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Formerly brewed at Cains
Style: Mild Ale
Liverpool, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 96   ABV: 3.2%
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Available filtered and pasteurized in cans and kegs.
NOTE: Only ratings for the keg and canned versions should be entered here. The cask version has a separate listing.
A Gold medal winner in the international brewing industry awards 2000, and a three times bronze medal winner at the Great British Beer Festival in the Best Mild category, this is a smooth, full flavoured, truly dark mild with a rich creamy head. It has a full body and distinctive roasted malt taste, balanced by its fresh hop character. Complex flavours and aromas are achieved by blending deeply roasted malt and adding a selected blend of English hops.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rando7 (699) - Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Can pours opaque dark brown with medium tan head. Sweet malty aroma with tiny hop presence. Taste chocolate malts, slight roast and vanilla. Palate on the watery side. Mild finish of roast and slight hops. Alcohol not apparent.

I agree with others this has a lot of flavor for a mild beer, combining sessionability and taste well.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beerenberger (1276) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Aroma is sweet malt with hints of dark fruit. Pours a dark brown with a lasting tan ring and no lacing. The taste is slighly sweet and as the name implies, the flavors are not overwhelming but rather subtle. Malt and vanilla notes with a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Watery mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Overall, my take on this brew is rather mild.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wimpyjoe (2978) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Dark ale, no head with some redeeming aroma and taste which disappears all too quickly when drank. Aroma is mild roast.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (4689) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2012
440ml can. Thick creamy tan head. Dark black pour. Pretty good for only 3.2%. Very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5042) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2012
440ml can. Date on bottom reads "23 - Aug - 12". Dark color, good creamy khaki head leaves nice lace and has good retention. Good roasty malts, light hop flavor. Very light body, smooth creamy lighter carbonation. Nice light bitter, light sweet taste. Although itís a bit watery, this is a great, refreshing, yet flavorful light beer. Easy to drink.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Tried this on tap at The Red Lion in Houston, TX. Dark roasted malt flavor with espresso and cocoa notes, interestingly light ( I guess that's the mild part in the name) not something I would drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (862) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2012
14.9oz can into a pint glass. Date of August 23, 2012 on the bottom. Presumably a best by date. An aggressive pour yields a half finger tan head although with very good retention. Aroma is definitely metallic but smelling past that, chocolate and coffee dominate with some sweet caramel in the background. The taste has none of the metal present in the aroma. Bitter coffee and dark chocolate followed by a little bit of burnt caramel. Very drying bitterness much like strong coffee. In fact, this beer is very espresso-like. A little bit of nutty-ness and dried fruit but it is very faint. Mouthfeel is thin as to be expected but not as bad as I was fearing. Overall, a very, very impressive beer for only being 3.2%. Tons more flavor than any light beer on the market. This is a beer you could literally sip on all day. Oh how I wish we could get more beers like this in the states. I would buy case loads!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llcooldave (1033) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Looks great in a pint glass. Dark black with a hint of ruby when held up to the light and a head that lasts. Nice dark roasted malt flavor profile, espresso and dark chocolate. A thin watery mouthfeel though but not a deal breaker. Aroma is similar to the flavor, roasted malt and mocha. Overall, a nice beer to have when you donít want to get hammered.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cunningham (4035) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 5, 2012
Dark colour with a creamy tan head. Mild roasted aroma. Also a very mild flavour and a bit flat. Roasted malt, chocolate and espresso notes. Mild but yet tasty and easy drinkable. A bit light texture.
[Can from a friend in Liverpool]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2212) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2012
440 ml can into imperial pint glass, best before 8/23/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a small light tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toffee, biscuit, toast, milk chocolate, nuttiness, earth, and light herbal hops. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, chocolate, biscuit, nuttiness, earth, light raisin, and herbal spiciness. Very light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, earth and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Some decent flavor balance with a fair amount of flavor overall. No cloying flavors at all. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. No alcohol noticed other than a minimal warming after the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink as expected. Overall this is a nice mild. Nice fairly robust flavors; and very smooth to drink. I hope to find more milds in the future, there really arenít too many available in the states.


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