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

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 17, 2003
Strong with caramel (and quite strong in alcohol, for an old ale), rich with warm flavors (fruits, roasted malt). Balanced and delicious; my favorite Marston's to date. It's good to see that they put at least this one in a DARK bottle!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2004
Bought in a bottle from Budgens Supermarket near Kings Lynn. A very dark brown colour, the 7.6% comes through in a very strong taste of alcohol & not to much else. Not bad but not the most drinkable beer of that strength.

3.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissPxx (373) - - SEP 13, 2014
Very subtle aroma. Dark brush and mildly fizzy. Thick caramel saying with a sticky throaty experience. Quite gorgeous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoser (367) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 Page 307 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide. Had a bottle of this it is rooty , light, and has a bitter sweet finish. Only 167 of MJ’s "Classic 500 Brews" to go.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
taunusmies (331) - FINLAND - AUG 13, 2008
Pours dark ruby colour with a small head. Aroma is sweet, rich and malty, slightly roasted. Notes of flowers, hops, raisins, dark fruits, toffee and plums. Well balanced ale. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden in the taste, but reveals itself creating a nice warm feeling and going straight to the head. I really liked this one.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (322) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Intensely rich. Very nice beer. Fruity and strong flavour. Not much alcohol. Very tastey indeed. Lovely mouth feel.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DylansDad (307) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2013
Initial aroma is strong sweet fruity alcohol, like day-old dregs in a port bottle. Thankfully, this dissipates quickly, leaving sweet malt, raisins, Xmas cake, bread. First sips taste overly alcoholic, but it calms a bit as it warms. Overall, a well-made beer and drinkable but too sweet for me to want another.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - APR 27, 2003
Wonderful appereance, with a deep brown colour and a huge bubbly head. Malty aroma. The flavour is malty too, sweet, with traces of liquorice and caramel. Quite bitter finish. A bit unbalanced, not very complex, but anyway nice: the best Marston beer I've drunk so far.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - MAY 27, 2006
(Bottle BB 31/01/07) Aroma of roasted malt and caramel with a hint of oak wood. Red brown colour, slightly sparkling and small, light brown, mostly diminishing head with very small lacing. Sweet caramel, roasted malty and slightly bitter (especially in the finish) flavour. Softly carbonated, dry, slightly sticky, warming (alcohol does not taste) and medium to full-bodied palate. Very good strong ale! 26/05/06

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brodies_Best (247) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 26, 2011
Tried some of this since Mike Enderby likes it and had it in the flat. Initial tan head looked promising but didn’t last long. Nice attractive red brown colour. Initial fruity sweet aroma. Can smell the alcohol but it’s not overpowering. Flat, heavy initial taste and then toffee followed by fruit and tingle on the side of the tongue. Not much lacing going on. Dryness makes you want to have another sip but for me, there appears to be too much sugar. A cheap sherry with sprinkings of dust comes to mind. Not sure why I don’t like this as much as I think I should. Maybe it’s just too sweet for me.


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