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


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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Marston’s Pedigree Very Special Old Pale is our finest expression of a classic Pale Ale. It is exceptionally complex and layered, slowly matured over five weeks in the oak casks of our Burton Unions. A two stage hopping process delivers an intense hoppy aroma and the addition of brandy oak cask staves creates a subtle mellow character to the beer. VSOP delivers a rich complex pale ale with an opulent and luxurious finish. Enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (13821) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle at home in London with Chris. Pours perfectly gold with a fine, creamy head. Ripe, rotting fruits in the nose, hints of alcohol. Medium sweet flavor, some sugary bread, bit of toffee, faint bitterness, plums. Medium. Idied with fine to avrage carbonation. Sweet, lightly warming finish, sugary mals, ripe fruits. It isn’t that bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnfryd (12286) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt, hop, caramel, butterscotsch. Flavour is roasted malt, hop, caramel, alcohol, butterscotsch. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2182) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle from Auchan Market, Luxembourg City!
Limited Edition. Bottle: 353245

The beer in the glass is lovely amber colored with a flat, fine creamy head. It smells hoppy, floral, with some hay and grain in the background. Starts hoppy-bitter, slightly sweet-caramelly. The middle part is very grainy and caramelly, in the background slight bready. Overall, still very sweet. Goes into a bready-sweet finish with a lot of caramel, grain and some hay, coupled with beautiful UK - aroma hops!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shaney (2425) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2013
Mittleres Bernstein, reichlich Schaum. Getreidig-süßliches Aroma ähnlich einem Rosinenstuten, aber auch rezent. Honigtönender Geschmack, lieblich und sanft, um dann zügig herb anzuziehen und gar leicht bitter auszuklingen. Wirkt etwas unrund, ist aber durchaus komplex und süffig!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (5712) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 13, 2013
Poured a clear amber colour, with a thin white head. The aroma was of caramel and malt and was rather strong. The flavour is medium to high bitter, with oaky alcoholic notes and chewy caramel. The palate is smooth and the bitterness sticks around for a while to deliver a very refreshing ale. Serve this "warm" and you won’t be disappointed. Drinking it cold destroys the flavours!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
[4584-20120705] 500mL bottle. Light grassy petrol malt aroma. Clear, light orange red body with a quick foamy white head and lots of bubbles stuck to the inside of the glass. Smoked wooden wet hops flavour has a sickly sweet finish. Medium body. Not a fan. (5/3/2/3/9) 2.2
(w/ jercraigs)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (6402) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruitiness, some floral notes and yeast. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some dried apricots, malt, some bitterness and yeast. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (15191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle. It’s pouring a small, off-white head over a clear, dark golden body. The aroma has some notes of butterscotch, but is mostly fruity. Apples, pears and some notes of dried apricots. Lightly malty, very boring. Medium body, dry and softly carbonated. The flavor has a nice bitterness, with pale malts, fruityness and some faint butterscotch. Not much impact from the brandy cask staves. Bitter finish. A quite decent beer, but oh so utterly boring. 121124

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (9437) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle 500ml @ yngwie
Pours clear golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, yeast, floral and hint of dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6880) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle from Gardiners & Haskins, Bristol. Deep amber with a decent, white head. Oranges, floral hops, a touch of boiled sweets, bready malts and a moderately bitter finish. Fine.

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