Brewed by Titanic (UK)
Style: Mild Ale
Stoke-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Cask: Seasonal - Winter.
Still deep in the grip of Winter this sumptuous warming beer is sufficiently well hopped to provide balance, which can come in handy when thereís black ice around!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
Very dark brown. Not a very expressive aroma, but the palate shows more. Soft toffee, some dark malt bitterness. Light body. Lightly smoky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Cask @ the Star Inn Crowlas. Lives up to its name, is black with a tan head. Looks enticing. Aroma is very mild with asphalt, smells good but too subdued. Silky palate and medium body. Excellent flavors, chocolate malt toastiness. Really liked this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6718) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Crosse Keys (JDW), London 4/02/10. Dark brown with next to no head. Sweet, fruity aroma with a big, citrus hop kick. Flavour was dominated by more orange and grapefruit hops, with a hint of sweet caramel and a slightly resinous, dry finish. Good, but a bit one dimensional for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm89walt (1792) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2010
Cask - West Gate Inn (JDW), Canterbury. A dark, ruddy brown beer with a medium frothy beige head; has good staying power and leaves a fair lacing. Juicy orange, summer fruit aromas all over this. Huge resiny, grapefruity bitterness with awesome length. Roasty and burnt malts but full and juicy on the palate with dark fruits beneath. Smooth, soft palate texture, medium body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (11139) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2010
Cask conditioned at The Turf Tavern, Oxford. Dark brown, red with white head. Phew this is a tricky one to place, it is roasty, sweet and hoppy all at the same time, a cross over mild to bitter, but a very good one. The hops stand out with a grapefruit tartness and lemon peel and this is over a hint of charcoal and toast. A lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresthepath (1733) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2010
[Cask at the Monkís Retreat, Reading] Hmmm, seemed more like a stout than a mild to me. Black with slight red glints, and an odd thin but dense yellow-tan head. Thereís a tiny hint of carbonation but this fails to hide how thick and viscous this beer is - astonishingly so for the low ABV, itís like used engine oil! Very smooth, but also coats your mouth a little too much. An earthy English hop bitterness is apparent from the off along with lots of liquorice, plain chocolate, Ribena and cough mixture. Itís quite complex, interesting and powerfully flavoured for a beer of this ABV, but somehow the whole is less than the sum of the parts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (4972) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2010
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell.A lovely mild. Brownish-black in colour with a thin beige head leaving elegant lacing; strong aroma of chocolate malts; straightforward rich roasted malt flavour - and lots of it - then a sharply bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2082) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2010
Cask, Ship and Mitre, Liverpool. This really was a pleasant surprise. Deep dark brown, with a decent sized tan head. Nose was roasted malt and dark chocolate with some hops lurking. Flavour was similarly roasty but with a nice level of hoppiness mixed with an unexpected and tasty hit of juicy berry fruit. Great full body and character for a 4.1% beer. A winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (14693) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
This is not my 7k rating, Alvinne Mano Negra is. Cask condition handpull at The County Hotel, JDW, Ashford. I havenít had this in about 8 years, but i remember it being fantastic at The Mogul in Dover, so I was coming to the pub every day for a week hoping that the Available Soon sign would disappear and I could have this again. Black with ruby edges, lasting mid beige head. Some choc on the aroma, some dark fruits. Full in mouth, good juicy, malty balance in the mouth. God itís brilliant, I love this. Choc and black cherry and a bit like a choc sponge in a glass. Fantastic and lives up to my long long memory of this great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1569) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
Cask at the Pembury Tavern, London on 3rd October 2009. Dark ruby, almost black body with thin brown head that dissipates to something very small. Richly flavoursome; hint of coriander in the initial aroma. Strong sharp malts and citric/herby hoppiness combine with a little smoke to provide an exquisite blend of flavours in the main climax of this beer. A long bitter finish.

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