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Hardknott Colonial Mayhem

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

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1975) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
330ml bottle @ the 11th Shrewsbury Bottle Share, Feb 15. Big tropical fruit with a rich fruitcake maltiness. Imperial mild it is then.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4387) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2015
33cl bottle shared at the Feb 2015 Shrewsbury Bottle Exchange. I thought this had a big hop backbone but everyone else seemed to ignore the hops and rave about the maltiness. Nice, deep ruby body with a wispy head. Dark fruits and malts in the nose and taste, but do not forget the hop content beavering away behind the frontage. Liked it, hid the alcohol well, always a good sign in my eyes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2248) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle from Ales by Mail. Chestnut coloured pour with a swiftly diminishing beige head. Aromas of nuts, bonfire toffee and sweet spice. Flavours of chocolate raisin, burnt sugar and raisin. Rich, sweet malt mouthfeel. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (4720) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark brown, nose is fruity, caramel, toffee, taste is similar, bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stravale (2315) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle from Beers of Europe [200115]
Very dark ruby, clear, frothy beige head, good lacing
Aroma of red berries, hint of raspberry, jammy dark fruits, very fruity, some soft mellow roast comes through, sweet fruity malts
Taste of rich dark malts, sweet deep malts, red berries, mellow soft roast, some savoury malts, really rich, getting some citrus in there, taste fairly different to the nose, hint of orange zest, super flavour
Palate - soft carb, full body, viscous, smooth, rich texture, fairly sweet. Finish of rich dark malts, dark chocolate, touch of alcohol
Overall - Great beer, rich, lots of flavour, quite complex. Not a mild but an unusual hybrid, sort of a Black IPA / Belgian strong dark fruity stout. Interesting stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smaskifa (135) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle. Instantly this smells like a typical abbey or trappist beer, very malty and sweet notes, some hops as well as some spices. The initial taste reflects the nose, heavy malty beer with a nice sweetness, some spices and slightly bitter aftertaste. The hops came more through as the beer warmed up it seemed, or maybe I was the trappiste’ish taste that pulled my leg. Overall it’s difficult to say what this beer actually is, a heavy on the malts DIPA? A trappiste high on hops? A hybrid between the two? Great beer in my opinion.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (3280) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - dark brown but still bright. Tiny head. Nose - dark fruit that’s tangy. Like blackcurrant or black cherry jam. Then there’s caramel and biscuit, with a nod to liquorice. Taste - all of the same again, with blackcurrant melded into toffee and biscuits. Palate - full bodied with a big tangy texture and a finish that is sweet and sour yet bitter. Overall - a lovely drinking experience.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (4855) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2014
330ml bottle shared with AshtonMcCobb. Pours clear dark brown, thin off-white head. Big juicy fruit aromas, blackcurrant, caramel, toffee. Taste is more of the same, good bitterness, sweet toffee. Medium body long finish. Lovely. Just how a mild should be!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
johndoughty (4133) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Bronze and full bodied. Lovely combination of hops with malts in the background. Very deceptive as it was so easy to drink then you realise its strength. An experiment that payed off. Easily the best mild I have ever tried.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (2018) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Beermoth, Manchester. Dark red. Very nearly a film of head. Light toffee. Butterscotch. Dried fruit. A little herby spiciness. Taste is light dry, with a chewy, brown sugar sweet background. Soft, slick and smooth palate. A little oiliness maybe, which, for me, is the only evidence of the presence of NZ hops? Very sticky. Finishes with more stickiness, and a light, dry bitterness. Not my favourite style, but I found this very drinkable.


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