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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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cantabrian (849) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 14, 2014
When I bought this bottle I had no idea of this beer’s significance for the history of brown ales - rather alien to me. Even after reading the label, which left me with a certain scepticism, I was surprised to see such a dark walnut brown beer pouring, with a decent looking creamy head. There isn’t much of an aroma, except a very feeble chocolate maltiness. Flavours stay around the malts and caramels, with a touch of metal and chocolate, and virtually no bitterness. It is really nice. Medium to light bodied, with moderate carbonation, it is still velvety and even sticky on the tongue (not cloying though). I was glad to have it, and I’d be happier to have more of it. This pleasant brown ale is the product that resurrected the “Brown Ale” term over a century ago. It could make many other brown ales out there ashamed of themselves. Historically it has nothing to do with “Mild Ale”. Yet, if you read above, the style where it was filed under…

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rob_D_UK (806) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black with a white head. Smell is a tiny bit soapy with a bit of caramel too. Taste is a bit spiced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (1568) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 Bottle that Dad shared with me- cheers! Dark brown with a thin beige head and a slight fizz. Chocolate dominates with some roasted malt too. It?s a bit thin, but that actually seems to work in this case. The metallic taste of pasteurization is surprisingly muted and the beer is far better than I expected. I quite enjoyed it actually!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesie1857 (1423) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco - Clear, dark brown with a tan head. Quite heavy roasted malt in the aroma, along with coffee and malty sweetness. Sweet and roasted flavour with a thin body. For a quid, it wasn’t bad.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Philym (1004) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2014
Appearance: Clear dark brown with ruby highlights and finger thick ivory/tan head. Aroma: Caramel, nutty, cereal, bread and floral. Taste: Low/medium sweet and low bitter and sourness. Palate: Thick grainy texture, light body, average carbonation, abrupt caramel finish. Comments: Tasty, but a touch bland.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
s_hartshorne (1514) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle morrisons. V dark brown colour shortlived beige head. Aroma is malts and toffee. Taste is similar with hints of cream mild bitter finish. Thin to medium body low carbonation a bit watery. Decent stuff for low abv and price £1.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerbaron42 (47) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Dark and weak, but this beer has a gentle sweet taste with a smooth palette, making it a nice session beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2013
Yet another British beer I’ve somehow forgotten to write about. 500ml bottle: BBD 31 May 2014, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 3 Sep 2013. Looked fine, a deep full head of tanned foam on top of a dark brown body with a ruby tint. The head turned into a wisp and collar mid-tasting, no lacing on my glass. The nose is sweet malty molasses, caramel being the main aroma I picked up. The taste is also on the malt molasses side of sweet, again with caramel to the fore, joined now though with some chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes. Considering this is only 2.8% ABV it carries a fair flavoursome punch, obviously a bit thin body wise but still an easy and pleasant mild/brown to have at lunchtime, which is when I had it. Glad I realised I hadn’t reviewed this beer and made the effort to buy another bottle after a few years without trying it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grzesiek79 (3261) - Radom, POLAND - JUN 28, 2013
Nawet dobre Ale. Mild ja bym tego nie klasyfikowal no moze ze wzgledu na niski alkohol. Bardziej w smaku zblizone do Brown Ale. Karmelowe nuty slodowe bombarduja wrecz podniebienie, piana srednia lekko opalizujaca. Posmak karmelowego slodu na dlugo pozostaje w ustach.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (3657) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle shared at home - cheers Steven! Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee and chocolate. Very sweet, no hop presence. Good body for the strength. Sweet finish. I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would!


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