chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sorry Silk, this may be a rare example of a all but vanished (and itís easy to see why) old style, but I just donít like it. The best element is the colour - deep, dark, garnet. After that, itís all downhill. Packed with oxidised, cardboard aromas, typical of pasteurised bottled beer. The flavour is sweet malt (almost like malt extract), but woody at the same time, with a medicinal tang in the background. Drinkable (just), but I wonít be trying this again. Bottled.
thedm (4869) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The DM & Hotstuffís European Honeymoon trip beer number 12. This bottled brew from SilkTork in London poured a nice head that left behind a good lacing. The body contained carbonation, was nearly opaque and dark ruby red brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of mild dark molasses. Its mouth feel was smooth and mild. Its flavor contained sweet dark malt notes.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sept, 2002: Typical granny ale for sure - weak and sweet with chocolate flavours, yet very yummy! A mix of mild and milk stout. A classic example of the bottled milds that were called brown ales in Southern England in the first half of the 20th century. This is a little gem with bags of flavour, but the sweetness would prevent it being suitable as a session beer. [3.4]
Sept, 2004: Wine. Chocolate. Fizzy cardboard. Gentle sweetness. Roasty notes. Great fun and very enjoyable. [3.4]
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Well thanks to silktork for bringing this, because i would never have bought it otherwise, iív e only ever seen really old wierd looking men drinking this before. This was very sweet. Full on maple syrup, raisin sweetness, very flat mouthfeel, syruppy sweet mouthfeel. Yes there is a lot of flavour for a beer with 2.8%ABV, but that doesnít make it good.
presario (4525) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Plum and raisin aroma, slightly sour if too chilled. Minimal head. Nice dark brown, thin around the sides. Thin as expected from the alcohol %. Flavour is a pleasant surprise. Very nice sweet light fruit flavour with fruit and touches of chocolate in the finish. The flavour to alcohol % ratio is very good.
JonMoore (1771) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark brown with no head. Sweet brown ale, chocolate and burnt malt. Highly carbonated. Weak as you like. I donít think Iíll bother again.
imdownthepub (9517) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2004
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottled, pasteurised. Dark brown with tan head. Sludgy sweet brown ale, chocolaty burnt malt with an underlying vanilla flavour. Quite poor.
maeib (8304) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 I really didnít expect to enjoy this very much. It looked good in the glass with a nice russet colour. There is no discernible aroma, but certainly nothing unpleasant. The flavour however is a revelation. Lovely sweet, nutty, chocolately flavours with a long finish. A perfect example of an English Mild at a extremely quaffable ABV and a wonderful cheap price. Would certainly drink this againScore 3.6
Subsequent rating scored 2.9. Average becomes 3.3
nigos (630) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark black/brown hue with a fast disappating head, Nutty malt aroma. Roast malt and nut flavours with a malty back bone.
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An absolutely delightful surprise when I was just looking for a cheap and cheerful bottle for dinner at home. Pours with a big, loosely structured head that dissipates moderately quickly to reveal just a deep brown slightly syrupy beer. The flavor is sweet up front, sweet in mid-palate, and sweet in the finish, but in between it manages to produce some roasted malts, nuttiness, enough caramel/toffee to kill a good-sized moose with, and fruity notes up, down, and sideways. And then you read the label: 2.8% abv. What a wonderful concoction for 2.8%--makes for an excellent lunch-time accompaniment to something with a bit of salt, such as a ham sandwich or a sausage roll.