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


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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Cask; Occasional. Mainly a bottled beer.
"Owd Rodger, brewed to a recipe believed to be over 500 years old, is Marston’s award winning 7.6% strong ale. Brewed using malted barley, whole leaf English aroma hops and well water, Owd Rodger offers an explosion of rich fruit flavours with a dry bitter-sweet finish."
From 2014 the bottled beer reduced to 7.4% from 7.6% ABV.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (19534) - Ashford, Kent, - JAN 13, 2007
500ml bottle from Cask & Glass, Tonbridge, the best offy in East Kent. BBE Dec 07. Rich ruby colour with thin beige head. Not sure what I expected from this. Syrupy malt with some peppery hop aroma. Rich fruit. However in the mouth you can still tell that it is pasteurised due to that awful candy sugar, boiled sweet flavour. Raisiny malt finish is good, nice fruit and a decent hop presence. Fine beer for the winter, the alcohol doesn’t make it harsh, so it does show some adeptness. Like GarethYoung I thought that it was a bit empty in the palate.

BeardedAvenger (1264) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2018
Cask at PoW, Farnborough. Sweet carame and fruits aroma. Treacle brown. No head. Sweet. Syrupy. Sugary. Thick bodied. Slick. Flat carbonation. Abrupt finish. Not normally keen on sweet beers, but that's more in terms of artificial tastes. This is more of a warming caramel sauce. Good stuff.

MeadMonger95 () - - NOV 9, 2017
strong but syrupy, too much alcohol content. Rich but unpleasant flavour, very deep

samjdix (74) - - JUL 15, 2017
Lethal. Pours as dark as expected. Complex aromas of treacle, oats and even some tar. Tastes of molasses and oats again. Everything I’d expect of something labelled a ’country ale’, just a shame that having one than two over a normal session would be headache-fodder!

Cunningham (8526) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 9, 2017
Something has probably turned really wrong here. Infected I suppose. Lots of butter and vinegar. As you surely understand, not meant for human consumption.
[Cask at The Fat Cat in Norwich, England]

Rune (13720) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2017
Draught at Fat Cat in Norwich, shared with friends. Dark brown body. Dissipating beige head. Dark fruity nose with hints of vinegar. Toffee and dark jam-like flavours partially overrun by vinegar. Gone? (18.02.2017).

Camons (13496) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Cask @ Fat Cat, Norwich. Pours dark brown with an tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, butter, burnt brown sugar, light vinegar. Flavor is sweet, light sour, malty, caramel, butter, brown sugar, vinegar. Medium body, soft carbonation. Erk! 180217

Rasmus40 (22129) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Cask @ Fat Cat, Norwich. Hazy dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit, heavy buttery and light balsamico. Flavor is quite sweet and light sour. Sweet and light sour finish. Really nasty and clearly not what the brewer intended. 180217

john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle. Dark Red Brown. Mega-malty, roasty malts, burnt toffee, caramel, molasses. Dark fruits, raisins, plums. Tasty, malty, very fruity, sweet, full-bodied strong ale. Long dry malty finish. Fine. (2008)

Swaroga (2224) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 7, 2016
50cl bottle. Beer is dark brown, almost can’t see through. The head is small and disappears quickly. Aroma is very delicate and light .... Mostly chocolate and dark fruits. The body is oily and creamy and the carbonation small. It has a quite pleasant mouthfeel. Taste is not super intensive. Mild with medium sweetness and delicate bitter finish. Nothing super interesting apart the hidden alcohol.

pkrpmusic (4) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2016 does not count
Second bottle purchased and another with an ill-fitting cap on the bottle. Poured flat with minimal head and the barest carbonation. Taste was strong-sweet, slightly sickly, typical strong ale, almost a barley wine but not as heady. Marston’s need to check their bottling process - I can’t be the only person who has experienced two flat bottles in as many weeks. Disappointing.

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