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White Horse Black Beauty

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Brewed by White Horse
Style: Mild Ale
Faringdon, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
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Cask; Seasonal - May.
Black beauty mild joined are stable last year as a dark outsider, and dark is the right word! Rich ruby mild in colour, using the best chocolate malts and fine English Fuggle hops to achieve a flavour that leaves the rest of the herd behind like a true champion.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8064) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
Cask @ The Evening Star, Brighton. Dark brown color, small off-white head. Smell and taste malts, some hops, lightly roast, decently bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3027) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2014
On tap at a pub in Witney. Smell of caramel, toffee, malty and toasty. Similar taste. Nice but a bit one sided.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hohops (270) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Cask. Appearance- dark brown, a foamy beige head which leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma- malty, slightly chocolatey, some dark fruit. Taste- smooth, chocolate hints, not much bitterness, hints of brown bread and raisin. Quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
Cask, The Criterion, Leicester. Dark red, brown with an off white foam. Aromas are hedgerow with nettle and toasted coffee. Nutty with board marker pen and background blackberries. Flavours are earthy and woody with peppery rocket leaf. Nutty coffee and berries with lemony yeast. Dry on the finish. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1132) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2014
Pint at the Back of Beyond in Reading. Very dark red, almost black, with a good bubbly head. Smooth, light hops, with a slightly dry finish. Tastes fair, but lacks flair. Light sweet aroma, indistinct. Reasonable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
Medium reddish-brown. Toasty and slightly toffeeish aroma. Nice mild, with light toast, slight fruit, light body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (4439) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2013
Cask at the Bird in Hand, Knowl Hill. Dark with a reddish copper glow and a ring of white head; fruity aroma with a touch of hops; immediate hit of Fuggles hops in the mouth, then sweet and malty; the finish is dry with raisins and sultanas. Very good, but rather an odd mild.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (14680) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2011
12th May 2009
Clear dark brown beer. Soft to dry palate. Nice balance of malt and hops. The hops start pretty bitter but then turn more fruity and finally end up a little sweet. Not bad!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2009
Cask conditioned handpump Evening Star Brighton An oily black coloured headless beer. The aroma is roasty with notes of coal and a bit of fruit. The taste is mild yet has good roasty and fruity notes. A tasty smoky mild.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2008
[on cask at Nag’s Head, Reading] I’m a little bemused by these new-fangled milds-with-hops. Surely the whole definition of a mild and the thing that sets it apart from other English beers is that it is mild on hops - hence the name. Surely by adding hops you end up with something like a weak stout or porter? However, I’m quite happy with it as it expands the range of flavours available within milds, which hopefully will increase the popularity of this wonderful and vastly under-rated style. And if you’re going to start trying the style, this is a very fine beer indeed to start with. Near-black, with no head at all, it has a wonderfully dry, ashy, smokey, taste throughout, with strong mahogany overtones, as if the charred remains of a burnt antique wardrobe had been dropped into the mash tun. Sometimes a smokey flavour can be a little overwhelming, but in this beer it’s well balanced with a hint of deep fruitiness behind, making it a very easy-to-drink beer. The moderate bitterness in the aftertaste, unusual for a mild, makes it surprisingly refreshing and thirst-quenching for a dark beer, whilst the woody flavours mean that it remains a very comforting beer. Whilst it’s not the best mild I’ve had (try Brewdog Edge, Pint-Size Mild or Hobson’s Mild), it’s still an excellent beer that can kick the pants off of most of the over-hyped, over-strong Belgian beers in terms of both flavour and drinkability - hurrah once again for British brews!. In terms of similar beers it actually reminds me most of Stonehenge Old Smokey - which is a stout - and therefore reinforces my belief that milds-with-hops are actually stouts...


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