Brewed by Sarah Hughes
Style: Mild Ale
Dudley, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask: Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Dark Ruby Mild combines a balance of intense colour and flavour, making it an award winning festival favourite.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Cask conditioned - handpump - White Horse - Parsons Green London SW6. An oily, smoky, hoppy, fruity nose to this dark brown beer. The taste is really moreish with fruit, blackcurrants and alcohol. It is vinuous and very tasty.Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 4.0, 3.8 and 3.8. Score unchanged

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4474) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
Hand pulled at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London (as part of their Old Ale festival), with Joeh and Maeib. Dark, no head. Some cocoa in the aroma. Very good beer - very strong for a Mild, but full of flavour. Not demonstrative, but rich, roasty, berry and smooth. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2004
Cask conditioned at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London. Dark ruby in colour, dark malts aroma. Sweet, floral malty with a slight lactiace age. A little sickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2004
I hate to copy the label... but it does have a dark ruby / mahogoney color. Fizzy and small light-brown head. Aroma has cranberry and whiskey, which is interesting, yet a little unappetizing at times. Sour puckering start. Like a sour whiskey sour? Its actually some other cooking alcohol.... like sherry. Its a dry, sherry-like sourness. Overall... its a bit weird. But it is pretty complex and nothing is wrong with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2004
Great dark brown color with nice red glow. This beer has nice aromas of fine roasted malts with a fruity accent. This beer has a wine like caracter, untherbuild with maltyness and touches of stonefruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pughy1957 (62) - Rugby, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2004
This is an all time classic. Rich, warming ale with a lingering full flavour. Beware the strength of this easily drinkerble beer. Dont miss it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Bottle: Mohogany brown w/ a lasting beige head. Malty, sherry, slightly lactic sour and green apple aromas. Apple aroma seems the strongest while chilled. Intense fruity, English yeast character. Apple fades to caramel apple as it warms; a bit vinous as well but only hints. Light leathery and horse blanket aromas come through. Flavor is malty and lightly sour. Surprising since I thought that milds were not supposed to be. Sourness seems slightly lactic, not dark grain induced, a little disappointing. Balance is to lightly malty and dry from sourness, not from hops. Light sherry flavor, followed by a light baryardy flavor. I think this is infected with Brett! Ive had this before and I dont remember this being there. Light hop flavor as well with a dry lightly sour finish, aftertaste is sherry. Carbonation is high for a mild, body is light but not unusually light given the style, but the overall m/f is way too dry for style IMHO. Ill re rate with another bottle when I get one, but this one is by far sub par!!!!!!!! Others Ive had have been much, much better and a far more better example of the style and this beer in particular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2004
[Cask conditioned] I did not expect to see this listed as a mild ale. Dark reddish brown coloured. Great vinous aroma. The aroma and the flavour is full of complex fruitiness. Very pleasant and interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2004
I had been looking forward to trying this one for a while - a strong mild sounded an intriguing prospect. Although it was very agreeable, Im not going to enthuse about it as much as others have. The colour is a murky chocolate brown, with hints of garnet. I struggled to pick up much on the aroma other than a vaguely sweet candy sugar backdrop. Some roasted malt, a touch of berry fruit and just a slight hop presence in the background. Very restrained sour edge on the finish. The all round impression was soft and easygoing. I had hoped for something a little more complex and assertive. I guess Im just not a big mild fan and those I do like tend to be those that drift towards the stout style. Cask (gravity), Cambridge Beer Festival

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Nearly opaque brownish black color with a tan head. Strong grape and vinegar aroma. Very woody flavor, with sour vinegar and sweet grape as well. Very soft carbonation, with a fairly dry finish. A very diffiernt mild. Not what I expected!

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