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Marstons (Marstons plc)
Brewed at Thomas Hardy Burtonwood

Style: Mild Ale
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in bottles and cans.
Previously brewed by Burtonwood for Ushers (Refresh UK).
Manns Brown Ale has been brewed in Britain since 1902, originally by Thomas Wells Thorpe who was the head brewer of Manns in London. He envisaged the opportunity to move away from IPA and brown stout and create a new beer, claimed to be "the sweetest beer in London". Brewed to the original Manns recipe, this 2.8% ABV ale is now brewed by Thomas Hardy at Burtonwood, it remains the most widely distributed brand of the original style of sweet, low gravity brown ale.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4452) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
500ml bottle. Pours almost black, but with a brown rather than a reddish colour when held to the light; off-white head fades quickly; malty aroma; sweet malty taste with a dry, nutty content; dryish finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivnizub (8790) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2007
Bottle: Deep brown coloured, small and stable, slightly lacing off-white head; moderate roast-malty, a bit metallic nose, nutty, too; light bitter, mainly dry flavour, light bodied; hints of caramel, nuts, roasted malt in the faint bitter finish. Not unpleasant, quite tasty for a beer of 2.8%.............

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1839) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle, lovely nutty aroma and pours a real dark brown. This beer has a sweet malty after taste. One of the best beers of this style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle, can hear some carbonation as it pours to its dark cola-like colour with a frothy tan head. A warming malt aroma with a touch of caramal. A nice and light mouthfeel (not surprisingly), with a little bit of carbonation. An easy malty flavour with just a hint of chocolate. Would happily drink this over a session.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
limalimamoli (52) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Very light aroma struggled to get any malts and no hops aroma. Some fruits as raisin but struggles to get that. Copperto dark brown in color, slight haze low head low carbonation. Lighter than a sweet stout. seems almost like a lager or a swartzbeer

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2006
Dark brown with a small head. Unpleasant wet dog aroma. The taste faint, creamy and slightly sweet, devoid of any real interest. Quite a depressing beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (7364) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2006
Bottle, Sainsbury’s, Kidlington selling at £1 a bottle. I was quite shocked to note that this was only 2.8% but then I suppose brown ales are quite weak. Poured dark brown with barely a head to speak of, bit caramelly on the nose and sweet in the taste, I found this to be absolutley fine and nice to drink something that is still quite tasty despite it’s lack of oommph.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13350) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2006
Bottled. Clear, dark brown with a reddish hue, topped by a small, dense tan head. Quite heavy roasted malt in the aroma, along with coffee and malty sweetness. Sweet and roasted flavor. Thin to medium body, with some Co2 in the mouth. Long roasted finish. It wasn’t until I finished the bottle that I noticed the ABV. Surprised I was. (060712)

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Bottle. Not surprisingly, it’s brown. Sort of a used penny brown. Small layer of quickly fading tan head. Kind of a murky swampy smell. A touch of dark carmel and toast. Very light, slightly dry toast with a pinch of brown sugar. Sort of a murky taste hovering around in the back. Not outright off, just sort of an underlying filter-through-wet-leaves character. For the very low abv the mouthfeel is not bad. Just enough carbonation to keep it from tasting flabby. Not so much that it feels like soda. That balance is harder to strike in such low test beer. Neither inspiring nor terrible. It gets a 10.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dj (521) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle, 500ml. A dark brown coloured pour with a small diminishing head. A slightly musty aroma with hints of citrus. A nice malty taste with chocolate quite evident. A light bitter finish with hints of chocolate. Light carbonation. This is a very drinkable brown ale (especially considering the low ABV) and pretty cheap too.


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