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Mann's Brown Ale | Thomas Hardy Burtonwood Limited

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Mann's Brown AleMann's Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Thomas Hardy Burtonwood Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Lemreway16
2.12/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On pouring the beer went immediately flat but what head appeared was a pleasing off white foam. Smell - roasted malt, chocolate and the sweetness of a cola. Taste - bland and thin. When I was young in the 60s Brown Ales, Light Ales & Stout dominated the non-draught beer market whilst insipid keg beer and bland lager was on (gas) draught. Times changed and cask ales and craft beers arose from it must be said CAMERA's crusade. I thought most of these low ABv Browns had gone but Mann's still produces it - probably as an alternative to cola and shandy in my view. An unpleasant beer that needed a good IPA to take the taste away.

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Photo of FLima
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown reddish color with a thick thin head that vanished quickly.
Aroma with predominant notes of dark chocolate, licorice and some toffee.
Flavor with notes of cola, chocolate, malt juice, a bit of floral and earthy hops, toffee and nuts. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness, but lightly perceivable hops.
Light to watery body with appropriate mild carbonation. Alcohol is 2.8%, so not really something to be disguised.
Classical London Brown Ale that is good as a refreshment with a pleasant chocolatey taste with toffee on the background. I also understand it is used for cooking and for creating drinks or mixing with other beers; I can see that. That said nothing spectacular about it. Ps. You can almost give this to your children.

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Photo of jhart96
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Macamah
2.89/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of horshack7
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a good dark brown with some minor amber hues. On top is a light beige head that thins out quick.

Aroma: Toffee is way up front, fig, spice, floral hop with faint citrus way in the back.

Taste: Good crispness at the start but it leaves a light toffee texture on the palate. Spice, fig, caramelized plantains with a floral hop dryness. Twinges of cinnamon roam around.

Notes: Overall this is a good one that has a well balanced sweetness. I will pick this one up again. Cheers.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass, cola colored with a foamy tan head that dissipates leaving good lacing, clear

S: nutty malt, walnut, bread, slight mineral

T: malty, caramel, walnut, peanut, bread, dark grain, slight cola and wood

M: light, very thin, low carbonation

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Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" (and possibly other books to come.)

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Photo of stevoj
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I’ll go with the flow on this, as I am completely unfamiliar with the style, and being mild, perhaps the palate is supposed to be light. Taste is very "roasty", oaken bitterness, burnt toast, some cola sweetness, but overall light in mouthfeel and aftertaste. Aroma is also very light and appearance is dark brown with minimal head. Interesting drink, would like to try another brand to compare notes.

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Photo of baile208
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Isn't an exceptional brown ale but isn't bad. Very dark brown color and aroma isn't powerful, some hints of fruit. Taste is sweet and malty, some caramel.

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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle. BB date at the end of March 2016 is almost a full year away.

Looks and tastes like a rather good mild brown ale. Nothing striking here but no apparent defects either, and the aroma reflects some nice medium roasted grains. Mildly sweet. About as good as can be expected given the style and economical price.

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Photo of Keegan
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mick_cooper
4.34/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very warming, gentle, sweet beer. Betrays its low ABV

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Photo of Harvie
5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of WGO
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Johnq1964
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another British beer I've somehow forgotten to write about. 500ml bottle: BBD 31 May 2014, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 3 Sep 2013.

Looked fine, a deep full head of tanned foam on top of a dark brown body with a ruby tint. The head turned into a wisp and collar mid-tasting, no lacing on my glass.

The nose is sweet malty molasses, caramel being the main aroma I picked up.

The taste is also on the malt molasses side of sweet, again with caramel to the fore, joined now though with some chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes.

Considering this is only 2.8% ABV it carries a fair flavoursome punch, obviously a bit thin body wise but still an easy and pleasant mild/brown to have at lunchtime, which is when I had it.

Glad I realised I hadn't reviewed this beer and made the effort to buy another bottle after a few years without trying it.

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Photo of charlatan
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle has freshness date 30 Nov. Pours a peaty colour with a ruby red hue when I hold it up to the light and a head which dissipates to the rim pretty quickly. The nose is sweet and clearly dominated by malt with more than hint of treacle. It starts off rather insipidly (a bland sweetness) before pleasant roasted malt flavours are revealed. And that's about it, so the roasted malt lingers on the tongue nicely. File under inoffensive.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very dark, like cola; small head with no retention

Aroma: Malty; sweet; dried fruit; like a weak doppelbock

Taste: Malty; sweet; a little thin, but refreshing; nutty on the mid with very faint hops; no detectable alcohol; good session beer, but not complex

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up from Booths a little while back. A classic that was first brewed in 1902 - I've been meaning to review this one for a while.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark ruby-brown hue that appears almost black in the glass. Medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hints of toffee, mild roasted grain, fruity ale yeast, faint dried fruit and a twinge of stewed hops. A weak metallic note in the background.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a mild finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, a hint of roasted grain, faint dried fruit, fruity ale yeast and stewed hops. Vaguely reminiscent of Coca-Cola. Slightly sweet, with a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, accompanied by prickly carbonation and a rather thin body. Lightly astringent, with an aftertaste of lingering caramel malt, dried hops and a vanishing sweetness.

Pretty good - when the ABV is taken into account this ale is impressively well-rounded. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by hints of sweet caramel. No assault on the senses but given the low ABV this isn't surprising. The body is smooth, if a tad watery, but again this is not unexpected. Decidedly drinkable; it won't blow you away but it certainly goes down easily enough. I could imagine having another when I'm looking for something subtle. Well worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of Beerstorian
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mick303
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Colour is a quite dark sooty brown, pours a good head of light brown foam, decent retention but lacing fades away. Visible carbonation.

Smell is mainly dark malts, some vanilla and coffee notes. No hops come through. Quite light, with a bit of fruitiness.

Taste has some dark malts, then some honey oat sweetness, vanilla, apple. Some coffee, with a pretty nice balance. Pretty mild, with a sweetness to it. Finish is dry, and mild.

Mouthfeel is mild, really light. A smooth malt body, really sessionable though a bit watery. Low ABV. Some soft carbonation.

A really light mild brown ale, despite such a low ABV it does have a nice flavour and balance. But I didnt find it that interesting and I would prefer a bit more aggressive or interesting flavour and maybe some more bitterness. I don't think I'll get this again.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of flyingpig
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark brown colour. It takes an aggressive pour to get any sort of head on this one at all but it manages to form a brownish white, thin bubbly head that recedes to a soapy lacing after about thirty seconds.

Deep caramel aroma is given of from this one along with some nice toffee notes and plenty of malts. Overall it is a mild smelling beer. There is a nice dark fruits aroma to it as well. An average smelling ale that has nice depth.

Quite similar to the nose with a nice combination of toffee & caramel that is well balanced and enjoyable. This is followed by some nice nutty malts. There is almost no bitterness to this ale either.

A nice creamy, medium body and quite a lot of carbonation & fizz to it. It is rather smooth and as expected there is no taste of alcohol on the palate.

A pleasant surprise here given my initial perception of this one, it is a very solid drink that is quite rich and goes down great. The fact that the alcohol content is low would go unnoticed.

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Mann's Brown Ale from Thomas Hardy Burtonwood Limited
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 36 ratings