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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2009
Cask at the GBBF 2009. An appropriate beer for my 100th rating with it being the Champion beer at the festival this year. It’s a nice dark red beer with oak and wood chip aroma with maybe a touch of dark fruits in the background. Nice full palate and overall very well balanced. The flavours are fruity and hoppy with a lovely, long, bitter finish. Excellent and especially flavourful for a mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2009
Cask at GBBF ’09, dark brown with a large yellowish head. Just a light nose that has touches of caramal. A big mouthfeel, lots of malt with some coffee, some chocolate, and some smokiness. Impressively complex for a Mild. It is obviously in good form. I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Don2711 (385) - - APR 2, 2016
Dark ruby colour. Nose malty toffee. Licorice and burnt taste. For strength not bad on palate. All told good. Can see why champion 08-09-11-15.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2006
Cask @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
Now this is one of my fav milds. It is, however, a bit difficult to rate in the sence that there is nothing special to it. Just very well balanced tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a hint of hops and vineous sourness. This is a case of the sum is far more than its parts. A top notch session mild. If I were to rate this on a scale 1-5 overall impression only it would certainly become a 5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hrothgar950 (141) - Mabelvale, Arkansas, USA - JUN 21, 2012
On Cask at the Blue Bell in York. Cocoa and cherry aroma. Mahogany red with tan head. Dark chocolate flavor with a hint of cherry and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17282) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2005
Cask at Reading Beer Festival. Dark ruby in colour. Really malty nose, with roast malts and dark fruits in mouth. Dark rich malt fruit on finish which is dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fluxing (561) - POLAND - AUG 3, 2014
Z pompy, One Eyed Rat, Ripon. Kolor ciemnobrunatny, klarowne. Piana lekko przyciemniona, bardzo gesta i kremowa, zostawia gruba warstwe i bardzo mocno oblepia szklo. W aromacie karmel, kawa, czekolada, toffi, orzechy, bardzo intensywne melanoidyny, minimalny piernik, migdaly i dym. W smaku wlasciwie to samo, jednak mniej intensywne niz w aromacie, lekko kwaskowate, minimalnie alkoholowe. W odczuciu gladkie, kremowe, ale jednak troche zbyt wytrawne. Goryczki brak. Wysycenie niskie, ledwie wyczuwalne.

   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2006
Cask conditioned, GBBF 2005: Dark brown appearance. Malty aroma. Roasted sweet flavour. Sweet vinious palate. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13233) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2009 Cask conditioned at GBBF 06. Dark brown with ruby hue, light head. A good complex fruity malty mild, with a decent body if somewhat short on the finish. As with most beer at GBBF, not in great condition, but the quality can be detected in the dark fruitiness.
Re Rate at The Judges Lodgings, York Sept 09, York. Full, fruity and very tasty

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