Theydon_Bois (7941) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Earl of Essex, 24/06/14.
Dark mahogany brown with reddish hues when held in the light topped by a moderate light tan swirl and edgeing.
Nose is blackberry forward, light must, hint of spice, woody notes, earthy.
Taste comprises red berry fruits, lighter blackberry than on the nose, musty, sweet sugary notes, bramble berry compote, light biscuit.
Light to medium body, a little thin, fruity close with light grassy pangs.
Unusual grassy presence for a mild. Ok berry fruit mild but not one I’d be looking to drink again though!
Mjp12 (291) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An easy drinking mild, but for me the blackberry flavour didn’t really come through, but the fruit flavour hid the mild taste. A bit of a mix.
jjsint (657) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Engineers Arms, Henlow. Very dark brown with a tight little head. Aroma dominated by charcoal, there’s light fruit but not as pronounced as the smokiness. The berry asserts itself in the gorgeous sweet and fruity taste. Disappears under a cloud of bittersweet blackberry and smoke. Light palette, a bit too weak for my personal taste. A brilliant mild.
minutemat (1377) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask @ Shrewsbury Beer Festival 2013. Probably the stand-out beer of the festival for me. Has a beautifully fruity blackberry quality where you can almost taste the seeds, together with a lovely mild maltiness that slips down well. Really impressed.
cgarvieuk (14062) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
cask at cloisters ... deep red ... thin tan head ... sodr dry dark roast light fruit nose ... softuits ... big blavkberry ... soft fruits ... mellow roast
maeib (8611) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned handpump Earl Of Essex London 07/06/13. As black as pitch with a whitish head and lace. A really fruity aroma immediately with a little roasty malt. A mix of fruit, roast and coffee in the mouth. A well constructed flavoursome mild. Really liked it.
Leighton (10538) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Earl of Essex - London. Pours brown with a creamy head. Nose holds some ashy roast and hints of blackberries. Light sweet flavor with sweet, fairly juicy blackberries, subtle milk chocolate, some toasty bread. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet blackberry finish, ripe berries, mellow toasty bread, dark sugars. Very tasty stuff.
RichTheVillan (2509) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Earl of Essex; dark brown pour off white head, roasty malt aroma, big blackberry taste, roasted malts.
Brigadier (2890) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Furnace Inn
This was definitely an offbeat mild. Instead of the usual flavor profile it adds some fruity aspects. For the most part it works. In some ways though it was a bit ambitious.
Aroma / Appearance - The reddish black base was fluid and light. Coffee syrup stands out though raspberry lurks beneath the surface. Making an appearance from time to time it adds more depth.
Flavor / Palate - Dark coffee is rich on the palate after just two sips. The raspberry infused syrup adds some additional depth. The finish is light and mild as advertised. I could drink beers like this all day (or at least until I got bored).
BeerCast_Rich (1847) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[cask, the Phoenix, York] Clear deep ruby brownish pour, with purplish gleams throughout. Slightly off-pink head. Aroma is straight up blackberry crumble, as is the taste. Until the end, that is, when some dryness arrives and the beer finishes pretty quickly – but not in a bad way. Good stuff