The_Osprey (5459) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, handpull at The Angel, Islington as ’Vale Black Swan’, 3.9%. Very dark brown, red hue, still, clear, no real head. Aroma is light chocolate syrup, cola, molasses. Body is light, smooth, very soft carbonation. Taste is molasses, cheap cola, some apple peel, no real bitterness. A bit on the insipid side. It’s OK.
Vladivostok (410) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark, almost porter colour with a tan head. Flavour is malt with a strong bitter aftertaste but neither sweet nor particularly roasty. Not in the premiership but pleasant enough. The last few beers I have had from Vale seem to have done away with the rather off-putting harshness which I found quite unpleasant, so back on my ’try’ list.
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2015 On cask at Cross Keys, Thame. Pours black brown with tan head. Full bodied smooth beer, roast prominence. Excellent mild.
2/4/15 - cask at Bulls Head, Burslem. As good as I remember it.
VastActiv (5306) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask at Black Door, Helsinki. Originally rated 24032012. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate and roasted malts.
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at The Bell in Waltham st Lawrence. Black Cola beer. Cocoa and black fruit. Very thin.
wheresthepath (2025) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Millets Farm Shop, Frilford, nr Abingdon. Deep brown with a lasting beige head and a light fizz. Maybe a little thin. Blackberries up front with a touch of smoke and a smidgen of cough mixture. Really quite fruity actually before chocolate and lightly roasted malt comes through in the dry, bittersweet finish. Surprisingly decent; much better than Vale’s usual offerings.
TimE (4755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color. Chocolate, wood nose. Medium body, malty, with chocolate notes, but a bit too straightforward
ladnewton (1736) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at St Radegund, Cambridge on 4th June 2013. Deep red with almost no head or lacing. Malty sweet aroma. Rich malts, berries and coffee in-mouth, and a roasty, fruity finish. Engaging mouthfeel, light body.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
My Bottom Line:
This fizzy and flaky roasted Dark Mild attempt lacks softness and clear malt flavors.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the dark brown.
-Some prunes are perceptible in the nose.
-Earthy and green hop bitterness aren’t able to produce more than a boring finish.
-The mouthfeel is very thin.
-This is not nearly as good as their Gravitas.
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - FEB 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light mild. Thin body and medium carbonation. Aroma roasted and slightly smoky. Flavours roasted malts. Clean bitter ending.