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Vale Black Swan

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

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
VastActiv (2845) - Oulu, 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.

3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1532) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (3187) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2013
Dark brown color. Chocolate, wood nose. Medium body, malty, with chocolate notes, but a bit too straightforward

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ladnewton (1418) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
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.

Bottle.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - FEB 19, 2013
Light mild. Thin body and medium carbonation. Aroma roasted and slightly smoky. Flavours roasted malts. Clean bitter ending.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (4210) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Camons (5963) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle @ Christers. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, sugar, berries. Flavor of malts, berries, licorice. Thin body, lively carbonation. 211112

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (10544) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma. Chalky and slightly acetic. Light bitter very roasted flavor. Average light bitter thin finish. Watery palate.


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