notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012 [I have tried this a few more times since my initial rating - all newer samples have been clear - no present yeast - I think the yeast muddled some of the flavors in my original sample - aside from the roast and minerals, there are a lot of underlying complexities, like fig and raisin and damp oak - however, the dry and roasty character remains center stage - I love this beer so much] Tap at the brewery - turbid dark ruby pour - a really well executed dark mild - very dry, with complex notes of dry roasted nuts, cocoa, moderate acidity, lightly fruity hops, a bit of roast and a nice mineral bite on the finish - a bit of earthy hop character - very quaffable and tasty!
BeerandBlues2 (9071) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand pull. Pours clear tawny with a large, creamy off-white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is chocolate, light caramel and toast, biscuit malt, light earthy hops and frutiy esters. Flavor is lightly sweet malt, light hops and bitterness, fruity estes and a sweet finish. Light body, medium carbonation. A very pleasurable Mild Ale, probably the best one I have ever had - I am hard pressed right now to remember a better one.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ brewery. Clear, deep reddish brown appearance with a cream colored head. Roasty, burnt toffee, mild cocoa, a touch fruity aroma. Quite delicious, a touch smoky, roasty caramel malty, burnt toffee, somewhat earthy, very clean flavor. Easy to drink and quite flavorful.
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, this was my favorite and I wish this was on cask instead cause it would have made it that much better. Dark brownish red pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of nice cocoa powder, nuts, earth and musty notes, hints of bready and yeasty malts, touch of toffee and caramel as well, balanced very well. Taste is a nice mix of dark cocoa powder with hints of caramel and nuts, some bitter earthy musty notes with a touch of yeast, some bready malts come back with a touch of grass and bittering hops, finishing fairly clean, nice balance of sweet and bitter and dry.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A huge old-world style throw-down, with toasted, chocolaty, earthy moldy, herbal/woody, mellow booze stuff you get from English funked out yeast (this ain’t no WLP002, or maybe it is but he’s been using it for generations) and British Pale Malt (guessing Maris Otter). Booyah! I’ll drink it all day.
brokensail (9921) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Hogshead. Pours a dark brown/mahogany pour with an off-white head. Nice toast and toffee aromas. Coffee, roasted malt, and some cocoa powder. A bit of nuts. Flavor is bitter roasted malt and coffee up front. Cocoa, toasted malt, and toffee sweetness. Nice herbal hops on the finish.
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at brewery. Slight caramel and toffee. Tiny chocolate. At this abv really sessionable and very tasty.
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half pint draft at Hogshead in Denver, Colorado. The pour is a clear brown, slight ruby with an off white head. The aroma is toffee malt, nice roast, and a fruit apple sweetness. The taste is really smooth, with the toffee malt, roast and grass light fruit sweetness. The roast flavor carries the finish, and really gives it a nice round full flavor. The palate is light bodied, soft carbonation, and the excellent roast finish. Really drinkable, really well executed session beer. I need more beers like this in my life.
jcnielsen (1711) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hogshead. Pours a brown color with white head. Roasty, sweet, nutty flavors. One of the best milds I’ve had.
gnoff (7445) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery, on October 10, 2012
Sweet, malty, caramel taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet, malty scent. Very nice and drinkable. Grainy aftertaste. Hazy dark copper color, tan head.