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Vale Black Swan

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


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vladivostok (352) - 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 (2136) - 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 (4231) - 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 (1876) - 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 (4341) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2013
Dark brown color. Chocolate, wood nose. Medium body, malty, with chocolate notes, but a bit too straightforward

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ladnewton (1669) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (8736) - 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.


   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (5176) - 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.

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