Brewed by Famous Railway Tavern
Style: Mild Ale
Colchester, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
Cask; Regular.
Crab 'n' Winkle is a dark, full bodied mild reputed to be 3.7%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
29th May 2008. Very light even for a mild. Semi creamy with a very light finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17283) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2006
Cask gravity dispense at London Drinker BF 2006. Up there with the Malt Shovel Mild in terms of flavours. Black beer with beige head. Coffee aroma with smooth darkness. Lots of smoked coffee after. Really good mild with lots of interesting flavour. Had this in bottle about a year ago and it seemed less salty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13234) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2003
Cask Conditioned at Oxford Beer Festival. This was goingfast when I was serving at the Festival, so I had to try. It was like a smokey slab of bacon, bonfire night and toffee apples all in one. A very tasty mild, one to savour, where can I get another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Smithfield Hotel, Manchester 16/04/2005 Dark coloured and slightly rich on the palate with a fruit aroma. Slightly bitter lasting roast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2009
Gravity dispense, ’All Creatures Great and Small’ festival, The Merchant’s Inn, Drugby. Haloed mahogany with murky red edges. Raisiny cocoa, faint coffee and woodsmoke aroma. Lovely dusty cocoa and milky coffee notes beyond; salty and vinous with lingering smoky afters. Mellow chocolatey mild with smoke, coffee, and splashes of aged complexity. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2006
Cask (gravity dispense), London Drinker Beer Festival, March 2006. This beer had been eluding me for a long time. Its only regularly available at the one pub in Essex and it always seemed to be not ready, or already gone, when its been listed at festivals I’ve been to. The wait was worth it. Making a mild your main product is not a usual move for a brewpub and demonstrates a real devotion to the product. Very dark colour - almost black, but with a hint of red when held up to the light. Quite rich, with lots of burnt, smoky malt and a fair amount of coffee. A touch of bitterness too. Being a low ABV mild, its all fairly restrained of course. If there’s any downside, the mouthfeel is just a touch ashy. A top class mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at Chelmsford Beer Festival. Black body with a tan head. Lovely coffee and dark chocolate malt. Let down a little by some plasticy notes but over all a lovely mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2003
Oxford Beer Fest. Gravity Fresh. A smooth, nicely bodied and flavoursome mild. A decent example. Some sasparilla. Some fragrant, flowery notes which add to the interest. Good smokey nose with elements of raspberry. Good. The Railway Tavern brewpub is getting a small reputation for the quality of this mild - their main product.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 11, 2006
Cask@London Drinker. Smokey bacon characters. Like a malty bitter, with an ashy/roasty quality, sweetish, with some lactic sourness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerViking (4143) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2009
Cask/gravity at Pig’s Ear 2009, and listed as 4%. Deep brown and apparently slightly cloudy, with a fine white head that vanished fast. Sweet chocolate on the nose plus a hint of tartness, smooth, dry and a bit fruity and tingly on the tongue, slight sourness in the dry aftertaste. Chewy yet light bodied.

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