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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

12-14-2013 05:05:21 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed by flashlight after power was knocked out by tropical storm Beryl.

A: single finger head with little retention and lacing on a amber with mahagony brown notes, I think, see above,

S: very very nutty with burnt toast and caramel malt notes. Hints of minerals and milk chocolate.

T: toasted malts and nuts dominate. Hints of minerals and milk chocolate.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Overall: not anything super special but has some nice flavors and is fairy drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 01:19:42 | More by kylehay2004
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-20-2012 13:58:36 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, maple and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out mildly sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and maple. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid sessionable beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 21:55:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Ruddy brown, clear with a decent amount of head

SMELL: Toasted bread, hay, buttery yeast, hint of fig, faint minty hops

TASTE: Malty, wet, buttery, bread crust, leafy, vague dark fruit, caramel, dry and clean finish

It is what it is and it hits all of the marks sufficient enough to be a Mild Ale but just does not seem to have the soul of that style. Perhaps due to it being not "real ale" and most of the milds I have run into have been on cask or bottle conditioned.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 01:25:28 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale dark copper color with a light beige head forming thick and dwindling slow, visually I'm all about this beer the smell leaves a bit to be desired with light dark roasts. That's about it light fruity accents generic tart cherry with cereal toasted grains. Flavor is light but has a creamy, dark roasted malts with fruit notes. Pretty mild ale, that shows me one thing Magic Hat has been going toward the mainstream. This beer tastes like a pseudo craft from a mislabeled ABI brew. Mouthfeel is light moderate carbonation slightly soft textures going on, easy to drink. A no brainer ale with enough flavor to help you get through it however it doesn't really push the envelope or do anything for beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 19:53:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

01-15-2013 13:46:25 | More by oriolesfan4
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown with a thin lacing of off white. The nose has notes of toffee, caramel, butterscotch, and a slight nuttiness. The flavor is very similar; malt forward with caramel taking the forefront followed by a nutty and butterscotch notes. There is a mild fruitiness and sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very crisp.

This isn't bad, but not great either. Again, the creamy, butterscotch-like notes put me off of another Magic Hat offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 22:05:13 | More by tdm168
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium ruby and copper mix. A draker beer for sure. Quick head, no foam, but nice bubbling.

Mildly dark bread thats been watered down. Mineraly, hard water and some sweet darker malts.

Watery thin palate with some added mineral and dry qualities. Dry roasted and heavily toasted malts. Has some flavor, a little on the darker side, and is easy to drink. Good session ale for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:59:13 | More by scruffwhor
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Zaphog

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

03-25-2012 16:49:03 | More by Zaphog
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Well it's dark and it has a mild tint to it. Head is minimal with a slight lace ring but lacing is sticky.

S - Can't knock the taste it smell English with malts and has a nutty aspect to it with sweet toffee.

T - Body is nice for such a session ABV. Flavors are mild (expected) with sweet malts, toffee, and a smooth nutty finish.

M - Light to medium but balanced.

Overall one of the better Magic Hat beers I have had with smooth sweet flavors and a nice smooth body. Would have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 07:14:21 | More by DrDemento456
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

04-07-2012 18:58:50 | More by vfgccp
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: B142-61-01480113. Sampled on April 6, 2012. The pour is a handsome dark amber with a short-lived off-white head that becomes a ring. On the nose is a subtle profile of sweet malts and light hops and a little nutty. The body is in the medium range but smooth. The taste is sweet up front and then mildly bitter. It is a drinkable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 23:01:21 | More by puboflyons
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a barely murky brown color. Reasonably dark. Head is nearly nothing. More or less just a patch of thin foam. Lacing shows up on the glass as light rings.

S-Very nutty. Almond, walnut, and hazelnut. Light chocolate aroma. Hops are not detectable. Small traces of coffee too. Not intense, but I do enjoy the nuttiness.

T-Chocolate is stressed here over the nuts. Still, the nutty medley does envelope my taste buds after the chocolate. Light leafy hop waft on the finish. Nicely malty but it does leave more to be desired.

M-Very light. Watery to a degree. Medium carbonation. Sessionable. I enjoy the light body.

O/D-Like most Magic Hat brews, this one has its bright spots but is mostly lackluster. I had no true complaints about this beer but it was pretty bland. I will easily finish the glass and will also give kudos to Magic Hat for trying to brew some of the lesser utilized styles such as this.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 03:38:00 | More by VelvetExtract
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gtermi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-15-2012 08:06:43 | More by gtermi
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-21-2012 00:21:50 | More by buckyp
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wedge

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"The Devil Is In The Potato Salad"

Pours a dark chestnut color under a slim, frothy ring of a head that dissolves to nothing. Nutty malt, cereal grain, and some dark - slightly tart - fruitiness. A little too clean, which seems to be an issue with Magic Hat beers over the last several years. Dark, dry malt and cocoa flavor, but somewhat watery. Faint toast and fruit, finishing dry. Medium-light body with too much carbonation at first. Too sterile and bland to be all that enjoyable. Not terrible, just not good.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 19:13:07 | More by wedge
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-22-2012 03:06:22 | More by cliff1066
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-13-2014 17:09:06 | More by thatoneguymike
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Poured dark brown, two shades shy of being black. Little foam, very fizzy, settles out. Funky nutty smell. Taste is sweet, nutty, and cola flavored. Earthy? (from notes, but in hindsight not really). A little like flat soda. Or a funkier nut brown. Mild understates it. Hard to fully describe.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 10:19:13 | More by KTCamm
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First off, what's up with this label? Intriguing I guess. Maybe that's why I grabbed it from my friend's fridge to try it. Poured into a standard pint glass. No head at all. Moderate fizz of carbonation. The body was the color of cola. Smell was non-existent. Taste was just a bit of malt and some caramel. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. This beer just had no redeeming qualities to it at all. Just plain boring. Mostly minus for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:38:03 | More by morebeergood
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Plus / Minus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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