Mars Magic Premium Ale | Wold Top Brewery

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Mars Magic Premium AleMars Magic Premium Ale

Brewed by:
Wold Top Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 02-27-2007

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased from Warners at the Bay and poured into a nonik style pint glass.

Mahogany brown in appearance, with a beige, one-finger sized, head of foam.

The smell is quite complex, initally molasses jumps out, followed by roasted malt and then a little citrus.

Slight roasted malt flavour early along with a rich fruitiness that subsides a touch, bready in the middle and a slightly hop-bitter finish. The flavours are a little underwhelming given the aromas that come before it.

Mouthfeel is good, the body well matched to the size and style of this ale.

Overall a decent brew, especially for the colder months.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate amber with creamy taupe head that trails. Slight salty caramel nose.
Mulch, molasses, and burned hazelnuts with Fuggles spice and bark hops.
Gingerbread finish and tight tingly linger. Medium, chewy, round.

Label says "Dark Beer" instead of "Premium Bitter" - did they want to accentuate similarities to milds? There are definitely some unusual malt combos going here. Not sure they all work, but an ESB will some real depth.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in colour with a smallish creamy off-white head. Heavy dark roasted aromas with hints of coffee, and very earthy. There are lots of hefty roasted malts in the flavours, with an almost smokiness and an abundance of dark fruits possibly raisins, and figs. Heavy feel and rich flavours - definitely recommended.

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Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned. BB June 2007, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: deep dark ruby to brown-ish hue, creamy off-white froth sustains well, gradually retreating to a thin layer of foam
S: intensely fragrant hops (Progress, according to the beer label) and richly citrus-fruitiness dominate the nose... the crystal malts with a light caramelly edge plays the second fiddle. Very aromatic overall.
T: dried longan-fruits, caramelised sugar and exotic yeastiness like "Chinese red-bean paste" flood the palate, light but delicious; leading towards an intensifyingly bitter aftertone imparted by a good amount of hops... turning drier and drier at the back of palate, giving a hint of roastiness to mix with dried longan-fruits and black tea leaves, lingering until the very end.
M&D: light-medium on the body, with a refreshing texture full of microscopic fizz, with a structure that doesn't fall thin-ish by the end of tasting. Overall the flavour is receives equivalent inputs from aromatic hops, fruity malts, and a decent depth of soothing bitterness. Very drinkable it is, if not an excellent premium bitter. I think on cask it could be much more attractive, given its potentials shown in this bottle.

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Mars Magic Premium Ale from Wold Top Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 4 ratings