Dark Mild
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
English Dark Mild Ale
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3.54 | pDev: 26.55%
Jul 04, 2015
Apr 27, 2004
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Recent ratings and reviews.
Rated: 3.78 by Honeybourne from Scotland

Jul 04, 2015
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Reviewed by interzen from England

4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pint at The Crown Inn, Bolton Percy - just downriver from the brewery in Tadcaster.

Look: Reminded me of Guinness, oddly enough - very dark, with the tight, white head of about a fingers-width which sticks, almost literally, all the way down the glass

Smell: Roasted malt and lots of it - if you're looking for a hop fix then you're most definitely in the wrong place. Throw in hints of caramel, toffee and chocolate and you've got a surprisingly complex smelling beer.

Taste: Again, nutty and malty with maybe the faintest hint of hops in the aftertaste. This isn't an overpowering, in-yer-face beer, just a good, quaffing beer.

Feel: Very smooth, which isn't surprising given that it's a keg beer, with an extremely creamy mouthfeel. Slightly dry aftertaste but otherwise very 'full'.

Overall: To be honest, this isn't the sort of beer I'd go for by default - however, it was a hot day and I was cycling so the low ABV sort-of clinched it for me. I wasn't disappointed, either - if anything, this could be held up as an example of a low ABV beer done right - there's a surprisingly complex flavour and it's just flat-out tasty. Hell, I've had far worse beers that cost 3-4 times this (£1.34/pint). As far as I know, it's only available on draught - pity.
Jun 27, 2015
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Reviewed by Doug1979 from England

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pint at King William Ale House in Bristol, UK. For a beer of such low ABV - the taste and texture of this brew is impressive, and testament to the skill of brewers at Sam Smiths. Smooth, malty, roasty-toasty, caramel and chocolate, all in good balance - and at this strength I can enjoy a few more..!
Aug 10, 2014
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On draught at Olde Chesire Cheese, London.

Ruby black with stouty, nitro head.
Burnt raisin scone nose.
Brown sugar, currants, sweet coffee, a touch of roast, and sweet tobacco linger.
Chocolate plum finish and vague milky linger.
Almost medium, creamy, some chew.

The sweet, innocuous end of milds. Still good complexity, though. Dies a bit at the end, maybe, but that could be just erring on the side of safety. Soft and easy - very sessionable.
Aug 08, 2014
Rated: 1 by yardsalefrenzy from California

Jul 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Mr_Pink_152 from England

Jan 06, 2014
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Dark brown reddish color with a thick beige head with eternal retention and leaving a curtain of laces.
Light aroma of milk chocolate, mildly lactic.
Surprising delicious flavor, predominantly nutty and malty, very light on earthy hops with hints of yeast. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation and a velvet sensation.
With a 2.8% abv and that flavor and texture, I see no reason not to substitute my cold milk chocolate morning beverage.
Nov 16, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Josiah2729 from Tennessee

Oct 19, 2013
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Reviewed by TheLongBeachBum from California

3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Sampled on Tap at the Albion Inn, Wakefield, England on 4-6-04.

Served from a Dark Blue Samuel Smith box shaped Keg Font –
i.e. Brewery Conditioned (*NOT* Cask)
Served via CO2 Top Pressure Dispense.

Imperial Pint, served in a Straight Sided Glass – Cost £1.18


Appearance: Served in a straight-sided Imperial Pint Glass, the body has a brown chestnut color with a dark appearance when poorly lit. Backlit it has a light walnut body that is perfectly clear. Light tan head sits nicely atop this Dark Mild. Solid carbonation, thanks in no part to the fact that it is a Keg Beer (therefore Brewery Conditioned) and served with Carbon Dioxide on Top Pressure. Decent ‘Northern England Pint of Mild’ appearance.

Nose: Pretty light on the nose, light toasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate. Restrained aromas, but nevertheless, very Mild in character.

Taste: Decent malt profile with some hop bitterness in the middle. Smooth and light on the tongue it finishes with a short-lived malt-bitter ending that begs you to quaff the next mouthful as soon as possible, especially if it’s warm outside. A great thirst quencher.

Mouthfeel: If I was rude, I would say it was thin – but as a Yorkshireman and Mild Drinker I can honestly say that it is everything that I expect from a 3.5% Mild. Light but easily quaffable, and certainly not taxing on the mouth, or stomach, and definitely not filling. It’s an easy “Gallon at Lunchtime and still walk home” beer for sure.

Drinkability: Incredibly quaffable, the smooth feel and malt laden light body with the delicate hop bitterness and the merest hint of chocolate at times makes for a truly great Session beer for those that can handle a Gallon of beer in one sitting.

Overall: Great value for a start, and popular with Lunchtime workers I noted, who seemed to enjoy 2 or 3 pints in their 1 hour lunchtime with little effort or worry that they would not complete their afternoon duties for their respective employers. Goes down equally well with a Warm Meal, Cold Sandwich, a Packet of Salt & Vinegar Crisps, or just simply - on its own, Au Naturelle!

A quality Dark Mild - but I have to say that it is such a shame that this is only available in Keg format. It is not available Cask-Conditioned, from which I believe it would benefit strongly in the mouthfeel and taste departments a little more. Oh well !
Apr 27, 2004
Dark Mild from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 9 ratings