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: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8404) - 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 (630) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3639) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2003
An absolutely delightful surprise when I was just looking for a cheap and cheerful bottle for dinner at home. Pours with a big, loosely structured head that dissipates moderately quickly to reveal just a deep brown slightly syrupy beer. The flavor is sweet up front, sweet in mid-palate, and sweet in the finish, but in between it manages to produce some roasted malts, nuttiness, enough caramel/toffee to kill a good-sized moose with, and fruity notes up, down, and sideways. And then you read the label: 2.8% abv. What a wonderful concoction for 2.8%--makes for an excellent lunch-time accompaniment to something with a bit of salt, such as a ham sandwich or a sausage roll.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2003
Bottled. Dark brown with a seriously red tinge. Not that much aroma. Sweet sickly strawberry or cherry flavour. Tastes like medicine or possibly cheery cola.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2003
woody and roasted malt aroma, porter like appearance, malty and toffee flavours with woddy undertones, quite a rich texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 3, 2003
Whoa! This comes in a red can and boasts it's the "original brown ale". Noticeably sweet (much more so than Newcastle Brown), dark and opaque. It's like a schwarzbier. Quite rich and malty. Excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2002
Brown appearence. Sweet & Malty. A good brown for those who wish to mix with another ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3560) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2002
Deep ruby red , almost black with a poor head and moderate condition. Low aromas of dark malt, some roastiness in the mouth but slightly metallic with a coffee note in the finish. With 2.8% abv you would get more of a buzz from drinking coffee.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2002
Looks like coke, smells of nothing, and tastes of not much either. Not much point in ever having this drink - not one i ever want to have again!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2002
Mannís brown is a little too creamy and sweet for my liking - almost like a milk stout. Not a favourite style of mine, but still drinkable.

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