The_Bish (1146) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2012
Mmmm tasty... dark ruby and fruity. Drunk at Cherry Reds beer festival in kings heath. PaulW (107) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
Possibly my first proper real ale all those years ago, then as today from the brewery tap. A truly magnificent pint, it pours a lively dark cherry colour. Aroma hops are low, as you might expect, but this is about malt. Sweet, dark fruit cake taste with a bit of hop for balance. Hefty ABV for a session..although I have been known to try. Possibly too sweet for some, but a real old style mild of depth and complexity. I urge you to try. coldbrewky (1731) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2012
275ml Bottle via bonster two years ago...whew, how time flies. Pfft! A good sign. just as the name states, a nice dark ruby during pour and just a bit of light through the shaker glass on edges. Nose of red table wine. Vinous full body with rasin and raspberry tones in that order. Steady carbonation yields only a slim film of a medium tan head. Acidic but no way unenjoyable. It may be fading in comparison with fresh cask reviews. BlackHaddock (7696) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
Aug 2006 with updates:I am very lucky because I have only drank this beer at the Beacon Hotel (The brewery) or at CAMRA beer fests.
It obviously doesn’t travel to well, according to some reports on here, which is a great shame, because kept well and drank out of a pint pot it is wonderful.
Dark Ruby Brown in colour, as its name suggests, no head should be fully formed, just a whisper or two of white froth which soon disappears as you take great gulps of the beer.
The aroma is so complexed, it fills your brain with an overload of pulses, mine being unable to unscramble them to discribe each beery one.
The taste is heavy, and again complexed and diverse in flavours, all the tastes linger, fruits, malts, hops all blended into a huge explosion of what a great British Strong Mild should be like.
Throw your bottles away and try and visit the Brewery in Sedgley.
Update Feb 2009.
Had three pints last Thursday in ’Ye Olde Robin Hood’ Ironbridge, Shropshire. Still a wonderful beer in cask form, please don’t let the bottle sour your view of a true classic.
March 2012 update: visited the brewery again, still a fantastic pint!
Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
On cask at Thomas’s of York. Pours a very dark ruby colour with a light tan head. A lovely aroma of caramel, treacle, port wine and chocolate. Similar flavours with well balanced alcohol and a dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Very nice indeed with lingering port, toffee and a little alcohol hum.
Jonb5 (568) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Half Pint, dark ruby colour, thick with a tiny tanned head. Smelled yeasty with notes of cranberry. Fairly sweet, notes of meat with a smokey aftertaste. Smooth mouthfull with soft carbonation. Overall nice introduction to milds. Scopey (15753) - 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 (22329) - 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 (927) - 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 (1254) - 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%.