berkshirejohn (6448) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2010
Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading. A phenomenal mild in my opinion. Shiny black in colour with a tawny hue, and a tan head; aroma of burnt treacle; thinly bodied but with rich locorice and burnt treacle flavours; and a finish that remids me of Pontefract Cakes. Excellent. RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2010
Cask, JDW, Carlisle. A touch on the bitter side for my mild drinking tastes. Sharp, decent whiff of hops and pretty much up to Phoenix’s high standards. bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
Hand pulled cask at the Crosse Keys (JDW), Monument, London. Almost black with a thin beige head. Rather astringent for a mild with a sharp burnt liquorice/ caramel flavour and hoppy finish. Somehow it hangs together and leaves you wanting more. hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
Cask at Pilgrim’s Progress (JDW), Bedford, in Spoons Real Ale Festival ’10. Very dark brown, near black, with a scummy beige head. Thick, sweet meaty aroma with dusty honeycomb and Oxo cube. Rather less forceful taste: ash, liquorice and a dustiness that gives this beer a pleasant, lived-in feel. Some bitterness. Enjoyable. Bullit (4581) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 18, 2010
Cask @ Counting House, JDW. Dark brown - dark red colour, small beige head. Aroma is toasted, chocolate. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, smoke, milk chocolate. Smooth. Very drinkable.
cgarvieuk (24166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2010
cask at standorder JDW ... deep brown ... thin tan head ...light chocolate roast .... soft sweet milk chocolate roast ... little coffee ... nice roast malt ... decent depth ... downender (8584) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 11/04/10. Near black in colour with a decent tan head. Milky coffee, chocolate and some dark fruits, before a dry finish. Good. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at the Smithfield Hotel, Manchester 11/05/2002
Black smooth on the palate and slightly fruity mild with a slight roast finish.
2. Cask Handpump at the Smithfield Hotel, Manchester 10/05/2003
Dark with a reddish hue. Smooth with a hoppy roast finish.
3. Cask Stillage at the Town Hall, Stockport 29/05/2003
Black smooth and slightly fruity. Smoked, hoppy finish.
4. Cask Stillage at the Town Hall, Stockport 30/05/2003
Dark fruity mild with a slightly dry roast finish.
5. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 19/04/2010
Fruit and some roast aroma. Beige head. Dark red coloured fruity blackcurrant flavour with a dry and slightly bitter roast finish.
6. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 09/06/2010
Thick beige head. Fruit and some roast aromas. Black hoppy and fruity with an orange flavour. Smooth on the palate with a dry and bitter roast finish. DanielBrown (4499) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2004
Hand pulled at the Anchor, Birmingham (as part of their Phoenix weekend). Very tasty Mild, with a mouth-filling and saitisfying flavour. Big on roasted malt and some coffee content too. Creamy and smooth and an enticing jet black colour. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 30, 2015 My sample was obviously in better nick than Spiesy’s. And it certainly made a change from a run of pale bitter/golden ales that have dominated what I have been drinking recently. Deep, almost opaque chocolate brown colour. Lasting pale beige head. Definite smoky notes in the aroma. The flavour is 100% mocha - chocolate and coffee. Smooth, soft finish. I was going to say that the body was rather thin for a stout but, now I get here, I discover it’s a mild. A bit of a hybrid I would say. Rather nice. Cask (handpump), Head of Steam, Euston, London NW1.
Re-rate. Cask (handpump) at the Red Lion, Littleborough on 3 August 2013. An excellent mild served in tip top condition. Quite light body but a fair bit of chocolate and some roasty character does the job nicely.