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

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unknown

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common

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (11866) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 @ Malt & Hops, Leith. Dark brown. Thin head. A deep roasted molasses character with dark fruit accents - a unique and intriguing aroma. Rich, roasty bitterness and a pleasing sweetness as well. Soft, demerara-like, but the rooty bitterness lends it an Okinawa black sugar feel as well. Nuanced, surprising, in appearance and character like buckwheat honey - a unique mild. Hell yeah.

Interestingly, when I revisited this on Orkney I didn’t find it as compelling, but just a basic good dark ale. I won’t adjust the rating.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
witthatsbier (155) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Dark delicious ,aroma grain with dark fruit,taste is strong malt with dry bitter finish

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (13196) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 Very deep black in colour, with a smokey roast malt nose, sweet mellow roast with a little chocolate ... touch of blackcurrent....3.6 tkX drunk not rated but score def needs upped 3.9 cask at cloisters dec 11... deep copper red ... thin tan head ... soft sweet malts ... juicy blackcurrant roast ... dark malt fruits ... cask at cloisters may 12... deep red brown ... creamy tan head ...soft sweet deep berry fruity malts ... low carbonation ... light roast ... mellow malts ... deep fruits ...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5196) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Cask @ Malt & Hops, Leith. Opaque ruby-tinted black. Beautiful. Aroma of Grape Nuts, Mumme, pure sweet dark barley juice. Soft, juicy, and loose palate. Really interesting and unique beer. The flavors are long and lingering, with prune and smoke then finishing with a good amount of roast. This is a special brew, served in impeccable condition. Had at another pub and it was slightly thinner, testimony to the changes it undergoes as it develops in the cask.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (484) - SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2013
Cask. Deep deep brown to black sparkle.Shiny. Almost opaque. Super complex intricate magnolia coloured lacing. Beautiful roasty nutty smell. To taste, complex chocolate, some smooth earth, and a roasty sous bois leafish flavour that begins softly. by the middle it loses some complexity and leaves a firm dark dry coating through the entire mouth. Never loses complexity or balance.A remarkably well integrated beer and though its components are easily indentifiable it also meshes well as a complete whole. Possibly the best Scottish mild I have ever had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1440) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
Cask@lychgatetavern, wolverhampton. Dark brown colour with medium head that gradually dissipated. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate. It is quite dry and burnt tasting in the finish. A good mild not the norm.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (9672) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2013
Cask conditioned at The Brewery Tap, Chester. Dark chestnut with cream head. There is a rich and woody, smokey, burnt and nutty fullness to the malts, nicely bitter and dry later. There is a coffee character to it. Very decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2007
[Cask from The Three Judges] Black with a moderate tan head. Roasty chocolatey aroma, some burnt caramel notes and a slightly fruity hop presence. Medium bodied with some dark fruit apparent on the palate, dry, slightly bitter finish, some more hop character. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7040) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2009
Cask at the Abbotsford, Edinburgh, 20-03-09 on Craig’s crawl of Edinburgh’s finest establishments. Pours chesnut with reddy glints and a light beige head. Some smokiness, bit dry although there is some creaminess, nice roasty bitterness, a very nice beer. A6 A4 F8 P4 OV15 3.7

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2131) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
My 500th beer, which is great as this is one of my favourite brewers! On tap @ Teuchtars. Pours a beautiful opaque chestnut with a red hue around the bottom edges of the glass. The nose has chocolate and hazelnuts. The taste has more dark chocolate which softens into cream and then the hazelnuts follow it in. The palate is medium to large in structure, the texture is thick in creamy and it falls away nicely at the end. Overall, a wonderfully sessionable mild ale.


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