Brewed by Phoenix (Oak Brewing Co.)
Style: Mild Ale
Heywood, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Seasonal - April & May

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2010
Cask, JDW, Carlisle. A touch on the bitter side for my mild drinking tastes. Sharp, decent whiff of hops and pretty much up to Phoenix’s high standards.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1287) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
Hand pulled cask at the Crosse Keys (JDW), Monument, London. Almost black with a thin beige head. Rather astringent for a mild with a sharp burnt liquorice/ caramel flavour and hoppy finish. Somehow it hangs together and leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
Cask at Pilgrim’s Progress (JDW), Bedford, in Spoons Real Ale Festival ’10. Very dark brown, near black, with a scummy beige head. Thick, sweet meaty aroma with dusty honeycomb and Oxo cube. Rather less forceful taste: ash, liquorice and a dustiness that gives this beer a pleasant, lived-in feel. Some bitterness. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4415) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 18, 2010
Cask @ Counting House, JDW. Dark brown - dark red colour, small beige head. Aroma is toasted, chocolate. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, smoke, milk chocolate. Smooth. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21124) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2010
cask at standorder JDW ... deep brown ... thin tan head ...light chocolate roast .... soft sweet milk chocolate roast ... little coffee ... nice roast malt ... decent depth ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7863) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 11/04/10. Near black in colour with a decent tan head. Milky coffee, chocolate and some dark fruits, before a dry finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at the Smithfield Hotel, Manchester 11/05/2002 Black smooth on the palate and slightly fruity mild with a slight roast finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Smithfield Hotel, Manchester 10/05/2003 Dark with a reddish hue. Smooth with a hoppy roast finish. 3. Cask Stillage at the Town Hall, Stockport 29/05/2003 Black smooth and slightly fruity. Smoked, hoppy finish. 4. Cask Stillage at the Town Hall, Stockport 30/05/2003 Dark fruity mild with a slightly dry roast finish. 5. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 19/04/2010 Fruit and some roast aroma. Beige head. Dark red coloured fruity blackcurrant flavour with a dry and slightly bitter roast finish. 6. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 09/06/2010 Thick beige head. Fruit and some roast aromas. Black hoppy and fruity with an orange flavour. Smooth on the palate with a dry and bitter roast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4375) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2004
Hand pulled at the Anchor, Birmingham (as part of their Phoenix weekend). Very tasty Mild, with a mouth-filling and saitisfying flavour. Big on roasted malt and some coffee content too. Creamy and smooth and an enticing jet black colour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 30, 2015 My sample was obviously in better nick than Spiesy’s. And it certainly made a change from a run of pale bitter/golden ales that have dominated what I have been drinking recently. Deep, almost opaque chocolate brown colour. Lasting pale beige head. Definite smoky notes in the aroma. The flavour is 100% mocha - chocolate and coffee. Smooth, soft finish. I was going to say that the body was rather thin for a stout but, now I get here, I discover it’s a mild. A bit of a hybrid I would say. Rather nice. Cask (handpump), Head of Steam, Euston, London NW1.

Re-rate. Cask (handpump) at the Red Lion, Littleborough on 3 August 2013. An excellent mild served in tip top condition. Quite light body but a fair bit of chocolate and some roasty character does the job nicely.
Score updated.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2004
Cask Conditioned, at The First Hussar, York, Yorkshire.
Brown with a beige head not in the best of conditions. Rather shit actually. Subtle dusty malt flavours, similar to stale old chocolate.

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