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

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RATINGS: 104   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.


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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MXD (303) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, - OCT 11, 2011
Pours dark golden/amber. Not much of a head. Clear. Aroma is leather, booze, light cereals and just a hinge of malt. Not interesting so far. Flavor starts strong -- mainly cereals and fruits (pineapple, really?), but winds up in boozy territory a little for fast. Overly sweet. Slight hops are overriden by booze, but all in all, they got the malt right. Timid carbonation. Don’t regret buying it, but can’t think of any other words to describe it than "weak-bodied overly boozy ale"...


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
A hazed golden ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, light sweet fruity caramel malt with light grassy hops. In mouth, a sweet caramel malt with light mineral notes, grassy hops, a bit oxidized. Bottle from LCBO, 2 years old.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
500ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Best before August 14, 2012. Clear golden copper in colour with a thin quickly dissipating white head, good lacing. The aroma is sweet, woody, light alcohol, some fruit. The flavour is sweet with some toffee, fruity and floral hops. Sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, sweet, warming and a bit peppery. Alright stuff, nothing really special about this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (2485) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2014
Flaske (nr. 303827, bb.21.10.12) delt på rbhd-samling hos Odd Gunnar: Maris Otter kombinert med Goldings, Fuggles, Target og Sovereign gir sammen med fatlagringen en deilg aroma og kompleks smak med preg av klassisk engelsk appelsinmarmelade. Fin ettersleng, og en god øl tross utløpt på dato. Må prøves igjen.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (906) - NORWAY - JUN 13, 2014
Slightly hazy orange. Slightly metallic hop aroma. Orange marmelade in taste, still with undescriptive metal.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (2768) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2014
0,5 l bottle (no. 303827) kindly shared by Sigmund. Misty golden body with a short lived white film. Floral, herbal fruity nose. Sweet, wooden, nutty bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5297) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours light hazy golden with a tiny white layer. Aroma of decay, marzipan and alcohol. Taste is light sweet, marmelade with notes of flowers and ripe plums

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5121) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2014
Shared 500 ml bottle, from CITTI-Markt Flensburg (BraufactuM collection). BB date 21.10.2012. Bottle No. 303827. ABV is 6.7%. Hops are Golding, Fuggle, Sovereign, Target and Celia. Deep golden to orange colour, moderate white (or slightly off-white) head. Nice and "typically English" aroma of toffee and English hops, earthy notes. Well balanced flavour, seems to have aged well. Same elements as in the aroma, fairly dry. A beer I’d buy again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7445) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kupferfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, nussig, würzig, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, fruchtig, würzig, Karamell, nussig.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - Orangey Amber in colour. Very strong hoppy aroma. Hoppy; spicy peppery hops. Fruity; very citrus orange. Malty; oaky, vanilla, toasty biscuity malts, toffee. Very pronounced oaky vanilla taste. Bitter citrus fruity dry throughout. Very dry fruity finish. Drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (11034) - 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.


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