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Old Crafty Hen

A strong fine ale combines the malty taste with a smooth raisin finish. This is a really special beer as it is brewed using old 5X, a 12% ale that is matured in oak vats and blended to create something really unique. Shop the full Old Speckled Hen range here

500ml bottles 

alc. 6.5% vol.


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Aroma:  Toffee, Raisins

Taste:  Dried fruit, Malty, Rich

Malt:  Pale, Crystal

Hops:  Pilgrim, First Gold, Goldings, Target

Perfect with: rich puddings, lighter casseroles and tangy cheese such as Port-Salut.

Additional Notes:  Pilgrim provides a key herbal dry hop character, first gold and goldings give some citrus fruit and crystal malt provides warming toffee in the main beer of this blended ale. The use of some old 5X 12% ale adds dried fruit and raisin and produces a complex flavoured and richly satisfying ale.

Contains Malted Barley

Old Speckled Hen is rather popular with ale drinkers up and down the country, in fact it’s the no. 1 premium ale in the UK, and if you’ve seen some of the ales our country produces, you’ll know we’re in good company!

The great British ale was first brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It was even named after the factory’s test car which was once spattered in paint to try a new paint concept. The concept didn't quite catch on, but the car became known as the “Owld Speckl’d Un”. The eagle-eyed might even see the resemblance between MG’s logo and the Old Speckled Hen label! You may now associate it with our mascot, Henry, who can often be seen out and about around the country, telling his jokes and showing off our particularly splendid pint glass…

More than 40 years on, this unique and distinctive ale continues to be a finely balanced beer with a distinctive rich, toffee-malt taste and fruity aroma.


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We stock a wide range of beers of all different styles, so we're sure we have a beer to tantalise your tastebuds!

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Richard L.
United Kingdom United Kingdom


I keep thinking that I should try something else, but its too nice! If you like your ale strong and super tasty, then look no further.

David M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Lovely winter ale

I love Old Crafty Hen on a cold winter’s night - it’s the perfect drink when outside is cold and you’re tucked up warm indoors!

Colin R.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Old Crafty Hen Ale

I very much enjoy Old Crafty Hen Ale and have purchased cases in the past and will continue to do so in the future. I have some ready and waitng for this christmas.

Michael T.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Great beer!

The mix of beers was brilliant, love being able to have them on a subscription too.

Michael K.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

A tasty chicken

Swift delivery in stout boxes that are easy to carry around. A rich smooth beer that demands another.

John R.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Old Crafty Hen

Excellent beer. I have always liked strong fruity ales and porters including Imperial stout. Only recently introduced to Crafty Hen but it is now my out and out favorite..

Jennifer C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Old Crafty Hen

I was extremely pleased with the products received, however I was not so happy about the delivery. The delivery arrived smashed with beer seeping out of the box. Your customer service was excellent and you sorted my problem straight away. Can't say the same about the courier though. But Greene King get a big thumbs up from me. Keep up the good work, maybe just get a different courier.

John R.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Top brew

Great strong beer with exceptional taste. Pretty strong so I stick to one bottle per night, but I savor every mouth full.

Andrew C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Naughty but nice

Drink at home is always Old Speckled Hen. Tend to drink more of the Distinctive ale simply due to price against the Old Crafty Hen and alternate between the two. However the richer favour of the latter makes the temptation to drink more very irresistible hence naughty but nice.

Mrs J.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

The way to a man’s heart!

Having worked his way through a multitude of beers over the years my husband always enjoyed Old Crafty Hen. I came across the Old Crafty Dad gift set and he loved his Fathers Day gift. I’ve since purchased this beer as it’s a mix he calls his all time best beer. It’s very much appreciated.

david k.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Crafty Old ******

I've tried Abbot and Abbot Reserve before as well as Old Speckled Hen, but the Old Crafty Hen is now my favourite with it's fruity, malty flavour. A good quaffing ale when you are really thirsty and it doesn't 'touch the sides'!