So last night I completed my march to 100 in the 100 Beer Club at JTG! #99 was an Old Speckled Hen and #100 was a Maudite. I had hoped for a bottle of Ola Dubh 30, but they were out. I get to design a plate that will hang on the wall which is sweet!
I will always remember this beer as the first beer I had at a specialty beer bar. Well, I guess it was a wine and beer bar, but all the same. I was interning on the East Coast at the time and the place opened up about a month after I started my internship. I was searching for a place to study and found what appeared to be a coffee shop, but was actually this nifty beer/wine bar that I forgot the name of now. They showed me a list of beers and I picked this one because of the name. Then they explained some basics of beer to me.
This beer has a very thick, creamy head. The beer is reserved, but presents nice slightly sweet malts. The beer finishes with a sort of sweet creamy vaguely vanilla flavor. I find it enjoyable.
Beer Style: Brown Ale Beer Type: Ale Serving type: Pint / draft ABV: 4.50% cask conditioned (5.20% on bottle / can) Overall Rating: 8 / 10
Tasting notes: A great example of an English Ale! Once ordered, it took a while to get to my table and understandably so since this beer takes a while to pour. The initial foam action is mesmerizing; 3 /4 of the pint is what appears to be foam which eventually settles to reveal a brownish-orange colored transparent beer topped with a creamy eggshell white head. If poured right, just perfect presentation!
The aroma at first was rather sweet, hinting to a promise of a caramel and nutty taste. The beer tastes just like it smells mixed with the bitterness of hops. The mouth-feel was light and thin, not at all like its initial thick foamy presentation.
Overall, a great beer, satisfying to the senses and that can pair with virtually any kind of food. Personally, I found this beer pleasantly refreshing and a good patio beer.
I remember seeing this on the shelves of the bigger supermarkets around Denmark for years. I had always meant to try, today seems like a good day since I got it on sale. According to the bottle this beer was brewed to commemorate an event at a car factory. It is a nice amber ale with a strong flavor but it is a nice smooth drink. It has a bit of a bitter aftertaste but not overpowering. I really enjoyed it grilling on a nice day.
“I believe that ‘Old Speckled Hen’ was first brewed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory. Named after an old MG car which was used as the factory run around, the chaps in the factory would park the old MG Featherweight Fabric Saloon outside the paint shop where it would normally get spattered in paint and so it became known as the ‘Owld Speckl’d Un’