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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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.

Rob_D_UK's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rob_D_UK (807) - Surrey, - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
eastkenttom (31) - herne bay, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle: A no nonsense brown ale. Not much to smell but a little biscuit and chocolate on the palate but maybe a bit watery which you’d expect with the percentage. Still, always cheap for just £1 in my local supermarket and I buy it from time to time.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mighty_meadow (214) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Old style brown ale. 2.8% ABV and feels it. No real depth of flavour or aroma. Looks good for a short time with it being very, very dark but you know the beige head is too thin to last. Only £1 for a 500ml bottle so no real complaints but not really my thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
McTapps (4347) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle from Asda in Eastbourne. Pours out in a deep dark brown colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of barley, leaves and malt. Taste of light malt, nuts, caramel, leaves and light raisins. Flat and boring finish. Refreshing but just nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelAwesome (4347) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2014
Shared with McTapps and bought in ASDA, Eastbourne. Dark as the night with a guinnes-style foam. Aromas of malt, nuts and dark chocolate. Superbly quaffy and heavily drinkable. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (501) - SCOTLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Clear but very, very dark beer with a beige head. Aroma is light malt and sour fruit. Flavour has a bit of malt, chocolate and caramel in there but the initial hit is mostly sweet fruit. It’s not the strongest-tasting beer but the balance is quite pleasant and I’d say it’s one of the nicer sub-3% beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (468) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle - Deep ruby red with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt. Taste of chocolate and vanilla followed by roasted malt, light smokiness, light bitterness and medium sweetness. Medium body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (2363) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle 500 ml at home, into a Guinness glass, ABV 2.8% Pours a very dark mahogany brown coloured beer, with a small tan head on top, with a good density,good retention too, light lacing left on the glass. Aroma has caramel, milky chocolate, light floral. Taste is sweet, malty with hints of milky chocolate, iron. Thin body with low carbonation resulting in a kind of watery beer, but very drinkable. Overall okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
belgis (148) - LATVIA - APR 10, 2014
Roasted bit robust smell almost no foam, dark brown colour, intense aroma, taste is bit watery in after taste, but drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
adodo (71) - Riga, LATVIA - APR 10, 2014
Dark brown, no head. Aroma is similar to fruit cake. Medium sweetness, little sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CharlieTwoPies (14) - United Kingdom, - APR 10, 2014
Delicious extremely dark brown (black?) Colour with opacity in the light. Thick, creamy, pale tan head. Nutty, smooth, malt on the nose and a really rich bread/toast. Rich English crystal and chocolate malts which come through on the palate heavily. Creamy sweet toffee which is prominent but there is a superbly flowery and very mildly spicy hoppiness which plays second fiddle to the malt but intermingles quite uniquely throughout. Lasting rich finish and feel. Fantastic. Also only a quid!

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