DruncanVeasey (7285) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 The High Cross, Leicester. As good as impenetrable with a glint of ruby at the edges; loose yellow-tan collar, maps of tan daubing the glass. Big carbon and alpha presence (or so I thought); hints of tangerine running under inedibly charred toast, ash, touch of cardboard. Perfumey citrus hop and blackened toast aroma. Very US; could do with a notch more creaminess to soften the hop and carbon. I’m nit-picking. Excellent, not-very mild.
downender (6391) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
dynamiteninja (1540) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, The Postern Gate (JDW), York. Black body with murky brown hints. Medium off white head. Fruity, red wine, malty, peaty, chocolate notes, coffee. Bitter. Watery palate, Dry finish. I agree with several other commentators here - seemed more like a stout to me, or at least a stout/mild hybrid.
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
RichardW (1529) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
wheresthepath (1568) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Cask at the Monks Retreat, Reading] Nice smokey aroma, tastes of earth & coffee with slight ashy hints, but it’s all a bit muted. Dry finish.
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
16th April 2010. Very dark brown beer but it is clear. Dry palate, very dry. Bitterish dark malt and underlying hop that also imparts bitterness. There is a pleasant tang in the middle. Overall this beer is way too dry and too one dimensional in it’s bitterness.
wimpyjoe (4174) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black with a very small head. Has a good mild character with a light roasted aroma and taste.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.