Marstons (Marstons plc)
Brewed at Thomas Hardy Burtonwood

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 151   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
hotstuff (4269) - 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 (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2004
Sorry Silk, this may be a rare example of a all but vanished (and itís easy to see why) old style, but I just donít like it. The best element is the colour - deep, dark, garnet. After that, itís 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 wonít be trying this again. Bottled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 7, 2004
The DM & Hotstuffís 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5274) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2004
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]

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
Bottle. Well thanks to silktork for bringing this, because i would never have bought it otherwise, iív e only ever seen really old wierd looking men drinking this before. This was very sweet. Full on maple syrup, raisin sweetness, very flat mouthfeel, syruppy sweet mouthfeel. Yes there is a lot of flavour for a beer with 2.8%ABV, but that doesnít make it good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4705) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Plum and raisin aroma, slightly sour if too chilled. Minimal head. Nice dark brown, thin around the sides. Thin as expected from the alcohol %. Flavour is a pleasant surprise. Very nice sweet light fruit flavour with fruit and touches of chocolate in the finish. The flavour to alcohol % ratio is very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
JonMoore (1895) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2004
Dark brown with no head. Sweet brown ale, chocolate and burnt malt. Highly carbonated. Weak as you like. I donít think Iíll bother again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
imdownthepub (10626) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2004
Bottled, pasteurised. Dark brown with tan head. Sludgy sweet brown ale, chocolaty burnt malt with an underlying vanilla flavour. Quite poor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 I really didnít expect to enjoy this very much. It looked good in the glass with a nice russet colour. There is no discernible aroma, but certainly nothing unpleasant. The flavour however is a revelation. Lovely sweet, nutty, chocolately flavours with a long finish. A perfect example of an English Mild at a extremely quaffable ABV and a wonderful cheap price. Would certainly drink this againScore 3.6
Subsequent rating scored 2.9. Average becomes 3.3

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
Dark black/brown hue with a fast disappating head, Nutty malt aroma. Roast malt and nut flavours with a malty back bone.

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