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Session Ale #25: Dark Mild | East End Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CrazyMacHarris99 on 06-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by CrazyMacHarris99:
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from the growler a dark cola brown with a large fluffy tan head that dissipates to a thin layer. The smell is roasted grains and the taste is the same. There is a sharp bite on the first sip, kind of a citrus twang. This one is very flavorful for the low alcohol content. The carbonation is high but makes the drinkability high as well. This is a great, flavorful session ale that is not too complex but extremely refreshing. Also, it goes well with Penguins 2nd period domination!!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the source, gotta love a brewery who thrives on growler sales. Body is a deep cola mahogany brown hue with a nice foaming beige head that doesn't have much oomph in the carbonation department. However, it binds nicely with my Imperial pint glass from Marzoni's, leaving evenly strewn bands of lacing with each sip.

Quintessential Pittsburgh session ale from Scott and Brendan of East End, what's a quintessential session brew from the Burgh you ask? Well just check out any of the fine wares coming from the session line up offered at East End, bringing beer back to the grassroots (organic) level of growth.

Aroma has some nice roasted malt accents complemented with a mild sweet yet subdued fruit sweetness. Herbal and mild mint hops lie on the border of my senses as well.

Flavor as it warms brings layers of flavor up within a low alcohol session beer. I guess that's what defines these quintessential session brews from Homewood, the ease in the drinkability paired with massive complexity in flavor. Caramel roasted malt sweetness with spicy herbal edges, with underlying dark dried fruits in the back ground. Finishes decidely bitter with roasts and herbal hops but it works, a touch of acidity in the mix that throws me off a little but not off kilter completely for the style.

Mouthfeel is has roasted edges its you with some sweet and bitter roasted malt blends, much like a solid coffee roast. Carbonation levels are minimal creating for more easy drinking.

Drinkability overall this part of the magic of these beers they are insanely drinkable, plus the flavor mix is enticing enough to keep you coming back. When I see Scott's beers on tap a beer bar I have a hard time trying anything else that night.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz brewery fresh growler into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper, with a finger of light tan foamy head. Retains with a mostly thin and fizzy look, but this does leave a decent cascade back, which settles into a good spackling of spotty lace. The aroma immediately pops with rich coffee, and more subtle underlying notes of chocolate roast and toffee. Bit of citrus and floral hops bounce around along the back.

The taste is just as flavorful, with coffee and roasted grains spreading out in the mouth with a crunchy bloom. This is balanced by some sticky sweet notes of chocolate and caramel. A firm hop presence in the back ends things on a green and bitter note. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a creamier and more bubbly feeling carbonation but it's also got a bit of a crisp edge to it. Just enough to give this some presence in the mouth but also smooth and light enough to make for some very easy drinking.

Wow, what a great Mild! This was quite tasty, with a great balance between the roast and sweetness of the profile, and the body just had an effortless and easy feel to it. This was a good one to have in the growler, as I kept going back for pint after pint. Another extremely well done entry in the Session Series!

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Photo of JamesS
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had from cask at Piper's Pub, Pittsburgh, PA, Saturday, July 25th, 2009, in the evening.

Poured a great deep brown color with fantastic head and lacing. Nice scent, excellent maltiness with a slight cocoa hint. Very nice taste, a very nice malty brown ale with some toffee undertones and the occasional hint of chocolate; enough hops to balance the malt, but it's definitely more a malty beer than a hoppy one. Goes down so smooth and easy, from its general lightness and from being on cask.

This would be a great session beer. At 4.5% ABV, and the smoothness of its cask version, it would be easy to down these all night.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown body with an off-white head. A finger and a half of head that disappears quickly without leaving a lot of lacing. A little bit of sediment floats around in the bottom of the glass.

Smells of roasted malt.

The taste is a touch bitter up front with a huge amount of roasted malt flavor following. A little bit of coffee in there, but mostly the instense roasted flavor.

Medium body and carbonation.

Huge flavor, low ABV%.

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Session Ale #25: Dark Mild from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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