Morland Old Speckled Hen

Morland Old Speckled Hen

Rated 3.462 by BeerPals

Brewed by Greene King PLC

Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

5.2% Alcohol by Volume

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Named after an unusual, speckled, vintage MG car, Old Speckled Hen is a pale ale which owes its distinctive character and dry taste to a unique strain of yeast, first used in 1896. The individual blend of flavours reflects skills developed across more than 280 years of independent brewing history.

ID: 854 Last updated 1 month ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank3902
Overall Percentile92.7
Style Rank43 of 734
Style Percentile94.1
Lowest Score1.1
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.475
Weighted Score3.462
Standard Deviation0.647

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a beautiful clear coppery-brown with just a little head. Aroma is strong and malty. Flavor is richly malty, with some hop bitterness, not complex but smooth and very satisfying.

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours an average size frothy off-white head. Has a clean, light amber appearance. Dirty lacing. Aromas of roasted barley malts, caramel and light resin hops. Very light flavours of caramel malts, hints of toffee and mild spices. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Faint carbonation. Not bad.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Clear orange ruby with brownish foam head, lacing to glass. Aroma is sweet caramel with some barley and yeast. Taste is bit too sweet, low bitter. Short sweet aftertaste turning bitter in throat. (Barnsley 201208)

  • RICHSBEER 1894 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    poured a nice dark amber, with only a little head, that quickly disappeared. It had an aroma of toffee and bitter hops. Carbonation was a little week for me as was the overall taste. Might be better in bottle or on draft in lieu of nitro can.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Been curious to try this for a while, and finally did. Had the impression that it may be a little weak and sub-par for an english import...but this did not let me down. Got better and better towards the end of the glass. And....was part of my 1/2 clearance bundle. For a buck a bottle, I am running back to my local retailer tomorrow to buy a few more of these if still there. One of the better ESBs out there.

  • PORTERHOUSE 544 reviews
    rated 3.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Sampled from a 440 ml widget can. This ale takes an eternity to settle but it's well worth the wait. A slightly musty pub smell strugles to penetrate the puffy foam head. A copper color and creamy mouthfeel compliment this beers taste which is a little sour and more bland than I imagined. Maybe I tried this one too cold. Will let it warm up next time. Overall, weird name, decent beer.

  • BRADPEAR 272 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Yoeman bitter this. Very nice bronze color, no real standout flavors, just a nicely balanced bitter. Love it the day after! There is a strong version of this Old Crafty Hen runs around 6.5 with all the best of Speckled and more punch.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    This is a nice beer, i could drink a couple of these . Beauty of a red color, tight foam top, aroma and flavor is different for me . The flavor is better than the aroma but the aroma is not bad. Shall give my blessing to this one, would recommend a try.

  • KAIJAPSKA 67 reviews
    rated 3.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Decent enough, but a bit on the watery side for me. Nice aroma and it does pour well. Feels like an ale in the mouth, but has a weakish flavour. Not bad.

  • MIKET 200 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a nice amber/red with a small off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Aromas of sweet malts, toffee, and bitter hops. Taste is caramel/toffee sweet malts and bitter hops. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation and a smooth dry finish. overall good.

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