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


on tap

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RATINGS: 112   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).

strafefire's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
strafefire (8) - - JAN 27, 2013
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
puredelusion (161) - Lviv, UKRAINE - OCT 9, 2015
0,5 bottle. Pours dark brown color with medium, mostly lasting beige head. Aroma of nuts, roast, chocolate. Flavor is light sweet, nutty, light bitter. Smooth. Average to long finish, nutty, chocolate Watery texture, soft carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickel (723) - - OCT 1, 2015
Aroma of roasted malt and nuts. Crist and tart. Nutty taste. Realy good beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sjohnh (514) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2015
Some good milds around these days. This is not one of them. Very dark, with a lovely toffee coloured head, which is gone after about 20 seconds. Light palate, little aroma. Taste has chocolate and sweet malt - not very nutty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Orange_times (48) - UKRAINE - SEP 24, 2015
Pours in dark brown hazy with light brown short living medium head. Aroma of burned sugar, caramel, chocolate, taffy. light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, short light burned bread aftertaste. Light body, thin feel, average carbonation,

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (454) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2015
Not much in the way of aroma dark brown with nice silky head and ringlets, very smooth and velvety slightly thin body maybe a hint of coffee decent for a mild

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackafholmes (762) - - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle from waitrose. Dark brown with short lived head. Aroma is indeed nutty, with teacle and a bit of tin. Taste is mild but sweet and bitter. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle, 3.9%. No aroma as far as I can tell. Clear shiny dark chestnut colour. Small frothy off-white head. The flavour is watery with a hint of sweet liquorice. Fruity and watery finish. Tastes all right, but is very thin, even considering its ABV.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (4529) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours slughtly hazy very dark ruby / copper brown with airy light tan head. Very mild aroma of malt, with touches of caramel and yeast. Sweetish flavour of the same, with notes of roast and nuts and faint fruity hints. Nutty Nd slightly roasty aftertaste. Reasonable for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (7028) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 16, 2015
500ml bottle from Booths. Pours dark brown with a short-lived off-white head. Aromas of caramel, light nuttiness, fruit. Taste is light sweet, light chocolate. Sweet finish. Better on cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1746) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAR 31, 2015
Appearance: Dark brown, some light tan head.
Aroma: Malt, sweet. Toasted.
Taste: Malt, sweetness, nutty. Easy drinking at least.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 500 ml, £1.99
Info: 28/3-2015, 72/300M, BB: 31/5-2015

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