berkshirejohn (6534) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2009
Keg at the Bugle, Reading. Pitch black with a thin ring of cream head, tawny brown when held to the light; dusty malt aroma; watery texture with chocolate malt flavours and a milky coffee finish. An OK keg mild, but not a patch on the modern cask alternatives. wheresthepath (2345) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2008
[Keg at The Bugle, Reading] Astonishingly, in all the time I’ve worked in Reading amongst its many Courage pubs, I’ve never come across this beer before, and as a lover of milds I was quick to try it.
It pours deep brown, almost black, with a moderate but lasting creamy head. There’s very little smell, which makes your first taste more of a surprise. This is dominated by beautiful deep, roasted malts, with a hint of coffee in the background. Unfortunately, once you’ve enjoyed the first hit of flavour you realise that it is a little weak and watery, and feel that it could have been much improved by being cask conditioned rather than merely kegged. That said, it still has a few surprises up its sleeve. There is an unusual twist of lemon in the finish, and a growing gentle smokiness in the aftertaste. It leaves an odd mixture of dryness and syrup on the inside of your mouth.
There are certainly many better milds out there than this, but considering this is a relatively low ABV kegged effort invented by a brewer whose other beers weren’t that much cop, this is actually a pretty decent effort. I wonder if, now that Wells & Youngs have taking it over, they might produce a cask version…? We can but hope… DruncanVeasey (8239) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2008
Searles, Hunstanton. Very milky coffee dusted with chocolate. Puff of smoke. Earthy, slightly burnt aroma. Pitch body draped with beige. BOTESF? Oh dear. imdownthepub (14791) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Keg at The Plough, Little Bourton, Oxon. Very dark brown with beige head. Thin, almost flavourless mild, although there is a touch of heavy roasted malt. Quick and carbonated on the finish. Not great. Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 27, 2007
Draught at Mariners Arms, Braunton, North Devon. It pours a very dark beer with a nice creamy head. Initial flavours of olive oil. Watery. A rather weak finish follows. Decent, nothing more.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2007
Draught. A black mild with a whitish short-lived head. The aroma is dry and a bit thin. The taste is decent: roasted malts are very prevalent. Mild tasting like it should be, with a short finish. Does the trick and better than expected. 3fourths (9350) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Smooth and rich. Silky and creamy texture but lacking flavor. Dark brown color with red and burgundy wood hues in places. Rich toasty tan head. Flavors of toasted malts, toffee, coffee and cream… but all fairly light and pale. Bread and crackers up front, then a fluid, wet yeast flavor in the watery finish. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2005
well this fellow is actually 3.2% woo hoo, eh thats the highlight guyz. Well fine then, fuck off.............. SilkTork (5763) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 May, 2003 Keg, Wheatsheaf, Sittingbourne. I was heading for a pub I knew, but was drawn to this one because of the sign saying "Built 1778 - A Real Ale Pub". Once inside I noticed that the only cask ale they had was Master Brew. Damn. However, they did have this. Keg it may be, but it is a mild, and this is the deep South. A rare find. It certainly looks like a mild and, surprisingly for a Courage keg, it tastes like a mild. It’s been served too cold, but it does have a gentle sweetness backed up by a little roasted barley and licorice. Very tasty. There is a little off-putting tingle from the gas carbonation, but otherwise I was impressed. [2.9]
Oct, 2006Hen & Chickens, Chatham - an ex-Truman pub. Gentle roasty mild tasting mild. Rather attractive. Keg it may be. Courage it may be. But it tastes good. [2.8]