Marstons (Marstons plc)
Brewed at Thomas Hardy Burtonwood

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


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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
danlo (1057) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown-black, with a foamy tan head that diminishes and a malty aroma. Taste is sweet malt & cola-like, with a roasted, nutty edge. Smooth light body, medium carbonation level with a dryish finish. OK considerating the low alcohol level.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (4011) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle from one of the supermarkets. Poured like a flat cola with a broken tan head. The aroma is weak, but there is some dry maltiness there. The flavour is weak bitter and some malt and thatís where it ends really. The palate is weak and there is no real aftertaste. I donít dislike this beer, but at the same time, itís nothing special either. It it floats your boat then great, but sadly my boat is somewhere down there with the Titanic!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Scopey (6180) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at the Cricketers, Shirley. It pours dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is sweet, flat cola, hint of toast and nut. The taste is cola, light roasted malt, weak coffee, toffee and cardboard with a dry, sweet finish. Light body and moderate carbonation. Not much to it really... A simple, sweet brown ale. Can?t say I agree with the official description of "full-bodied with a luscious flavour". Not too different to flat cola really!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (1690) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown no head. Sweet malt aroma. Taste is sweet malts and mild dark toffee. Watery on the palate. Easy to drink Mild, but maybe its past its sell by date now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markymook (1) - - NOV 14, 2012 does not count
I really like this ale. It is simple,easy drinking and sweet. Not everyones thing but it is mine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackl (4299) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle @ a random Irish pub in Stockwell. The pourís deep brown with hardly any head. The nose is mild malt sweetness, hints of nuts, maybe a touch of chocolate. The taste is as mild-mannered as the aroma. Light nutty sweet malts. Smooth and unchallenging. Overall, fine. Boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ComradeK (978) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a clear deep chestnut brown, with a small beige head, which does not last all that well nor leave much lacing. The main aroma is prune, with some hints of vanilla and biscuity malt. Very mild grass and spice hops lead into a slightly weird blend of prune and banana. The banana persists through to the finish, where it is joined by some faint, doughy biscuit malt. This is not the worldís most flavoursome beer, and what flavour exists is not terribly inspiring. A pretty missable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
stravale (2038) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle 500ml
Cola-like colour, ruby edges in glass,, big fizzy tan head that dissipated to thin layer, almost no lacing
Aroma - sweet caramel malts, dark sugars, slight sweet chocolate
Taste - sweet caramel malts, some dark creamy toffee, bit of sweet chocolate, slight mineraly twang, cola notes, bit watery, more like a soft drink
Palate - very low carb, thin body, slighty viscous, smooth mouthfeel, but rather flat.. Finish as main flavour, leave a bt of a sweet residue.
Overall - Wasnít expecting much for 89p - but it was quite drinkable and better tasting than some Marstonsís beers (which isnít hard). Just a soft, very light sweet low abv dark ale. Nothing remarkable - but itís of historic interest I suppose. Itís still below average but better than some efforts at 2.8% which have been appalling

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deanso (5024) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2012
50cl bottle from ABCBeers. Decent off white head which disappears quickly. Clear ruby brown pour. A bit lacking in carbonation and thin but still pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
worldbeertaste (1599) - AUSTRIA - MAY 10, 2012
Solid black with a red tint and a thin quick disappearing brown head. Raisins, light roasted malt, chocolate. Rough grainy prickly thin body slightly oily. The pasteurization killed it. Club soda, once the carbonation is gone it tastes like flat Coke. Brown sugar and molasses. Maybe little chocolate. Feels like flat beer. Yuk.

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