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Vale Black Swan

Brewed by Vale
Style: Mild Ale
Brill, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Dark smooth rich mild. Dark and smooth with an impressive full roast flavour that belies its strength.
Ingredients: Maris Otter pale malt, crystal malt, roasted barley. Fuggles and Goldings hops.
Now 3.9%, was 3.3%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Grumbo (1361) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2016
Cask at the Great British Beer Festival 2016. Poured a very dark brown with a beige coloured head. Aroma is lightly roasted malt, chocolate and nut. Medium roasted bitterness. Body is fairly light, texture slick. Biscuity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (16866) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2016
Cask at GBBF ’16, day one, 09/08/16. Extremely dark mahogany brown with a decent light tan cap. Nose is earthy fruit rinds, light spice, toffee, biscuit. Taste comprises brown bread, toffee, mild peppery spice, fruit cake. Medium body, fine carbonation, drying close. Decent mild.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (9220) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2016
Cask at GBBF 2016 09/08/2016. A nutty brown coloured pour with a a lasting beige head. Aroma is jammy fruit, berry. Flavour is composed of sweet nutty malts, jammy fruit, Palate is semi sweet, watery, thin, lowish carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6330) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vladivostok (445) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
VastActiv (5670) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Cask at Black Door, Helsinki. Originally rated 24032012. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2014
Cask at The Bell in Waltham st Lawrence. Black Cola beer. Cocoa and black fruit. Very thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2121) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (5046) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2013
Dark brown color. Chocolate, wood nose. Medium body, malty, with chocolate notes, but a bit too straightforward

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