OLD CRAFTY HEN
Review by Rob
“Old Crafty Hen” is elegance and mystery in one. Enjoy the best of both worlds, with this ingenious rare blend of “Old Speckled Hen” with the legendary Old 5X. Our Master Brewer has created a premium, vintage oak-aged beer which delivers a variety of sophisticated tastes. The marvellous 5X brings resonance, depth and an eruption of fruity, raisin notes, underscored by the malt and toffee from “Old Speckled Hen” to create a perfectly smooth and rounded beer. Complex, mysterious… and a question and answer all in one.
And we’ll let you in on a secret… this beer is great with cheese, especially robust cheese. But try a quick pint at teatime with some fruitcake – that will set you up for the rest of the day!
Here we have the premium reserve version of Old Speckled Hen, with the volume turned up to eleven I expect this to be a pretty decent beer, my expectations are high.
Colour is a typical bitter brown, aroma is supposed to be of toffee and raisins, toffee yes a subtle hint, raisins – can’t smell them. Oak-aged stamped on the bottle, and this is clear with abundance, gone is the Hen flavour of Old Golden Hen and it’s replaced with a pleasant oak flavour, reminds me of a decent single malt whisky from the Scottish Highlands, taste does pull in a hint of dried fruits with the oak theme, much more mature taste and reserved style drink.
If you like a more bitter, reserved and sophisticated taste, this will be right up your street, pulling in at 6.5% certainly not a session beer, but more of a sophisticated treat that should be tried, if you like King Goblin, or IPA Reserve then try this, recommended go out and find.