otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liquid brown under a light khaki head which fades into a thick solid blanket with a thick collar that tries to climb up the sides of my glass.
Delicate tendrils of treacle, caramel, and smoke weave together and in and out. Mulberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Delicate chocolate cake. Moist chewy whole bran muffins with a faintly sweet glaze on top. Nutmeg and chocolate truffle powder on top. Plump plums and purple grapes in the middle.
Medium light weight. Bitterness of plum and grape skins in the back. Fruits are front and center with plums, blueberries, mulberries, and currant. Bran muffins with chocolate swirls. The finish grows longer with each quaff Ė berries, nutmeg, chocolate, and bitter stone fruits that bring me back for more until there is none.
Usually you have to go to England to get your tastebuds on a fine outstanding English Mild. The Markís Mild from Anchor Brewing Company could have been transported directly to my glass from England. Wow. The Zymaster series from Anchor brings small artisanal classical to a whole new level of brilliance. I look forward to what else comes from the Zymaster line and so should you.
madmitch76 (12182) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
20th May 2013
The Rake. Clear amber beer, little pale tan head. Palate is light and dry. Papery dry malt, a little cream. Touch of caramel. Supermild citrus. Dry minerally finish. Papery, dry and dull - a shocker!
ansjelaah (860) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
@NBF í13 bruin, witte schuimkraag, ruikt en smaakt naar caramel en fruitig, niet veel alc. en beetje waterig
DutchDrebus (3106) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ NBF13. Nice copper colour, medium off white head. Smells very sweet, wood, nuts, herbs, malts. Tastes sweetish, some chocolate malts. Quite watery and thin though. Nice carbo.
Leighton (8685) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Earl of Essex - London. Pours clear russet with a tight, creamy tan head. Nose carries caramel, raisins, ripe berries and other ripe fruits. Light to medium sweet flavor, plenty of ripening berries, grapes, toffee, some lightly toastd bready malts. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish with creamy and fruity toffee, more grapes. Pretty tasty overall.
Lowenbrau (1467) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @Barcelona Beer Festival 2013. Herbal, light malty aromas. pours clear amber-copper, with nice tan head. Light body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is malty, some herbal, caramel. Lacks some more body.
Martinus (2527) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear red colour, white head. Malty aroma, red fruits, light caramel. Malty sweet flavour, light liquorice. Quite thin body, almost watery. Quite sweet finish, dry in the end.
Not quite complex enough to be interesting.
(Draught -wisseltap- @ Cafť Samson, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
BRW (445) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at BBF. Purple colour with no head. Malty and maybe some caramel aroma. Watery and malty taste, a little caramel.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at North Bar, Leeds. Amazed to find this in the UK. Pours a deep brown, small head. Aroma is impressively complex: treacle, spice, perfume, malts, nuttiness. Taste is malty, treacle, nutty, a little creamy, with some spicy notes (aniseed?). Thin body means its a little too watery, not quite intense enough a flavour. But thatís my only gripe. Itís classic Anchor: understated brilliance.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Tylerís, Apex. Nice copper pour with a substantial head. Toffee malts, light leafy notes, and dark grain in the nose. Some sweet fruits and chocolate in the taste, but the overall dark bread feel is what stands out about this beer, and nicely so.