Marston Beer Club – Owd Roger

Hello everyone and welcome to the new year. We have had quite an eventful few weeks, broken cars, lost christmas presents and a destroyed christmas tree. There have been some good bits though and for Mr A one of the pre christmas highlights was becoming a member of the Marston brewery beer club.

When Mr A filled out his application to join the club he was asked why he would make a good member. For part if his answer he told them that he has an extremely successful blogger wife who would write about the beers he has been sent to try. So here it is, the first of my Marston beer club posts, written jointly by Mr A and myself.

Owd Roger

Label on front of mini beer keg. Owd Roger, abv 7.4%. Rack bright, consume within 48 hours or broaching. Best before 17th Jan 2018

Decembers beer came in the form of a mini keg. Mini kegs  hold 5 litres of ale (that works out at about 8 drinkable pints).  A slight disadvantage mini kegs have over bottled beer is they have to be drunk in  a very short period of time (no more that 48 hours) once opened. So it is not something to buy if you want to savour a beer over a week or so, but fantastic for a small get together with fellow ale drinkers.

Owd Roger is a strong english beer. Usually supplied in bottled form, but occasionally it will be found on tap.

The owd roger ale is brewed to a 500-year-old recipe and is a very strong 7.4% abv. Mr A was a little bit concerned by the strength of the beer, primarily due to the fact that because of the snow he was going to have to attempt to finish the keg himself over the course of two days.

Opening the keg

Before  any beer was  consumed, the mini keg had to be broached (opened). I was expecting this to be a complicated process involving taps and hammers, but actually it was a very simple 4 step process that was clearly written on the top of the keg.

Written instructions on top of beer keg. 1 - turn tap in direction of arrow to horizontal position.
Written instructions on top of beer keg. 2 - pull out tap until it stops

Steps 1 and 2 seemed easy enough, turn tap and pull.

Instructions written on top of beer keg. 3, press red dispenser button

Instructions on top of the keg. Slowly turn air release as flow diminishes

Mr A was quite excited about pouring his first pint and seeing how it looked and tasted.

The pint was a dark reddish colour with a creamy head. Mr A said it wasn’t too hoppy and had a lovely caramel tone to it. Much to his surprise it didn’t taste as though it were that strong, and as a result he managed to drink several pints in the evening.

Mr A Beer Rating :-

Mr A gave Owd Roger a rating of 8.5/10 A definite winner for a party or ale drinkers.

Have you tried Owd Roger ale? Are there any other Marston ales you think Mr A should try?

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  1. Lisa Pomerantz

    January 12, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I will pass on this great review to my beer swigging friends. Me, I love the smell, but thats about all. M’wah, and happy New Year! #mondaystumble xoox

  2. Stephanie

    January 9, 2018 at 3:18 am

    I never realized that there are beer clubs you have to apply for! Learned something new!

  3. Clare

    January 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    What a shame it has such a short lifespan, great for parties though like you say. #mondaystumble

  4. Chloe

    January 8, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Hi, I am not a beer drinker but I was interested in this post, i love the comment on it about drinking within 48 hours of broaching #MondayStumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      January 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      It really does have a definitive life span. Mr A drank some after the 48 hours and it had turned quite badly.

  5. Michelle

    January 8, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    This is a very interesting review of beer Tracey! I’m not a beer drinker but this does pique my curiosity:) Thanks so much for hosting #MondayStumble

  6. Sophie

    January 8, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Fab! A beer club! What a brilliant present…. I love beer, especially strong, Belgian beer. Thanks for reviewing and I hope you enjoy this gift! #mondaystumble

  7. Ross Hunt

    January 8, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I’ll be honest, I sometimes miss a good drink. I barely drink now as my wife still breastfeeds, and of course was pregnant before that (obviously) so I hardly do it since she can’t.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      January 8, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Im not a drinker myself, but I know Mr A would miss it if he haf to abstain for any reason .

  8. Heather Keet

    January 8, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Hubster loves beer, I’ll be sure to pass along your reviews so he can find something new to try.

  9. Ian Young

    January 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I love Owd Roger but haven’t had any for years.
    Marstons have a large range of beers and there are several I enjoy e.g :
    Marstons Old Empire, a strong hoppy traditional style IPA
    Jennings Snecklifter, a strong dark winter beer

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