OLD SPECKLED HEN
11th November 2016 – Review by Andy
“Old Speckled Hen” was first brewed in 1979 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic MG factory. And what a celebration! Auburn and copper on the eye; malty, toffee notes on the nose; and then a further lovely helping of malt in the taste, with distinctive hints of caramel balanced by a touch of fruit. As English as English can be.
The secret to its success? Crystal and pale malts first and foremost, plus our Master Brewer’s blend of Challenger, Pilgrim, First Gold and Goldings hops. Especially fine with full-flavoured meats, roasts, sausages and pies.
The first thing you notice is the funky limited edition Halloween bottle, cracking design, which Morland have clearly spent a few quid developing, my only gripe is why not put a little amusing description on the back, but instead we just have the standard Old Speckled Hen description.
A beer originally brewed in the year I was born, so great pedigree already. I’m sure a fair few of you have tried Old Speckled Hen considering its popularity, but here are my thoughts towards it anyway, mid brownish in appearance, with slight hints of toffee in there that I can taste, strong flavours with a warming aftertaste, this is a solid example of Great British brewing.
At 5% this is a decent enough strength ale with plenty of flavours, one that I thoroughly enjoy personally, so if you haven’t had the pleasure go and give it a try and if you’ve tried previously, a little reunion won’t be the worst decision you make.