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Dark Mild - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

TMGH, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

rhoadsrage, May 15, 2013
Photo of JimmyW
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

JimmyW, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

dtx00, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of beagle75
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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'.

beagle75, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of MaximalC
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

MaximalC, May 30, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

emerge077, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

bsp77, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

cestlavie, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

pathman, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

gpawned, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

RichH55, May 19, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

quirkzoo, Aug 26, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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%.

kawilliams81, May 07, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

falloutsnow, Jan 08, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

TheHoppiest, Jun 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Guinnsslvr, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Gonzoillini, Jun 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

coffygrinder, Apr 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

hoppymcgee, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of pschul4
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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

pschul4, May 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

thebouch01, Oct 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

thewimperoo, Jun 11, 2012
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Dark Mild from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.