Galeís Festival Mild

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: Mild Ale
London, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Originally regular. Relegated to a principally Spring seasonal since production moved to Fullers early 2006. Has also been available bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Floor malted Maris Otter pale ale malt, black malt and Crystal malt; Fuggles, Goldings and Challenger hops.
Full-bodied premium mild ale brewed to 4.8% ABV with a careful blend of malt and hops for a complex, moreish character that has won this famous ale many awards. The palate is rich with blackcurrant, raisins and raspberry, with citrus notes in the finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24173) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2009
6th August 2008. On tap at GBBF. Opaque brown beer. Smooth silky - slightly sour fruit. Not bitter. Lovely flavour profile and goes down a treat. Silky until the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4181) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Pours with a big fluffy tan head that is kind of loose but shrinks to about half ittís inital size and tightens up a bit. The color is a very very dark brown and pours just a little hazy. The aroma on this is not somehting I am used to, very aromatic but it seems to be the malt expressing itíself very pungently, some cola aromas but also some good mollasses and chocolate. Flavor is very good, rasins and good molasses notes. Fruity and just mildly spicy certinally some berries. If this is a good representation of the style I am very much impressed and I can understand why Jackson mourned itís decline in popularity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
poolboy (66) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Dark color with off-white head. An unusual style which I enjoyed. Has a sweet/sour taste of hops and roasted coffee. Has a lingering aftertaste for a mild ale. A very interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Cask at GBBF 08. Very dark ruby with a great dark fruit aroma. Has the expected pretty thin mild palate but a good lingering aftertaste. A very enjoyable mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Pours dark brown with a hint of an off white head. Smells of sweet malt with some earthy undertones. Tastes slightly tarte with some sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel is slightly thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjs (7046) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2008
(Cask at Kuikka on 2008-04-26) Almost black with some hints of red. Medium a tan-coloured head. Sweetness in nose. Medium palate. Some hops and bitterness from roasted malts. Some sweetness, too. Body could be stronger, it was a bit watery. Burnt aftertaste is not pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2008
I thought this was a great example of this style, but then again I have not had much experience with it, but it was really easy to drink. Pretty and not pun intended mild on the palate, with a really creamy mouthfeel, some light caramel and toffee maltiness, a bit of fruit sourness (grape) Pretty good like nothing else I had in the past.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 31, 2008
500ml bottle. Dark brown mahogany body with a tight brown head. Mildly sweet nose, lightly nutty. Mildly sweet toffee flavors, a bit of nuttiness and fruit. An excellent mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle shared by theisti. This was my first mild. This may be an extremely common style in Britain, but here, in the States, itís about as common as a UFO sighting,--perhaps less. So, thank you, Tim, for giving me the opportunity to try this one. It pours a deep mahogany with a light wispy swirl of bubbles at the surface but no head whatsoever. Initially, it smells a lot like a doppelbock, with dark or burnt caramel dominating the nose, but it gradually takes on a red grape-like note. Light to medium-bodied, thin and slick with a clean finish. Sweet, grapes and caramel malt with a smoky cocoa flavor towards the finish. I made the mistake of pouring the sediment into my glass to finish off the bottle. That completely destroyed the nose and the flavor profile for me. I guess that I should read bottles more carefully, because the label actually warns against drinking the sediment. Regardless, before I screwed it up, it was a very enjoyable and sessionable beverage. I can see why these are so popular off-cask in the UK and look forward to sampling other milds when I eventually make the journey across the pond. Thanks a ton for sharing this with me, Tim.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (4060) - Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2008
500 ml bottle from Blue Max in Burnsville, Minnesota. Shared with Gregis. Pour is mahogany to brown with no head at all. Entirely still. Aroma of somewhat burnt sweet caramel initially than it fades into a somewhat dusty nothingness. Taste is a slightly sweet, slightly smoked somewhat slick / watery beer. This is like nothing I have had before. I liked it, just a bit difficult to fit in against others.

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