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

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 (1408) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gowdy (877) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Half pint at The Helensburgh Beer Festival. Quite dark. Not any head to speak of. Carmelly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6885) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2015
(Cask at Craft Beer Co Covent Garden, London, 24 Apr 2015) Black colour with foamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of chocolate, coffee and black rye bread. Malty, roasted taste with chocolate, milky coffee, black rye bread and a gentle roasty bitterness in the finish. Medium body, quite dry. Well made and tasty mild. Nice one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ladnewton (1597) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2015
Cask at Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell on 28th April 2015. Dark brown with thin off-white nonlacing head. Sweet caramel/toffee aroma. Malty in-mouth with berry fruits and caramel. A malty and somewhat nutty finish, with some upper-mouth bitterness. Light body and mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihtila (1611) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
25.1.2015. Cask. Pours dark brown. Nose is dark malts, chocolate malts. Taste is dark malty, watery, slight sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
armando629 (2447) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 6, 2015
Cask at Teuchters, Edinburgh.
Clear dark brown appearance with a creamy beige-tan head. Moderated aroma with some roasted grains, malt and molasses, yeast. Medium bodied one with a balanced fruitiness, roasted barley, light coffee and malt. Easy drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
androman (878) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
1/2 pint cask @ Teuchter, Edinburgh. Body is dark brown, head is small, tan, creamy. Nose is roasty, aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit. Medium sweet, heavy roasty bitter. Medium body, dry texture, no carbonation. Easy dessert beer.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NonOperational (55) - 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 (6179) - 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 (3832) - 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 (5861) - 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.


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