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Brewed by Thwaites
Style: Mild Ale
Blackburn, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Higher abv version of Thwaites mild, which has been sold under various names.
Previously sold as Very Nutty Black
Normally brewed solely for the home market, Daniel Thwaites has broken all the rules with an export strength version of its award winning ale. The same great well rounded flavours and nuttiness lie within but bottles will now leave Lancashire destined for the Far East (Leeds) and even remote areas of the southern hemisphere (such as Watford).


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (11145) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2013
Bottled, 500ml from Waitrose, Witney. Black with cream head. Thinner than the cask version, there is still a darkly roasted malt though but masked a little by a wet cardboard type flavour, some fruitiness. Lacks some depth. Average.
Earlier Rating: 6/8/2010 Total Score: 3.4
Bottled, 500ml from Morrisons in Banbury. Black with brown head. Smooth and fruity flavours, some liquorice and hints of chocolate amalgamate into a very decent bottled mild. Easy drinking while retaining flavours.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12047) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle from the Edgeware Road Waitrose. Pours rather dark brown with a transient tan head. Aroma suggests a fruity porter. Near medium body. Flavor is very smooth dark malt with some nuttiness and conflicting fruit/citrus? hop. Here, I think, the whole is more than the some of the parts. This is fairly strong in flavor. Finishes neutral on sweet/dry. Drinks great.
Earlier Rating: 5/21/2011 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a foamy beige head. Nutty, chocolate aroma. Mildy sweet chocolate flavor, with some light nuttiness. The flavor is better than the description. It’s quite pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2013
(Bottle): Pours lovely, very black with small tinge of red. Almost no head. Aroma is nutty, hints of coffee and liquorice. Taste is similar - malty, nutty taste but unfortunately is very watery and doesnt leave much on the palate.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (2845) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2013
Jan 2013 - room temp bottle of ’Nutty Black’. Dark mild beer. There is some ’nuttiness’ in the flavour, light body and slightly watery, slight smokiness too. A bit of a cheap sharpness to it that I associated with my under-fermented home made porters, but only to a small, hardly noticeable, extent. Overall, it’s alright but nothing to write home about.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Very enjoyable, and another mild! Some choc and not much nut. Dark loveliness. Great lunchtime brew. Yes. See Dom consume imminently.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (2762) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle conditioned from Waitrose, now labeled as Nutty Black, still at 3.9% and different from the other Nutty black at 3.2% just to make it simple! Almost black beer with small beige head and a little lacing. Slight dark fruit aroma. Taste is a little nutty, roast malts and a little dark fruit chocolate. Medium bodied and slightly carbonated. Decent enough beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (1075) - SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2013
500ml bottle from Home Bargains (£1.39):
Darker, roasted malts and some coffee with a hint of nut as the name would suggest plus a little chocolate. There wasn’t a lot going on with this one but I also detected some sugary sweetness towards the end.
Dark mahogany to black with a very large, three inch tall head that gradually increases in size once poured and was left overflowing the glass after even a light pour. The head is light brown and foamy with good retention.
Roasted malts and some chocolate with a little toffee but the nuttiness from the smell is not noticeable in the taste to me. There is a few earthy flavours and a hint of darker fruits too.
Smooth & creamy with a light medium body and a nice touch of bitterness and light carbonation and some sweetness at the end with a slightly dry finish.
A solid effort from Thwaites, the flavours were enjoyable but a little subdued and didn’t really grab your attention. The mouthfeel was good however and the alcohol content was just right making it an easy beer to drink.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
booldawg (46) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
500ml bottle. Dark ruby mild, pours with thick tan head that takes a while to dissiapate with lacing around the glass. A pleasant mild, drinks true to style with neither malt or hops jumping out at you.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Deu (867) - Nantes, FRANCE - JAN 31, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2013 500ml bottle at the brewery lane in Dublin, Ireland. Smokie aroma but I found it a little tasteless. I don’t really recommend it. Y

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
strafefire (8) - - JAN 27, 2013 does not count
A very interesting brew indeed this. After a childhood brought up rebelling against carlsberg and carling, I be came that 17 year old that turned up to a house party with a 12 pack of Guinness and a bottle of Hobgoblin. Did wonders for my social standing as can be imagined. A few years after finishing student life and discovering that low abv = low calories, I came across Thwaites Champion Dark Mild. Looks like Guinness, sort of tastes like Guinness, and could drink a four pack and still feel as sober as a judge, and more importantly still taste beer while the Heineken brigade started laying in to the flaming sambucas or nearest can of Red Stripe? On to a winner here lads... Thwaites Very Nutty Black was a revelation unto itself. This beer demonstrated the beauty of dark milds in the subtlety of character they possess, the mild hinting at flavour which once tasted, well and truly come to the fore. Watered down Guinness? Such naivety... On opening and pouring the bottle of Very Nutty Black, one is not immediately knocked to the floor with the smell of roasted malts and coffee shop aromas, instead it is more refined, unlit cigar and liquorice gently wafting, with an ever so slight trace of alcohol. On taste, the roasted elements become more prominent, but by no means overpowering. There is a warm richness to the taste, again that astringent sweetness but tingling bitterness leading to a very subtle hoppy bitterness that tingles the sides of the tongue. Nutty? Perhaps on the aftertaste, but not particularly prominent to my tastebuds...but I am perfectly OK with that. Overall, Very Nutty Black is an excellent, if slightly strong example of the style. The carbonation lends a rockyness to the body of the beer, which yelps add a extra spark to the typically light mouth feel of mild. You have to really savour the taste of very nutty black to find the hidden charms of this brew, and once this tasting skill is honed, you can start to really appreciate dark miles for what they really are, the understated suave character in the party. Good gulping!


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