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: 162   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dj (553) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2006 Rich, stouty ruby-black body with dirty tan head. Aroma is evocative of cabbage-sodden farts. But nonetheless a delicately bready tonic one could drink out of a watering can without falling over.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
scotty (1113) - SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2006
Didn’t realise the low abv when I bought this, my heart sank when I noticed it, but it’s not like I just drink to get drunk...is it?..is it??? Anyway, this has a dense dark colour with a thinnish brown head, the nose is rich and malty, perhaps a bit one dimensional, but it’s what I was looking for so I cant grumble really. Palate is slightly sweet, again I expected that, it is a bit on the light side though, I was looking for a bit of body. Overall, not a bad beer, perhaps more in a mild style than a brown ale...ok tho!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Lunkie (1666) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
Burnt smokey malt aroma with the aroma of something dead??? Dark brown colour with very poor head and no lacing. Burnt malt flavour but very thin. Flat palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StueyD (1549) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2006
A dark reddish brown coloured beer with a light, frothy beige head. The nose is of sweet, rich caramel and very malty. The taste is sweet, caramel and toffee, with the malty undertones - similar to ‘Caramalz’!(Bottle - from the King’s Head, Thornham, Norfolk).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9170) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle 26/06/2003 Black sweet on the palate with some spicy aroma. Smooth lasting malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
vanvenlo (1578) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2006
30 Jan 06 - Sweet malt and hop aroma. Black-brown colour, low head and poor lacing. Slightly sweet malt and plain flavour. Flat, thin, sweet malt and slight bitter finish. In a word.... ’PLAIN’.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2006
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from Asda. Must say I enjoyed this (enjoyed???) more than I thought I would considering the abv. Quite sweet, little bit of chocolate milk in there and something mildly fruity. Nothing much going on palate wise as you would expect but overall much better than I thought it would be. Couldn’t drink more than one though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Interesting to see such a low rating... I thought this was excellent! Sweet, nutty, chocolate and brown malt aroma. Clear mahogany brown with tight, dense, fine bubbled, creamy, tan head that lasts forever and coats the glass. Sweet, nutty, biscuity, chocolate malt flavourwith low, offsetting dark malt finishing bitterness. Surprisingly dry, medium body with moderate carbonation providing for lively effervescence on the tongue. Bottle (BB JUN 2006).

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