kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at the Charles Dickens amazing mild! not quite as roasty as the bottle but smoother and probably better balanced for it really glad i popped in for a swifty now!
harrisoni (15794) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2005 Cask at Yew and Ewe, Brookland. Black in colour, chocolate malt on nose, almost petroly. Excellent malts with grainey burnt malt finish. Some acidity and goodish length finish. One of my favourite dark milds.
Wonderful, can drink it all night as it is only 3.4%
Re-rate cask handpull at Yew Tree Inn Barfrestone. Even better than before. Excellent choc/coffee aroma but just gorgeously mild. Body is satisfying and the finish is long and exciting. So much flavour for a beer so weak
mik82 (34) - ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at Watermill Inn, Ings, Lake District. A brilliant lunchtime pint. Looks like a stout and has a lot of the roasty stout flavours. Hint of chocolate. Amazing body for such a low abv. Could drink loads of it!
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Ruby colored liquid, with a medium sized white head. Sweet roasted malt aroma. Sublime coffee and caramel flavors jive with chocolate and dark fruits. There’s a lot of flavour going on for such a low percentage. Extremely satisfying and smooth mouth feel. Overall this is a fantastic experience, and a mild that would make an excellent session drink.
MartinT (8736) - 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).
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask in countign house for wetherspoons beer fest. Must be noted this was in perfect condition. This is totally my type of session ale, incredible full body for the %, chocolate through and through darker fruits giving that tiny hints of tartness, really well balanced an nothing dominates though its full. Amazing stuff that i cant wait to have again.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravicask at The Bricklayers Arms Lancashire Fest, 14th Sept 2007. Near black in colour with a meaty aroma - made me think of salami. Flavour is a heady mix of roast coffee, dark chocolate, rich fruit and smoked meat. Sligthy thin palate, but then it is a mild. Overall, very good indeed.
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. Almost black. Coffee aroma. Medium sweet with creamy, filling mouthfeel. Notes of licorice and chocolate. Solid and extremely flavourful for a 3.4% beer. Salty, bitter finish. What a session beer!!
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Cask @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm April 13 2005
Pitch black, but surprisingly un-burned in aroma. Almost no hints of dark malts. Light body. Just a hint of chocolate. Sweet aftertaste.
RERATE: Cask @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
Liqourice and burned bacon in aroma. Thin but well balanced taste with roasted and burned malts. An easily downed session mild.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Gravicask at Kent Beer Festival. Mild is so hit and miss for me but when it is good I love it. Thankfully this was a real winner. Very dark chestnut brown colour. Lots of dark malty notes in the aroma with some lovely coffee underneath. Flavour is more of the same with some extra creamy coffe and some liquorice and chocolate. Glorious bitterness in the finish where the hops seam to appear out of nowhere. Gentle light sweetness all the way through. First beer of the day and it hardly touched the sides. A solid and very drinkable dark mild. Just how I like it.