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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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Dark ruby with beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramelly, reflected in taste which is also quite sweet and toffee like. Little bit of roast at the end. Not bad, but not a patch on the many excellent draught milds out there.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2005
Plesently suprised almost a dubbel, really really good for 2.8% Would drink at your sisters wedding hahah........

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2005
Bottled. Aroma of butterscotch, malts and light hops. Dark brown color, small brown head, good lace. Light sweet, light butterscotch, caramel, light nutty, bread and cookie. Light sticky and light dry in the finish from the hops. Enormous surprise and best low alcohol beer I ever had. Not complex like the bigger brothers but still very flavorfull.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (6752) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
Interesting dinosaur of this now forgotten style. Dark clear brown with a thin tan head and no lace. Very low aroma of toffee and cookie. Palate is very thin, even watery, with mostly caramel malt. Not terribly sweet, but not bitter either. Very mild indeed.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2005
ABV: Dark brown in colour with a small tan head. Mild caramely malt aroma, very subtle though. Flavour is sweet, light caramel malt flavours, with a slightly bitter finish. Suprisingly bigger in body than I expected for the ABV. Still quite watery though. Perfectly drinkable.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2005
Deep deep ruby red brown under a medium size sudsy mid tan head. Aroma is somewhat artifical cola and biscuity malt, something soapy and a fair bit of albumen. Palate is flat and mushy. Flavour is watery cola sweet malt with low stale bitterness becoming a touch stronger in the finish. Reminds me a lot of the dreaded Heineken Oud Bruin. When I ordered it in Holland, the barman said, "You do not want to drink that beer sir", when I insisted be brought me the beer and waited until I had tasted it. When I tasted it and screwed my face up, his face broke into a faint "I told you so smile" and went about his business.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2005
Half a bottle left over from a recipe I was cooking (beef and leek hotpot. Sweet and malty with nuttiness, chocolate and toffee. Pretty good for 2.8% for only a £1 from tescos. Only problem was it got a bit sweet for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2413) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2005
Southern English Brown ales, like this one, are all but nonexistent in the market place, so I have no real beer to relate this too. At 2.8%, I was rather hesitant at first and a little sceptical at it’s contract brewing status, but over all it turned out to be a decent quaffer. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a tall tulip glass. A tight short beige head formed atop a clear, deep ruby brown body. Good malty aroma, buttery, with hints of chocolate and husky grains. In the mouth, toasted malts dominated its reasonably full palate. Quite smooth and lightly carbonated, with flavours of cocoa powder, roasted grain and caramel. Quite sweet throughout, but balanced by the darker malts, and it finishes off with medium length, malty swallow. Excellent blend for it’s low gravity, quite flavoursome and a good beer for the designated drivers amongst us. Not a bad drop at all!!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2005
Bottled. Malty aroma. Sweet and malty flavour with roasty notes and notes of toffee. Full bodied for 2.8%ABV.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2005
This is an interesting beer to find in this part of the world - the only other Mild I’ve ever seen is Black Cat. Nice clear brown-deep red colour, OK yellowy head. Aroma of brown sugar, grape and tomato juices and rust. Initially tastes rather sweet but it balances out well enough, with a slight roastiness and a bit of bitterness. More grape juice character, quite thin body. Didn’t really rock my world but I’m glad I got to try it.


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