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


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RATINGS: 216   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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Leighton's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (22306) - London, Greater London, - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, red-brown with a slender, beige foam head. Lots of dark berries and grapes in the aroma. Medium to big sweet flavor, mostly semi-ripe berries, grapes, plums, some rich bready malts, very light bitterness but really not much at all. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very faint alcohol warmth to finish, some sticky and toasted sugars, hints of chocolate, more berries, grapes, cherries, plums, suggestions of toffee. I’m actually somewhat fond of this beer. It drinks pretty smoothly.

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

samjdix (65) - - 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 (8387) - 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 (13508) - 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 (13313) - 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 (21988) - 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 (3392) - 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.

beeebon (478) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2016
From bottle pours very dark, almost like a porter and thing beige head. Aroma is strong sticky brown sugar, stewed fruits like plumb, dates and a tough of fig, with roasted nuts. Taste is strong sweet but nicely balanced by roasted malt and hoppy bitterness. A little watery yet sticky as far as texture goes. Overall pretty damn nice!

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