superspak (6352) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/6/2014. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, biscuit, toast, brown bread, roast, light coffee, raisin, pear, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, toast, dark bread, roast, light coffee, biscuit, raisin, pear, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, dark bread, toast, biscuit, roast, light coffee, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with good robustness for the ABV and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth, bready, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present as expected of 3.9%. Overall this is a damn nice dark mild ale! All around good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; nicely robust and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. gripweed57 (3038) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Dark brown pour with a foamy beige head with clinging lace. Rich roasted malt nose has a hint of coffee and dark baked bread. Light in body but rich in flavor. Notes of cocoa and earthy roasted malt. Nutty malt finish. Very little hop prescence. Very enjoyable. You don’t see many English style dark milds being made these days. I really enjoyed this. jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2014
an intriguing foray into a classic style for shorts - oddly enough it doesn’t seem to push the envelope in any direction which is uncharacteristic but welcomed in this case. dark amber-to-brown ale with light head and carbonation, and lots of toffee and toast in the aroma. some roasty coffee and black tea notes but overall a nicely bodied all well-suited to consuming several consecutively. perhaps a little bolder than an old-world ESB/mild but still very enjoyable. Evolutionary (544) - Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2014
Sampler pack from giant eagle. Pours a semi-transparent dark brown with a small tan head that breaks into spotty lacing. Aromas of big wheat breads, mild coffee, mild chocolate and some dark fruit sweetness. Taste is pretty earthy. Notes of spice, grains, some dark fruit, coffee and nuts. A bit flat tasting, but still rich in flavor. Finish is lacking any hop bitterness, adding a bit to the "flat" mouthfeel. Just kind of fades away at the end.
---Rated via my mouth Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
$2 single poured into a shaker pint. No bottling date, but this was recently put into packs, so I’m not worried about it.
Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear ruby black color with a finger of a light sand colored head. Decent amount of lacing. Pretty nice.
Smell: Mm. Nice. Chocolate, roastiness, and a nice amount of caramel malt sweetness to tone things down a bit. Very pleasant on the nose.
Taste/feel: Let’s be honest, if this had been a few % higher ABV or just named a porter instead of an English Mild, the rating would be higher. This one tastes fantastic for a 3.9%. A bit thin as it first hits the tongue, but then a sort of creaminess comes through which is very nice. There’s a nice roasty and somewhat ashy flavor throughout the sip, with traces of chocolate, and caramel sweetness to balance things out. Carbonation is a bit above average, which makes this beer all-the-more drinkable. Aftertaste is a lingering roast/smoke quality that I really like.
Overall, a pretty much phenomenal beer given the ABV. Another great one from Short’s. If this were available all the time, this’d be my go-to session ale.
shrubber85 (11762) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Draft. Light toffee malt and hay aroma. Medium brown with moderate head. Sweet toffee malt and hay flavor. Very well made mild. BlowOffTube (515) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Dark brown pour thin white head. Light mocha aroma. Thin body light carbonation which works here, maybe a touch more carbonation would be better. Very light chocolate and some coffee taste. Easy to drink. chucklemation (1810) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Has a mild coffee and malt aroma. Flavor is also mild, but good. There’s some roasted malts and a small touch of bitterness, finished with a creamy taste/feel. Mouthfeel is light, but overall this is a pretty decent brew. lukedarock (246) - Howell, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2014
This is a good light beer that still quenched my thirst for ale with flavor, overall something I would enjoy again