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Mild At Heart - Wandering Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wandering Star Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
‘Dark Mild’ English style session beer with the ABV and color of an Irish Stout but a nuttier, softer mouthfeel from crystal and chocolate malts, and a finishing dryness from aroma hops. Brewed for drinkability to extract the maximum complexity and flavor from a relatively ‘light’ beer, warm fermented to accentuate dark fruit and roast malt notes. Conceived for cask and perfect served as a Real Ale. Hopped with Cluster and Perle.

29 IBU

(Beer added by: metter98 on 04-27-2011)
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Served cask style at The Madison Pour House in Albany, NY.

Served in a tulip, this beer is a chocolatey, dark brown-black. Small tight head present that lasts a good amount of time.

Light but pleasant roasted malt aromas. True to the dark mild style.

Tastes include light, pleasant roasted malts, nutty flavors, and toast.

Light cask-style carbonation, with a light to medium body. Feels really good to drink down. Very sessionable.

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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

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A: The beer is essentially jet black in color and poured with a thin beige head that slowly died down and left some lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Flavors of roasted malts are also present in the taste, although they aren’t quite as strong as those in the smell. Notes of dark fruits are also noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with no perceptible carbonation.
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T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some light notes of chocolate and just a hint of dark fruit (plum). Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

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Mild At Heart from Wandering Star Brewing Company
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