Old Speckled Hen was first brewed in Abingdon, Oxfordshire to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory.
But why “Old Speckled Hen”? Well, the name is actually derived from the name “owld speckled un”, a term used to describe an old MG car used as a factory run-around. Over time, this unusual, canvas-covered saloon became covered with flecks of paint and was dubbed the “owld speckled ‘un” by locals.
Old Speckled Hen is a great choice for those who enjoy a rich, strong beer to drink. In the UK premium bottled beer sector, Old Speckled Hen even outsells Newcastle Brown Ale!
There are now 15 London “black cabs” sporting distinctive Old Speckled Hen livery. All 15 cabs operate within the area surrounded by the Central underground line- ideal for tourists, residents and business people alike. The cabs have all been painted in Old Speckled Hen’s eye-catching colors and feature the famous fox character.
Old Speckled Hen has a superb rich malty and fruity aroma. When tasting it you will experience a wonderful warming flavor that is bursting with body. Malty (malt loaf) toffee flavors from the pale and crystal malts combine with bitterness on the back of the tongue to give balanced sweetness which is not cloying. This is followed by a dry finish, surprising for ale of this strength.