Brewed by Davenports (prev Highgate)
Style: Mild Ale
Walsall, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
Cask; Regular. Also available in keg and pasteurised in PET bottles.
The beer on which the reputation of Highgate Brewery was built, and first produced in 1899. This traditional dark mild is brewed using pale, crystal and black malts supplemented with high maltose syrup. Bitterness is provided using a blend of Progress, Fuggle and Golding hops grown locally.
Tasting notes: This winner of three gold medals at international level has a complex palate with chocolate, liquorice, roast malt and fruit notes all discernible. A perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness is evident and makes for a satisfying, yet more-ish beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (4335) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, - JAN 24, 2013
[email protected], walsall. Almost black large beige medium head. Taste is coffee and chocolate. Medium bodied. Very nice for a keg.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (2928) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Gravity Cask Half Pint at GBBF 2009 (Day 1), Earls Court, London Aug 2009 - Dark reddish-brown in colour. Malty; dark slightly roasty malts, caramel, some chocolate, hint of coffee. Fruity; dried fruits. Hoppy; balancing hop bitterness. Initially sweet malty leading to a soft bitter drying finish. Would make a great session ale. Very drinkable. (2009-08)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (7429) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2016
Cask at the Square Peg; clear dark copper pour with a creamy tan head, aroma has light red fruits, taste has red fruits, chocolate, nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7631) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2016
UPDATED: APR 18, 2016 Cask, handpull at The Briar Rose, Birmingham as Highgate Dark Mild, 3.4%. This ones apparently been brewed since 1899, though not continuously. Dark brown with an orange hue, clear, still with a small off-white head. Aroma is chocolatey and sweet, some raisin and cola. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is dark chocolate, dark rye bread, a little ashy roast. An impressive balanced mild. Very good for style. Based on a quick review of other ratings, it seems this one may be a lot better on cask.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (20063) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
Cask at Briar Rose, Birmingham
Dark brown color with some red reflex on the edges, and beige creamy head. Besides the light notes of roasted malt, and the low bitterness, it has a light acidity, noticeable both in the aroma and flavor, possibly this beer is off.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (6909) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2012
Highgate Dark Mild in a 500ml brown bottle, best before Oct 2010, tatsed on one of my random beer evenings in Sept 2010. 3.4% ABV, poured into a UK pint sleeve glass. Deep ruby red, cream coloured head which gave some, but not much lacing. The aroma was of malt molasses and dark chocolate hints. The flavours in the taste were again chocolate, molasses and some liquorice added for good measure. fairly thin body wise, which let it down somewhat. OK, but not one of the better Dark Milds.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tommann (3572) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is nutty, roasted malt. Nutty start. Cola and some roast malt in the finish. Full in the mouth but taste is a bit watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1844) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2013 Bottle in October 2010, Deep mahogany body, no head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, nuts, weak hop bite, caramel, toffee and Kola Nut. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Soft mouthfeel, a little oily. Gentle carbonation. Slightly dry finish. A decent mild, ticks all the boxes, but doesnt exactly blow you away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2010
0.5 l bottle. Reddish brown color. Sweetish aroma with raisins, toffee and nuts. Dryer flavor with toffee, raisins, hint of chocolate, salty minerals and hint of smoke. Watery palate. Disappointing watery taste after promising aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (26261) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2010
Bottled (thanks hanniku). Amber colour, small brown head. Aroma is nuts, dark dry fruits and some raisins. Flavour is dark dry fruits, nuttyness as well as mild raisins and wood.

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