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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7925) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1824) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2012
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1288) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wheresthepath (2121) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2010
[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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2010
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ManVsBeer (8689) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2013
Black with a very small head. Has a good mild character with a light roasted aroma and taste.

   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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