Brewed at Thomas Hardy Burtonwood (Molson Coors)

Style: Mild Ale
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
Available filtered and pasteurised in bottles and cans.
Previously brewed by Burtonwood for Ushers (Refresh UK).
Manns Brown Ale has been brewed in Britain since 1902, originally by Thomas Wells Thorpe who was the head brewer of Manns in London. He envisaged the opportunity to move away from IPA and brown stout and create a new beer, claimed to be "the sweetest beer in London". Brewed to the original Manns recipe, this 2.8% ABV ale is now brewed by Thomas Hardy at Burtonwood, it remains the most widely distributed brand of the original style of sweet, low gravity brown ale.

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allmyvinyl (11321) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle shared at home - cheers Steven! Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee and chocolate. Very sweet, no hop presence. Good body for the strength. Sweet finish. I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would!

Fin (11176) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2006
Bottle, Sainsbury’s, Kidlington selling at £1 a bottle. I was quite shocked to note that this was only 2.8% but then I suppose brown ales are quite weak. Poured dark brown with barely a head to speak of, bit caramelly on the nose and sweet in the taste, I found this to be absolutley fine and nice to drink something that is still quite tasty despite it’s lack of oommph.

pivnizub (10961) - Bochum, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2007
Bottle: Deep brown coloured, small and stable, slightly lacing off-white head; moderate roast-malty, a bit metallic nose, nutty, too; light bitter, mainly dry flavour, light bodied; hints of caramel, nuts, roasted malt in the faint bitter finish. Not unpleasant, quite tasty for a beer of 2.8%.............

DuffMan (10936) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
Interesting dinosaur of this now forgotten style. Dark clear brown with a thin tan head and no lace. Very low aroma of toffee and cookie. Palate is very thin, even watery, with mostly caramel malt. Not terribly sweet, but not bitter either. Very mild indeed.

leaparsons (10913) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2002
Mann's brown is a little too creamy and sweet for my liking - almost like a milk stout. Not a favourite style of mine, but still drinkable.

jmgreenuk (10532) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle from one of the supermarkets. Poured like a flat cola with a broken tan head. The aroma is weak, but there is some dry maltiness there. The flavour is weak bitter and some malt and that’s where it ends really. The palate is weak and there is no real aftertaste. I don’t dislike this beer, but at the same time, it’s nothing special either. It it floats your boat then great, but sadly my boat is somewhere down there with the Titanic!

deanso (10356) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - JUN 15, 2012
50cl bottle from ABCBeers. Decent off white head which disappears quickly. Clear ruby brown pour. A bit lacking in carbonation and thin but still pretty drinkable.

Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
Black Isle, Scotland august 05. I thougth this would be a typical, sweet, malty and boring beer - but I was fooled. The color is dark brown, the head nice and the aroma is malty with notes of caramel. The flavour has notes of roasted malt, caramel, a bit of chocolate and a light sweetness. The finish has a very weak bitterness. It has a lot of taste in spite of the low ABW (2.8), and if you find this beer, you definitely should try it!

mabel (10011) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
[652-20070922] 275mL. Rich toffee caramel malt aroma has a hint of dark chocolate and an underlying sweetness bordering on sickly. Dark brown body with red highlights and a small quick foamy tan head. Rich stouty beef stock gravy flavour has a little smokiness as if barbecued and something like chocolate. Medium body, thinner than anticipated. Lovely flavour but smells out of kilter with it.

The_Osprey (9935) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
500ml bottle, 2.8%, BB May 2016. This looks exactly like cola. Small tan head if forced. Highly sparkling. Aroma is molasses and brown sauce, touch of balsamic. Possibly cola too, though that may be psychological. Body is medium to light, soft carbonation, smooth. Taste is light, kvass-like, cheap fairground toffee, cola, touch of metallic yeastiness. In a blind test, you would easily be able to convince me that this is some kind of crap attempt at making a cola. The 100th beer I’ve tried from Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide. I’m sure there would have been some better beers I’ve could have picked!

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