Monday, 24 September 2012

Old Speckled Hen

Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England is home of Morland Brewery and the beer known as Old Speckled Hen.  Ol' Speck is a pale ale that clocks in at 5.2% alcohol. It comes in clear 355mL bottles that show off its lovely amber colour. It pours with an eggshell head and a fair degree of carbonation.  The namesake of this oddly named brew is, according to the bottled, an MG automobile.  Who knew?

Ol' Speck has a fairly forceful aroma that is at once metallic and bready. Just a smidgeon of toffee sweetness underlies the largely bitter brew. There is a definite copper taste that leads into a quick, dry, bitter aftertaste. It's an idiosyncratic flavour that matches the idiosyncratic name.

This isn't a beer that I reach for on a regular basis, but it's one that I'm happy to pick up and enjoy once or twice a year.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10.

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