Brewed at Thomas Hardy Burtonwood (Molson Coors)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1997) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 27, 2008
Appearance: Dark brown. Little head. Aroma: Coffee and fruit. Caramel-like toffee. Taste: Coffee, malt. Toffee. Fruit. Sweet. Info: 500ml bottle, 22/6-2006, 128/300, 69/500

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
greenmanalishi (519) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 if only. i wanted to like this, really, but it ainít up to much. caramel sweetness and lots of fizz, think dragon stout...dont think coffee, roast, cocoa or whatever else you might have expected, instead think a slightly alcoholic version of coke.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - FEB 25, 2008
Dark muddy brown colour with little carbonation. Sweet, liquorice, faint spicey aroma. Sweet and toffee like. No hop dryness or bitterness at all. decent considering the low alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fukito (1022) - Santiago, CHILE - FEB 11, 2008
Bottle @ Craigīs, november 07. Dark, rich ruby color with a medium beige head. Slightly oxidized aroma with some toasted malt notes. Soft, mineral flavor with some nutty notes. Mild. Light palate, with some malts on the back, but tasty for such a light beer. Nice, sessionable mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Soft ,smooth caramelly aroma,maybe touches of toffee, a firm but gentle malt sweetness,balanced by the faintest of hops. Iím stunned how enjoyable this was, given its 2.8% ABV . There is nothing is the U.S. even close to this. It so much tasted like an enjoyable ale.Got through a trade with a wonderful, good English doctor I met at Oktoberfest this year

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
275ml bottle at the Brewery Tap, Wimbledon Village, 11th Sept 2007. Pours a dakr reddish brown. Biscuity malt aroma. Flavoursome and pretty sweet. Very smooth mouthfeel, slightly cloying. Decent, but not spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
[652-20070922] 275mL. Rich toffee caramel malt aroma has a hint of dark chocolate and an underlying sweetness bordering on sickly. Dark brown body with red highlights and a small quick foamy tan head. Rich stouty beef stock gravy flavour has a little smokiness as if barbecued and something like chocolate. Medium body, thinner than anticipated. Lovely flavour but smells out of kilter with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle (500ml). From Waitrose. Clear (meaning not cloudy or hazy) deep ruby-brown pour, quite bubbly, a smallish creamy/rocky light tan head. Itís dry, roasty, like roast chestnuts and a little tart persimmon or some such fruit - dried flower-like hops. The taste - itís sort of cola syrup-like, again dry, faintly reminiscent of Brazilnut shell, but the sweetness builds and the hop profile just isnít there - and 2.8%? Hell yeah! - this could be a roasty root beer for all the ABV I can detect. Syrupy, fairly flat body, the taste falls off the table so fast I canít decide if thereís a maltbev aftertaste or not. Not bad, and Iím sure itís authentic as all hell, but I regret to say I wouldnít have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2007
Brown disappearing head. Sweet malty and roasted malt nose, dark brown hue. Highly carbonated. Some alcohol. Ultimately quite simple but an amazing feat considering the low level of alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2007
I have to admit, I had very low expectations for this beer after I found out it was only 2.8% alcohol. A super light beer among light beers. However, I was more then plesantly surprised. In the glass it was as dark as a stout, only minus the foamy head. The aroma was mild, but first and foremost I caught a scent of the hops that makes an ale an ale. The flavor was distinctive with a sort of sweet-malted-toffee undertone, and the finish was downright yummy, with no bitter aftertaste. This is one darn good beer, and incredibly unique. Pour me another. Cheers.

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