ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/15/2013. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark red color with a bit of haziness to the body. The head is a one finger offwhite color. Retention could be better for 4.2%, though the texture is about on par for the style.
S: Earthy malts and hops come through fairly well. Touches of fruitiness, hazelnut, and chocolate give it a decent depth also.
T: Again, earthy flavors and nuttiness abounds. The finish has a light hint of generic fruit esters. Seemingly simple at first, however further sips reveals layers of hazelnut, chocolate, bright fruits, and even some hops. Not a huge amount of flavor here, however it features good complexity.
M: A bit too heavy and overcarbonated for what I want the style to accomplish. The finish is very slick and wet, which makes it a little less drinkable, but allows its depth to shine through. Itís a wash, really.
O: This lives or dies by one fact: would I want multiple servings of this in a single sitting? At first, I didnít think so, but this grows on me the more I drink it. It does drink like a bigger beer at times, but at the same token, doesnít have a strong enough flavor profile that would allow it to fully get away with it. So Iíll hesitantly say yes, I would drink multiple pints of this at a bar. I probably wouldnít buy a 6 pack of it, but Iíd love to see what cask conditioning transforms it into.
OnTheTrail (72) - Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great malty taste, slightly sweet not much hops. Nice dark appearance. Tasted at Buena Onda.
Larry_Duffman (62) - - JUN 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear copper color with an off-white head and lacing. The aroma is toast and malt. The taste is toast, malt, and coffee bitterness. The mouth feel is dry and carbonated. This is a pretty good session beer.
Maxbier (681) - Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby brown with tan head. Musty malty English ale aroma. Malty up front and creamy. Hint of bitter from the hopping. The musty aroma takes away from this otherwise tasty mild: in that way it is very English. Next time I'll drink it right from the bottle.
HippieFee (142) - - MAY 17, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Malt forward beer but not a very sweet one. Little hop balance. A rather ho hum, middle of the road ale. With the mild flavor it is something you can drink all day and with the 4.2% alcohol, not get wasted to easily.
Kinz (3506) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Philly airport on the way back from random NJ trip, killing time between flights. Hadnít had a Yards brew in years, and got this one because it was the one I knew I hadnít tried before. With a name like Brawler, I expected something huge. Instead I got a perfectly sessionable Brit beer. Poured a clear dark amber with some reddish tones, nice head. Aroma of caramel malts. Flavor was caramel malts and some toasty notes. Just enough hops to balance out sweetness, but no flavor from them. Nothing bad here, just not much going on. At the time I thought of it as a bitter without the bitterness, and I guess this is pretty much what it was.
Leighton (13821) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the brotherís stag. Pours clear reddish brown with a foamy off-white head. Simple stuff but pretty tasty. Some toasty bread, fruits, light berries and soft toffee. Light bodied with fine carbonation and somewhat creamy texture. Sweet finish with minimal hop presence. Easy drinking.
Bulk_Carrier (2672) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was poured into a pint glass on tap at Batdorf, Annville PA.
The appearance was a nice looking dark red to ruddy brown color with a slim creamy colored head that dissipated within seconds leaving a sligh running lacing softly glazing the sides of the glass.
The smell had the mild English somewhat "soapy" malts running in and out under my nose.
The taste was mildly sweet through the malts leaving a constrained palatable aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Itís definitely mildly carbonated like a good English mild ale should have.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good English Mild ale, definitely a good food beer.
SpamOfDeath (18) - Springfield, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark amber with thin head that dissipates quickly. Hop notes on the nose with hint of vanilla. Balanced body with quick finish, malt forward flavor, no bitterness. Very easy drinking. Quality alternative to Newcastle Brown Ale.
Sregnar35 (1022) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy brown with a small head. Aroma is musty malt. Flavor is stale sweet and a bit of bitter hops.
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Roser (44) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appearance- moderate light mocha tan head. Some lacing (not a lot). Crystal clear mahogany brown.
Smell- clean. Spicy, sweet malts, light ginger notes, clove.
Taste- light biscuits and malt up front, feint sweet spices on the back end. Not too much going on here.
Mouthfeel- very light body. Creamy. Little/light carbonation.
Overall- a nice easy drinker. Decent session ale. Would prefer it with food.