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Highgate Black Pig

Formerly brewed at Davenports (prev Highgate)
Style: Mild Ale
Walsall, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask; Status uncertain.
Originally born out of a local custom of mixing Highgate Mild with Highgate Old Ale, Black Pig is a beautifully crafted and well-balanced beer, using East Anglia grown pale crystal and black malts, complemented with Herefordshire Fuggle and Progress hops. The nose has warming notes of fruit and malt. The palate is a complex blend of malt, fruit, chocolate and liquorice, balanced perfectly by a satisfying bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1599) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2012
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in May 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear ruby black in colour with a thick buff creamy head. Black treacle present in the short aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and superb lacing throughout. Dark malts give a rich sweet note of black treacle toffee, damsons and bramble. Bitter chocolate notes appear later. Dusty hop resins give a short bitter aftertaste that fades fast. Finish has sweet raisins and caramel notes to it. A very good mild and highly recommended..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (6067) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2010
Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading. Deep espresso coffee black in colour with a ruby hue and a beige head; intense plum aroma; the body is soft but fully bodied and creamy with purple fruit flavours; the finish is dry and gently bitter. An excellent mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9683) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2010
Cask, handpump at The Four Candles, JDW, Oxford 25-05-10 Pours black actually its not totally black there are some reddy glints towards the bottom. There is a creamy (textured) off-white almost cappucino coloured head. Nutty and caramel on nose, touch sweet but pleasant. Taste is a little nutty but smooth, creamy and with some toffee and lightly roasted flavours, really likeable and served in bloody good nick. A7 A4 F7 P4 Ov14 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2010
Cask at The Regal (JDW), Cambridge. Very dark red brown with a small off white head. Sweet blackcurrant fruit aroma. Sweet fruity taste with some ripe apple. Slight bitterness. Very acceptable, though served a trifle warm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7958) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 24/05/10. Near black with attractive red hints and a decent, off-white head. Dark fruits, some caramel and a lick of liquorice with a gentle, bitter finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerViking (4207) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2010
Cask at The Metropolitan (JDW) by Baker St tube. Deep red-brown with a clingy fine tan head. Tart plums on the nose, plus a little red wine. Smooth and fruity, with plums and redcurrants and more vinous hints, soft bitterness in the finish, along with notes of dark chocolate and roast nuts. Rather more-ish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 13, 2010
Cask @ Hengler’s Circus, JDW. Colour is dark reddish-brown with a medium foamy off-white head. Aroma of slight roasted malts and fruits. Flavour is sour fruits, hint of roasted malts, a bit of licorice, red wine. A bit disappointing, keeping in mind the high ratings so far (although the most recent is from 3 years ago). Not enough roastiness, not enough body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14098) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 13, 2007
Cask Dark brown, thin head. Sweet burnt malt aroma. Surprisingly hoppy for a mild. More like a porter, but that’s not a perfect match either. Very well-rounded combination of burnt and roasted malts - sweet and a little spicy - with subtle, but quite emphatic, hoppiness. Great mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 31/10/2001 Dark coloured smooth on the palate with earthy aromas. Very bitter. Dry hop finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 12/05/2003 Dark red and sugary sweet. Slightly dry roast finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 15/10/2004 Dark coloured and fruity. Slightly dry pleasant malt finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the Palladium JDW, Llandudno 03/05/2010 Fruit and some liqorice aroma. Small white head. Black smooth and a little rich on the palate with a hint of dryness in a liqorice roast finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
Cask Conditioned @ JDW, Soton. MAlt liqourice and nut against a faint fruity background. Falls between refreshingly dry and sumptuously sweet and fails to satisfy on either count.

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