Vladivostok (374) - 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 (2312) - 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 (4540) - 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 (1920) - 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 (4547) - 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 (1696) - 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 (8855) - 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.
Finn (5580) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Blackfriar, Blackfriars 30 Okt 12. Nicholson Festivaløl. Dyp amber. Nesten svart. Lysebrunt skum som fester seg bra til glasset. Litt søt fruktaroma. Myk munnfølelse. Sterk røyksmak.