imdownthepub (12585) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask conditioned at The Grapes, Oxford. Black with tan head, ruby hue. This could well be the best lower ABV mild I have had. Beautifully balanced between a rich fruity malt with a summer fruit character and a good level of hop for a little bite. Wow was all we could say when we first set into our pints. I’m so glad I had this in great condition, fantastic stuff Otter.
DanielBrown (4320) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand pulled at the Billiard Hall, West Bromwich. An all round masterpiece of a Mild. Enchanting aroma, pleasing facade and a gob-full of flavour, squeezed inside the low abv. Juicy berry body, with perfectly balanced roasted notes and choc sprinkles. Great stuff.
cgarvieuk (19711) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2010 cask at standorder JDW ... copper brown ... thin tan head ... light toffee and deep roast malt nose .... nice soft chocolate roast ... little toffee ... light coffee bitter linger ... really nice ...4.1 tk2 ... brown ... thin tan head ... sweet malts ... light soft ovaltine toffee ... soft ... very tasty ... very easy drinkin... 4.0
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Cask at Baker Street ’Sporks.Dark mahogany but more brown than black and a very good off white head and lace. Plenty of condition in it. This is a bloody excellent mild. Light and fruity on the nose. Really good in the mouth. Hints of coffee and chocolate, roasty and toasty but it’s all just... erm... mild. Faint tartness and mineral notes that remind me of Harvey’s Sussex and that’s nothing to complain about at all. Good earthy malt finish with something slightly herbal in it too. This is a little peach if you ask me. Throughly accessible, effotlessly drinkable and does everything it should do. Took me all of five minutes to down it. I didn’t mean to, I just suddenly realised it was gone. Excellent stuff.
dynamiteninja (1776) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask. Back of Beyond, Reading. Oh boy was I in for a pleasant surprise when I first tasted this beer! Aroma is lots of milk chocolate, raspberries and sprucey hop undertones. A very nice looking beer, clear and a rich mahogany-brown shade. It has a thin white head which quickly disappears. Mild bitterness with undercurrents of sweetness. Clean on the palate.
bobinlondon (1280) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First as a cellar run then hand pulled the next evening at the Moon and Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Chestnut brown with a thick creamy unsparkled off white head, in the peak of condition. Everything a good mild should be with delicate malt and just enough hops to balance perfectly. Some toffee and caramel with a hint of berry fruit. Wonderful!
downender (7626) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol 17/04/10. Dark brown in colour with hints of red and a decent tan head. Gentle aroma of caramel, damsons and dark chocolate. Flavour was sweet, with plenty more caramel, raisins, cocoa and a lingering, dry finish. Great stuff.
harrisoni (16533) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpull at Westgate, JDW, Mass Spoon Rating. Very dark brown with a thin dark beige head. Ok, that is a good mild. Very good dark malts, not overly roasty, more of a dark fruity mild. Lovely roasty aroma, then some really good berry fruits in the mouth and then a juicy fruity finish. Man this is good. Shows you don’t have to go extreme to make a really good beer. Loved it. The juiciness is outstanding. Black cherry mostly. Bit of blackberry.
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, King’s Head, Carlisle. Missed this at the last JDW fest so was pleased to see it reappear elsewhere. A rich and bitter brew, with loads of roasted tangy malt. Aftertaste is creamy and satisfying and a pleasant clean white head on top. Well bodied, one of the best milds of late.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpull, SIBA Champions Fest 2011, The Canalhouse, Nottingham. Pale chestnut with copper edges and a slim ivory collar. Very milky mocha and toasted wholemeal aroma, with some jammy hedgerow fruit. Mouth a lovely rounded coffee-meets-raisin type-thing, dusting with chocolate. Some really good, Germanic malt fullness. Can easily see why this is rated so highly.