shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Wow. This poured with one of the biggest frothiest heads i’ve seen. It looked almost like root beer. Anyway, the color is wonderfully dark, looking a lot like a porter, and the head is a nice tan/off-brown color. The smell is of blackcurrants, figs and spice. Mmmm. The palate is smooth, but also thick and creamy and slightly alcoholic. The taste is straight up dark fruit, once again black currants, cloves, and coriander, coming through to a nice fruity sweet finish. Truly impressive. I acquired this one at party town for 3.99 a bottle. And while it may have been rather pricy for a mild, i think i may have just found the perfect beer.
Hojou (19) - DENMARK - JUL 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bitter sour (in a good way!) metalic taste. This review is from Cask - it varies from cask to cask though, but sometimes it’s really really good - you really *can* taste the minerals! *slurp*
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2005 This cask ale is a very, very complex beer. Both fruity and heavy taste at the same time. the colour is nice and dark which makes you just wanting to swallow the beer. Malty and soft finsih. It gets better as you get through the bottle. A great, great ale.
TAR (2651) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask: Gleaming silky black. This conditioned to perfection, which yielded a nitro-esque, dense, white foam. The aroma was quite unfamiliar to me, but very nice: Fig, lots of plum, positive phenolic notes, mild hint of English hop, tea, apple, bubblegum, and licorice. The initial flavor shows raisins, before transcending to what wants to be acidic and leathery, but, instead, shows loads of tobacco, caramel, plum, fig, licorice, and roastiness. The finish keeps your attention with appley yeast and long coffee notes. Surely, the quintessential Mild. Absolutely addictive.
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004
oh6gdx (24925) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask@GBBF2007. Very dark amber colour, close to black. Small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, fruits, raisins and some slight vanillaish notes. Flavour is the same thing along with burnt wet wood. Excellent balance.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite acidic aroma. Sweet-sour and oily flavour. A delicious beer. I had it as cask ale.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The colour is very deep red brown, almost black and opaque. The colour is clear, but there is a small amount of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The very thin (beige) foam dissolves quickly into an almost invisible ring on the edge of the glass.
The smell is quite discreet and sourish with a flavour of black coffee, cocoa and hard burned malt.
The carbonation is very gentle and soft, like it should be in mild ale.
The first taste that hits the mouth is an almost metallic bitterness that develops into a dry taste of coffee and milk chocolate. Next, there is a strong flavour of burned malt and a great bitterness, which reduces after a short time. The long lasting after-taste is mild (like it is supposed to be) and pleasant with some hints of salt.
I think that this is a splendid ale of a (at least outside the UK) unusual style.. It is quite expensive (approx US$4 for 50 cl), but well worth the money.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity @ 32nd Cambridge Beer Festival, UK. 28th May 2005
Nice full bodied malty and chocolaty mild. Rather sweet with a hint of hops late in taste. A shadow of "sour" (old ale) somewhere in the back that enhances the experience greatly. My favourite ale of the festival.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good, the highlight of an otherwise dull evening of beer tasting. Pours rich mahogony in color, dark aromas cascade from the glass settling like mist near my hands. So rarely can one actually see an aroma, but you can if you look hard enough with this one. I especially enjoyed the annis-like hints in the flavor. Very nice, would have this one again.