Brewed by Marstons
Style: English Strong Ale
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Cask; Occasional. Mainly a bottled beer.
"Owd Rodger, brewed to a recipe believed to be over 500 years old, is Marston’s award winning 7.6% strong ale. Brewed using malted barley, whole leaf English aroma hops and well water, Owd Rodger offers an explosion of rich fruit flavours with a dry bitter-sweet finish."
From 2014 the bottled beer reduced to 7.4% from 7.6% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (4943) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle 50cl, a clear dark amber beer with low head. Nose is on caramel and metallic touch. Aroma is on toffee, caramel, carared malt, metallic notes, slightly spicy, toasted and light roasted notes at the finish. Body is slightly vinous and alcoholic with a bitter background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PlinyHarris (28) - - DEC 14, 2012
Traditional deliciousness from the midlands brewery you can’t avoid down there. A high-ABV brew that still demands bit gulps, where you get plums, raisins, muck and general sweetness. Nice to see one of the big chains keeping summat so unique and worthy of being an end-of-week treat rather than a passable session ale. The only beer to date I have taken into a bath with me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - DEC 2, 2012
Delicious, thick, fruity, raisons and plums, warm and winter wonderful. More Christmassy than plum pudding! Wonderful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McWorta (1136) - LUXEMBOURG - OCT 16, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2015 Rubin red and brown in colour. On the nose develop aromas of roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. Small fast fading toast coloured head. Bit fizzy, medium-full body. Medium sweet with a touch of bitterness. Finish is dry and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (993) - - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, some ruby red hues; almost purplish. Beige head fizzles away quickly. Nose is barley, booze, and berries; port as it warms. Taste is berries, alcohol, fresh water, port, and cough syrup. The hop finish is very light and overshadowed by a sweet syrup taste. Medium mouthfeel. Could benefit from a little more body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8197) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
17 cl bottle @ vPBF.
Pours murky red color with no head. Aroma of raisin, plums, caramel, toffee and some sugar. Flavor of dark berries, malts, toffee and hay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (5393) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
170ml bottle @ vPBF

1977 vintage! - Pours murky dark brown with a small foamy head. Aroma of slightly sweetish malts, caramel, berries. Taste is smooth and malty with some mild hints of sweetness, caramel, syrup and raisins. Finish is smooth and sweetish with some malty notes. Okay, quite well aged beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
17 cl bottle vintage 1977 @ vPBF. Thanks Pat!
Aroma has some raisins, cardboard and some moldy cellar. Flavour has some metal, moldy cellar, hints of raisins and sugar. Feels like most of the flavour bouquet is gone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chappy5445 (2) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012 does not count
Easily the best tasting real ale I tried in my 2 trips to England and I tried quite a few. Fruity and smooth. I only wish it was available in Canada. There are a number of English real ales to be had here but none can come close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
buggybill2003 (39) - - JUL 23, 2012
Real malty aroma, very little else really. lost its head very quickly which wasnt too much of a problem though. Pleasant tasting, although I found it a little overpowering if Im honest. Im glad I tried it, but wouldnt search it out again.

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