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Hardknott Colonial Mayhem

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


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scottishchris (682) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2016
Catch up rate. Bottle from Rheged, Penrith. A full on sticky weird and thick sweet plummy brew. Not sure it completely works, but work a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (2334) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2016
Bottle from Ales by Mail, consumed at home. Murky light brown. Looks dishwater-esque. And pretty flat. Smells lovely though: fresh hazelnut with a light dusting of chocolate. Caramel and toffee. Tastes sweet and gooey. There’s a hoppy bite near the end - and a surprisingly bitter aftertaste - but my overall impression is sweet. Way, way too much alcohol in the finish. I get used to it after a while, and I have to remember that it’s not really a mind (well it’s not, is it?) and sip slowly. Enjoyable but the over-the-topness doesn’t do it any favours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lello4ever (679) - ITALY - MAY 6, 2016
Tonaca di frate, piuttosto strana la mancanza di schiuma. Aroma fruttato, caramello. Al palato buona, tanto malto e caramello, dark fruits, dolce e amaro quasi assente. Corpo abbastanza pieno, alcol avvertibile, carbonazione bassa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (2729) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
UPDATED: APR 18, 2016 At Jim/John is back tasting. Bit murky dark amber. Sweet caramel malts, sweet grain, boozy, lemon peel, light dusty, some sugarated fruitiness. Over medium sweet. Medium body, oily texture. Under medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (3933) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle at THT. Dark brown with small off white head. Lots of strong malts, sweet red wine, sherry, lots of light bitter herds and some peach, dried plums and raisins. Under medium sweet with bitter alcohol. Almost full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7690) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured a murky brown with a thin whispy off white head. The aroma is rich sweet sticky fruit. The flavour is moderate bitter with some light sweet notes and a rich woody, sweet fruit, woody resin hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (11045) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle shared at the John/Jim tasting. Hazy brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of overripe dark fruits, toffee, caramel, raisins. Flavour is above moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (9051) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
33cl bottle shared at the Jim/John is back tasting Very thin off white head. Very hazy amber pour. Doesn’t taste or look like a mild but it’s very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4535) - 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 (3005) - 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.

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