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


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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (9803) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2012
500 ml bottle. L0311. BB May 2013. From the Fyne Ales Brewery in Cairndow, Scotland.
Clear dark reddish brown colour with small to average sized light tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt combined with nice shade of hoppy bitterness. Flavour is hoppy bitterness and roasted malt with notes of chocolate, resin and pine. Excellent. This could be Black IPA. Tasty and balanced. This must be the best Mild Ale I’ve ever tasted. Nice hoppy bitterness in aftertaste. This brewery really knows what they are doing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unstablefable (233) - SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2012
Pours a dirty ruby colour with a light crema head, rich dark fruits, dates and honey, tastes of nice earthy hops touch of bitter chocolate. Quite a creamy mouthful. Nice beer via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (2236) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2012
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Medium brown, frothy head. Chocolate and citrus aroma. Somewhat sweet with prune and raisin flavors. Finish is hoppy, with more chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cav (2) - SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2012 does not count
Cask at Marine Hotel, Stonehaven. Tried it on consecutive nights. Nice hop / malt balance, slight haze, lovely aroma, Pretty decent pint

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (1101) - - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle. Dark ruby/chestnut with lasting creamy beige head. Rich berries dominate the aroma; some port, mineral water. Taste is somewhat tart berries, bittering hops, and light chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (6284) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2012
500 ml bottle, from a potential importer. ABV is 4.4%. Chestnut colour, large to moderate beige head, leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Pleasant aroma of mildly roasted malts, hints of coffee and caramel, but not sweetish. The flavour has first a medium dry mild roastiness, also some fruity notes with hints of blackcurrants, and ends in a more distinct roastiness and dry hoppy bite, Very good - the best bottled beer I’ve had from Fyne Ales so far. Got my "Aye!" vote for import to Norway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (6737) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Cask @ The North Pole. Pours a lightly translucent brownish red with no head. The nose is pretty standard for a mild - nuts, some soft milk chocolate, cola and red fruits. The taste is mildly tangy vinous fruit, hints of coffee creamer, roasted malts and sweet chocolate. Well balanced, but a bit muted. Perhaps this isn’t on top form? The body’s a bit watery. Light, easy to drink. Overall, fairly good. I like Fyne’s beers, so will have to return to this.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gjb968 (9) - Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012 does not count
An excellent dark beer. Rich and full bodied. Hits the taste buds and wakes them up. Will do another .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 27, 2012
Deep burgundy with a modest off-white head and lace. Aromas of malt, blackcurrant, caramel, hops, oak. Sweet and slightly sour on initial sip. You can certainly taste the hops and malt with the blackcurrant. There's an earthy, woody quality making Vital Spark a perfect autumn beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nazzty (1212) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2012
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 The smell and even taste of turpentine means that you first back away. Then other flavors develop such as licorice, chocolate and black currants. A good ale, but far too dominant.

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