Scopey (14523) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2012
Cask at Wandsworth Beer Festival, March 2012. It pours deep ruby, with a thin beige head. The nose is vinous, red berry, cherry, tartness, chocolate, sweet jam and caramel. The taste is dark fruit - blackcurrant, cherry, bramble, jam, vinous notes, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and leather, with a some dryness in the finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Good, but perhaps a bit too sweet. Leighton (21092) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2012
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours Clear, red-brown with a soft, foamy head. Lots of dark, ripe fruits in the nose. Medium to big sweet flavor with grapes, raisins (ha, both grapes AND raisins!), booze, faint cocoa, wood. Medium to full in body with soft carbonation. Lightly warming finish with some alcohol notes, lots of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, faint vodka, toast. Ummm. Interesting stuff here. foxo82 (899) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2012
Cask at Leicester Beer Festival 2012. Recommended to us by one of the staff at the festival as "the best mild we would ever taste", it promptly went and lived up to that billing. Very dark off-black with a red tint. No head. Mild, malty aroma. The taste was of fruit cake and barley wine - hence the hefty ABV - but with a kick at the end as if someone had laced it with a spirit. It made me re-evaluate what the often overlooked mild is capable of. Really superb. dogbomb (1216) - ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2012
Cask at White Cross Beer Festival. Full of surprises. Black with ruby highlights and a nice thick off-white head. Perfumey, fruity nose with all kinds of summery currants. Mouth taste is surprisingly light and fruity. Strawberries, peach, banana - a real fruit cocktail. Finish has a little bitter and a mild alcohol. Stunning for a 6%. tombyars (1691) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2012
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in December 1989. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark ruby in colour with a thick creamy buff white head. Rich roast malt aroma, long in intensity with a hint of Cadburys Old Jamaica. Thick velvety mouthfeel and superb lacing throughout. Reminded me of Youngers No3 in mouthfeel and heavy texture. Dark complex malts give a rich maltloaf base with sweet syrup laden raisins, dates, molasses and rich dark chocolate. There is a slight prickle of dry hop resins in the very brief aftertaste but fades fast. Finish is thick, chewy and very heavy with dry port fruit and vinous oak notes booming in the mouth. This was a popular regular winter ale with the locals in Coanes and also in the Three Judges. It has always been consistant through the years, never changing with regards to flavour - long may this continue. If you like sweet, old fashioned strong milds, then try this out.
tommann (3718) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2011
Cask at the Queens Head, Wordsley. Pours dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is Coke, dark fruits and a little roast. Taste has nutty dark fruit to start. Finish has dark fruits, Coke, roast malt and a little alcohol. Ungstrup (37330) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2010. A dark brown beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt and caramel, as well as lighter notes of soy sauce. madmitch76 (24511) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
5th February 2011 alex_beacon (6) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2011 does not count
Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival. Clear brown beer. residual tan head. Light dry palate. Sweeeeeet malt! Well integrated sweet candyish red fruits. Trace of toffee. Light dry finish. Bubblegum and jammy fruits aftertaste. This is a bloody sweet beer - and I have a sweet beer tooth but I could imagine this would bee too much for most!
tried off the bar and of the cask in cellar at brewery tap, clear dark brown with hint of orangey/red, initial sticky sweetness, hint of dandelion and burdoch, lasting dryness. Currently in good condition. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
[3260-20100803] Cask sample. Not much aroma, a little alcoholic grains. Slightly hazy, dark red brown body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Grainy malt flavour is a little thick and long-lasting afterward. Medium body. Good.
(@ GBBF 2010, London, England)