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Old Speckled Hen | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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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

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Added by Quaffer on 10-23-2000

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Browsing the supermarkets of Daejeon (in Korea) on Saturday I was gob smacked to find a bottle of Old Speckled Hen.

APPEARANCE: Beautiful clear amber with irregular off-white head which soon dissipates (thankfully) into an elegant film. A few curiously large bubbles at the bottom and small streams of bubbles at the top.

SMELL: Malty but not metallic. Raw honey. Something dodgy in there too.

TASTE: Non metallic malt balanced with hoppy bitterness. A fair bit of raw honey but it's not so sweet. Quite a bit of citrus. Has an earthy, spicy quality. It's sticky and leaves a raw honey fragrance on the inside of the glass, which I like.

OVERALL: If this beer were a football team it would be at the bottom of the Championship. However, having drunk my first English ale for six months here in Korea it tastes sublime.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- body is amber and light brown. Quite clear. Head is a creamy tan color with excellent retention and lots of lacing*.

S- lots of butterscotch, fruity aromas, and caramel. Very mild and smooth herbal hop smell.

T- uber-smooth caramel and toasted malt flavors. A subtle acidic tang underlies everything. Also a good dollop of ripe banana esters. Very mild mineral flavor and some earthy hops in the finish.

M- very smooth and drinkable. One of this beer's best attributes. How much of that is due to the nitro can I'm not sure but frankly I dont care!

*to be expected from a nitro can

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Pours clear and deep amber. But the clear bottle does make me a little wary of skunk. None in the aroma, thankfully. That is rather inviting with toffee and fruit. Very crisp on the tongue. Toffee, apple, some cherries come through before grassy hops and a slightly bitter and dry finish. Goes down nice and smooth. Doesn't pack a huge punch at 5.3% ABV, but a few of these would put you where you want to be.

Solid beer, this. Easy to drink, tasty enough.

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Old Speckled Hen from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 2,111 ratings
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