Today’s tasting promises to be quite interesting. This is dark strong ale from Marston’s brewery was brewed since one hundred year, based on even older recipe. The name of beer is – Owd Rodger.
Owd Rodger – we do not know who shows the figure on the label, but it is known that the beer was brewed by the brewery at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Reportedly, it was based on an old recipe, believed to be over 500 years old.
The fact is, however, that beer gave fame native town of the Marston’s brewery being an excellent representative of so-called Burton Ales. It is interesting that for some time it was known at that time as barley wine, recommended as a remedy for various ailments, such insomnia or neurosis.
This is really strong ale with an alcohol content 7,6% ABV.
The beer is not in the regular offer of the brewery – is brewed occasionally. On the website of’s Marston about this beer practically has no information.
Some details gives known British promoter of beer – Roger Protz, on his own website.
He mentions malts used to brew Owd Rodger. These are: light Cassata malt (British variety, willingly used by Marston’s) and caramel malt.
As regards the hops, are used several varieties: Bobek, Fuggles, Goldings, Pilgrim, Progress and Sovereign.
The beer has won Bronze in the category of dark beers on World Beer Awards – Europe 2013.
Name: OWD RODGER (English Strong Ale, alc. 7,4% ABV)
|Very dark, in ruby-cherry colour.
Foam beige, medium high, quickly falling.
|The aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, treacle.
Light hint of alcohol.
Noticeable notes of sulphate.
|The taste pronounced sweetness of dark fruits (plums, figs, raisins).
This sweetness is velvety, fairly dense, it propagates pleasantly in the mouth.
Next come notes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee.
Bitterness is rolled back, not very intense, covered with sweet fruits.
The finish is a dry bitterness, reminiscent of bitter cocoa or coffee,
it is short – just after it returns again fruity sweetness.
Slightly noticeable alcohol, but it is a pleasant, warming up, a bit like port wine.
Beer is quite bodied.
Marston’s Owd Rodger gives moments of tasty relaxation.
Pleasant fruity-sweet aroma. In taste similar – dark fruits (plums, figs) combined with dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. The beer is sweet, but not cloying.
Bitterness small, hidden – makes itself felt at the finish, but in a tactful way.
Owd Rodger is bodied, like a good sweet porto.