10800 (8) - - FEB 4, 2012 does not count
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Very dark pour
Very mild taste for so dark beer (some rye bread)
A bit of a disappointment
strafefire (8) - - JAN 27, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
crum666 (2) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 2, 2012 does not count
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours very dark brown, almost black with a creamy nitrogen head. Not a very smooth ale, very high carbonation. A roasted taste with hints of coffee but tatsting is made difficult due to the gassy nature of the ale. Too many better alternatives, lower than average.
3monkeys (1) - watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yes it has made it to the far flung corners of the world down here in Watford and it is well worth imbibing if you like dark mild, in fact iím having one right now and jolly good it is too : )