Speckled Hen is just one of those beers that you can’t get away from… It’s everywhere, and because it’s so ubiquitous I always fought shy of it. Mass-market penetration can sometimes spell mediocrity (think Doombar – that’s popular, but in my view, not that much of an interesting pint)
Pouring out a fine chestnut brown, with a tan head, Speckled Hen’s not a bad-looker of a pint at all.
The aroma is that of a proper brown beer, as it’s all malt and grainy goodness, there’s also a flinty-dry minerality which is quite enjoyable too.
The taste is mouth-filling malt, followed by small burst of sweetness and then a fairly restrained bitterness. A little fruitiness follows and tails off into quite a pervasive malt ‘n’ bitter after-taste to leave you looking forward to the next sip.
It’s not my favourite beer by a long chalk, but a lot of people do like it and I can’t say I blame them at all…
(I can’t bear their website. Do we really need a puppet fox to get us to drink beer? FFS. And Morland are owned by Green King? Is there nothing left in this world that isn’t owned by GK!?)