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BA SCORE
78
okay

121 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with the tradition English style in mind, +/- aims to bring drinkers a truly sessionable craft beer experience. Tried it yet?

15 IBU

(Beer added by: vicsju1991 on 01-20-2012)
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

10-14-2012 20:13:51 | More by TaylorK
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jculler82

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

05-14-2012 12:09:11 | More by jculler82
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TEAMHOLT

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

04-06-2012 16:10:24 | More by TEAMHOLT
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Focusf111

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

06-21-2012 16:59:14 | More by Focusf111
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rmank

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

03-30-2012 15:51:22 | More by rmank
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micahmye

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

11-22-2012 00:11:25 | More by micahmye
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

05-19-2014 22:12:50 | More by Durandal_777
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B_Long

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

03-10-2014 20:36:54 | More by B_Long
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.13/5  rDev +22.2%

Twelve ounce bottle from Spring Fling collection 2012.

Grassy sort of smell. Poured a deep coppery brown with a decent dark beige head. Head reduces to a light film in a minute, no apreciable lacing. Taste is very nice, but unexciting. Almost minty sweet with the barest hint of bittering. Definately mild, worth a try.

03-15-2012 02:24:24 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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Unicycling4Beer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +18.3%

02-12-2012 02:54:31 | More by Unicycling4Beer
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SoullessHell

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +18.3%

04-02-2012 02:15:12 | More by SoullessHell
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18.3%

04-15-2012 21:56:48 | More by Gregwa
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Orange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18.3%

12-23-2012 07:59:09 | More by Orange
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Perilousleigh

Maine

4/5  rDev +18.3%

02-20-2012 23:25:57 | More by Perilousleigh
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hsc12


4/5  rDev +18.3%

08-07-2012 20:50:38 | More by hsc12
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snowbeard


4/5  rDev +18.3%

08-09-2012 21:55:52 | More by snowbeard
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MaddDogg84

Texas

4/5  rDev +18.3%

02-05-2012 21:46:59 | More by MaddDogg84
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shand

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Hey, this'll be my first Dark Mild review. I've partaken in several pints of Cigar City's El Lector, but never in an environment conductive to reviewing. It pours out a deep red with some brown tinges to it. A centimeter of head steadily crowns the brew. The aroma is primarily nutty, with chocolate, roastiness, and just a touch of hops. The taste is good, it's got a nice complexity to it, with the nuttiness, roastiness, chocolate, and a touch of dark fruits all intertwining. The finish is earthy and hoppy before leaving a nice clean, dry feeling on the palate. The drinkability is, as to be expected, very good. Overall, it's a good Mild. I'd really like to find a honest Dark Mild from England to compare this to.

04-03-2012 02:40:10 | More by shand
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powellmg

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%

A hazy, reddish-brown beer with a tan head that didn't last. Very nice aroma of biscuit, toast, wood fire, oats. Woodsy, nutty taste. Slightly sweet, balanced by background bitterness and prickly carbonation.

It has kind of a Belgian feel to it, though otherwise it's pretty straightforward English brown ale. (I've never heard of a "dark mild ale" as BA calls it, but it is dark, and mild.)

02-27-2012 02:08:28 | More by powellmg
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RTEdmunds

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +13.3%

A fairly dark and clear brown, with a foamy head that dissipates after a bit.

Strong grain presence, and a bit musty as well. Smells like old in an appealing quaint sort of way.

Similar to the nose, it tastes very earthy and grainy. Sweet, but it's offset by some bitterness that sneaks its way in. Taste lingers in the mouth a bit, it's not a bad thing though.

Super sessionable if you enjoy the earthyness. Medium carbonation, more than I expected.

Not my favorite by Magic Hat but it's certainly worth a try!

03-28-2012 21:53:30 | More by RTEdmunds
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +13.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-brown body with a very thin, very short-lived near-white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling a bit sweetly with malty hints of nutty caramel, chocolate, and mocha with a base breadiness to it and accented with light fruity notes.

Taste: Bready malts with light touches of milk chocolate, roast, and dark caramel. Faintly nutty. Passably sweet. Mildly fruity estery notes lending a hint of cherry. Woodsy hop character with a low bitterness, just enough to counter the sweetness. Finishes out dry, a bit nutty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth going down.

Overall: A nicely malty brew with a sensibly slackened alcohol presence. I thought it was a pleasant and it was gone in a flash.

10-28-2012 19:19:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

12 oz bottle poured into duvel snifter
A - looks exactly like coke
S - nice malty blend, a bit oh hops
T - follows the nose, malty deliciousness with a light bitter aftertaste
M - very crisp and drinkable
O - very good session beer, probably my favourite magic hat beer

01-20-2012 02:40:14 | More by vicsju1991
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +11.8%

Magic Hat "+ / -"

Interesting name. I won't go too far into it, but the point between a positive and a negative number is zero, which is quite possibly the most important number that exists because it equates to nothing, but suggests even more. It's at the center of infinity; and like a black hole, is perhaps the doorway to something that we don't yet understand.

Interesting beer. Most probably find the English dark mild style to be a little too pedestrian, but I swallow it up. It's got flavor, it's got some complexity, and it's a little bit lower in alcohol so you can have a few and not feel out of sorts. The only drawback is, as I see it, that it's a little thinner in the mouth. This version, however, isn't watery at all.

The one thing that I don't like about this beer is the yeast strain. I always find a bit of a stench in the nose of Magic Hat beers with lots of mineral, and I think, a hint of sulphur. It's initially off-putting to me, but then I get past it. Beyond that there's not that much here, a bit of dark caramel, a hint of dull cocoa, and some watered down roastiness.

The flavor, however, offers a beautiful palate of soft fudge, cocoa, golden caramel, darker caramel, light toffee, and delicate, underlying dark fruits. It's moderately bitter, yet it finishes dry - superbly balanced, and very drinkable.

I wish there were more beers like this available on the market, of course no one else would buy them.

05-16-2012 03:22:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

05-18-2012 06:07:31 | More by nstroup
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Heritage02Rider

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

09-04-2012 20:11:04 | More by Heritage02Rider
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Plus / Minus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.