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

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RATINGS: 181   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SanfordBrewer (1390) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Opaque black with a thin tan head. Medium body with light carbonation.

Aroma: chocolate, roast malt, dark bread, woodsy hops.

Taste: hop bitterness, pale malt, stale chocolate.

Sort of a like a bitter and porter mixed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (5593) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2001
light chocolate taste and licorice notes, very black and a surprisingly full body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 30, 2012
This is a great 3.2 beer. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. This beer is creamy goodness, it has a sweet and roasted dark malt flavor. There is also a great chocolate and coffee taste with a yummy hoppy under tone. The only negative to this beer is it is slightly watered down.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndrewC (321) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2008
From a tin. Excellent dark mild. Black with a bubbly white head. Lovely coffee flavours with sweet drying malt and mild bitterness on the finish

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (891) - 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!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Surprisingly light flavor enjoyed several one a sunny afternoon. Dark pounds light head.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3700) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2004
Can from Asda, Perry Barr, Birmingham. Delicious aroma, of slight hops. Thick lacing, from a small head. Smooth, grainy and insistently cocoa tinged beer. Slightly stouty Mild. Black. A big and good Mild. Mmmm

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7098) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2006
440ml tin(s). Thick, treacly jet-black pour. Sweet smoky nose. Malt whiskey smoky with a burnt toast bitterness, firm graininess and cigar-like lingering tobacco aftertaste. Maybe a touch of brine in the nose reminiscent of Kelpie. Praise indeed. More body and character than some stouts 2% stronger. The most standing-too-close-to-a-bonfire smoky beer I’ve sampled to date. Mellow, charred-to-a-cinder and lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
Can - Black body with a somewhat lasting beige head; Very pleasant mild nose with a very pleasant sweet milk chocolate sweet roasted touch; Perfect carbonation on soft textured body with the right fill, balanced bitter; Long mild finish, very well composed aroma, mildly balanced bitter. Very pleasant, very drinkable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Can. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of caramel, earthy, some chocolatey hints. Tastes of caramel, some tea, roasted malt, touches of bitterness on the finish. Full bodied.


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