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


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RATINGS: 102   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weaselkenievil (1606) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (2272) - 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 (626) - 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 (2591) - 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 (5096) - 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 (4933) - 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 (6773) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (10419) - 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 (10201) - 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 (2069) - 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!

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