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J.W. Lees Brewers Dark / GB Mild (Cask)

Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Mild Ale
Middleton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Cask: Regular.
Originally called GB Mild (the GB being Lees’ brewery - Greengate Brewery), and under this name won Champion Mild of Britain in 2004. The name changed to Brewer’s Dark in January 2008.
Brewers Dark continues to be in great demand, despite the downward trend in mild sales. It is a smooth well-rounded light coloured mild with a malty and fruity aroma. The taste is distinctive with a smooth sweet flavour and a dry malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (8777) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Cask @ Polished Knob, Todmorden. Dark with a small red glow and a thick creamy off-white head. Some nut in the aroma and a very drinkable and suitably mild texture.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robnights (26) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2013
Good strong, dark colour with a surprising peppery finish. One of the few darks I really like! --- Rated!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JUL 21, 2013
Light bodied and easy to drink, but with enough flavour to be interesting. Slight chocolate beginning, followed by malt, bread and butter then smooth Horlicks to end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
northropfrye (3299) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
Cask in Liverpool. Dark body, hoppy aroma, sweet nutty bubblegum and bit roasty taste, but could be more intense.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gedthemanc (20) - ebbw vale, WALES - APR 28, 2012
one of the best milds around not too sweet right balance bottle not too bad either

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1607) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2012
First tasted this in the Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in April 2008. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thin white creamy head. Nice roast malt in the short aroma. Thin oily mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malts give a dusty burnt toast note early on but this fades to give a roast coffee and sweet caramel flavours laced with juicy blackcurrant fruit. Slight dusty hop prickle noted in the dry earthy aftertaste. Finish is malty with a dry toasted almonds on the palate. a decent tasty mild and well recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2011
Cask at Wetherspoons, Macclesfield. Dark brown with thin beige head. Not bad at all, certainly has flavour. Tobacco, coffee, chocolate. Quite liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (14171) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 19, 2010
Cask (GBBF2010)
7 Lovely treacly aroma
4 Deep red, brief head
6 Simple caramelly, but a bit chalky
3 Seet but watery. Some jam in the finish - do I detect bacon too?
12 Adequate as a mild. Jam implies a flaw creeping in, so probably could be better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2010
Cask@GBBF2010. Deep ambery brown colour with small off-white head. Aroma is liquorice, mild ashes, some roastes malts, mild nuts and chocolate. Flavour is being quite much the same with a big coffeeish and chocolateish finish. Nice stoutish mild ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Cask. Caramel and malt nose, copper, small custard head. Flavour has a fair malt presence, nice woodiness, a bit of apple and red plum. Light bodied, well balanced and pleasantly bitter. A good session.

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