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