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Dark Star Victorian Ruby Mild

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

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unknown

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9084) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2014
Cask at the Cask, Pimlico, 16/06/14. Mahogany brown with reddish hues and moderate light tan edgework. Nose is malty, nutty, dark fruit rind, tobacco, light cocoa. Taste comprises fruit loaf, earthy rinse, more tobacco, dark fruit peel, faint tea leaves. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close. Ok mild, plenty of flavour for the style but so it should at 6%!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (1490) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2014
Cask west riding dewsbury. Dark amber colour decent white head lacing. Aroma is fruity cake some chocolate. Taste is good malt back bone dark fruits choc good bitterness. Nice body. Great mild this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2070) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Cask at The Brewers Arms, Lewes, East Sussex. An amber/red coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Fruity, malty, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, fruity, malty, caramel, slightly sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2674) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2014
On cask at the Stockbridge Tap. Appearance - dark amber to chestnut with lovely red chinks. Nice creamy head - perfect. Nose - biscuits caramel and liquorice. Taste - chocolate caramel biscuits with a hint of spice. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet crunchy texture and a balanced dry finish. Overall - great stuff though I’d say this was an ESB rather than a Mild

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissPxx (390) - - MAY 28, 2014
Brown ruby red colour. Nice creamy head. Chocolate caramel aroma. Surprisingly hoppy, belies the chocolatey aroma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2553) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Cask at the brewery tap, deep red-brown with a fine head, a little sweet malt on the nose, rich syrupy texture, with plum and coffee notes over caramel and dry hoppiness.

3.4
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1354) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1831) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3000) - 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.


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