BlackHaddock (4391) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand-pulled pint on 21st Dec 13 in the Crown Inn, Oakengates before the Carol singing.
Deep brown body with a fine looking tanned head that gave off a good amount of lacing.
Roasted, toasted malts giving a chocolate note to both the nose and taste. No burnt feel to this Mild, in fact it bordered on being sweet in flavour.
Good body depth for a Mild and with enough about it to carry the alcohol (only 4% ABV) nicely. A well made and tasty brew from a brewery I know very little about.
Svesse (6634) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 22 Nov 2013) Black colour with no head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of caramel, chocolate and dark bread. Roasted, malty nose with dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, liquorice and a balanced roasty bitterness in the finish. Medium body, quite dry. Tasty and well balanced. Excellent mild. Very nice.
Beersiveknown (3524) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
cask at Belfast beer festival, 2013
Light bodied dark brown, fairly dry and toasty for a mild, small amount of residual sweetness, chocolate, gentle carbonation.
Scopey (7884) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity at White Horse Old Ale Fest. It pours near black with a finally off-white head. The nose is earth, roasty, toast and charred wood. The taste is roasty, toast, earth, liquorice, berry, ashy, light bitterness and jammy dark fruits with a dry finish.Medium body and soft carbonation. Tasty. Top notch mild.
Brigadier (3155) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at the Derby Beer Festival
This might be one of the biggest surprises at the festival. I was not expecting much from this mild ale but it delivered a robust amount of flavor for a sessionable beer. If they had offered more taps I might have tried one or two more Coastal beers during the evening session.
Aroma / Appearance - The reddish black base looks like flat cola with no carbonation (as should be obvious after time in a cask). Spicy chestnuts, dark malts, and overdone brownies merge into a nose which smells vaguely like Dr Pepper which has been left out until it went flat.
Flavor / Palate - The slightly thin body carries more flavor than I anticipated. Cola, toffee, chestnuts, and even a hint of dark fruits emerge before the dry finish. There is little extra depth but then again the base profile is solid enough that it makes finishing the half pint no problem at all. Drink this for an above average mild ale experience.
stravale (2315) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUN 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Brodie Beer Festival 8th June 2013
very dark ruby brown, yellow tan bubbly frothy head, some lacing
Aroma - Dark caramel malts, light roasted malts, soft dark fruits, not a lot on the nose
Taste of soft roasted malts, dark chocolate, some nice chocolate bitterness, hint of juicy dark fruit
Palate - Medium light body, quite oily, good body for the abv. Finish a bit dry, dark powdery cocoa
Overall - Quite a decent mild - some dry cocoa in the finish
SarkyNorthener (2557) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask@lychegatetavern, wolverhampton. Dark brown beer with a medium Michael head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate and touch of dark berries. Medium to full bodied. A good mild, if a little weak on the taste.
Grumbo (698) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask gravity at CAMRA Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival. A very dark brown colour. Sweet nutty coffee and chocolate. Bitter. Dry.
mr_h (3247) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask by handpump at The Three Judges, Glasgow - very dark brown near black, creamy tan head, mild roasted malt aroma, grassy, malty, bitter finish
tombyars (1429) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2012. Cask, gravity dispense. Mahogany black in colour with a thin open tan head. Distinct coffee notes in the long aroma. Thin oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a good depth of flavour despite the low OG. Moist maltloaf base laden with dark chocolate, mocha coffee and sticky molasses sweet in the mouth. There is a slight prickle of spicy hops present in the short aftertaste but this fades fast as the roast malt notes dominate through. Finish is malty with treacle toffee and creamy coffee still present in buckets. An excellent session mild and well recommended.