Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Mild Ale
Middleton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
ABV reduced from 3.2% to 2.8% in late 2011.
J.W.Lees Brewers Dark continues to be in great demand, despite the downward trend in mild sales. It is a smooth well-rounded light coloured mild with a malty and fruity aroma. The taste is distinctive with a smooth sweet flavour and a dry malty aftertaste.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john44 (2986) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle. Deep brown in colour. Malty; roast malty, liquorice, caramel, chocolate. Fruity; berries. Hoppy; gentle floral hopping. Sweet roast malty throughout. Easy drinking. (2009-12)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nybol (1711) - DENMARK - OCT 15, 2015
Mrk l med klar smag af ristede malte og en lille smule karamel. Der mangler lidt smag i den.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorgeLee (2013) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle from Booths, courtesy of the old man. Brown colour, reddish, quite high carbonation. Thin body. Some interesting malt flavours, light treacle and hint of licorice. Drinks quite easily. Pretty ok for such a low abv beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
caramel, nuts, toast, pitch black with frothy white head, tastes of ..... dum dum dum.... of nothing absolutely no flavour at all, what an achievement. not even any aftertaste. absolutely pointless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mR_fr0g (11343) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle in Minehead. Chestnut brown coloured red with a greyish cream head. Aroma is nutty, apple, mineral. Flavour is rusty penny, metal, mineral, nuts. Palate is thin and chalky with mineral. Tingling carbonation. A bit thin and metallic overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wickerman1 (3) - - AUG 21, 2014 does not count
Amazing ale for 2.8% if this is the first of the day I recommend..if you already had something else you wont even taste this.. Cant believe how much flavor is achieved from such low %...Brewing at its Best

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (2571) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle from Morrisons. Poured a very dark brown, with a rapidly dissipating beige head. Aroma of chewy malt, burnt sugar and dark fruit. Flavours were somewhat lacking; a little roast character, dried fruits and a slight woody note. Finish was unbalanced bitterness, burnt and with some dry hop bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2014
Appearance: Clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a finger thick beige head. Aroma: Bready malt, light caramel, floral, subtle liquroice and a note of spice. Taste: Low/medium bitterness and sweetness, low sourness and saltiness. All in all fairly insipid. Palate: Thin fairly smooth texture, light body, low/average carbonation, lingering dry, malty caramel, but fairly insipid finish. Comments: Tasty enough. Admittedly its a Mild and consequently is weak . But lacking for me a touch to insipid on all accounts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CharlieTwoPies (35) - United Kingdom, - APR 10, 2014
Very dark brown , pushing black, clear and see through when held up to the light. Thin tan head. Faint, metallicy aroma, but with a grassy green note hidden in there amongst some weak (but present) dark chocolate. Body is thin, but tasty, dry brown malt, no roast. Maltiness is not particularly rich, but is well balanced with a typical English hop bitterness - like rounded, perfumey, flowers. Nicely tasty, good finish but lasts nowhere near long enough. Tasty but unexciting probably sums it up, lacking in quantity of all flavours and aromas but not in the quality necessarily.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
s_hartshorne (2741) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle morrisons. Dark brown colour slight head. Aroma malts. Taste is malts slight fruit. Thin watery body. Ok for low abv body lets it down.

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