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: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Garrat (1304) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 From A Bottle.Dark brown with a splash of red,no head,cooking chocolate aroma,sweet malty taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2005
Very dark-brown beer with airy tann head. Malty aroma with hints of raisins and cocoa, nose is not very pure? Taste is on the smooth side with hints of chocolate, malts, dried fruits and caramel. Afthertaste is sweet, smooth and easy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
caesar (5771) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2005
Clear dark brown color, short head. Aroma of caramel malt, some chocolat. Taste is very watery, only slightly bitter, and maybe a tiny bit malty, but very weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
skortila (4821) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2005
Sweet malty caramel aroma. Clear, brown coloured with no head. Just a lttle brown foam. Taste is initially slightly sweet, malty. Watery, not much taste, some bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2005
Little alcohol. Dark brown, black. It tastes hollow. Little bit sweet, but mostly bitter. Nice on a hot summer night if you’re not into real beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerGod (5538) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Bottled. Courtesy of SilkTork. Consumed at Cross Keys in London. Body is a dark brown and ruby blend with a small brown head. Nose is grainy with cocoa, light anise, light maple and an odd aroma of what I believe to be dogfood. It’s wasn’t as bad as it sounds! Taste is cocoa, sweet malts, some brown sugar and sucrose. Body is syrupy and creamy. Sticky feel. Finish is a cream and chocolate mix. Definitely different!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Malty and cardboard aroma. Sweet malty and some wood flavor. Carbonated and opaque in appearance. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2004
Sorry Silk, this may be a rare example of a all but vanished (and it’s easy to see why) old style, but I just don’t like it. The best element is the colour - deep, dark, garnet. After that, it’s all downhill. Packed with oxidised, cardboard aromas, typical of pasteurised bottled beer. The flavour is sweet malt (almost like malt extract), but woody at the same time, with a medicinal tang in the background. Drinkable (just), but I won’t be trying this again. Bottled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5084) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 7, 2004
The DM & Hotstuff’s European Honeymoon trip beer number 12. This bottled brew from SilkTork in London poured a nice head that left behind a good lacing. The body contained carbonation, was nearly opaque and dark ruby red brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of mild dark molasses. Its mouth feel was smooth and mild. Its flavor contained sweet dark malt notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2015
Sept, 2002: Typical granny ale for sure - weak and sweet with chocolate flavours, yet very yummy! A mix of mild and milk stout. A classic example of the bottled milds that were called brown ales in Southern England in the first half of the 20th century. This is a little gem with bags of flavour, but the sweetness would prevent it being suitable as a session beer. [3.4]
Sept, 2004: Wine. Chocolate. Fizzy cardboard. Gentle sweetness. Roasty notes. Great fun and very enjoyable. [3.4]
Jan, 2015 500ml brown bottle, filtered, from Tesco. Lots of flavour. A refreshing and very drinkable sweet dark beer. Light mouthfeel. Nothing wrong with this. A little gem. True classic. [3.5]

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