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Brewed by Highland
Style: Mild Ale
Orkney, Scotland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown in the glass with a good white head, if held to a light very dark ruby red shines through.
Nose: Soft chocolate malt ‘coffee’ notes are evident with a mere hint of hop.
Taste: All depends on venting, when fresh the chocolate malt is crisp and may have a hint of phenols, when well vented or halfway through a cask, the chocolate is soft & velvety with a perfectly balanced hop and a hint of fruity fermentation esters. Becomes dryer and ever so slightly hoppier as becomes older.
Summary: A fantastic darker ale which has a changing drinking profile, which at all the stages of it’s development in cask should appeal to all who appreciate a quality pint of balanced dark real ale. Find out for yourself it’s well worth a try.


JorgeLee's rating

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1268) - Greater London, - NOV 12, 2012
Cask in Teuchtars. Deep black colour with white foam, looks quite dense for a mild. Roasted malt dominant, coffee, some burnt toast. I guess quite dry for a mild. Decent mouthfeel, drinkable. Not bad.


3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NonOperational (50) - ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
Another really good Mild. Very soft and sweet. The excellent brown sugar taste is intensified by the oily, sugary body. Just enough hop bitterness at the back to make you want another sip. Rich and rewarding.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Cask at SRAF. Pours deep brown, taste is sweet and thin, fruity blackcurrant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3235) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle at home from alesela
dark ruby chestnut brown with light beige lacing. Coffee and bourbon biscuits, moderate carbonation, fruity, astringent malt, slightly chalky dry maltiness. Some plum, a little thin perhaps, dry cocoa finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (5518) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
Cask (Crown Posada, Newcastle) - Dark brown in colour. Blackcurrant, roasted malt and chocolate in the aroma. Roasted and chocolatey taste with notes of blackcurrant being noticeable in the finish. Refreshing and moreish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Cask, at Helgi?s, Kirkwall. Deep red brown, thin but lasting off white head and fine condition. Quite dry and bitter in the mouth with hints of coffee and chocolate mixed with a little toffee sweetness, in the mouth the coffee/chocolate remains with some low fruity notes and burnt toffee. Finish has some earthy bitterness and hints of chocolate lingering

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Cask Pint in The Market Porter, Borough, London in July 2012 - Very Dark Brown in colour; Dark Ruby Red against light. Very Malty; roast malts, caramel, coffee & dark chocolate. Fruity; dark fruits, berries. Hoppy; hint of hop bitterness. Sweet fruity malty throughout. Enjoyed this. Very drinkable. Nice Mild Ale!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (3454) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Cask at the Wellington; mahogany brown pour with a thin beige head, fruity aroma, taste has light red fruit, a hint if chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (8273) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkelbrauens Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, fruchtig, Kaffee. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, fruchtig.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
witthatsbier (285) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Dark delicious ,aroma grain with dark fruit,taste is strong malt with dry bitter finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4122) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
The first beer in a trio of Orkney beers drank in The Plough, Shifnal during a CAMRA pub crawl on 14th Dec 13. Hand-pulled half-pint: dark brown with a red hue, on top an off-white blanket of foam. The nose and taste were over roasted, almost burnt malts that gave a dark chocolate and ground coffee bean aroma and flavour. Semi-bitter in the aftertaste this is a good traditional Mild and well worth seeking out. Full bodied and almost rich (for a Dark Mild) in texture.


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