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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
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Mild was a hugely popular style for more than a century (1800-1900s). Here, we have released two mild ales side-by-side.: two beers from opposite ends of that period, brewed by the same brewery. If you drink both, you will drink the same brand from the same brewery separated by 107 years. Over those years, Mild changed considerably: something these beers amply demonstrate. Though bearing the same name, X Ale, in character they could hardly be more dissimilar. By WWII, Mild was firmly established as Britain’s most popular style of beer, but the years had not been kind. The war years in particular had taken their toll on Mild, reducing its alcohol content. There had been other changes too. For example, the colour, 1945 X Ale was much darker, brewed from a blend of 5 malts and dark brewing sugar. Wartime shortages also dictated the use of flaked barley. This 1945 Mild contained just a fifth of the hops of 1838 version. This is Mild as we know it today: a low-gravity, lightly-hopped, dark beer. Drink the two side-by-side to see these changes in action.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, - MAY 7, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 Bomber courtesy of and shared with Man Ki and 77ships. Cuivre, col beige moyen. Arôme est léger tenant de belles notes de grains, malt et caramel avec un biscuité subtile. Palais reste très agréable pour seulement 2.8%, rappelant le moût et un bol de céréales. Palais reste léger avec encore une fois ce côté moût qui donne une belle dimension à la bière. Le houblonné reste en retrait ajoutant un profil neutre en amertume qui laisse ample place pour le malt-caramel et grains pour se faire une belle place.

Rerate - June 23, 2013. Cuivrée, col fin beige. Arôme léger, citronné et houblonné avec ce côté céréales pour un bouquet très anglais se porchaison d’une bitter. Palais reste très léger, rappelant un kvass et autres bière de table. Drêche, léger en caramel, malt pâle et anglais pour un fini biscuité qui est contrebalancé par une amertume houblonné agréable et légère. Pétillance moyenne-haute, léger fruité rouge.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matty (156) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Had this one sitting in my basement for about a year and a half. Pours a clear dark gold/copper with a touch of redness. Off-white head that quickly settles to a film. Carbonation keeps rising but not too much - just in the center of the glass. Aroma is sweet and bready, much like a mild English ale. Medium bodied, getting some slight toasted flavors, caramel, toffee and malt. Finish is slightly bitter on the sides, sweet in the middle and some toasted flavors after the swallow. Very interesting, great story to go with it. Glad I had it. Thanks to Sam for the bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle. Clear deep amber brown color, thin off white head. Aroma of toffee, light molasses, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet toffee with a toasted edge. Decent stuff for such a low abv beer. Interesting to taste a bit of history, and more recent (and realistic) than things like re-created Egyptian brews.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lowenbrau (1729) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 28, 2013
65 cl bottle.Malty, coffee, som roasty aromas. Pours murky orange with creamy off-white head, persistent, some lacing. Medium body, silky texture, average to soft carbonation. Taste is malty, roasty, spicy. Watered down. Weird one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
1st December 2012
Hazy light brown beer, tidy off white head. Palate is light, semi dry and with a light crispness. Dry and thin malt, just a touch of cream. Very mild hop bitterness, barely there citrus. Minerals and then a smi dry finish. It’s great to try these recreations and long may they continue, but If I had just come through WWII I would have wanted something more than this!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2013
22 oz bottled shared by csbosox. Original recipe, February 22 1945 this version was brewed on February 14 2012. The pour is a murky burnt orange with a limited off white head. The aroma is cocoa along with a light fruit sweetness, and just a hint of cherry skin. The taste is the light sweet malt, moving towards the cocoa which lingers nicely with the soft sweetness and the yeast character. The palate is medium bodied, low carbonation level, and a bunch of body for a beer as small as this. Nice one, thanks for sharing Chris.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (5660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
always enjoy a good mild, but this seemed skewed .. . peach and mild oxidation .. . brown .. light foam .. . lacks direction or complexity .. . . no sign of a broken neck

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2622) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours a darker brown with a thin, beige head of foam. Aroma is roasty, bready, and chocolatey. Tastes like a burnt biscuit covered in chocolate powder. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2013
Thanks to Max for sharing. 655 ml. bottle sampled. Very interesting concept that greatly interests me, although it is quite impossible to be honest. Drank side by side with the 1838 as suggested. 1945 was unanimously found to be the better & more flavourful one which is staggering considering the fact that this one is 2.8 ABV & 1838 was 7.4 ABV. The body on this was actually at least as full, maybe even fuller. Pour a dark amber, clear, little white head. Smell is cacao, light herbs, sweet caramel, dark malts & mellow chocolate. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, cacao, malts, light herbs, chocolate, yeast, light metallic side,… Not a shocker but doing quite well given the presumable advanced aged & low ABV. Body is light but nowhere near too light. Still feels far too American for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leafs93 (1611) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours amber brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is earthy, caramel and hay/grass. Taste is mild bitters with a hint of hops. Drank well and is a great example of the style, ratings should be higher!


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