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 (6148) - 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 (37269) - 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 (21607) - 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 (11423) - 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 (29987) - 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 isn’t 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!
Fin (8011) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at Merton Beer Festival 17-02-07. I was really looking forward to this beer having heard so much about it and the plaudits it has received. I thoroughly enjoyed it although much like the Amarillo I think there was a part of me that expected it to be even better than it was. This beer poured a very dark brown colour and was almost without a head. There were some bitter coffee notes but not as much as I anticipated. The taste was smoother than I expected with some dryness although it was also quite smooth in a stout kind of way, coffee and roasted notes were the major taste characteristics of this beer but it was a little more complex than that and developed the more that you got into it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and whilst it was slightly different to how I would normally expect a mild to be, it was quite different to some of the more robust strong milds that are really just teetering on the egde of what most people would normally accept at being a mild. Very good.