I often overlook Old Speckled Hen as it is so readily available, but as soon as the malty aromas poured out of the bottle I realised that it really should be one of my staple ales. The colour is a beautiful deep amber and although there is only a small head it has just enough fizz to keep a little head as the ale is quaffed.
It smells of malt, toffee and fruit and leaves a smooth toffee aftertaste on the tongue. With a small amount of lacing on the glass, it doesn't really lose any body as the head disappears. As the bubbles burst on my tongue I was reminded of home-made cinder toffee that Nanna used to make. Simply delicious!
A lovely deep amber colour reminiscent of molten toffee, and a deliciously malty taste make this a smooth ale that Ale be Seeing Again.
Brewed by Morland Brewery, Bury St Edmunds