Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am personally liking this a lot..it is very interesting. Sourish plum, citrus, as others have noted, also serious woodiness. Crisp and clean; very little roastiness. A delight. With lemon juice and black pepper, I am marinating my big-ass birthday steak in some of this...then slow-cooking it.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on cask a while back. I like most of these traditional "working class" british styles, and this is no exception. Very dark red-brown, with little head. Way more complex than i was expecting, very smooth and creamy, with a bit of roasted malts in the finish. Hops are light and unobtrusive. Iíd love to try this bottled, but havenít seen it anywhere.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark brown with virtually no head. Sweet and sour malt aroma. The body is very thin and watery. Some oaky and fruity notes, but nothing really shows up until the finish when it sours almost like a Flanders red and ends with a weak distant flavor of roasted malt about ten seconds after swallowing. Not really worth the price, but an interesting style nonetheless.
rauchbier (3553) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle conditioned. Deep ruby red colour, poor head and a low but fine condition. Little apparent yeast in the bottle. Fruity nose with hints of roast malts. Butterscotch, woodiness and a vinous fruit note are all apparent in the mouth. Finish is soft malty sweet with a hint of oakiness and little apparent alcohol.
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice and mild with complex spicing. Slightly medicinal flavor that gets kicked away by the whiskey barrel finish.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 Bottle. An adorable old lady. Deep, dark, delicious and just bursting with heady, fruity, complex flavours. Mild beers are designed to be refreshing - therefore they have a light body and almost no hop bitterness. The alcohol is normally low, but can be high if it is used to enhance the complex malt body rather than give an alcohol kick - this mild does just that. This is a splendid example of a classic English mild. This is a brilliant beer in its own right. Dark Ruby? Damn right! [4.2]
Re-rate. Gravity Cask, Kent Beer Festival, with Duff & Nuffield. Muddy brown colour. Sweet up front followed by a complex journey of leather, rancid bacon, wood, red wine, all sorts of stuff. [4.2]
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The packaging sold me, but after trying looks can be deceiving. Brown color with a big, thin bubled head. Vinous tending to sour aromas. Medium malt flavors clouded by what impinges on infected sour/medicinal qualities. Thin mouthfeel. May be an old bottle.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 2, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep red color, no head. Near wine like taste, vinous with a touch of fruitiness. Tastes more like wine than beer, Not very malty or hoppy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not really dark ruby. Looks more black but really dark brown. Good aroma, ginger, some coffee, raisin, a little caramel. Taste is odd. Itís sour. It didnít smell like it had gone bad, and it almost tasted like it was supposed to be that way. I actually checked the other ratings to make sure my experience fit before rating to make sure I didnít just get a bad bottle. Odd.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was unique. I donít know if ímildí is the word they should use with this beer. Dark red and brown mix, colorwise. Smells of fruits or flowers. Tastes more of fruit however and finishes with a sour or bitter note kind of like a granny smith apple or bitter apple. Not bad but not great either. Worth a try.