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Brewed at Marstons (Marstons plc)

Style: Bitter
Cheshunt, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
This deliciously Dark Ale is rich and full-bodied with a smooth and fruity flavour. Emma Gilleland (master brewer).
Ingredients: Malt: Tipple Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate; Hops: Fuggles, Goldings, Styrian.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (2934) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2012
500ml bottle from Tesco, Ayr - clear red/brown ale, bubbly off-white head, roasted malt and berry fruit aroma, chocolate / toffee with a hint of spice, smooth, carbonation on the high side, medium body

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (785) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2012
500ml Bottle served cellar cool in a large tulip. Dark ruby, with a beige head. I wasn’t expecting much for a pund a bottle. Dark chocolate, licquorice, and the merest hint of...bovril? lurking in the background. Punched above its weight in terms of flavour. Would definitely buy again at the price.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4001) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle. Dark with a small head. Malty with a medium body.Slightly . Cheap and cheerful.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesie1857 (1423) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
500ml bottle from.... erm... Tesco - Deep reddy brown body, nice and clear, lasting frothy white head. A decent caramel nose, a bit of blackcurrant, slight chocolate. but nothing that screams out. The taste is light, a smooth palate doesn’t really bring out any depth of flavour. It is quaffable in a session beer kind of way, but nothing out of the ordinary, but it probably is the best Tesco actually does. Maybe the best I’ve had outta Marston’s too, but can’t be sure.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2013
Bottled 23/02/13. A dark dark brown coloured beer with an off-white pool of head. A sweet malty beer both in the nose and the mouth. Dartk brown fruits. A bit of smokiness. Better than expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tampierre (812) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 7, 2013
Bottled ; Devon ; UK ; Malt,chocolate,fruit and floral aroma ; Clear dark brown color with smaller head ; Sweeter taste and light bitter long finish ; Full body ; Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2013
50cl Bottle: BBD 31 Jul 2014, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 14 Oct 2013. Over chilled it. Good deep beige head on top of a lovely clear, mahogany body: looked good. The nose began to give off some malty notes as it warmed and they were also prominent in the taste, not as sweet as I half expected, this had a more semi-sour fruitiness feel to the flavour than malty molasses: traces of bitter, dark chocolate also appeared later in the aroma and taste Medium bodied with a little too much carbonation for my palate, the hops giving a fine bitter finish to a beer that got better each degree it warmed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (3671) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2013
500ml bottle at home. Pours copper brown, no head. Decent caramel and dark sugar aromas. Decent bitterness on the taste. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gary (1407) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Fuck,i expected an old ale or mild ,something fucken coherent to the title of "dark ale" .this is a bitter! IF I want bitter i drink it CASK like god meant. lts an ok beer though but would be better cask and god damn dark.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1766) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2012
500ml bottle. Poured a deep chestnut brown with a creamy-bubbly, fading off-white to beige head. Not a huge aroma but what is there is characteristic of a dark ESB - toffee, mid to dark fruits, rich & toasted malt with some bready, biscuity sweetness beneath too. Good flavours of toasted malt & nuts, red fruits, some sweet caramel notes and finishes with a dryish toasted, roasted malt bitterness. Light to medium body, medium carbonation and a medium length finish.


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