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30
style
Brewed by Davenports (prev Highgate)
Style: Mild Ale
Walsall, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (4847) - 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.


3.2
Grumbo (3976) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle, source not recorded. Poured darkish brown with an average sized creamy off-white to beige head. Aroma of malt, hop, light roasted coffee, caramel and chocolate. Medium sweetness and moderate bitterness. Medium body, slight oily texture, and soft carbonation. Quite a decent light mild.

3.1
john44 (3400) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Gravity Cask Half Pint at GBBF 2009 (Day 1), Earl’s 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)

3.5
RichTheVillan (8248) - 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.

3.6
The_Osprey (9140) - 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 one’s 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.

2.6
fiulijn (21214) - 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.

2.7
BlackHaddock (7690) - 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.

2.8
tommann (3943) - 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.

2.8
dynamiteninja (1889) - 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 doesn’t exactly blow you away.

2.8
Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, 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.


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