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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 96   ABV: 3.2%
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For those that do not know this beer (which is probably most people), this was the second beer we ever made. The Dark Mild Ale never had a real name nor did it even get packaged in a bottle. Back in 1997 when we stopped producing it we did not own a bottling line yet. This dark sessionable ale was a favorite of the brewers, however not understood in craft beer’s infancy 15 years ago. We think now craft drinkers will get it.

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3.2
kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark clear brown color with some red highlights. Minimal head but what there is, is a light tan color. Med roast coffee notes in the nose, pretty nice, maybe some slight caramel as well. Med mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation is a little disappointing. Roasty notes to start off with a slight bitterness in the end. Love the smell, not that crazy about the flavor and the mouthfeel.

3.2
DrnkMcDermott (3104) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Pint draft at Local 22 during CCBW (still a hotel bar-priced $8). Light brown color, lots of light shining through. Poured from one of those newfangled taps where the nozzle is at the bottom of the glass to prevent foam from coming up. Sigh, at least it’s not a frozen glass (though I spotted a freezer for them behind the bar). Result is a thin, nitro type head. A get a brown malt nose, very much like a Newcastle. Despite looking pretty well filtered, there’s still a taste of yeast in there. Does fit in the the English Mild style, with its thin carbonation and Fuggles type hops around brown roast malt. Should be very easy drinking, but those malts offer a bit of chewiness that must be considered.

3.6
jmohno (1628) - Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Slight hazy? copper/brown,low carbonation,no head. Aroma is light carmel but more of a nut roast. Some yeast esters notes occasionally. Taste is mostly of carmel, more on the nutty side, with light toast and a little salt.with a good noticable bitter.Wish it had a bit more carbonation but thats usually part of the style.The dark flavors leave you with some taste for a light nut/roast finish.Not bad. The flatness makes it seem more watery. Overall its like a sessionable light nutbrown ale.

3.8
wlajwl (6866) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Aroma is coffee and caramel nuttiness. The flavor is coffee, malts, chocolate and a mildly fruity/tart finish. Subtle but very good.

3.6
Frank (4208) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Another nice low gravity beer local for me. Nice. Rich porterlike malt character but still subtle. Nice balance and full flavor but in a very light and drinkable. Very tasty.

3.8
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Bomber bottle and served on standard no-nik pint glass: Pours a light brown/deep amber hue with a small head but nice lacework. The aroma has wonderful earthy notes of nutty brown, medium-roast, English pale chocolate and aromatic malts along with some pear and apple esters. A touch of vinegar acidity on the nose but luckily is not there on the palate. The taste has a smooth nutty and slightly coffee character than is not sweet supported by some faint Goldings like bitterness. A undertone of mild fruit notes and even some earthy character makes this much more than a simple session ale. The mouth feel is smooth, slightly ashy and not interfering. This is what it is, a solid session ale right up my alley and every bit as good (if not better) than my homebrew. If this was in sixers I would buy a case... as it is I will pick up a few more bomber bottles because at 3.2 ABV it still would not knock my dick in the dirt. BRAVO 2 Bros!!! (Was this entered in the WBC? Because this is what a Mild Ale should be)

3.5
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2012
22oz bottle from Armanetti’s. Pours a mostly clear, ruby tinted brown body with a thin, beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, nuts, and buttered toffee with a light roast, dark fruit esters, bread, and a touch of cocoa. Flavor is similar. Toast, a light cocoa, and some graininess up front before a light, dry roast comes in with some dark fruit esters. A bit earthy in the middle with a nice, light nutty caramel and toffee sweetness alongside a light breadiness. Finishes dry with a light roast, cocoa, toffee, earth, dark fruit, nut bread, and caramel. Light bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste following a light body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid mild ale and fairly flavorful for the 3.2% ABV. Dry cocoas and roasts with a nice caramel and toffee sweetness to balance. Enjoyable.

4.3
andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a Friday afternoon after getting my teeth whitened, which didn’t really work very well. Appearance is a dark amber with a thin off white head that rims around the glass. Aroma is very rich in caramel, with notes of butterscotch, and a very small touch of hops. Delicious aroma. Taste is outstanding, very flavorful, it actually finishes slightly crisp but still has a nice sweetness to it. At 3.2% I can see myself definitely getting this again, but I guess I should act fast as it’s a ltd ed release. Great stuff!

2.9
Sammy (12340) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2012
Dark body with white spider lace. Licorice and spice. Above average carbonation, however. Neutral aroma. Coffee grinds. Average mouthfeel. On tap at Revolution brewpub.

3.4
crossovert (13078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Nice mouthfeel, full flavor. A decent attempt at the style. he big bottle doesn’t fill you up.


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