Morland

MORLAND

“Morland was a brewery in Abingdon in the English county of Oxfordshire (formerly Berkshire). They first brewed in West Ilsley in 1711. It was purchased and closed by Greene King in 2000; and production of the Morland beers was moved to their brewery in Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk.” Some of Morland’s more popular ales include Old Speckled Hen and Old Golden Hen.

www.oldspeckledhen.co.uk/

Year-Rounds/Seasonals:

HEN’S TOOTH: 88 Points

Tasty English Strong

Tasty English Strong

This English Strong Ale is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Hen’s Tooth, a fine, specially brewed English ale which matures in the bottle producing a richer and more distinctive character. A warming blend of fruit and malt flavours are followed by a smooth finish.”

My Description: This ale is presented nicely with a very large and dense, beige colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind a great amount of lacing, unlike the other Hen beers. The aroma is slightly complex and welcoming with notes of caramel malt,  biscuit malt, herbal hops, and light fruit undertones. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The bitterness is subdued in this beer which brings the rich malt notes to the fore-front. Bread notes are also apparent along with some earthy hops, mineral notes, and a hint of fruit. The aftertaste is clean and the alcohol is nicely hidden. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with mushroom risotto, sauteed snapper, or a fried chicken salad.

ABV: 6.5%  Color: Copper/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

OLD CRAFTY HEN: 89 Points

A stronger speckled hen

A stronger speckled hen

This English Strong Ale is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A blend of 10 – 14% Old 5X (aged up to 5 years in oak vats – and used in Strong Suffolk) and regular Old Speckled Hen. A distinctive malty taste with a satisfying, smooth raisin finish. This delicious dark amber ale is perfect for indulging yourself and your friends.”

My Description: This beer has similar flavors to Old Speckled Hen with a touch less bitterness and a little more body. Unfortunately, it has the same sub-par head; it is light beige in color and dissipates quickly leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is malt forward with notes of caramel, light fruit, some earthiness, and a hint of oak. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer definitely delivers rich malt notes accompanied by toffee and a some earthy hops. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a clean hop presence giving this beer great balance. The alcohol is nicely hidden and overall this beer is quite refreshing. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled lamb loin, deep fried cod, or a light cigar.

ABV: 6.5%  Color: Deep Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

OLD GOLDEN HEN: 83 Points

Decent Bitter

Decent Bitter

This English Bitter is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Crafted by the Master Brewer of “Old Speckled Hen” this light golden beer delivers both flavour and refreshment. Brewed using the finest pale malts and the rare galaxy hop.”

My Description: This is a decent English bitter but it does nothing special and the flavors don’t shine, which makes this beer forgettable and standard. It has a weak, white colored head that fades quick and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is the best part of the beer with a nice clean hop aroma with a touch of pale malt. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. Upfront, there are light malt notes accompanied by honey notes and, interestingly enough, a touch of lime. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with notes of pine/herbal hops and it lingers slightly. It is best served around 45°F and it pairs nicely with fish & chips, lightly seasoned steaks, or sauteed shrimp.

ABV: 4.1%  Color: Gold  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 3/10

OLD SPECKLED HEN: 86 Points

Flavorful

Flavorful

This English Pale Ale is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Cask version was first brewed in 1979 by Morland Brewery to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon. The name comes from the MG factory’s works car – the gold speckled MG Featherweight Fabric Saloon, affectionately known as the Ol’ Speckl’d ’Un. Brewed since 1999 by Greene King following the take-over of Morlands. Bottled Old Speckled Hen has been sterile filtered in the “Old Speckled Hen Hall” bottling facility since May 2006.”

My Description: I enjoyed this ale, it was flavorful and it went down smooth. It begins with a decent, off-white colored head that does not linger for very long and it leaves behind a sub-par amount of lacing. The aroma is malt forward with notes of light fruits and toffee, there is also a hint of herbal hops that creep in from time to time. This ale is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Upfront, there are flavors of deep malt and toffee with faint light fruit notes and a touch of pepper. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a hop taste that is slightly sharp. This ale is nicely balanced but the hops just do not taste fresh and clean. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled ribs, chicken pot pie, or heavy salads.

ABV: 5.2%  Color: Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10