Brewed by Strathaven
Style: Mild Ale
Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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A well balanced dark mild with a rich chocolate aroma. A blend of American hops give this ale a subtle lingering orange zest aftertaste.

tombyars' rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1389) - Saltcoats, - JUL 19, 2012
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in July 2012. Cask, handpump dispense. Black in colour with ruby highlights and a thin creamy buff head. Slight dusty drinking chocolate powder note in the short aroma. Thin watery mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a maltloaf base with chicory, plain chocolate and roast grain notes present. Dry hop flowers noted in the dusty citrusy aftertaste. Finish is dry with tart bramble fruit and weak coffee notes present in the mouth. An ok session mild from Strathaven but still prefer Trumpeter though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (7864) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled @ Finest Spirits and Beer Convention Bochum 2014: Fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer beiger Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, holzig, würzig. Geschmack leicht torfig, röstmalzig, bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (2850) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Cask at SRAF. Pours black, nose is cheesy, dry roasted, taste is thin, sweet, dry roast, chocolate, light fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (3610) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Cask at The Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014. Pours clear dark brown, no real head. Aromas of light milk chocolate, light fruit. Taste is sweet. Thin body. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (2897) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Cask at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 07092012. Colour is dark brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate and some roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11322) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2014
Gravity cask at the London Drinker BF 2014. Pours brown with a frothy tan head. Good snout with notes of dry cocoa and milk chocolate. Light sweet flavor with mild roasted malt character, further milk chocolate, slight earth, dried berries, chalky cocoa. Light bodied with fine carbonation; great condition. Balanced finish, more cocoa, roast, slight charcoal. Nicely balanced beer. Never gets too big for its britches.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
Dark brown, lightly chocolatey aroma, light slightly toffeeish character, subtle hop note. Good mild, little bit of blackberry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
witthatsbier (259) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 14, 2013
grainy aroma dark brown colour with white thin head,light roast with bitterness thin but a reasonable beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7249) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
Gravity, Nuneaton&Beduff BF, 21/06/13. Ruby glinting mahogany with a slim marbled top. Aroma of red apples, berries, sausage and BBQ. Mellow roasted lingering smoked flavour with undercurrents of blackcurrant and burnt dried raspberry. Cigar afters. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2123) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAY 12, 2013
Atholl Arms Hotel, Dunkeld [050513]
Very dark brown, ruby edges around glass, thin tan head, some lacing
Aroma of roasted malts, touch of dark chocolate, light aroma
Taste of roasted malts, dark bitter fruity chocolate, touch of Bournville, dark quite sweet malts, caramel, good flavour for the low abv
Palate - Medium body, quite oily, fairly smooth. Finish of soft roasted malts, dab of bitter plain chocolate with some dark sweet malts
Overall - Quite a decent low abv mild...it’s the best beer I’ve had from this brewery so far

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2013

Bottle 500ml.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, chocolate, blackcurrant. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, burnt, berry - blackcurrant, dark roasted, thin. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20121110]

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