DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from morrisons, had at home. Alround rating: Sweet roasty chocolate malts, good mild malt set up, no hops, but a small tartness balances it all out. Tasty.
SilkTork (5522) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2010 June 2009 Bottle conditioned from Morrisons. Thwaites Mild (under various names ) is one of their more notable beers, and when served in good condition it is a very decent beer indeed. Being a dark roasty, low hopped beer, it stands up well to pasteurisation - but this is the beer Thwaites have decided to test as a bottle conditioned ale. Perhaps because it is such a robust little ale, that they feel it can hide the flaws better? Anyway, the extra strength works well, and this is a decent quaffable mild. It is soft and creamy, with interesting chocolate notes and touches of vine here and there. Quite likeable. [3.3]
Nov 2009 Bottle conditioned from Morrisons. Cracking beer - very drinkable. Lovely sweetness. Hmmmm. I could drink a fair bit of this stuff. [3.9]
cgarvieuk (20435) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 ...
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.
jjsint (2129) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mighty_meadow (305) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first I served this a bit too cold which had a negative impact on the beer. As it warmed slightly the beer improved considerably and started to give off all sorts of flavours, nuts, dark fruits, raisins, toffee all tickled the tastebuds while a slight hoppiness waited in the wings to give a subtle, bitter finish. All in all a nice beer if you do as it says on the label, serve cool NOT chilled.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bhensonb (13744) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
goozen (3732) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0,5ltr: Very dark brown coloured brew with an slightly sweet bitter taste and hints chocolaye, nutty and roasted malts. This was the 3.9% abv bottled version!
Douberd (4539) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.