I bought Old Speckled Hen purely on it's name. As soon as I saw this English beer at the beer store, I had to have it. With a name like that it had to be good.
I really liked the creamy head that came with this beer. It wasn't creamy like a Guiness, but it was still pretty damn good! I also enjoyed the nice malty bite. I would love to try this beer on tap, and when I get to the UK, I'll search it out.
What really surprised me about Old Speckled Hen was how much Carolyn liked it. Normally, she is leery about drinking any beer that is darker in colour. Her attitude is usually "too much flavour for me". I'm confident that if she was at a pub in England, she would be able to get through a pint or two.
Morland Brewing has been making beer since 1711, so they know what they're doing. The brewer describes Old Speckled Hen as having a full, smooth flavour and is very easy to drink. Its rich amber colour and superb fruity aromas are complemented by a delicious blend of malty tastes. Toffee and malt combine with bitterness on the back of the tongue to give a balanced sweetness.
If you're looking to try an English beer, I highly recommend Old Speckled Hen. It's not too strong, and it's reflective of the English style.
Let me know what you think.
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