Brewed by Theakston
Style: Mild Ale
Masham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Keg; Regular.
Previously known as Theakston Dark.
A dark, delicious beer with a dry palate and a full, rounded, Fuggle hop flavour. Brewed using three different malts: pale malt for body, crystal malt for rich flavour, and black malt for texture and taste.

NOTE: Only ratings for the keg version should be placed here. The cask version has a separate entry.

leaparsons' rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9271) - Leicester, Leicestershire, - JUL 6, 2012
On tap, George Hotel, Youlgreave. Near black with a firm cream head.  Aromas are nutty and lightly roasted with lightly liquorice and dark chocolate.  Oats with hints of cream.  Flavours are earthy with prickly carbonation and light roast malts.  Dry on the finish with some roastiness.  OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
niquillis (2312) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Keg at Highland Drove, Great Salkeld. Pours dark mud brown with tan head. Looks the part, tastes like water and chemicals. Shocker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4269) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
Keg at Tap and Spile, Birmingham. Smooth, light, dark. Pretty moreish, without being too flavoursome. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (1920) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
Keg at the Mermaid, Porth, Cornwall. Chestnut coloured with a large creamy head. Takes a while to develop, but unusually for a keg beer it does. Chocolate and toffee up front, then a light roastiness, then a developing fruitiness. Maybe a little watery, maybe a little sweet, but overall not bad at all for a keg mild.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
allmyvinyl (7783) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2015
Keg at the Black Bull, Penwortham. Pours clear brown, thick, creamy head. Light roast aromas, little else. Taste is watery, thin, light roast again. Thin finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (4571) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2014
Black and creamy. Slight roasted aroma with even a bit of smoke. Plain tasting and simple but certainly a decent session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gegwilson (2529) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
Keg in Bentham. Dark with a cream head. Coffee, but some fruitiness too. OK but watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
(Keg): Dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of nuts, malt, toffee. Flavour is malty, slightly roasty with little hints of toffee, nuts and a bit of fruit on the finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (3621) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 23, 2013
Draught at Theakston Brewery, Masham, September 2013. As Theakston Smooth Dark. Very dark brown, clear, with small white head. Some caramel, faint roastiness, sweet dried fruit aroma. Sweetish fruity taste with lots of chocolate and dry, woody undertones. Although keg beer, not carbonated. Light-bodied, roasty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jackl (6365) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Keg @ The Jolly Crispin during the Ratebeer Black Country Bash. Thanks to the guys for a pour of this Theakston wale. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is toffee, coffee creamer. Quite artificial and cloying on the nose. The taste is no more encouraging. Mild roast, tangy red berry. Some mocha. Thin body, watery. Overall, subpar stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danlo (2017) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2013
Keg at Billingham Synthonia cricket club. Black-brown colour, creamy off-white head and roast malt aroma. Taste is roasted malt, fruity, chocolate, coffee, mild bitterness. Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Quite OK.

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