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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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Pours dark brown with a creamy, somewhat thin, tan head that has decent retention, but eventually fades to nothing, leaving no lacing. Aroma of roast, toast, nuts, english yeast, mineral and light smoke. Flavor is nutty, light toffee sweetness, planty hops, english yeast, light metallic notes, tree fruit skins, light bready yeast and earthy hops. Light dry, minerally body with a light and soft, though slightly sharp carbonation. Nice, decently full flavor beer, but not something that I could really make a night of as the mineral and planty hop notes get a bit tiring after a glass by itself, much less so with pub grub type food. Definitely a nice beer to have one or two with lunch.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours black with creamy beige head. Smell is slight bandaid roasty malt. Taste is smooth creamy band aid and subtle roasted malt. Creamy body, soft carbonation

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (1539) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2014
I had a bit of a heavy night of it last night and so as a consequence I wasnít after anything too challenging today. I thought "Ooh, mild, that shouldnít hurt me too much." Well, I was a little surprised at how dark it really was. It verges on black with some ruby port in the dimple and has a thick skim of head that looks creamy with a tinge of green. The aroma is of dark caramel, chocolate and cocoa with maybe just a niff of rum? Thickish and creamy texture with sweetness aplenty. It has its charms this beer, but in my current state it is a little heavy going, even for the laudable lower alcohol content. I donít think my review does this beer a disservice though. On any other day I would still enjoy its flavour just as much.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2013
500 ml can
I am a little disappointed in not getting to try something from the area while in England but that is a good reason to go back. In the meantime this county tick is a respectable beer if you still happen across it. It is nothing special and being transported across the ocean does it no favors. That said I have had worse mild ales.

Aroma / Appearance - Velvety chocolate fluid pours easily into the pint glass. A mocha head remains from the vigorous pour. Chocolate cream pie, sweet malts, and gentle roasted notes accent a mostly balanced and low key mild.

Flavor / Palate - The body is a trace thin even for a mild ale. Cool coffee and inexpensive chocolate alternate the primary focus before a soothing low key finish. Fading quickly there is not much left after the final sip. If you want a fair representation of the English mild style this does a good job. However there are certainly better offerings out there when on the other side of the ocean.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (3006) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2013
500ml can from The Beer Cellar. Super black in colour with a big frothy head. Roast malt aroma with a thin mouthfeel. Big flavour for a small alcohol content.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8159) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
16oz can thanks to devman! Clear brown. Smaller creamy coffee head. Nose is fruit juice, cherry juice box, cinnamon perhaps. Taste is watery, metallic, apple skins, mild coffee. Pretty decent creaminess as it warms. Lactic dairy character, mild chocolate milk. Not so bad.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
devman171 (876) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2013
From a can, aroma is light roast, taste is nice and dark and mild... Nice pub style ale

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4699) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Iíve been working my way through a sixer of cans and havenít regretted the purchase in the least. The principal character here is how watery and thin the body is, even for style, but thatís overcome by quality of flavor. Nose is sweet with dark roast and a little chocolate, taste much the same with a strain of nuts. Pours deep brown-black with a creamy, dense light brown head. Body, despite the thinness, is ultra-smooth and nearly as creamy as a widgeted nitro offering (itís not). This is incredibly repeatable, easy-going without childishness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1145) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013
(can) clear very dark reddish brown with a tall brown head, aromas of toffee, bread, brandy; smooth and mild flavour; very drinkeable

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
monkeychugg55 (830) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Dark brown pour, black in the glass. The head is a foamy beige ring for the most part. The aroma is chewy toffee, mild roast, slightly oxidized, and a hint of treacle. The flavor is slightly burnt toffee, with a trace of hops and an abrupt, balanced finish. Light yet full on the palate, with very soft carbonation, and a clean back end. Really enjoyed this one.


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