Brewed by Rudgate
Style: Mild Ale
York, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask; Regular. Previously brewed at 4.0%. Also available bottled.

See: Dark cherry, ruby red
Smell: Sweet, strawberries, smokey
Taste: Soft, rich, complex
A dark premium mild ‘Silver medal CAMRA Winter Beer Festival 2002’

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (2618) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a good tawny colour with a tan coloured head. Good rich aroma of malt, and a little hint of chocolate and toffee. The taste is all malt with dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (8080) - ITALY - AUG 11, 2010
scura poca schiuma naso frutao maltato cioccolato caffe tosature morbida in bocca piacevole leggero amaro luppolato

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2010
Pours good nut brown, taste is pleasant, dark fruits and prunes, sweet and malty with a lightly bitter woody finish. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
planky84 (2876) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2010
Bottle from Drink of Fulham. Dark brown pour with a reddish sheen. Aromas of sultanas, dark fruits, chocolate malt, licorice. Flavours of chocolate, raisins,blackberries. Malty mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2010
Cask - West Gate Inn (JDW), Canterbury. Poured a dark, ruddy brown with a small and lasting soapy beige head that left a good lacing. Dark fruits and mild chocolate notes on the aroma. Some good roastiness on the tongue with raisin, finishing with a dry and lingering bitterness. Smooth, medium body with just a touch of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2010
Cask, Kings Head, Carlisle. Chocolatey and malty, with a faint toffee and nutty flavour. Some smokiness and a fine smooth finish. Worthy of it’s Supreme champion award.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
JohnRMurdoch (4412) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Dark chocolate aroma. Very dark brown colour with good head. Tastes of dark coffee chocolate. Sharp on palate. Not to my taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2010
BBF2010 darkest rubybrown colour . Jasmin washing powder and musk in the nose. Quite mild taste but it’s very quaffable. Bit too bitter in the end but not too bad. Average

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obadiah99 (1) - ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2009 does not count
Bottle. Very fruity on the nose, dark, semi-opaque in the glass. Considerably more body than I expected for a mild, and with good slightly spicy fruit flavour and decent length.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2009
[Cask at Back of Beyond, Reading] So, champion beer of Britain eh? That’s some reputation to live up to. It all looks good at first - it pours a deep ruby-brown with a small beige head. The aroma is of cough mixture and coffee. Quite a smooth, rich mouthfeel. The flavour is at first of chocolate and ribena and all seems OK. But then pear drops and cough mixture rear their heads and it all goes a bit ugly. Although there is a touch of dusty bitterness in the finish, the cough mixture and pear drops made this too sweet and sickly for me - I enjoyed the first mouthful, but enjoyed each subsequent gulp less and less. Lots of flavour certainly, but the balance between those flavours is just not championship standard.

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