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


on tap

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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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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

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!

loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Very dark, almost opaque, brown color with a medium tan head. The aroma was dominated by raisins...but also had some nice woody, malty, alcohol tones. The flavor was very earthy, woody, lots of grapes/raisins, other dark fruits (plums mostly) and a slight alcohol kick...a touch of sourness in the aftertaste. The feel was extremely soft...not much crispness in this at all...mildly thick, semi-dry finish. Wonderful mild!

hotstuff (5145) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2003
This beer formed a very large sized frothy tan head with fine-small bubbles that fully diminished. The body was carbonated and opaque with a brown hue. This beer's nose was malty, sweet, fruity and wine notes. The flavor was somewhat sour, fruity, caramel and wine. The mouthfeel was smooth and this beer had very sparse amounts of lacing.

thedm (6148) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2003
This bottled brew poured an beautiful extremely large head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbled that left behind a semi-transparent dark ruby red brown colored carbonated body. It had a strange but good aroma of malty but mild doughy piney port like scents. The mouthfeel was smooth from start to finish. The flavor was vinuous with tart grape and malt flavors with aport like quality that was very different from any other brew I have yet tasted.

MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Noticable vinegar/acidic smell. Flavor is also initally acidic with a slight sweetness to it. Beyond that it has a rather thin and smooth mouthfeel. Still, I cant get by the initial poor taste to it.

BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Drak ruby (surprise, surprise) color, moderate head formation. Intense sweet fruitiness on the nose, red wine-ish with berries and sugar. Very sweet and sugarry at first, almost like a sweetened blackberry juice. Dries and puckers a little in the middle, pretty short in the finish.

FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2003
I am rating this because I don't expect to get another chance to try it, and because it turned out really tasty despite the infection (oh well I am not rating to style right).

My first reaction was, this is not a good sign, my chilled bottle gushed a bit upon opening. The aroma is sour and lactic. Doesn't smell bad. Just not how it should. It is a dark brown color with a brown head. It is quite sour, like a Flemish Brown. Such a dead ringer for a sour brown that it almost seems like the lactic character is on purpose (is it?). This would be how the old ales of centuries gone past would taste. I really like this. There are notes of burnt raisin and roast malt here as well. It is very well carbonated, as is expected from this deliciously infected bottle. Quite light bodied, has a bit of molasses as well.

pivo (2685) - GERMANY - SEP 6, 2003
Light caramel nose, dark clear brown color, no head. Sweet sugary maltiness. Thinish, not very complex and straightforwad. Nice (just nice).

YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2003
White Horse, London: Chocolate, licorice nose. Opaque color. Chocolate taste, slightly bitter, thin body. Ok.

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