GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red-brown pour with a thin off-white head that dissappeared. Aroma is roasted malt and a little nutty. Taste is roasted malt and nutty. Nice taste for 3.2.
Mora2000 (5568) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice. I get some toffee and caramel notes, as well as a little bit of nuttiness. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of toffee and nut notes, as well as a hint of dry cocoa powder. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer has a lot of body and flavor for a beer that is so low in alcohol. This is very well done.
Strykzone (4831) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear and red hued. This has very light fruit and light grain. Thete just isn’t much of anything going on here. I do like the low ABV.
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really respect what they’ve done with this--particularly the last line of the commercial description: "we think now craft drinkers will get it". Yup. A session ale in the best tradition does not mean sacrificing malts and flavor. That’s what you get here: a lunchtime beer. The malts aren’t especially rich, and there’s little fruitiness that you sometimes get in UK milds, but it is very quaffable with a very low abv. Attractive on its own terms, in the right context. Bottle.
JStax (2857) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a translucent brown with a fluffy head of beige color. Good retention. Aroma is light and just hints at notes of darker malt, caramel, nuts, and bread. Taste is a little sweet, but predominantly roasty. This is a nice mild. If I were Two Brothers, I’d very heavily consider making this a regular offering.
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bomber was courtesy of Srykzone via a trade. Thanks Dave. It poured a dark amber tending toward muddy brown with a nice light brown head and good lacing. Nose is earthy, with nuts. Medium in body and very soft in mouthfeel. The flavor is nuts, chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of coffee. The finish shows some bitterness. This is very tasty and easy drinking, and defines what a session beer should be like
rubbishystuff (1811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full flavored mild ale. Roast flavors and some sweetness reminiscent of cola. Rather slippery pallet. Quite nice but maybe a bit sweet. Serving: Bottle
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Deep amber body with a short, fizzy, off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and lightly to moderate bitter. Thin body, watery texture, moderate carbonation. The roast dominates the beer giving it a strong ashy taste. There’s not a lot else other than whispers of nuts, toffee. The ashy, burnt flavor lingers into the finish. Appreciate a 3.2% ABV beer with flavor, though this was too ashen for my taste.
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark clear brown color with some red highlights. Minimal head but what there is, is a light tan color. Med roast coffee notes in the nose, pretty nice, maybe some slight caramel as well. Med mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation is a little disappointing. Roasty notes to start off with a slight bitterness in the end. Love the smell, not that crazy about the flavor and the mouthfeel.
DrnkMcDermott (2781) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint draft at Local 22 during CCBW (still a hotel bar-priced $8). Light brown color, lots of light shining through. Poured from one of those newfangled taps where the nozzle is at the bottom of the glass to prevent foam from coming up. Sigh, at least it’s not a frozen glass (though I spotted a freezer for them behind the bar). Result is a thin, nitro type head. A get a brown malt nose, very much like a Newcastle. Despite looking pretty well filtered, there’s still a taste of yeast in there. Does fit in the the English Mild style, with its thin carbonation and Fuggles type hops around brown roast malt. Should be very easy drinking, but those malts offer a bit of chewiness that must be considered.