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Marstons Merrie Monk

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 2.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.7   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Seasonal - May.
Ingredients: Maris Otter malt; English Fuggles and Goldings hops.
"A traditional mild brewed to give a dry balanced moreish drink."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (4964) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2012
12th May 2012 saw me on a pub crawl of Shrewsbury: second pub being ‘The Loggerheads’ and a hand pulled pint of this. Being ‘Mild in May’ month I thought this would tick all the boxes and it almost did. Medium to semi-dark brown; with an off-white head of deep foam. Aroma was thin and weak: some malty molasses and fruit cake, but not much of anything really. The taste was better: Malt loaf with candid fruit bits hanging around. Medium bodied for a Mild and hid the 4.5% ABV fairly well: an OK beer more than a ‘must try again’ brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tombyars (1486) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2012
First tasted this in the Bon Accord, Glasgow in December 1982. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale mahogany in colour with a thin creamy white head. Slightly sulphurous boiled egg note in the short aroma. Thin and weak mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a digestive biscuit note with tart redcurant fruit evident. Strong metallic tang of the hop resins gives a tartness to the aftertaste. Metallic notes prevades into the weak malty finish and tastes much weaker than ABV would suggest. Is this really a mild though? Not one of my favourites from the Marstons portfolio.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (3010) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2011
Cask at the Bridge, Kingswinford. Pours a dark ruby brown with a medium head. Aroma is slightly sour dark fruit malt. Taste is a bit watery to start. Has some of the dark fruit malt on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rlgk (14376) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2011
Cask at Market Porter, London. Amber beer, small head. Fruity aroma, some roasted notes, some hops. Hoppy fruity flavor. A bit dull.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2010
Cask conditioned handpump Malt Shovel Northampton. A chestnut coloured beer with an off-white ring of head. A very ordinary beer with a faint fruity nose. Weird bitterness in the mouth with a touch of caramel. Really unbalanced and quite poor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (11473) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2010
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Brown with white soapy head. Smooth malty beer with an underlying sweetness. Not much character. A little uninteresting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2009
Cask in the Waters Green Tavern, Macclesfield. Medium brown with thick off white / pale brown head, good lace. Not much aroma at all, little fruit packed in a carrier bag with a pair of those crap black pumps they used to wear in the 80’s at school. Probably still do. Bit of caramel, bitter finish. Not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
A Mes rate. Cask handpull at Baker Street ‘Sporks.
Mid brown colour with a thin light beige head. Faintly eggy aroma with very little else happening. The flavour is all apple and bread with a hit of caramel malt. Who woulda thunk it? Substandard? Marstons? Never.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
downender (7040) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Crosse Keys (JDW), London 09/06/09. Slightly hazy amber in colour with a moderate, off-white head. Burnt toffee dominated this one, at the exclusion of all else except some dodgy sulphur and a hint of spicy hops in the finish. The first pint in a long time that I couldn’t finish. Poor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5221) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2009
Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading. Amber gold with a thin cream head; fruity aroma; fruity flavours - plum, cherry, raspberry - but rather thin; dry fruity finish, rather lacking in bitterness.

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