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


on tap

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1681) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle conditioned. Pours a thin loose tan head, with poor retention. Black body. Aroma is metallicy/irony. Some fruits if you really look. Strange. A bad batch perhaps, although as the rating shows I still rather liked it. Later coming through is weak hints of cherries, chocolate milkshake, roastiness and Coca Cola. Rather sweet; there is some bitterness there. It smells like blood and looks like blood. Very refreshing and restorative. High carbonation, dry finish with some bitterness. Soft and silky mouthfeel. A good mild, particularly as the style never seems to much suit being bottled.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
undercurrent25 (1627) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2011
Balanced, slight roast malt flavour, overall no strong flavours come through, tasted a bit average

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (1552) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle from Tesco. Colour is black with reasonable full grey-tan head. Aroma is of nuts of course, with some smoke and liquorice notes. A bit metallic. Taste is exquisitely complex, sweet mostly but slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StueyD (1501) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
A dark, cola brown beer with a frothy but weak tan head. A very light aroma, roasted malt and coffee combine with a hint of nuttiness. Medium dry mouthfeel. An initial dry, roasted malt flavour, where espresso coffee and bitter dark chocolate come to the fore. This is followed by a more smooth, sweeter flavour where the nut element makes its appearance. A well rounded and smooth, slightly sweet malt finish. Purchased from Tesco, under the label "Nutty Black" in bottle-conditioned form at 3.9% abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olliejobbins (1447) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2013
500ml bottle shared with rob d. pours very dark brown/red with small dark head. aroma is of malts and roasted coffee but not too strong. taste is the same with a full mouth feel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2011
A - Caramel and molasses A - Dark brown with cream coloured head T - Light sweetness, with a dry finish P - Medium body, with soft carbonation O - Alright...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (1198) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotty (1103) - SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2009
This was very dark, with a big bubbled beige head. The palate is lovely soft and very malty, not that nutty to be honest, there is a hint of coffee on the finish. A great quaffable brew, could drink loads of this.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Appearance: Dark brown with finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Fruity, malty, yeasty. Taste: Low bitterness, sweetness and sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, low carbonation, abrupt fruity malty fairly non finish. Comments: Ok and glass lace. Pretty bland.
Earlier Rating: 1/12/2014 Total Score: 3.6
Appearance: Clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a finger thick ivory/tan head. Aroma: Raisin, a hint of chocolate, orchard fruit, bread and toffee. Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium sourness and low bitterness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average/prickly carbonation, abrupt toffee, raisin, malty sweet, sour finish. Comments: Lovely and glass lace. Rating is for bottled version 3.9% ABV.

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