albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Leicester Beer Festival. I was looking forward to sampling this mild ale and I was very impressed. Itís got a really good balance of flavours with sweet toffee and some roasted coffee. Unlike Titanic Black Ice, it doesnít try to be a porter, just an excellent mild.
ktownphil (12) - ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I have tried this 3 times at three different festivals, mainly because of the awards it has won. I was disappointed each time. Perhaps I just dont get the whole mild thing? But if it wins these awards for overall champion, then there must be more to it. It should be better!
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 4     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 3   Nitro : XX
Intensity : 3
Yeast : 2   Bread : 2   Apple : 2   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : XX   Burnt Toast : 4   Caramel : XX   Nuts : 2   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : XX   Coffee : 3   Dark Chocolate : 2   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : 2   Blackberries : 2   Cherries : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : 2   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : 2   Grapefruit : XX Orange : XX   Herbal : 2   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : 2   Wood : XX   Mint : XX   Smoke : 2   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : 2   Lactic : 2   Bitterness : 1   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 3   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : 1
Comments: Sweet, leathery, fruity ale with growing acidity by the sip. Refreshing and tasty. Original and glorious mild.
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ GBBF 2007, London. Dark black color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, dark chocolate, strong coffee. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.
oh6gdx (22531) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask@GBBF2007. Dark amber colour, beige mediumsized head. Aroma is caramel malts and some slight roasted hints. Flavour is roasted, caramellish and quite hoppy. Dry and quite pleasant.
Christian (11784) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark brown with a lasting and creamy off-white head leaving a beautiful curtain of lace. Roast aroma, chocolate, licorice and some wood. Dry and roast flavour, with wood and charcoal notes.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@GBBF07. Strong sweet coffee aroma. Almost black color, light brown head, fair lace. Sweet, coffee, light bitter, quite full. Very flavorful and well balanced.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Half pint gravity fed from the cask at the Ealing Beer Festival, poured black with a bubbly tan head. A light malt aroma, some chocolate, but a bit astringent. A little watery, a roasted flavour, but a bit tart and disappointing.
Ungstrup (30378) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at GBBF 2006. A pitch black beer with a brown shine under a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of roasted malty combined with notes of caramel and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of chocolate and roasted malt - though it isnít leaving any dryness. the mouthfeel is smooth but a bit thin.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity, Merton BF. Ruby-highlighted black with a generous layer of fine dense beige foam. Sweet soft caramel aroma, toasted marshmellows, touch of apple warmth. Slightly tart roast, soft and mouth-filling, some dried fruit esters. Just a bit less depth of flavor than the aroma suggests. Still, what a lovely gentle mild. If milds were like this historically, it makes me wonder how they could have faded so much from the UK beer scene? (And how they seem to be largely ignored by brewers around the world.) Such wonderfully friendly beer!