john44 (3402) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017 strafefire (8) - - JAN 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Bottle. Black in colour, dark ruby against light. Malty; roasty malts, caramel, chocolate, liquorice, nuts?. Hoppy; slight hops. Roast malty, mildly bittersweet throughout. Dry in the finish. Liked this. Very decent. Nice Mild! (2010-06) Nick998 (17) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle : Deep brown with a very short lasting tan head, if any. Nice fruity caramel aroma, sweet taste with dried fruits and mild liquorice. Feeling a bit thin and fairly well carbonated. Ok. gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle; pours dark brown with a tan head; aroma is toasted malt with nuts and a hint of chocolate; taste is similar with toasted malt, chocolate and hints of nuts; finish is sweet; okay but a little watery puredelusion (428) - Lviv, UKRAINE - OCT 9, 2015
0,5 bottle. Pours dark brown color with medium, mostly lasting beige head. Aroma of nuts, roast, chocolate. Flavor is light sweet, nutty, light bitter. Smooth. Average to long finish, nutty, chocolate Watery texture, soft carbonation, medium body. nickel (1236) - UKRAINE - OCT 1, 2015
Aroma of roasted malt and nuts.
Sjohnh (1020) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2015
Crist and tart. Nutty taste. Realy good beer
Some good milds around these days. This is not one of them. Very dark, with a lovely toffee coloured head, which is gone after about 20 seconds. Light palate, little aroma. Taste has chocolate and sweet malt - not very nutty. Orange_times (318) - UKRAINE - SEP 24, 2015
Pours in dark brown hazy with light brown short living medium head. Aroma of burned sugar, caramel, chocolate, taffy. light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, short light burned bread aftertaste. Light body, thin feel, average carbonation, redders1974 (1648) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2015
Not much in the way of aroma dark brown with nice silky head and ringlets, very smooth and velvety slightly thin body maybe a hint of coffee decent for a mild jackafholmes (1021) - - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle from waitrose. Dark brown with short lived head. Aroma is indeed nutty, with teacle and a bit of tin. Taste is mild but sweet and bitter. Nice beer. MiP (15980) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle, 3.9%. No aroma as far as I can tell. Clear shiny dark chestnut colour. Small frothy off-white head. The flavour is watery with a hint of sweet liquorice. Fruity and watery finish. Tastes all right, but is very thin, even considering its ABV.