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Marston’s Charge

Rating: 3.45

This was a beer that I almost never picked up when I spotted it in B&M Bargains a couple of weeks ago, the reason for this was because of the ‘Created by Elbow’ wording on the label that initially had me confusing it with Build A Rocket Boys! that was the first beer the band (Elbow) brewed in association with Robinsons Family Brewers back in 2011. Once I realised I hadn’t actually tried it before and this was in fact the second beer the band had put their name to, something that is becoming increasingly these days with Status Quo and Iron Maiden among those getting in on the act. Sadly the last Elbow offering wasn’t up to much and to be honest I’ve not had the best of luck with Marston’s beers either so hopefully this one can turn things around for both.
Marston's Charge

Appearance (4/5): A clear, medium amber colour with a thin head that is about three millimetres tall and holds well, covering the surface completely and refusing to move over the opening minutes.
Aroma (7/10): Sweet initially with some strong toffee notes and caramel backing it up. There is hints of fudge coming through with a few earthy and sweet malts along with some sugar and a few pleasant biscuit notes too. This one was better than expected on the nose and is one I’m now looking forward to trying.
Taste (7/10): Nice biscuit flavours to start, there is some toffee as well as some caramel but neither seems as strong as they did with the nose. Some faint citrus flavours make an appearance with some sugar and sweet malts as well as some background hops.
Palate (3/5): Sweeter than expected with some fizz in there and a dry, medium body. The beer was fairly easy to drink and smooth right up to the end when the carbonation started to take over leaving the beer seeming a little unbalanced at the end.

Overall (13/20): Not a bad effort from Marston’s and one that was a lot better than I was expecting if I’m honest, it was a lot better than the last beer Elbow put their name to as well. This one was relatively easy to drink and certainly had a little more to it than most other run-of-the-mill lagers I’ve sampled without being a true classic.

Brewed In: Burton-on-Trent, England
Brewery: Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
First Brewed: 2014
Full Name: Marston’s Charge (Created by Elbow)
Type: English Bitter
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: B&M Bargains
Price: £1.50

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