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Marshmellow - Oxfordshire Ales

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oxfordshire Ales visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 11-24-2007)
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Reviews by tubacharlie:
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tubacharlie

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good head with some lacing and stickling, a dark copper-brown color. Decent blend of malts and hops, with a brown bread and butter kind of flavor.

Good every-day pub brew to wash down some fish and chips while watching the local cricket match.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 04:49:57 | More by tubacharlie
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tomgoehring

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +20.8%

03-18-2014 18:51:50 | More by tomgoehring
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Zekenyce

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +43.5%

02-09-2014 06:47:47 | More by Zekenyce
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

02-17-2013 18:10:50 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma has a malty core and firm notes of caramel and horehound. Pours a clear, dark copper with a fairly thick pale copper-tan head. Firm flavor has malty, caramel and horehound tones with just a whisper of honey. Smooth texture has average body and fizz, but leaves a satisfying finish. Overall, decent if not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:18:39 | More by Cyberkedi
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pkalix

California

4.5/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

almost no head whatsoever, light bourbon color.
smell is incredible. i cannot describe it. like a candied dish of some sort, but not like a belgian 'candied' description. very dark-sweet aroma.
taste is almost as grand as the aroma. sweet malts, minor bitterness, one person referred to it as toasted sweetness which is exactly how i would describe it.
this reminds me of some great british beers i had had several years in a great 'round-the-world' pub although i cant remember which. i love the aroma and i love the flavor. i am biased against brews under 5% abv as i believe it is more difficult to get a consistent great taste as the abv rises but thisis close enough at 4.7% and perhaps i ought to be looking at these brews a little harder. i suppose i can always augment the lowered abv with a shot of good whiskey, right?
i dont understand the others' lower ratings on this.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 00:07:30 | More by pkalix
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

12-13-2012 04:03:30 | More by kkmiller76
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.18/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Been eying these boys for a while now, and watching some YouTube reviews from the Kingdom finally pushed me over the edge. This stuff pours a clear tawny-copper with no real head to speak of. I initially thought this was one of those "cask-conditioned ales...in a bottle!"-type o' deals, but the lack of bottle-conditioning made me think otherwise. Hm. The nose comprises toffee, biscuit, some sherry-style oxidation, and a touch of vague berries. Something tells me this bottle is past its prime. Looking to the label, though, all I can find is a three-digit number, and even that's barely perceptible, let alone legible. And, to boot, I haven't been able to get onto the website (from a couple different sources, now), so I have no idea how old this bottle is. Dammit. The taste holds notes of biscuit, watery tea, cardboard, and light grass. My suspicion concerning over-aging persists, but, then again, I've had fresh cask beer that tasted somewhat similar (if brighter, so to speak), so, again, I have no idea. The body is a light medium, with barely a kiss of carbonation and a subsequently oily feel. Overall, this was just a sad experience all around. I'm actually hoping this was an old bottle, as that would explain away the off-flavors and whatnot, leaving hope or fresher stuff in the future, but, thanks to the lack of information at hand (and my unwillingness to give this stuff another go in the near future, lest I come upon a repeat performance), I can't be sure. All I know is that this beer was absolutely no joy to drink as is.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 14:10:45 | More by TMoney2591
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mnixon86

Ireland

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

09-02-2012 19:47:45 | More by mnixon86
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MEP


3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

07-29-2012 20:25:46 | More by MEP
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle served in a large Harviestoun flute.

A: despite a vigorous pour not enough head was raised to completely coat the top. It died quickly. leaving behind just the attractive red-orange-brown liquid.

S: a load of sweet toffee and caramel with an underlying aroma of baked bread.

T: Plenty of flavor, and not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. In fact, there's a mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Nonetheless, as the aroma indicates, there is a good bit of toffee and caramel in the flavor, with hints of white pepper, raisins and dates.

M: very smooth; medium+ body; light but adequate carbonation.

O: interesting variant on an ESB. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:19:40 | More by chinchill
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jbowes


4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

04-29-2012 23:00:23 | More by jbowes
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, 4.7%abv, with a 161 stamped on the back side of the label.

It pours a hazy amber with a 1 finger head of billowy foam. Hehe...I poured it slower than I did with the Pride of Oxford and the reward is a great looking brew in my imperial pint glass.

It smells more complex with notes of biscuit, some fruitiness, and a more mild nondescript bitterness. To me, it smells very inviting.

Big but not overdone notes of biscuit in the taste, a nice fruity flavour or 2...trying to figure out which fruit by swishing the beer in my mouth but the biscuit flavour over rides it enough to make that not possible for me. Oh well, it's there and it's nice.

The bitterness, though mild, is of a lemon like taste.

Good stuff here and the mouthfeel helps with it's creaminess and lowish carbonation.

Quite a tasty ESB, I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 23:29:52 | More by Bitterbill
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New to the Atlanta market, I decided to pick up a bottle. Pours a copper color with a fairly slight head. A bit of minerality in the nose, but overall a bit too malty. I like to smell at least a whiff of leafy hop aromas in my ESB- this one is on the sweet side. The taste is similar, with some mineral notes, a biscuity note, and a modicum of bitterness without any particular hop flavor. The finish is a bit sweet. Fairly decent, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:39:15 | More by Georgiabeer
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morimech

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

159 Stamped on the back label. Comes out of the bottle mostly as foam that does settle quickly to a hazy amber colored liquid. A thick cap eventually settles on the beer. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is not what I think of when I think of ESB. It is a combination of Lemon Drops and toffe. A little bit of a woodsy aroma as well.

Light and hoppy flavor. Pale and caramel malt gives a slightly sweet base flavor, and then the hops come in and give citrus and grassy flavor. Also quite bitter for an English ale.

Real ale is used on the label several times. Not quite translated to this bottle offering. Although it is lightly carbonated, it is also very light in body. This beer goes down very quickly because of these qualities.

Interesting beer but it does not bring enough excitement to the glass to want to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:00:30 | More by morimech
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coz

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.4%

12-11-2011 23:10:38 | More by coz
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

disclaimer: maybe this was an old, past prime bottle, because their website shows newer label designs....

A glitch in the transfer - only a few clustered large bubbles after the pour - real ale for real, I suppose. The liquid was a deep amber-copper color, clear but with a smidge of sediment.

Sort of an old (oxidized?) aroma - faintly leathery and dusty - not all that bad. Hints of medium-rich fruity esters and light aromatic alcohol. As it reached lukewarm, some pleasant toasty caramel notes released as well as a touch of earthy hop trailing behind.

I can't help but to suggest that the flavor is nothing special - a bit bland and dull compared to most English ales I've had (imagine that). Is 'thin' (one-dimensional) an appropriate description here? The character is no doubt English but it really leaves me desiring a few notches more malt depth and bitterness (which is scant). There's a subtle, I wouldn't say 'sherry', but perhaps dried cherry flavor when warm.

Its light, smooth-ish, roundish body and slight dry finish makes it easily sessionable, but its deficit of carbonation was a letdown, and rendered this brew lifeless.

Time in transit, lack of gas, yeast too fresh, a tad skimpy on recipe - any of these could have contributed to a (bottled) ale that failed to make a memorable impression.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 22:06:24 | More by Bouleboubier
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chicagoabbot

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a classic English style...taking into consideration the style it belongs to, this is a decent beer, certainly better than the aggregate rating implies and it really does live up to the name and have a marsh-mellow-y aroma and flavor, a decent nuttiness and is quite sessionable. The head does subside quickly on top of the amber body, but this is appropriate for an ESB. Not too hoppy, but bitter, with a good balance on the malt. Mouthfeel is quite good. Price was reasonable at $1.99 for a pint bottle. Altogether, a decent brew, I recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 05:53:45 | More by chicagoabbot
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- The gentle carbonation glides through the slightly hazy deep caramel body leaving a good yeast cake in the bottle. There is a head of a few clusters of beige bubbles but it is soon gone.

S- The caramel and toffee notes are soft and a bit oxidized with cardboard hints and a cider note to the finish.

T- The watery taste has some mineral notes to it with some toffee notes in the finish. There is a cidery quality that grows in the finish as the beer opens up. There is some hop bitterness that is almost a warmth it is so soft and a roasted malt touch that lingers in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice toffee malt character is soon buried under the cidery notes and watery taste. This beer turns a bit flabby aswell.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 21:24:42 | More by rhoadsrage
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange color with a small white head that lasts for about a minute before completely subsiding.

Subtle aroma of toasted malt upfront with just the slightest hint of light citrus in the background.

Taste again is toasted malt upfront with some caramel and a touch of citrus.

Light body with light carbonation. Not much going on here but goes down easy. Got some of these for free and as long as that's the case, I wouldn't mind having this again on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 14:55:56 | More by Vengeance526
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBE: 12 APR 12

A: Dark copper-orange body with one finger of off white head. Retention is minimal as is lacing.

S: Mix of roasted malts, some graininess and a very odd smell. Not sure what it is, but I don't like it.

T: Light malts with some hops. Not much I can pick out, subtle notes at best.

M: Light bodied with mediuum carbonation. After taste is light malts and has a water like texture.

O: I can't get over the odd smell, even besides that though, it's not a very exciting brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 20:47:58 | More by Long813
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into nonic pint. Best-before date on back label.

Pours a clear, deep orange with a finger-and-a-half of dense white head that takes a few minutes to fade.away. once it's gone, however, it's gone.

Aroma is mild orange and fruit eaters with a touch of toasted malt. Not very aromatic.

Taste is a pleasant, if mild, blend of sweet fruit esters and lightly toasted malt. Bit of orange, bread and sugar in there.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still acceptable, and mildly carbonated. Refreshing and smooth.

Overall this beer is a pleasant ale that tastes fine and was refreshing on this hot day. Probably won't purchase many more times, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 22:30:27 | More by nighthawk
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RoyalT

Ohio

3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a nice orangish-brown in color with a very modest head.

Smell - The malts are heavily-toasted and full of whole wheat bread. There's a very faint table sugar as well.

Taste - The toasty notes dominate the taste. The sweets again are like table sugar.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with very modest carbonation and a touch of toasty bitterness.

Drinkability - This was watery and danced around the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:29:11 | More by RoyalT
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mattipt

United Kingdom (England)

2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A dark red-brown colour; pours with a good head. Served quite warm which may account for this but which seems to suit it.

S - Malts dominate over hops. Other than that, the nose isn't very complex as doesn't reveal too much.

T - Dry maltiness, almost like a digestive biscuit. The taste is more balanced than I was expecting from the smell; the hops are definitely more bitter than floral. A hint of diacetyl.

M - A tad lighter than I would've liked for something as malty as this, but overall an enjoyable mouthfeel.

D - It seems to have all the right characteristics of a good ale of the style, and it's local to boot. It's certainly an enjoyable drink but somehow it doesn't sing to me. A good effort nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:40:09 | More by mattipt
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DoubleJ

California

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I let this bottle warm up after I got it out of the fridge. 500 ml bottle bought at Total Wine, on to the beer:

Little head is formed on the pour, but it sticks around for awhile. The beer's color is hazy brownish orange color. The aroma reminds me of a caramle cookie, like a Twix without the chocolate. There is a trace of astringent malt in there too.

The first few sips didn't wow me, but time brings this beer up to respectability. This is where the caramel cookie flavor and light toasted note come to play. Fruity esters, while light, add another piece to the picture. Among the negatives, there are traces of phenol and astringent grain. It's light bodied with low carbonation.

Pretty solid beer, whatever style it's trying to be.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 06:18:11 | More by DoubleJ
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Marshmellow from Oxfordshire Ales
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