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Dark Mild - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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83
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%


Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 04-30-2012)
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light brown color. Even with a slow pour, the head filled up half the glass (3+ fingers) and lingers
S: Bready/malty with light fig and caramel notes
T: Largely matches the nose though with the fig initially, then caramel then bread
M: Light-bodied, crisp but a bit sweet
O: Light, a bit sweet (I'd prefer it a bit drier) but good complexity given the low abv making it a great session beer

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 21:12:28 | More by ONUMello
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a crystal clear dense reddish-brown body with a gentle carbonation and a thin film of beige head.

S- The soft notes of coffee roasted malt blends with some fresh raw grain notes.

T- The full flavor of gently roasted malt has a softer coffee malt hint in the finish and some fresh raw grain flavors. There is a nice soft green hop snap in the finish and a touch of mineral water comes through as it opens.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight little fizz that enhances the body and the malt flavors in the finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is a wonderful example of a dark mild. The great fresh flavor really shows off the fresh malt and a perfect little hop flavor to end each sip. This is a treat to drink and it would make a great session beer. Cask condition could only make it better. Sad to see this one go.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 20:47:19 | More by rhoadsrage
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle, but purchased and enjoyed in May 2012
Glass: Standard US pint

Review from notes taken in May 2012

Two Brothers has a solid session ale with their Dark Mild, a style that is unfortunately rather neglected in today's packaged beers. I enjoyed this quite a bit, as with the other Two Brothers milds that have been released, and found myself wishing I had purchased more bombers of it, or that the beer was released annually. The ale itself is a good combination of caramel and toasted malts with nut and cocoa-like flavors adding some complexity. One I'd recommend others to try, and one I'd pick up again, should it be re-released.

Pours a 1cm head of beige to light tan foam composed of small and medium-sized bubbles that has above average retention. The foam lasts several minutes in a slow decline to a thin cap of lace atop the body. Lacing on the sides of the glass is present, good, several large stripes and patterns adorn the innards of the glass. Beer's body is a deep brown with amber tones to it, light bringing out brown-orange hues. Body is transparent, with visible and very active carbonation.

Aroma is mild, as expected for the style, consisting of caramel and toasted malt, light cocoa, and faint hazelnut coffee with cream. Not particularly forceful in its expression, but the components are distinct and enjoyable for a mild session beer.

Overall taste is similar to the scent, with modest caramel and toasted malts, nut-like flavors that primarily remind me of hazelnuts, and some cocoa powder-like qualities throughout as well. Tasting opens with toasted malt sweetness that has some caramel-like sweetness and nuttiness as well. Mid-palate notices many different flavors, bringing in hazelnuts, cocoa powder, continued caramel-like sweetness, and very minor British hop bitterness. Back of palate continues the cocoa and toasted malt flavors, along with some light acridity, perhaps from English hops or whatever roasted malt was used to give the cocoa powder flavor. The aftertaste is sweet, with hints of toasted nuts, particularly hazelnuts.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation levels of medium intensity. The resultant mouthfeel is a bit thin, which somewhat disappointing, because a slightly more substantial mouthfeel would perfectly meld with the flavors and aromas of the beer. Closes semi-dry, with little stickiness across the palate, which makes taking another sip quite easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 05:51:08 | More by falloutsnow
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trying the third retro release from two bros. The beer pours a clear dark rich amber with very thin slightly off white head that is not lacing. The smell has a very nice caramel malt scent with small small hints of roast. The taste is much like the smell...caramel malt present then followed by buttering hops that cleanse the pallet. The mouthfeel is light in body with decent carbonation. Overall this would be a great session ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 21:41:44 | More by WoodBrew
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JimmyW

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer on tap and from the bottle. It is, for me, hands down the perfect session beer. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Little to no hop presence, which suits me just fine. So easy to drink and unoffensive, I could drink this all day long and feel satisfied and refreshed! Goes really well with food, too. My only complaint is that it's not a year round release. One can only hope.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 05:55:15 | More by JimmyW
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quirkzoo

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany with ruby tinges, 3 fingers of off white head.

The aroma is potently fruity, figs, dates, over-ripe peaches. Lots of caramel sweetness with a strong malt presence.

The taste is very nice, well balanced. Just enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying.

The mouthfeel is light as is to be expected from a 3% brew.

Overall this is a very nice beer and one I would definitely seek out again, they do a very good job packing a lot of flavor into a "small" beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 02:31:39 | More by quirkzoo
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice. I get some toffee and caramel notes, as well as a little bit of nuttiness. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of toffee and nut notes, as well as a hint of dry cocoa powder. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer has a lot of body and flavor for a beer that is so low in alcohol. This is very well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:06:16 | More by Mora2000
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morimech

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Have not had a Two Brothers beer in a long time. This looked interesting enough to give them another try.

Pours a clear brown color with a one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

I smell a little roasted malt, hazelnuts, and floral hops. I also get a faint wisp of cocoa.

Does not pack a lot of flavor even compared with other milds. There is a slight acidity to this beer that I find a bit distracting. It masks the other flavors instead of complimenting them. Slight roasted malt with subtle floral hops. Dry finish.

Light body, thin even. Decently carbonated. Nothing really of note stands out.

Maybe they should of kept this beer retired. Probably the least interesting mild I have had. Not exactly the effort that will get me to buy more of their beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 17:36:42 | More by morimech
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beagle75

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light brown color with a peripheral ring of off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mid-range roast is unctuous, slightly chocolatey. Few hops to speak of, save for a whiff of moist earth.

T: Begins dry, with lots of brown malt that is able to strike balance between bready and roasted qualities. Acidity is mild into the middle, but with a longer duration than expected. The milky quality from the smell manifests in the middle to good effect, retaining the same certain brown quality from earlier. Roast becomes huskier during the finish with an impressive tendency to linger on the palate. Flavors are generally clean, with few yeast metabolites detected save for a possible trace of diacetyl.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and slightly creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is approachable from all angles, yet it retains a good amount of malt-derived character--considering its session beer-status. The beer geeks have been clamoring for a reliable source of session mild ale for years now, yet the brewers still treat it like it's for special occasions. A beer like this should occupy a tap at every place that offers draft beer. It has the potential to even become 'hip'.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 14:01:17 | More by beagle75
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an English pint glass. Pours a cola-brown color, with auburn highlights and a thin tan head. Carbonation appears to be quite low.

Has a sweet, nutty aroma, with hazelnuts, toffee, caramel, and toasted malt. The smell is rich and pleasant.

The taste is thin and oaty, with plenty of roasted grassy malt to finish. Hints of walnuts, lemon, and toasted caramel combine for an easy drinking ale.

Thin bodied with a bitter, slightly dry finish, I find this t be a rather easy drinking ale.

This is a decent mild ale, and is a style I could get used to. I've only had a couple of milds thus far, with Boulder's Business Time on draft being the best of that bunch. Having another enjoyable mild encourages me to seek out others.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 21:16:12 | More by TheHoppiest
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at Revolution recently and just now getting around to finding a bottle to review.

The beer pours a light tan with a bubbly head, it has sharp clarity, and a dark mahogany tint, though completely transparent. The tan foam seems to last for a little bit, leaving behind a halo of lace around the edges.

Letting the beer warm up, as is traditional, it has an earthy roast malt character and some very light traces of cocoa.

Earthy bitterness, roasty aftertaste, nutty flavors of walnut meat, full flavored and light bodied. Some dryness in the finish, light carbonation, exceptionally drinkable. Very traditional, and considering the rarity of the style it's a treat to try a locally brewed dark mild in bottled form.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 03:12:55 | More by emerge077
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish-orange with thin light tan head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and English hops. However, it is very, very mild. But I am not docking it too much since that is typical of Milds.

Taste: Chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark fruit and floral hops. Finishes with a lightly bitter, roasted bite.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation but still somewhat spritzy. Light body but not thin at all. Nice dry finish.

Overall: This is a perfect example of a Mild done right. Wish this was in six packs.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 23:14:20 | More by bsp77
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't see too many Dark Milds in the bottle shop, had to give this one a try. Appearance is a deep clear reddish brown, almost no head or lacing. The nose is malty with toasted and roasted notes with hints of bread in the background. The taste features much of what the nose suggests with an emphasis on specialty grains. Not much in the way of malt backbone or hops, just some roasted quality. The mouthfeel is incredibly light as expected with very mellow carbonation. Overall, this doesn't quite pack the punch of flavor that Revolution's Workingman Mild does, but it does a good job of cramming flavor into such a small beer. Worth a try, but don't go out of your way for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 05:34:00 | More by homebrew311
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MaximalC

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours transparent brown in color with rusty highlights, accompanied by a moderate tan head that dissipates relatively quickly. Aroma is mild and sweet with perhaps a hint of spice. Flavor has a nutty, roasted malt backbone with some milk chocolate and a touch of spice to add some complexity. It reminds me of Moose Drool, but with a shade more depth. The carbonation is spot on--just enough to add texture without distracting from the flavor. This is an outstanding session beer--flavorful but not at all cloying, with staying power than can't be beat. I could drink this all night with no problem at all. Makes me want to learn more about English Dark Mild Ales, a style about which I am unfamiliar to say the least. Another winner from Two Brothers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 03:30:02 | More by MaximalC
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer this past week. On tap it pours with a warm chestnut brown. Head is abut medium and diminishes quickly.
Odor is sweet and malty. Caramel with some spice. Odor is not strong but is distinct.
Taste is, as the name says, mild. Some roasted grain taste and some malt. Slightly bitter finish. Mouth feel is is pretty smooth and carbonated.
Overall the lower alcohol amount does take its toll and it seems a little lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 14:21:48 | More by dexterk1
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match1112

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: the beer pours the same shade of brown as the bottle it comes from. quarter inch of tan head quickly settles to a thin ring.

s: pretty faint. some roasted malt, nuts, spice and toffee.

t: more toffee and nuts with some toasted grains on the finish.

m: very smooth and drinkable. low carbonation.

o: like it, gonna search out more in the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:18:59 | More by match1112
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samie85

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown with half a finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

Dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee fill the nose with some light caramel.

This tastes like a nice light version of a porter... dark chocolate and light coffee notes with dark chocolate mildly bitter finish.

Light bodied with low, prickly carbonation and light, dry finish.

This is a pretty decent beer... it reminds me of a homebrew porter that I inadvertently over-diluted. Very well-rounded flavor profile. Value on this one is an entirely different animal; $5 for a bomber of 3.2% seems quite a bit over-priced.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 04:35:16 | More by samie85
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Florida9

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark brown, though fairly translucent as it still lets a lot of light through. Forms only a small bubbly head and almost looks flat. Very minimal lacing.

S: Smells unsurprisingly malty with notes of dark caramel, toffee, nuts, toast, and just a bit of coffee.

T: Taste is much like the aroma, but with the coffee being more dominant in the taste. Lots of nuts and toffee in the mix and maybe just a touch of buttery diacetyl. Finishes with a moderate, oddly astringent bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with a feeling of "roundness" in the mouth. Moderate bitterness on the finish. Low carbonation.

O: A decent beer that is as advertised: both dark and mild, though it's not as easily drinkable as it's name would suggest. Good bit of flavor for a session ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:43:27 | More by Florida9
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoy trying lower abv products, and appreciate any flavour gleamed from them. Dark body with white spider lace. Licorice and spice. Above average carbonation, however. Neutral aroma. Coffee grinds. Average mouthfeel. Guest on tap at Revolution brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 00:50:17 | More by Sammy
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Two Brothers Heavy Handed pint.

A- pours a dark copper, light brown color with a 1 finger off-white head.

S- sweet toffee, sourdough, and toasted malts.

T- sweet roasted malts, toffee, and a bit of sourdough bread and pine bitterness.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Not as light or thin as I expected. And has a slight effervescent finish.

O- not a beer I would drink that often, but would be good around Oktoberfest. Has a slight alt bier taste and is ridiculously drinkable at 3.2%.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 23:33:33 | More by kawilliams81
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with a really thin and whispy head that looked like bath bubbles.

There's not much to the smell. It's a little nutty, maybe a little toffee.

The taste is about the same as the smell with a little herbal kick to it.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit undercarbonated.

It's an ok beer. "Session" beers really aren't my thing, but this has pretty good flavor for one.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:23:59 | More by Vonerichs
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Retro Release "Celebrating 15 Years with 15 Beers"

Pours brown with a nice reddish hue when held to the light. Foamy beige head dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of foam, little lacing on the glass. Aroma is musty, earthy, chocolatey, leathery, nutty, herbal hop. Tastes are, well mild and all very similar to the aroma. Mouth-feel is very smooth and thin-to-medium bodied, ample carbonation giving it a chance to cover the palate. Goes down easy, and definitely sessionable. Enough with the obvious, this is a good example of the style with some nice balanced flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 00:48:33 | More by barnzy78
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pschul4

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a milds kind of day with the 80 degree weather.

A- Cola brown and despite a vigorous pour only a 1/4" head that falls back to a wisp on top.

S- Smells pretty sweet but not grossly sweet. Getting some dark malts and almost no hops

T- Light caramel taste with a malty finish. No hops whatsoever but its not supposed to have them.

M- Suuuuper light and flat. Like boarderline watery. Some thickness or carbonation would help this alot

O- Decent but not anything I'd try again

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 20:07:06 | More by pschul4
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Gotta love it when an anniversary celebration involves the rekindling of an old dark mild recipe. This stuff pours a clear copper-russet topped by a half-finger of cream-ash foam. The nose comprises walnut, mild tea, light toffee, light oak, and a tiny smidgen of chocolatey coffee. The taste holds notes of toffee, cola, light tea, light walnut, and dark greens. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation (damn, I wish this were on cask...) and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice dark mild, something we desperately need more of around here.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 19:54:55 | More by TMoney2591
Dark Mild from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.