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 prawlie (1702) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2017 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. Not bad, not great. Grows on you though. stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - OCT 18, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2012 Bottle from Tomlinson’s, Inverness 091212
mr_h (6059) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2012
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
Cask by handpump at Drum & Monkey, Glasgow - clear dark red brown, good tan head, roasted malt aroma and flavour, quite sweet, smooth, oily feel AshtonMcCobb (7029) - 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.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 12, 2012
Well, it does what it says on the tin: it’s 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. gjb968 (9) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2012 does not count
Drinking at a pub beer festival. A nice first pint. Lots of flavour.. ready for another.
jamesie1857 (1986) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
500ml bottle - A dark mahogany body with lacy white head, smoky nose with a hit of espresso in there, a solid body with a malty after taste. One of the best milds I’ve had this year. Brandman (2964) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2012
Dark brown mahogany body, white head. Aroma has lots of metal, bag of coins.Some sweet maltiness, not strong flavours. Mild. In any sense. BlackHaddock (7956) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
500ml Bottle: best before the end of August 2012, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on the last day of July 2012, one month before it’s BBD.
Good looking brew: dark brown body with a full, deep tan coloured head on top.
Coffee in the nose along with some roasted malty molasses (but without the sweetness). Chocolate notes arrived as the beer warmed.
The taste was all malt with a hop bitterness always there in the mix. Fruit cake with chocolate and nutty hints: add a malt loaf and you’ve almost got the flavours I found.
Smooth rather than creamy in the mouthfeel, a pleasant Mild all round.