Brewed by Marston’s
Style: English Strong Ale
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle from my local Tesco. Poured a clear light amber with a short lived off white head. Aroma of biscuity malts, not much there. Flavour is a little soapy and bland with some mild bitterness. Quite drinkable but very special it doesn’t reach by some margin. Bit of sweetness. Some hops up front with the bitterness behind, a little spice and dustyness lurking. It’s ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (792) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUL 26, 2015
Garrafa 42834 apresentou coloração alaranjada,espuma cremosa,alta e persistente;aroma com malte dominando,notas de mel e caramelo e um leve lúpulo são percebidas;no sabor o dulçor do malte vem com a boa companhia do lúpulo herbaceo que junto com o álcool(este percebido mas bem inserido)dão a essa cerveja um equilíbrio formidável,corpo médio,carbonação idem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (2508) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle. Reddish copper color. Aroma: malt, caramel, vanilla, floral hops and oak wood. Taste pleasant, slightly sweet, rich malt profile, oak, madeira, earthy hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (12958) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2686) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (4891) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (2914) - NORWAY - JUN 13, 2014
Slightly hazy orange. Slightly metallic hop aroma. Orange marmelade in taste, still with undescriptive metal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (3565) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (7987) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (6745) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (17277) - P´Castle, 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.

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