Brewed by Elgoods
Style: Mild Ale
Wisbech, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
Pasteurised bottle. Also available on keg as Old Smoothie Mild.
NOTE: Ratings for the cask version should not be posted here; it has a separate listing.
A traditional dark mild at 3.6% abv. The beer is well balanced with a full roast flavour. The use of Crystal malt and Roast Barley give a deep underlying characteristic flavour, which is balanced with Fuggles hops as the sole variety.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10672) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle. Chocolate toffee malt aroma. Dark brown color with minimal head. Sweet smokey brown sugar and chocolate malt flavor. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimble (5) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2010 does not count
An excellent dark mild with subtle yet interesting flavours. Light on the palate for such a dark beer and very smooth as you’d expect with a mild. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21589) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 Bottle at cropredy ... dark brown ... complex soft roast malts ... touch dark fruit ... rich mellow ... roast malts lots of malt fruits ... quite sweet some coffee.... very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoestring (357) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2007
Nice deep dark murky opaque ruby brown. Beige head which disspiates and laces after minute. Malty bready, caramel biscuit aroma. Sticky palate indeed. Nice mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2008
Rummaging in the BHS selection bucket again. Nose roasted but sweetly chocolatey, with vanilla and oak aplenty. Virtually pitch and heaped with beige froth. Faint bonfire and coffee smokiness, grain and tobacco. Aftertaste sweet, lingering, mealy and milky, but I like it. Characterful, stouty, schwarzbier-like mild of the kind you could drink by the bucketload all evening without falling over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (5422) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2009
Deep brown in colour. Full malty aroma. Rich, roasted, malty flavour with elements of bitter coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (11965) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 27, 2009
from crackedkettle.com - pours a very dark brown colour under a beige and persistent foam, beautiful lace; charming biscuity maltiness with light nutty notes; rounded mouthfeel with a light to medium malt backbone; nice malty reminiscence with more biscuity notes in the finish; decent bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eyes_wide_shut (107) - Haifa, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2011
At a tasting in "Sar Hamashkaot" in Ramat Gan, thanks tomer, bottle, pours reddish brown color with a small very light brown head, smoked, malt and sweetish aroma, smoked and bitter taste, dry aftertaste, medium body, not flows so much, overall a good Mild ale beer with a pretty good aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6344) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, best before Feb 2008, drank April 2007. Very surprised to see this in bottle form, and in London, so I bought two bottles. Poured into a pint ’ Old Speckled Hen’ vase type glass. The beer looked fantastic, deep ruby black with a fine biege head of foam. The aroma is of roasted and toasted malts, they overpower anything and everything else that may be trying to get into the air. The taste is fine, again the burnt malt flavours take over. This isn’t delicate, this is a proud dark mild. Sadly the mouthfel lets it down somewhat, not watery, but not as lasting or powerful as you would expect from the initial taste. Glad I found it in bottle form, I must have a cask one again soon. One of the best dark milds around in the UK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2007
roasted aroma and flavour with some fruitiness and coffee flavours. actually rather nice - I haven’t had many milds but I enjoyed this one.

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