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Dark Star Victorian Ruby Mild

Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Mild Ale
Horsham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Cask; Occasional - most recently as monthly special for May 2011.
A beer from a less well known mild tradition for strength with soft flavours and gentle hops. Mashed with 100% mild ale spring barley malt and then with Golding hops in the copper give the restrained bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in May 2013 - Reddish Brown in colour. Malty; roasty malts (hint of burnt), coffee, caramel, chocolate, vanilla. Fruity; some dark fruits. Hoppy; slightly earthy hops. Sweet roast malty throughout; low bitterness; some burnt roughness. Dry finish. OK. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (614) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Aroma: caramel malts, roasted notes, hints of coffee. Appearance: clear dark brown, small frothy head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: bitters start to appear towards the medium to long finish. Overall: excellent take on this Mild Ale style, quite strong in ABV, but very nice. Pint at the Evening Star, Brighton.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1054) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2013
Cask. Dark ruby. Flavour is boozy, very malty, dark fruits. One for later in the evening. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2013
On tap in Cardiff
It did not take long to hone in on this at the City Arms in Cardiff. Between the Dark Star badge and the description I was sold before even taking a sip. Fortunately it not only lived up to expectations but beat them. If all mild ales were this good I think more American breweries would give the style a shot.

Aroma / Appearance - The body starts off a brownish color then slowly changes to a ruby red by the base. A white head stands in contrast. Sweet black licorice and malt are heavy for a mild but very inviting.

Flavor / Palate - Black licorice, malt, and dark cherries alternate the center stage on the palate. The sweet texture of the mouthfeel carries a rich body that is robust and well rounded. Having tried this I now understand why Dark Star is such a favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (1955) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Ruby red pour. Medium off white head. Lacing. Malty aroma. Raisins, some hops. Taste is nice bread and malt. Some hop flavor. Slight sweetness mixed a bit of bitterness. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (5292) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2013
Originally rated on 20110802.
Pours copper color with a minimal head. Aroma of fruits, some caramel malts, grass and nutty notes. Flavor of nuts, malts, fruits and hay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2012
Cask at Bow Bar. Reddish copper pour, nice creamy off-white head, light lacing. Soft roast malt nose, nice stewed fruit, slightly earthy. Lovely complex palate, creamy malt flavours, leather, wood, light fruit, subtle roast, light spiced hop notes with a soft, dry bitter linger. Very nice, definitely the best "mild" (although, is 6% a mild?) I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2012
21st May 2012
Old Fountain. Clear red - brown beer, nice pale tan head. Smooth palate, slightly soft and with just a touch of dryness. Creamy malt, a little dry. Mild toffee and a mild fruity tang undrneath with equally mild red berry fruits. Smooth finish. Nice mild!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joe19612 (1747) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2012
Cask at the Cask and Kitchen. Pours a black colour with a thin tan head. Good malty aroma with a hint of fruit, the taste is malty with some caramel with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (3864) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Dark color with a brownish head that disappears quickly. The nose is roasted malts, forest fruits, and bitter chocolate. The taste is somewhat acidic and ashy, but still retains a pleasing light sweetness. The body’s a but thin and somewhat watery. Overall, another strong effort from Dark Star.

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