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Banks's Original | Marston's PLC

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Banks's OriginalBanks's Original

Brewed by:
Marston's PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 01-16-2006

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Reviews by BlackHaddock:
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3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a review of the Keg version. Downed in the Dawley British Legion Club (an ex servicemans club, for my American readers).

Looks the same as the cask version, light for a mild, but not overly light, a dark amber really.

Because it is always served so cold, no aroma is noticeable at first, but malt, burnt chocolate and caramel arrive as the beer warms up.

Tastes as it smells, getting better the warmer it is.

The taste doesn't stay long in the mouth, nothing wrong with the drink, but I prefer the cask version a lot more.

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3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was poured pretty fast & settles with a two-finger sized, foamy & slightly off-white coloured head. It was sitting atop a very still, clear dark copper coloured pint that looked very nice indeed. The head reduced to a pinky-sized one after a few moments, at which size it remained & left a fair bit of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is the strongest from this beer although I can still detect some malts and some light fruity notes along with a faint hint of chocolatey caramel at the end.

This one taste okay to me, it is a mix of sweet malts, a little caramel from the nose & it has a nice warming finish to it. There is also hints of some burnt biscuit & malts along with a little fruit. The finish is mild bitter one.
Medium body & it is quite smooth. The flavours seem to open up more & more as it is drank making it more enjoyable with each sip.

A nice surprise. It was an easy to drink, relatively low alcohol beer when compared to what I’m used to & one that is a good way to kick off any evening. Potentially one that I would buy again although there is so many out there that are pretty similar, a good beer none the less.

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Photo of marquis
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is of course a mild though the word has been dropped to encourage sales.I've had a few pints of it lately - in 3 pubs , all in beautiful condition - and each pint was subtly different.This is the beauty of cask conditioning , the age of the brew, how long it has been tapped, and the different cellaring will all make a difference.
It's a smooth, gentle easy going beer with immense drinkability-a real session ale in the true meaning of the expression.It packs a lot of flavour for its strength.Overall it tends to be very sweet and malty with a low but beautifully balanced hop presence.
Quite a revelation compared to the keg and canned version but that is only to be expected.An undervalued beer too often overlooked.

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Banks's Original from Marston's PLC
3.48 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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