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: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ComradeK (1256) - Sydney, - SEP 6, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a clear deep chestnut brown, with a small beige head, which does not last all that well nor leave much lacing. The main aroma is prune, with some hints of vanilla and biscuity malt. Very mild grass and spice hops lead into a slightly weird blend of prune and banana. The banana persists through to the finish, where it is joined by some faint, doughy biscuit malt. This is not the world’s most flavoursome beer, and what flavour exists is not terribly inspiring. A pretty missable beer.

LazyPyro (1464) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2017
500ml bottle. Clear dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma: light malty, caramel, toffee. Taste: sweet malts, caramel and toffee. Medium body and carbonation, fairly smooth mouthfeel. Overall it’s lacking the richness of flavour claimed on the label, but given such a low ABV it’s not too bad, not one worth seeking out though.

Zlotta (3722) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUN 8, 2017
0.5 l bottle at ’Gasthaus zur Eule’, best before November 2017. Clear, very dark red to black with a thin, frothy, quickly diminishing, light beige head. Sweetish, malty and slightly fruity aroma of caramel, sweet licorice and some blueberry. Rather sweet, malty, a bit fruity and minimally roasty taste of caramel, sweet licorice, blueberry and wine gum, followed by a short, just slightly bitter and a little roasty finish. Almost medium-bodied, slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Interesting stuff, especially considering the abv, never watery but also not a revelation of course.

comperchris (142) - - APR 19, 2017
Awful, tastes of malt and nothing else. No real smell other than malt and no alcohol content. Nice in a stew though!

prawlie (1643) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle. Smells almost synthetic. Tastes weak, lightly malty, and there is little else. Very easy to drink but leaves little impression.

jjsint (3425) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2016
275ml bottle from King of the Belgains, Hartford. Dark brown, opaque with a slight purplish hue. Light aroma of porridge, Ovaltine. Taste is sweet and milky which is pleasant at first but it becomes cloying very quickly. No wonder Mr Creosote exploded after drinking a crate of it. There isn’t a lot to this beer but hey, it’s a classic.

fajry (2186) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 17, 2016
Flaska Saltney. Tmavo jantarova farba, bez peny. Vona cukrikova, karamelova. Chut sladka, vodova, karamelova. Zle.

FrankZappa7 (516) - GERMANY - OCT 16, 2016
06-08-2016-0,5L Dose Dunkel, kaffeefarbene Krone, Aroma : Karamellmalze , Röstmalz. Dito Geschmack.

lokis333 (563) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - MAY 13, 2016
Very dark brown color almost black, with creamy coffee foam. Aromas on the weaker side of caramel, toasted malts and toffee with that stronger aged touch. Palate, light body with thin slightly mouth coating texture leaving very sweet caramel finish. Taste is definatly sweet with hints of toffee and caramel, but not intense, quite watery. Overall, interesting, it is only 2.8% and in a way like very water and weak dark beer, and quite simple. Interesting.

shoestring (420) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2017 So enjoyable and drinkable. Reminds me of a not so sweet sweetheart stout if that makes sense. Nice mouthfeel. Flavoursome for strength. Plums coffee

Steffan (104) - WALES - MAR 24, 2016
Aroma of faint bleach, appearance like coca cola,small cola like head. Taste well....like flat cola without sugar, a very faint hop bitterness and creamy ever so slightly sweet taste. Palate slightly astringent. Not unpleasant but a fine example of a beer that suffers from such a low ABV.

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