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 (5020) - 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 (5244) - 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 (2925) - 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 (4907) - 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.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
my 2nd ever mild, and its a 6%er... thatís not what they taught me in beer school. mrs hughes has cooked up a big fat sweet thick un - but mine was the dregs of the barrel (on cask at the worcester beer festival) so it might explain the rotten banana flavours that put me off it. bit too much marmite too for my tastes. well, any marmite is too much marmite.
crdic (105) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an interesting English ale with a good head, a dark reddish-brown color, and a flavor rather surprisingly like plum or grape juice with a touch of grapefruit. Not bad, but Iíd drink wine or juice if I really wanted something that tasted like this; itís not what I generally look for in a beer.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 Sarah Hughes is like a lot of women I met when I was single--interesting character but not much of a body. The aroma and flavor here are engaging--sweet roasted malts, raisins, plums, fortified wine (port), with hints of some more traditional strong ales and porters, including a smokey note. But it looks and feels like a competitor to Coca-Cola. I got thin to little head, large bubbles of cola-like carbonation, a thin texture, slippery (sugary) consistency. At 6% this should be more robust. UK bottles are 500ml, US smaller. At 6%, this should be more robust in texture. Sarah Hughes is a woman who I would call 'a good friend' but not somebody I would look to settle down with. (original rating: 8-3-7-2-13). Re-rate (July 2003): so many things going on here, sweet, woody, musty, fruity, raspberry. Slightly light palate but complex, interesting, and very drinkable. (gravity pour at 2003 Kent Beer Festival)
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay people, I pour this beer and it poured out a very dark color. But I got none of the head that has been mentioned. My fave spot just got this from their distributor last week. Donít know if it is an old bottle. Little if any head and no lace. The aroma reminded me more of a wine than of a beer. The flavor had an overiding sour taste to it. Which once again begs the question, are they trying to emulate a wine quality. I am a sucker for anything that says dark, but this beer is unusual.