An Old Friend
This month’s beer review is one of an old friend, Old Speckled Hen. I first met this “Crafted Fine Ale” when we explored Cornwall in 2015. It’s brewed by the Morland Brewery, they’ve been around since a farmer, John Morland, started it all in 1711. So I guess they know what they’re doing.
The Speckled Hen is one of four of Morland’s Old Hen theme named beers; Crafty, Golden, and Hoppy are the others.
Old Speckled, which also comes Gluten-free, was named in honour of an old paint-spattered MG car that was parked under the factory paint shop. It is a wonderful, easy to drink ale. My pour had almost no head or carbonation and it was a rich copper colour. As it sloshes around your mouth you can taste the light caramel or toffee flavour. I must be partial to this taste because the Trelawny Ale I reviewed last month was similar in flavour and I do love Werther’s caramel candies.
Morlands website says it’s a good pairing with English roasts, sausages and pies… how very British of them. Truthfully, I’ve had it with and without food and every time I’ve been very satisfied with the result.
It has a 5% abv rating, so it’s pretty much in the normal range for me. I think most Canadian beer has similar alcohol content, and I’m not a big fan of the stronger brands out there.
A big plus for most of our readers is that it can be found in most LCBO’s and Beer Stores in Ontario for around $3.00 per 500ml can. It’s also sold throughout most of North America and Australia.
The beauty of “having” to review the beers of our travels while here in the UK, is the ability to just walk to a nearby pub. No need to worry about exceeding any drinking and driving limits, which can very easily sneak up on you (me). Right now we’re in an area know as The Warren Lodges and there are at least three pubs that I can walk to in under 15 minutes.
I have to admit the flavour and taste of the Old Speckled Hen does make it a challenge to try others, but I’ll keep on trying. Cheers!
Linda & Mark