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

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Higher abv version of 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).


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle at home ... dark brown ... bubbly tan head ... sweet toffee malts ... little coffee ... quite nutty nose ... big rounded body (for a bottle) very nutty ... nice soft roast ... this isnt half bad ...

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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2009
Bottled. A dark ruby coloured beer with a mountainous gushing whitish head. I was convinced that after a ten or so minute pour this beer would turn out to be infected, but it as surprisingly good. Smoke and hops in the aroma with chocolate, fruit, a hint of sourness and roast in the mouth. Bottled Conditioned milds rarely wotk, but this does.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2010
Bottled from Waitrose. Relatively thin head and deep, rich coca-cola brown colour with hints or dark red. Slightly sweet in aroma and flavour with light carbonation. Quite well balanced "mild" flavours: well roasted with a smoky burnt toast finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2011
Black pour with a beige head. Coconut, chocolate, light coffee aromas with some earthy notes. Licorice, caramel and coffee flavours. Very smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikkellund42 (546) - DENMARK - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle (@ room temperature). Pours reddish black with foamy off-white head. Aroma is malt, fresh green grapes, lemon and hints of horse stable. Taste is medium bitter and light sour. Body is light oily with good carbonation. Finish is medium long with notes of fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (3763) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle conditioned 500ml worth of beer poured into a UK sleeve. Good looking brew, dark and with a huge foaming tan coloured head. Mildly coffee and malty molasses in the smell and taste with a soft feel to the overall flavours. Not had a good mild for a while, this has reminded me how good they can be.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StueyD (1158) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (2288) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle 500 ml at home. Labeled simply Nutty Black but the barcode and ABV 3.9% fit, so I am rating it under this. Into a big tulip. Pours dark brown, with ruby shades where light hits it. Huge dark beige head, thick and creamy, with great retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass. Aroma is unexpectedly fruity, berries like, some liquorice. Taste has roasted malts, red fruits, a bit of stale coffee, grass. Medium thin body, good carbonation, very dry initially on the palate but after that the dryness seems to tone down a bit. Overall a tasty beer and very easy to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10223) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2010
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.


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