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: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
stravale (2840) - 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 (9211) - 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 (1796) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
undercurrent25 (1953) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2012
Deep brown in colour, taste is malty with a hint of chocolate, the palate is thin and watery

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
anders37 (23333) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours a ruby brown color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity weak watery malty caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle 500 ml from La MaladiŤre Centre - Neuch‚tel (CH). Dark brown, without foam and crackling. Aromas of roasted malt, cola, sweetness. The taste is soft, thin body, brown sugar, cream, malt, toffy, a bit roasted. Maybe approximate for a mix, vague bitterness of walnut, short spreaging where nothing goes out, no dominant, if not a smooth soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (1431) - SCOTLAND - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle (500ml):
Deep caramel aroma is given of from this one along with some nice toffee notes and plenty of malts. Overall it is a mild smelling beer. There is a nice dark fruits aroma to it as well. An average smelling ale that has nice depth.
Very dark brown colour. It takes an aggressive pour to get any sort of head on this one at all but it manages to form a brownish white, thin bubbly head that recedes to a soapy lacing after about thirty seconds.
Quite similar to the nose with a nice combination of toffee & caramel that is well balanced and enjoyable. This is followed by some nice nutty malts. There is almost no bitterness to this ale either.
A nice creamy, medium body and quite a lot of carbonation & fizz to it. It is rather smooth and as expected there is no taste of alcohol on the palate.
A pleasant surprise here given my initial perception of this one, it is a very solid drink that is quite rich and goes down great. The fact that the alcohol content is low would go unnoticed.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (5372) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
On Tap @ the Royal Oak in Clee Hill, Shropshire. Pours like a cola, black with some froth and bubbles. The nose has a hint of chocolate with some smokiness. The taste has more chocolate and then a nice liquorice note. The palate is medium bodied and textured with a nice fresh finish. Overall, this is really pleasant and tastey for a low alcohol beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25464) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2011
Bottled (from Beers Of Europe). Deep amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is mild fruits, some slight metallic notes, mild wood as well as mild bittery notes. Flavour is mildly toasted malts, some slight fruityness, mild grass, some syrup, birch sap as well as some wooden notes. Quite rich tonguetickling carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dynamiteninja (1827) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2011
Bottle. Thin but dense, creamy light tan head. Very dark mahogany body, almost black. Interesting aroma. Leads with ginger and nutmeg. Grassy hops in the background. Toffee, biscuit, some spiciness, some fruitiness. Finally a whiff of sulphur towards the finish, kola nut and grain. Gentle bitterness. Very soft, creamy mouthfeel. Dusty bitter finish. A little unwelcome oiliness. Interesting, though for its strength, this falls under the "super-premium" price category.

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