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 Marstonís 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
flying_pig (1249) - SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle (500ml):
A really strong smell of alcohol straight away. The main aroma is a sweet smelling with some hints of toffee. Vague hints of licorice & chocolate malts are hinted at but are barely noticable due to the alcohol.
Dark, nutty brown colour from the bottle & forms a bubbly, brownish-white head that is about two fingers width high but disappears instantly.
Taste mirrors smell very closely giving a strong alcohol flavour. Itís very rich & sweet with toffee & caramel notes that are mixed in to the taste but again the alcohol is too great.
Medium bodied & quite fizzy on the palate with a slightly warm feel to it that is about its only saving grace. The texture is a chewy one & overall the feel is not great.

Quite a disappointing beer overall with a huge alcohol prescene in the taste as well as the smell that makes it a hard drink to swallow. Certainly not a beer Iíll be drinking again.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Cask (gravity) at Burton Winter Ales Festival 2005. Fond memories of my youth with this, terrorising the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford for what was the strongest ale available on tap in the town. Itís still got that dark sickly sweetness to it, smells like liquidised fruit cake, tastes like a boozy fruit cake, lets you know itís nearly 8% with a slightly curdling aftertaste but still reasonable strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2007
Dark brown in colour thick creamy toffee/yellow coloured head. malty aroma, fruity rasin flavour. nice warm mouth feel. dry finish. Very smoth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1180) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown with transient beige head. Subtle, but rich fruity aroma. Thick oily mouthfeel with light carbonation. Rich complex taste. Fruity (raisins, apples) sweet (dark toffee) start with moderately bitter finish dominated by burnt dark malt flavours. An awesome beer, but not an everyday beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle. Red-brown with a beige collapsing head. Chewy sweet maltiness, dark fruits, raisins, finish keeps some balance. Low carbonation making it slightly watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2008
Pours deep dark red with beige head. Malty aroma. Deep, rich, malty flavour.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2005
Cask. Good head and sits nicely in the glass. Flavour starts well, with a lot of spicy fruit, but is a little too soupy, and lingers with a sharp and cloying alcohol on the back of the tongue. Classic good start, bad finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle. Reddish brown colour with a medium-sized beige head. Malty aroma with hints of caramel and dried fruits. Sweet flavour with malt, caramel, raisins and alcohol. Aftertaste is dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2006
[Bottle from BeersofEurope] Big malty aroma, raisins, orange peel, spicey, alcohol. well bodied but feels a little vacuous and the palate is marred by some tinny notes.

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