strafefire (8) - - JAN 27, 2013 does not count
A very interesting brew indeed this. After a childhood brought up rebelling against carlsberg and carling, I be came that 17 year old that turned up to a house party with a 12 pack of Guinness and a bottle of Hobgoblin. Did wonders for my social standing as can be imagined.
A few years after finishing student life and discovering that low abv = low calories, I came across Thwaites Champion Dark Mild.
Looks like Guinness, sort of tastes like Guinness, and could drink a four pack and still feel as sober as a judge, and more importantly still taste beer while the Heineken brigade started laying in to the flaming sambucas or nearest can of Red Stripe? On to a winner here lads...
Thwaites Very Nutty Black was a revelation unto itself. This beer demonstrated the beauty of dark milds in the subtlety of character they possess, the mild hinting at flavour which once tasted, well and truly come to the fore. Watered down Guinness? Such naivety...
On opening and pouring the bottle of Very Nutty Black, one is not immediately knocked to the floor with the smell of roasted malts and coffee shop aromas, instead it is more refined, unlit cigar and liquorice gently wafting, with an ever so slight trace of alcohol.
On taste, the roasted elements become more prominent, but by no means overpowering. There is a warm richness to the taste, again that astringent sweetness but tingling bitterness leading to a very subtle hoppy bitterness that tingles the sides of the tongue. Nutty? Perhaps on the aftertaste, but not particularly prominent to my tastebuds...but I am perfectly OK with that.
Overall, Very Nutty Black is an excellent, if slightly strong example of the style. The carbonation lends a rockyness to the body of the beer, which yelps add a extra spark to the typically light mouth feel of mild. You have to really savour the taste of very nutty black to find the hidden charms of this brew, and once this tasting skill is honed, you can start to really appreciate dark miles for what they really are, the understated suave character in the party.
Good gulping! ManVsBeer (10250) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
Mild ale, dark with a red glow, no head. Has a slightly sweet, slightly nutty aroma, less than its name would suggest. The same can be said for its taste. StueyD (1582) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
A dark, cola brown beer with a frothy but weak tan head. A very light aroma, roasted malt and coffee combine with a hint of nuttiness. Medium dry mouthfeel. An initial dry, roasted malt flavour, where espresso coffee and bitter dark chocolate come to the fore. This is followed by a more smooth, sweeter flavour where the nut element makes its appearance. A well rounded and smooth, slightly sweet malt finish. Purchased from Tesco, under the label "Nutty Black" in bottle-conditioned form at 3.9% abv. BeerItsNice (95) - IRELAND - NOV 3, 2012
A very dark brown to black in colour with an off white head. Aroma of malt, coffee and nuts. A flavour to match the aroma with a nice light bitter finish..
--- BeerItsNice mr_h (5434) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2012
500ml bottle from Morrison’s, Ayr - dark red brown, thin tan head, roasted malt and nutty aroma, malty flavour, chocolate, high carbonation, initial sweetness then sharp malty finish
jamesie1857 (2108) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
500ml bottle - pours black (surprise) with a thin tan head. Very little aroma, a bit oatmeal, a bit cereal, nothing too dramatic. Relatively smooth mouth feel, and clean taste for a mild. Afterwards, nothing unpleasant. I’m not a fan of milds, but this wasn’t bad. BlackHaddock (7232) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle conditioned 500ml worth of beer poured into a UK sleeve.
Good looking brew, dark and with a huge foaming tan coloured head.
Mildly coffee and malty molasses in the smell and taste with a soft feel to the overall flavours.
Not had a good mild for a while, this has reminded me how good they can be.
WeissGary (286) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2012
This is a decent thick and medium bodied beer with a thin but resistant head. Aroma as the name suggests is somewhat soft and nutty. Taste is soft-coffee with a nutty back taste. Overall a decent beer. 3monkeys (1) - watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2012 does not count
Yes it has made it to the far flung corners of the world down here in Watford and it is well worth imbibing if you like dark mild, in fact i’m having one right now and jolly good it is too : ) MalcolmTucker (924) - SCOTLAND - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown/red with a thin but lasting head. Weak aroma of coffee. Flavour is fruity with a chocolate and coffee edge. Not bad for a mild.