TimE (4074) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Med dark brown color. Very strong woody and chocolate character that I didn’t really care for. Malty, dry, not very subtle and not to my taste.
SarkyNorthener (2927) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@the bell. Walsall. Reddish black beer with small head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roast coffee. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and some sweetness. Very good mild.
HenrikSoegaard (11436) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Ealing. Frothy white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Oyster notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter fnish. Oily palate.
MartinT (8491) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
This cushy Dark Mild shares raisin-y bread pudding notes amongst roasted cereals before moving into a balancing leafy hop finish laced in blackberry fruitiness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam lingers atop the ruby-hinged darkness.
-This is superbly drinkable AND never frail-bodied.
-The fruitiness is akin to fieldberries, prunes, raisins, etc. But it is subtle throughout.
-The flavour profile is perfectly balanced.
-There’s lots going on in this one and it all comes together in the finish.
-This is a great lunchtime pint with a meat pie.
On cask at The Eagle and Child (Oxford) and The Mitre (Cambridge).
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cask): Black in colour, tinges of red with a small but lasting tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Smooth flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts and a little coffee. Only difference to the bottle is it’s less carbonated and more smooth.
Rune (9239) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Half-pint by gravicask, shared with Finn at NWAF ’13. Clear rosewood coloured body. Naked surface. Earthy malts to the nose with hints of liquorice. Dark malty taste with a peaty touch. Short-lived roasted bitter finish. Decent enough considering the low abv (Manchester, 23.01.2013).
stravale (2490) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Merchants 1688, Lancaster 050113
Dark brown, ruby edges, dense yellowy white head, good lacing
Aroma - soft roasted malts, light burnt toast
Taste of dark chocolate, dark malts, roasted malts, lot of flavour for 3.4%
Palate - thin to medium body, smooth. Finish of bitter roast
Overall - Good mild, maybe a bit over roasty
ManVsBeer (5668) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black and smoked ale with a thick creamy head on top. Smoky aroma with is more prevalent in its taste, and very pleasant.
Theis (14306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Charlie’s Bar. Black - offwhite head. Burned. Nice licorice malty. Medium malty. light chocolate. Light light smokey notes. Tobacco. Light thin body. Fruity notes. Ok.
ianwelby (733) - SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Was surprised at this being fairly bland-tasting. Looked a nice pint, not a lot of aroma to it. Had a thin but lasting head. Not unpleasant, just a bit mediocre to my taste.