Owd Rodger | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-21-2002

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Reviews by John_Henry:
Photo of John_Henry
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was quite disappointed with this beer, perhaps my expectations were too high. One of the problems could be that I tasted this next to Marstons Oyster stout. It tastes incredibly similar, not just to this but to a number of Marstones other blends. That said as with others it is very easy to drink, just very un-interesting and even a little thin, you'd never know you were drinking 7.4%.

The problem for me with this, as with other Marstons bottles, is that they don't come close to the cask offerings. Growing up in Derbs and Staffs Pedigree was in every pub, and I still love a pint when I'm home, but the bottled stuff doesn't come close.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. ABV is stated as 7.4%. Picked up a while back from a B&M store. The rear label mentions that this ale's recipe may be over 500 years old.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown with light carbonation. Forms a decent head of tan foam that dissipates almost as soon as it arrives. A rich aroma of sweet, fruity malt with notes of dried fruit, fruitcake, brown sugar, a hint of chocolate, faint vanilla and a warming whiff of booze. The sweetness is full-on and rather cloying.

Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a sweet character and a dry, boozy finish. Notes of raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, fruitcake, mild spice and faint stewed hops. Hints of vanilla and chocolate, along with a solventy note of alcohol in the background. Not much bitterness; the finish is overly sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with well-judged carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet, fruity malt.

Not bad, in fact one of the better brews I've had from this large brewery. Most of their output tends towards mediocre. Plenty of flavour and quite boozy - lots of fruitiness and sugar. It's too sweet, and the body could be thicker, but it goes down OK. Would probably be improved by conditioning with live yeast. Lacks refinement, but worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of Keegan
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rastaman
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not really what i was looking for. Lots of body and flavour, but its too in your face and sticky, no elegance displayed, a bit sweet aswell, some lightly earthy, peaty, smoky notes which kept it from falling to an even lower score, and lessened the sweetness a bit, not a total loss.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a pint.

Color is black-reddish. Large head that stays a while and leaves a thin layer.
Aroma is roasted malt and booze.
Taste is also dominated by roasted flavors and also a hint of liquorice . Not as boozy as the aroma suggested.
Body feels medium and is well carbonated.

Overall this is an interesting beer. Very drinkable at it's 7.4 ABV.

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Photo of jahsausage
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

For an ale this is very dark in colour, obviously not in comparison to a stout but to other english ales it is. It smells strongly of what my flatmate calls "grog" - we could be misidentifying things but the alcohol smell is prevalent. The high alcohol levels might also explain the rather pitiful performance of its head (as well as lapses in spelling and sense in this review).

The taste itself is initially dominated by the smokey, dark flavours of the malt, a good comparison would be to scottish ales I think. Then it has a pronounced bitter finish leading to hints of 'alcohol taste'. Not a beer that has me over-excited but is interesting in its own right as an example of what it bills itself as a "strong country ale".

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Photo of GentleKnight1
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel brown colour with a light beige head. Aromas of fruity caramel with hops. Tastes of malty sweetness, fruits, berries and caramel with the alcohol content coming though a little. Aftertaste is quite warming with a bittersweet fruity finish.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown bottle, 500ml, best before mid Dec 2007, drank 1st feb 2007.

Poured into two Corsendonk glasses, more for me, less for the wife.

Ruby Red, almost port like in colour, but not as thick. Good tanned head, left for the rim of the glass fairly swiftly though.

Plum or Christmas pudding in aroma, sweetness also comes through in waves.

The taste is a bit too sweet for me, the Christmas fruits from the aroma come along, which only adds to the rich almost sickly flavour.

Burnt caramel, and the Christmas feel give the sweetness to much leeway and the resultant mouthfeel is also too sweet for my liking.

7.6%, too sweet, but a half before bed, would not be a problem.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pretty muted.

Pretty rich mouth feel with a good level of carbonation. Hints of lemon, vanilla and toffee. Not that hoppy and does not taste as high in alcohol as noted on the bottle. Good for just getting intoxicated on alcohol than being intoxicated on its gustatory qualities.

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Photo of vinicole
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Dark chestnut in colour. Thick frothy head that dissipates quickly.
Fruity malt aroma. Toffee.
Caramelized sugar. Toffee apple. Sweet. Tea loaf. Quite boozy.
Somewhat cloying. Medium to full body.
Fondly remembered as a fantastic Christmas ale served from the cask.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown, red beer with a small head that settles into an off-white lace on the side of the glass.

Smell has metallic notes, lightly roasted and lots of ripe red fruit and a raisiny and grape smell.

Taste is malty with a strong raisiny taste, which determines most of the character of the beer. A strong caramellic malt character that is slightly roasted and has light metallic notes. The yeast in combination with the malt, give the impression of red fruits like cherries and raspberries. Bitterness is low and for a large part caused by the maltbitterness.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So it's a rich dark brown body with creme caramel coloured head that diminishes but never goes below 50 % surface coverage
booze and caramel on the nose
creme caramel flavour
thin body for style
okay I guess

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Photo of mdagnew
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep dark coppery red / brown colour. Mocha head poured fairly tight, thick and fizzy then faded to thin covering... quite a lot of carbonation bubbles rush to the surface... no real lacing...

Aroma - Strong toffee and treacle, chocolate malt, toasted malt loaf, sticky toffee pudding, rich dark stewed fruits (raisins, figs, plums), black pepper notes, light nutmeg, toffee apples, burnt sugar...

Taste is pretty much as the aroma indicated... rich fruit (stewed plums, cherry, some overripe banana) and lots of strong toffee and brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate, some vegetal hints, light sour vinegar notes, slight soapiness, rum traces, molasses, faint woody / oaky notes, very light grassy hop bitterness...

Feel - Rich and smooth with maybe a little oiliness... pretty full bodied... very quaffable for a 7.6% brew as there is no real hint of the alcohol although the sweetness might become a bit much after more than one bottle...

Overall - A pretty good Strong Ale although maybe a little one dimensional... definitely worth a try if malty beers are your thing...

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Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Doiv
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown colour with a nice red tinge, complete with a quickly-settling tan head.

The aroma is of roasted hops, caramel, toffee, coffee beans, chocolate, and reminds me more of a stout than anything.

The taste is of roasted hops with earthy and ashy tones, charcoal, slight sultana tang, good bitter and ginger aftertaste.

Smooth mouthfeel, but sticky and heavy at the same time. It would be tough to use this drink as a session pint, but it's a great offering anyway. It's better served slightly chilled than at room temperature, as this settles the harshness of it slightly and brings out a fruitier flavour.

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Photo of bmaggot
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of luistaylor
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Radome
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 500 ml bottle bought in England.

A - Beer is deepest brown without being black. It appears opaque until held up to the light, at which point it lets a tiny bit through and you can see it is actually crystal clear and has a bit of red in the brown. The head is tan, thick and fluffy. A beautiful beer.

S - The aromas are more muted than I expected for such a big beer. I can just get a bit of bready malt and a hint of earthy, woody hops. Maybe a whiff of the alcohol. Nothing unpleasant, except the lack of more-ness.

T - The flavor is dominated by something sharp and harsh that I can't quite nail down. It may be metallic, but it is not clear. I suppose it is from the hops somehow, because it is mixed up with the faint earthy/woody hop flavor. Underneath that slightly unpleasant flavor, other flavors are hard to pick out. The malt is only sensed at the end of the sip, just before it fades into a slightly sweet aftertaste with a bit of raisins and rum.

M - Thin body. Moderate hops bitterness. A little alcohol warmth, but faint. Carbonation level is very low.

O - The thin body and metallic twang in the taste are a little disappointing. I was hoping for more from this beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 1997

Pours clear, dark amber, with a beige, tight head of a quarter inch at maximum. The finely beaded carbonation fades to a ring around a still surface within two minutes. A few scattered threads of lacework remain.
The nose is filled with fruit-laden caramel and a hint of butterscotch.
Bits of raisins and dried figs follow through, with some warmth and a whisp of gypsum.
The mouthfeel is slightly chewy and still juicy. Mild carbonation lends a creamy essence.
Pallet is malt-forward and fruity, with toffee notes and mildly sweet in nature. Bitterness is sufficent, and well balanced.
Finishes slightly warming on the throat with lingering caramel and a hint of leather.
Holding up exceedingly well for a ten year old 7.6% brew.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : brown color with a disappearing tan foamy head.
Smell : the aroma is sweet with notes of licorice and alcohol.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt and caramel flavours, with a fruity finish (porto notes ?).
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English old ale.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.06/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark, nutty brown colour from the bottle & forms a bubbly, brownish-white head that is about two fingers width high but disappears instantly.

A really strong smell of alcohol straight away. The main aroma is a sweet smelling with some hints of toffee. Vague hints of licorice & chocolate malts are hinted at but are barely noticable due to the alcohol.

Taste mirrors smell very closely giving a strong alcohol flavour. It's very rich & sweet with toffee & caramel notes that are mixed in to the taste but again the alcohol is too great.

Medium bodied & quite fizzy on the palate with a slightly warm feel to it that is about its only saving grace. The texture is a chewy one & overall the feel is not great.

Quite a disappointing beer overall with a huge alcohol prescene in the taste as well as the smell that makes it a hard drink to swallow. Certainly not a beer I'll be drinking again.

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Photo of Ppin
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Marston's Owd Rodger (7.4%) - a Burton Ale, brewed for centuries before dying out after the war (partially due to ingredient restrictions), and even as popular in Russia as strong porter/stout until it was banned under an import embargo in 1822. It gave it's name to the old saying "gone for a Burton". This example would be a middle-strength one, still keeping all the typical Burton Ale characteristics - warming, fruity, with a subtle, soft sweetness. Also if it's a subtly complex as this bottled, I'd love to find the cask version.

Drunk from my 1940s/50s glass for extra authenticity.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Owd Rodger from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 28 ratings