Brewed by Beartown
Style: Mild Ale
Congleton, England
Serve in English pint


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Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned by Leek Brewery.
Extremely smooth strong dark ruby mild. Subtle roast and malt flavours fill the taste, with a mellow sweetish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 5, 2009
Cask (gravity) @ National Winter Ales Festival 2009, Manchester, England.
Clear dark brown color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, chocolate, nutty and bread notes, sugar notes. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and light bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily ot watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090122]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6240) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2009
Medium brown lasting head. Deep dark red body. Faint fruity spicy aroma. Dry-sweet wooden floral taste with dried dusty fruit notes. Soft, mild mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dryish roasty wooden fruity aftertaste with dusty hoppy notes and a faint burntness. Very nice, and highly drinkable. (0.25l cask, The Bridge House, Little Venice, London.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4260) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2008
Cask@Burton Summer Beer Festival, 2008. Black beer with a malty and roasted aroma. The flavour is rich and roasted. Overall a nicely roasted beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9405) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 15, 2008
Cask (The Met, London)
Very dark reddy brown, small light tan head. Rich nutty grainy aroma, some husks. Soft palate. Peanutty and legumy taste. Quite potent late hop taste stays in the mouth for the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2013 Cask conditioned - handpump - JDW, Northampton. Wow, what an interesting beer this is. Black with whitish head and lacing. The aroma is really fruity. Citrus and sherbert notes in the nose. And then you get mild roasty flavours and orange fruits in the mouth. Nice hops and good sweetness too. Very drinkable. Score 3.8
Subsequent rating scored 3.9 Score unaltered

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Handpulled cask at JDW Watford. The head had large bubbles suggesting that the beer was flat, however it had reasonable carbonation. Colour as name suggests, flavour suggests heavy use of caramel. Some chocolate notes too. Pleasant but nothing special. 2.6 RERATE 11/7/08 JDW Stanmore. This time the beer had far more hop characture and body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2008
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker St. ’Sporks.
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and a fair bit of caramel are the order of the day. Plenty of fruit. Slight bitterness in the finish. Pretty straight forward but very quaffable and way above the usual serving standards of this way below par (even for a JDW) pub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2008
Cask in the counting house. Aroma is suprisingly sulpgurus, tart dark malt. Taste is similar theres a definate sharpness that unexpected, but does ad to the drinkability. But in general i expected better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2009 Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Dark red brown. Grainy malt aroma, later showing buttery sweetness. Taste has some malty sweetness upfront and background ashiness. Some bitterness. 17.5.09. Same location. Plummy aroma, rather delightful. Ash and liquorice in the taste. Mid bitter finish. Rated 7,4,6,3,11: 3.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Gravity cask at the Battersea Beer Festival, 8th Feb 2008. Deep chestnut colour. Great aroma of cherries and raspberries. Complex flavour of chocolate, roast malt, hops, liquorice and gooseberries. Palate is smooth but the finish is short, otherwise this would be a 4+. Very tasty stuff!

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