Brewed by Fyne Ales
Style: Mild Ale
Cairndow, Argyll, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Cask and filtered bottle.
A dark rich beer that shows glints of red. The taste is clean, slightly sharp with a hint of blackcurrant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (3838) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
500ml bottle pours brown in color with some reddish hues and about 2 fingers of off-white head which leaves some nice thick lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is fruity with some light roasted malts and some citrus and grassy hops. Taste is light roasty malt bitterness with some caramel and fruity sweetness and a pleasing citrusy and grassy hop bitterness. This is a fine dark mild ale which is a fine tasting experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle at home, from my Maudite glass. Pours clear brown, with a garnet flash. 1-finger white head, spotty lacing, approaching fine. Nose is toffee, dark fruit (berries?) and a clean snap of citrus hops. Flavours are spicy and round, with some berryish notes, roots, toffee, smoke, and again, some nice, spritzy hops. Earthy finish. Overall, a remarkably pleasant session brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4536) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottle. Dark copper with a great rich head. Nice moderate malt aroma with some light toffee. A nice light malt, toffee flavour like a scotch lite. These are some Fyne Ales. Made for watching sports and staying relatively sober.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (1582) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
Vital Spark pours out a beautiful burnished amber with a thick, foamy yellow head. Some thick, creamy lacing and no carbonation. The nose is simply lovely with a nice nutty roast and a light burnt note and a beautiful prominent hop. Notes of wood, grapfeuit, toffee, biscuits and grassy hops. The taste is surprisingly light with a sweet, nicely malted middle. A lovely roast, hints of hazelnut, liquorice, toffee and grass. Biscuity, chewy malts throughout. The finish has a light grapefruit bitterness with a lingering hop taste. Vital Spark is medium bodied with a somewhat thin mouthfeel and a creamy smooth drinking beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJestersBeer (1937) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2011
Bottled. Deep amber, beige head. Very hoppy nose, malts, fruity, herbal, apricots, rye bread. Dry, medium body, high bitterness-. Fruity, hoppy taste, citrus fruits, rye bread, yeast, apricots, dried fruits. (2011-11-18)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (1832) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2011
Cask at the White Horse Old Ale festival 2011, Parsons Green, London. A ruby/brown coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Fruity, hoppy aroma. Tastes fruity, caramel, malty, hoppy. Good stuff from Fyne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2011
Cask at White Horse Parson’s Green. It pours very dark ruby, with a decent beige head. The nose is wood, varnish and salted caramel. The taste is salted caramel, wood, leather, earth, ash, charcoal, dark fruit and roasted malt, with a long, dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Great flavour for this %.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenH (2027) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2011
From bottle. Pours ruby/brown almost purple tinge to it, white head, looks great. Fairly weak aroma of fruit, lemon, plums, caramel. Tate has raisins, plum, caramel, slight chocolate. It is what it is....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cuso (3823) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 29, 2011
Bottle from Bierzwerg. Dark red brown color with huge frothy beige head with nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, grapefruit, marzipan, dark fruits. Taste, caramel, grapefruit, toffee. Nice long bittersweet finish. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1716) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2011
Cask (gravity) - Norwich Beer Festival 2011. A clear chestnut brown coloured beer with a loose, bubbly medium sized & mostly lasting off-white to beige head. Delicate coffee, hints of roast, some dark fruit & juicy hop coming through. Fuller coffee & roast notes on the tongue with some yeast tones. Lingering-ish bitterness, slightly dry, light to medium body & a soft, smooth palate texture. A lovely drinkable mild with good balance and added hop ’spark’.

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