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Dark-Age - The Celt Experience

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BA SCORE
84
good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Celt Experience visit their website
United Kingdom (Wales)

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Elegant smooth chocolate and caramel body with a spice finish
Inspired by the tranquility of the myths of Avalon. King Arthur and Merlin histories emerge from ancient Pagan myths tracing dark ripples through shared legends.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 08-07-2012)
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Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Dentist666
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%

Poured into english pint.
Clear brown beer with fizzy tan head, big bubbles,retention is ok.
Smell is intense, nutty, too hoppy as for the style, coffee, dark fruits, caramel.
Taste is very bitter, similar to black IPA, nuts and coffee, mild and dry finish. Light body, good carbonation. Excellent and unexpectedly interesting representative of mild ales.

Photo of JAFoley
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of sebastian577
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DeltaFour
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with excellent clarity; dark red-brown; small semi-durable head; spotty lacing.

Aroma and Flavor are mild, as per style. Sweet malts, some dark fruit and earthy hops in the nose. The hops largely disappear from the taste, but leave the ale with a good sweet/bitter balance.

Feel: medium-light body and carbonation. A bit thin, as usual for style. Very smooth.

O: very good example of style.

Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Saksis
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of WGO
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of defect_
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of GarthT
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of KingSlayer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills a Harp nonic with a dark brown (SRM 25-28) clear beer with ruby to mahogany highlights that glow when put to the light. The thin, wispy, off-white head leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma opens with rich malt and Baker’s chocolate most prominent, followed by cashews and molasses. There is a slight sweet aroma of pumpernickel bread. Warmth brings out saw-cut walnut and there are no hop aromas whatsoever.

Dark Age is earthy and well balanced. The flavors tilt towards the bitter side and build long into the finish. This one is quite bready with some tobacco and some peat. There is a strong impression of sun tea while the finish leads towards coffee grinds.

A smooth texture with medium body and faint carbonation lends well to the dry, alcohol-challenged nature of this beer.

This is a highly sessionable beer with enough character to enjoy on its own, yet reserved enough to allow long conversations and light food to take center stage.

Photo of sweemzander
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A nice mild yet rustic nuttiness with raisin.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell with a rustic nutty roasted raisin profile.

(M)- A nice smooth carbonation level meets a nice rustic feel overall. Mild, but a rich flavor too.

(O)- A rather nice beer. Not a huge mainstream style (in fact, my first venture into it), but quite appreciated to have versus the tried and true styles produced today.

Photo of Salud24
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jabo134
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear but very dark garnet red in color (black when viewed from a far distance) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose along with some hints of dark fruits from the yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a little more complex with flavors of chocolate and dark malts along with faint hints of bitterness and to a lesser degree roasted malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of visible carbonation.
O: This beer very easy to drink given its light body and low alcohol content while also being quite flavorful that it reminds me of a "light" version of a good porter.

Photo of DonFrap
1.25/5  rDev -66.5%

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich red-brown hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy tan foam. I quite like it.

Smell: light aroma which is nutty, toasty, caramelly and a little biscuity. Just spot-on for the style.

Taste: flavor largely tacks with the aroma, although it has a little bit more strength. Assertive maltiness with a hint of roast as well as caramel and biscuit; a hint of sweetness keeps it interesting. Bitterness is low but definitely present. I like it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good level of carbonation with a bit of a rocky creaminess. It's hard to get a good mouthfeel out of a mild, but they've done a pretty good job here.

Overall: this is a definitely drinkable and tasty mild. I love dark milds for their quaffability, and this one has a good complexity for such good drinkability.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown amber with a half finger off-white head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Aroma of dark malt syrup, lightly nutty with a faint dimethyl sulfide component. Flavor is mild toasted and biscuit malt, grains, hints of coffee and chocolate. Finishes with toasted and charred malt, mild hop bitterness. Light bodied. Although the flavors are mild, they are reminiscent of a low key porter. Fairly complex balance of malt flavors with hints of smoke or peat. Although light in flavor, suprprisingly flavorful for such a mild ale. This is my second Celt Experience ale and I'm impressed. An interesting take on the dark mild ale style.

Photo of jbertsch
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Dark-Age from The Celt Experience
84 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.