Pretty Things Once Upon a Time, February 22nd, 1945, X Ale

RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
Mild was a hugely popular style for more than a century (1800-1900s). Here, we have released two mild ales side-by-side.: two beers from opposite ends of that period, brewed by the same brewery. If you drink both, you will drink the same brand from the same brewery separated by 107 years. Over those years, Mild changed considerably: something these beers amply demonstrate. Though bearing the same name, X Ale, in character they could hardly be more dissimilar. By WWII, Mild was firmly established as Britain’s most popular style of beer, but the years had not been kind. The war years in particular had taken their toll on Mild, reducing its alcohol content. There had been other changes too. For example, the colour, 1945 X Ale was much darker, brewed from a blend of 5 malts and dark brewing sugar. Wartime shortages also dictated the use of flaked barley. This 1945 Mild contained just a fifth of the hops of 1838 version. This is Mild as we know it today: a low-gravity, lightly-hopped, dark beer. Drink the two side-by-side to see these changes in action.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matty (450) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Had this one sitting in my basement for about a year and a half. Pours a clear dark gold/copper with a touch of redness. Off-white head that quickly settles to a film. Carbonation keeps rising but not too much - just in the center of the glass. Aroma is sweet and bready, much like a mild English ale. Medium bodied, getting some slight toasted flavors, caramel, toffee and malt. Finish is slightly bitter on the sides, sweet in the middle and some toasted flavors after the swallow. Very interesting, great story to go with it. Glad I had it. Thanks to Sam for the bottle.

djd07 (16317) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2015
Bottle thanks to Nathan. Pours a cloudy orange with medium off white head. The aroma is roast and grass. Medium mouth with bready malt, fruit, and nuts, decent.

javiercrasher (706) - Granada, SPAIN - JAN 2, 2015
Marrón con una soberbia espuma con buena retención y que deja encaje en el vaso. Aroma a frutos secos y algo de caramelo. Cuerpo medio y buena carbonatación. Maltosa y acaramelada, con bastante sabor para el poco alcohol que tiene.

bytemesis (9516) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to pepsi! Pours crystal clear burnt orange - odd color for a mild. Small beige head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is hay, caramel, grass, nutty. Flavor is light plus sweet, caramel, grass, light bitter, nutty. Medium body, somewhat acidic. Pretty complex for 2.6%!

alexsdad06 (11242) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2014
22 oz bottle from the Party Source. Pours a clear brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have mild earthy hops, toasted bread, a mild nutty character, caramel, light bitterness, it is definitely mild, I would pass on this if offered.

Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2014
22oz bottle 11/8/14 (Payless Liquors #9-Indy)-Pours a murky amber with a small off white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and sweetness. Taste of the same with a bit of chocolate.. This light bodied brew is a nice little beer.

Palme (4857) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2014
0.65l bottle from Bierkoning. It’s quite on the cloudy side this with its dark wood amber color and medium sized bubbly and fading off-white head. The nose has a nice gentle fruitiness. I get a little malty sweetness, kinda wort-ish and there are traces of chocolate and bitter un-roasted coffee beans. Some cocoa and nuts as well. Or is it perhaps yeast? In a strange way the aroma is not that bad, and I’m daring to say that I actually kinda like it. As expected not much resistance in the taste, but it definitely has some flavor this puppy. The dark chocolate paper sticks it head out, I get some more of that sweet wort found in the aroma. It has a light, but definitely not thin but light mouthfeel and the carbonation is just below average and near prickling. It’s really mild, sessional and quite tasty. Could drink lots of this in one setting. It reminds me much of Kinns Manna. Ends with a little bit of bitter coffee and cocoa powder. Totally completely different from it’s elder brothers, and really interesting. 04.10.2013

BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy and rocky off-white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is toast and nutty malt, dates and leaves with light earthy hops. Flavor is sweet malt dominant, medium hops, light bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

Beese (3305) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured a clear copper, with a dense off-white head. Malty aroma, with mineral and straw notes. Bitter grain flavours, some grass and brown sugar. Quite a light, crisp mouth feel. Finish was caramel, burnt sugar and straw. Quite interesting; fairly full flavoured, considering its strength.

Travlr (26431) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle. Clear deep amber brown color, thin off white head. Aroma of toffee, light molasses, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet toffee with a toasted edge. Decent stuff for such a low abv beer. Interesting to taste a bit of history, and more recent (and realistic) than things like re-created Egyptian brews.

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