Brewed by Rudgate
Style: Mild Ale
York, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask; Regular. Previously brewed at 4.0%. Also available bottled.

See: Dark cherry, ruby red
Smell: Sweet, strawberries, smokey
Taste: Soft, rich, complex
A dark premium mild Silver medal CAMRA Winter Beer Festival 2002

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2013
Hand pump @ The Bankers Draft, Sheffield. Hazy darker brown coloured beer, no carbonation and a very small light creamy brown head. Stronger herby malty light roasted aroma with some wintery alcoholic herbs comming trough. Full creamy light herby palate. FInish is stronger malty bitter with an almost unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Medium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
Dark amber, thin off white head; sweet, malty taste, with cereal and brown bread; moderately bitter finish; decent enough mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2013
Cask,hand pulled at The Coombs Wood Sports & Social Club,Halesowen.17th february.Ruby brown pour with large off white head which lasted.Dark fruit and caramel malt aroma and taste with some toffee also in there.Easy to drink and flavoursome mild.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (9737) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
Very dark red ruby in colour, no head. Not much aroma, just a slight sweetness, but its more sweet in taste with the smallest of roasted malts too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
Pours redish brown with a thin head. Aroma of caramel with toasted nuts perhaps and may be a touch of toastiness. Flavour is a rich and welcoming mix of maltiness with a nicely balanced bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1567) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Pint at the Cross Keys in York. Dark red with a long lived creamy head. Pleasant, light mild aroma. Bitter, sweet, with hints of raisin. Far, not bad, not great. Grows on you though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2971) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 18, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2012 Bottle from Tomlinsons, Inverness 091212
Ruby brown, clear, off white big frothy head, some lacing
Aroma - Dark caramel malts, dark fruity malts, soft aroma
Taste - Dark caramel malts, soft toffee malts, touch of toasted malts, some bready malts, touch of bitter earthy hops in the background, slight hint of port
Palate - soft carb, medium body, smooth texture. Finish as main flavour, smooth, some lingering mellow toasted dark malts
Overall - Good flavoured mild - I do like this 3.5 to 3.6

Cask @ Haymarket, Edinburgh 181012 7/4/7/3/14
Dark ruby brown, thin off white head, some lacing
Aroma - dark caramel, touch of chocolate, soft dark toffee malts
Taste as aroma, slight touch of port in there as well, fruity malts
Palate - soft carb, thin to medium body. Finish has soft bitter roast with some bitter chocolate and soft dark toffee, bit thin on the finish
Overall - Tasty mild ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (5352) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2012
Cask by handpump at Drum & Monkey, Glasgow - clear dark red brown, good tan head, roasted malt aroma and flavour, quite sweet, smooth, oily feel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (6407) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 20, 2012
On tap @ the Haymarket Bar, Pours opaque black with ruby tints and a nice head. The nose is of liquorice and smoke. The taste is more of the same. The palate is medium bodied and textured with an elegant clean finish. Overall, great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 12, 2012
Well, it does what it says on the tin: its the same colour as ruby port with a cream coloured head and little evident carbonation. The aroma is of mellow caramel, dates and muscatele sultanas, rich dark malts and gentle aging. The flavour is gratifyingly rich and complex with rich plumminess and an almost church wine-like flavour. Carbonation comes to the fore bringing out the spices (cinnamon and mace) with its spiky but not prickly notes. This is a lip-smacking and generous ale.

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