost tan head. Sweet, fruity and floral nose. Rich and smooth. Sweet malt caramel, rich fruity flavor with a tad of hops. Heavy on the malt and light on the hops. Very drinkable!

This beer went great with my smoked sausage hoagie with grilled onions and peppers. Prosit.

For this particular style, English-style Pale Ale, Old Speckled Hen should have more hops in both the flavor and aroma for me to have given a solid "5". Nevertheless, this as a superb beer.

After reading all the not so good reviews I feel privileged to have gotten a couple sixers of Old Speckled Hen that wasn't light struck or tasted foul.

I noticed that several negative remarks pertained to this beer when the serving type was the nitro can. This only reinforces my view that beer in nitro cans should be avoided if possible.

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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