Oliver's Mad Monk | Pratt Street Ale House

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Pratt Street Ale House
Maryland, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by akorsak on 05-19-2006

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark brownish copper with ruby highlights with a thin tan head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lacing.

S-Light roasted malt with a bit of burnt toast bitterness, a bit of nuttiness and drying oak.

T-Roasted nut and toast flavours dominate up front with an oak dryness in the finish. Touch of earthy hops poke through in the end.

M-Medium body, soft, creamy, and quite smooth. Great building dryness in the finish.

D-One of my favorite and very under appreciated styles. Plenty of flavour to make it interesting yet smooth and creamy to make it go down almost effortlessly.

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Photo of Umbra
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap a few times this week.
Dark brown brew significant retention and lacing.

Toasty aroma that doesn't come through in the flavor. Vanilla, roasted malts, and maybe a touch of smoke flavors are finished with a light hoppiness. Extremely light mouthfeel and low ETOH lead this one into the very drinkable category.

I don't like it as much as the 3 Lions, but as with the other Coventry ales, this one is certainly worth trying.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Max's the other day.

This beer pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a gorgeous tan head with excellent retention and lacing. On the nose, this is pretty much all I expect from this style - roasted malt with a firm, burnt bitterness, some nutty character and some nougat-like aroma. On the palate, it's soft, creamy and tasty, opening up with some roasted flavors with burnt toast before a moderately drying finish with an earthy hop character. The feel is awesome - soft, creamy, and thanks to a great recipe, full of flavor with the perfect body to match. Incredibly drinkable, I need to drink more Oliver's beers.

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Photo of John_M
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap during american craft beer week at Max's.

The beer pours a dark, root beer color with very good head retention and lacing. Considering this beer was drawn from cask, I was impressed by the look of this beer. On the nose I get a burnt toast and sulfur aroma, which is something I've encountered before with Oliver milds ("no, not the dreaded burton snatch again"). In truth, the sulfur aroma is very faint in this particular beer. On the palate this beer has a slightly sweet initial flavor, but then with the burnt toast and slight hoppiness coming on strong. The beer has a very light mouthfeel and alcohol is at best an after thought.

This is a pleasant beer with a very reasonable abv. One could drink quite a bit of this, which I assume is the point of the 4% abv.

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Photo of jwc215
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin white head that leaves some web-like lacing.

The smell is of light roasted notes, a touch of English (Ringwood?) yeast. Very mild - even for a mild.

The taste is of lightly roasted coffee, with some smokiness. Butterscotch and caramel mix in. It has a soft, smokey-ish balanced finish.

It is appropriately light-bodied.

Pretty much a standard English dark mild - enjoyable though if looking to "session" something truly "mild", slightly roasted and easy.

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Photo of DIM
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one at the Sutter's cask night held the last friday of every month.

a: Almost black, though hints of red peek through. A big white head dissipates quickly.

s: Mild slightly sour malts or yeast. I'm not at all familiar with this style so I'm not sure if this is typical or not.

t: Tastes very much as it smells and is much more palatable on the tongue than it is in the nose. Tastes a bit like a mild slightly sour porter perhaps. A very pleasant surprise.

m: Very smooth and creamy. Leaves the mouth a bit dry.

d: The alcohol content lends itself to sessionability, but the full flavor limits it a bit. Still, I hope to find it again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Baltimore location on 9/29.
Poured cool in a glass mug.
A - A medium brown w/ a thin light tan head. The lace is present and sticks well.

S - Plenty of nutty sweet caramel malt odors

M - Light and toasted nutty w/ fruit and a bit of spice.

T - A fine toasted taste w/ bready yeast w/ a bit of apple and pear w/ gentle spice and pine in the finish. The caramel malt flavor echoes the aroma w/ a toasty lightly sweet.

D - A great tasting mild and nutty dry flavor and great quaffability. A full flavored beer w/ session worthy strength.

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Photo of claytri
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a rich chocalate with a creamy off-white head. The aroma was very light malt. The taste was toasted malt with a very delicate hop finish. The feel was medium and dry. This beer was ok, but disappointing. Having enjoyed so many of their beers I expected another fine beer. It was too dry and just didn't have enough taste. The outstanding appearance made the lack of taste even more acute.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've had the chance to sample several of this brewery's beers, and, with this as the only exception, they have been very good. This beer had an odd, almost chlorinated note in the flavor. Others have written favorably about it, which makes me wonder if my beer was perhaps somehow contaminated with a cleaner. Line flush?

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at Mahaffey's. Deep dark brown ale served in a pint glass with a hint of off-white head. Light flowery/citrus malts at best on the aroma.

I really dug the mild. This one was extremely well balanced in the initial flavors, with everything jockeying for position. At the end of the flavor, as it washed over your tongue chocolate and vanilla creeped in. Finished very clean with a medium mouthfeel, perhaps just a touch of sweetness. This was extremely drinkable, smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of Oliver's new Coventry line of authentic English ales, particularly the dark mild. It is served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The ale has a deep brown color to it, slight head and no sign of sediment.

Smell: The ale has a very laid back aroma, the malts do not jump out , nor do the hops. Very interesting.

Taste: The mild nose continues into the taste. There is a clear distinction between the hop and malt elements, but they do not assert themselves. Instead, a well-balanced flavor emerges that is very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Little jumps out at me in terms of mouthfeel. But isn't that what a mild is supposed to do?

Drinkability: High drinkability and low abv, good beer for a long visit to the Wharf Rat pub.

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Oliver's Mad Monk from Pratt Street Ale House
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 12 ratings