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Hardknott Colonial Mayhem

Brewed by Hardknott
Style: Mild Ale
Millom, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
So, you’re a craft brewer who makes well-respected, highly flavoured beer. Your American brewer friend from Oregon, comes across the pond to visit. He’s the only craft brewer in America who puts ALL of his beer in casks. He says he’d like to make a beer with you. He loves British beer but also says he wants to brew a Mild. What’s a brewer to do? Super it up to 8.1%, throw in some juicy New Zealand hops and invent the Colonial Mild, that’s what.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2015
Crafty interpretation of English dark mild at 8.1% - referring to the fact that originally, ’mild ale’ was not synonymous with low alcohol ale, but with fresh ale as opposed to old ale; in a modern day ’beer geek’ context, I guess this could be described as an ’imperial mild’... Remarkably loose, irregular, thin, greyish white head retaining only on the edges, colour is a beautiful brownish ’deep purple’, quadrupel-like and clear, fitting perfectly for this time of the year. Aroma of overripe pear, soft bourbon, milk chocolate, a lot of FFF (freshly fermented farmland - read ’manure’), hazelnuts, damp forest floor, mouldy orange, Rioja wine, raisins, butterscotch, stewed beef - in all, richer and more complex than usual for a dark mild, with the aromas being pushed forward by the alcohol. Clean, soft onset of candied fig and cherry sweetness with elderberry sourishness and light beefy umami, soft carbo, very smooth and lean body, emphatic caramel maltiness, nutty and a tad chocolatey too, leaving a resiny coating of ’bittersweetness’; finishes with well-positioned earthy and herbal hop bitterness nicely balancing the caramel sweetness. Flavours of this earthy hop bitterness and bittersweet toasted malts in the end are reinforced by a glow of warming, port-like alcohol. If I had to taste this blind, I would never have associated it with mild ale, this is in fact much closer to an old ale - but again, in the modern sense of the word. Too bad for the strong manure-like odour, but this fades away after a while and in the mouth, this beer shows dignity and balance so in the end, I would still recommend it, if only for the unusual premise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (2112) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle (from firmabier.com). Pours dark brown with beige head. The head stays for a second. Aroma is malty, fruity, sweet. Flavor is sweet and bitter, a lot of toffee, fruits, citrus, malt. Finish is intense dry-black tea bitter. Some alcohol comes also out. Overall: very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (2698) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle. Murky ruby body with a thin off-white head. No lacing. Aroma of fig, roasted malt, blackcurrant and a hint of nail varnish. Flavour of caramel, spices and stewed apple. Thin to medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Smells and tastes like a Belgian beer. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edsspoon (826) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2015
Bottle - light amber with a scarce ring of an off white head. Aroma of smoke, dark fruit, caramel and burnt toffee. Taste of caramel, roast malts, toffee and dark fruits. Heavy body, low carbonation. The one thing that bothers me is that this is nowhere near a mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee (1572) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2015
Bottle from Beer Hawk. Dark reddish brown colour, thick white foam. Intensely deep caramel malty flavours, then oily citrus hop bitterness. Drinks fairly well for abv, although you can taste it a bit. I enjoyed this, would have been nice just with lots of English hops too I reckon. As for calling it anything to do with mild, don’t be silly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (15200) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle from Alesbymail. Hazy brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruits and light hoppy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 290615

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkoNm (1997) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - MAY 3, 2015
Pours a dark brown color, with some red undertone, topped with a solid and lasting cream colored head. Mild malty aroma, slight notes of chocolate. Taste starts sweet and malty, some dark fruity notes in there, followed by a moderate bitterness and a bit metallic aftertaste. Not bad, but not really to my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8470) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 28, 2015
33 cl bottle. BBE 12/2016.
Pours dark red-brown color with a very small, rapidly dissipating head. Aroma is ripe with fruits and sweet with caramel and malts, some faint berry notes accompanied by subtle chocolaty notes, not that much hops here. Alcohol is clearly present also. Sweet malty flavor with plums and some mild spices, maybe some distant honey on the background. Palate is quite smooth with soft carbonation and a sticky sweet finish, some alcohol burn as well. Quite rich and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (5608) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 25, 2015
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail

Pours dark copper reddish brown with a small bubbly head. Aroma of caramely malts, toffee, hints of hops, hints of metallic earthy notes. Taste is smooth, earthy and malty with some hints of berries, toffee and caramel. Finish is smooth, earthy and malty with hints of toffee and caramel. A bit untypical.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Holmen1 (4125) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 16, 2015
Fra flaske på RBHD-samling på Fridtjofen april-15: her snakker vi om lite futt, men mye aroma, smak og alkohol. Nesten ikke skum. Smaker av godt modne, sure bær. Tørr og snerpende avslutning. Rare greier.

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