Oliver's Dark Horse | 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 06-12-2006

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3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmccraney
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mynie
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No idea why so many Baltimore brewers are doing dark milds right now, but I sure do support it.

Pours dark redd with a small head.

Smells like straight two row British malt. Toffee, fruit, and chocolate.

Tastes like it smells. Fruit and toffee up front, biscuity middle, then some medium tangy old world hops in the finish.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Pratt Street Alehouse, and the more alcoholic of the two beers I had (ironic considering this hits 4% ABV). On to the beer:

This mild is chestnut brown colored and topped just a little head. Not much retention here. The aroma is very light; you need to concentrate to find any notes. You do get some pleasant toast, but even that takes some work for your nose to find. The taste yields more goodies however. It's light, and has a cola-like flavor. Brown sugar, toasted caramel, a kiss of soft nutty yeast. There is some meat on this light ale's bones, and it feel lean inside the mouth. Concerning me, this is a fine mild.

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Photo of Lucular
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fatehunter
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is mild dark grain.
The taste is soft grain, mild bitterness with a caramel finish.
The texture is soft with light fizz.
It's enjoyable.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Rustico - Arlington. Served in a nonic-pint glass. I really like English-style beers on cask, so may rating probably reflects this bias - 4

A - Pours a clear ruby brown with fluffy light tan head (characteristic of a cask beer), no lacing. - 3.75
S - Slight sweetness - 3.5
T - Malt, molasses, brown bread. - 4
MF - Medium body, slightly dry. - 3.5

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.03/5  rDev -42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft, at the Columbia Ale House, Columbia, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost completely opaque, deep, dark mahogany color, with a half of a finger of white-colored head that dissolved into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department at all, which is disappointing. In fact, I get no aroma what-so-ever. Really disappointing.

Taste: This beer is light on flavor too. There are some faint flavors of toasted malt, brown sugar-like sweetness and some piney, slightly bitter hops, but nothing really assertive. Actually all these flavors sort of muddle together in a very muted way to make a one-note, inoffensive flavor. Disappointing to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Medium/medium-light, and slightly effervescent. With an ABV of 4.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m disappointed in this beer. Almost all of the other Oliver Ales beers I’ve had have been seriously strong in flavor, whereas, this beer is muted and muddled, one-note and forgettable. It’s an easy to drink beer, but it’s also an extremely forgettable beer. Shame.

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Photo of nmann08
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Roadog
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Swift989
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An example of the all too rare style of the dark Mild. Pleasant sudsy pour in the pint glass, with brownish amber color. Cellar temperature.

A rustic beery gulp with a nice whiff of hoppy fragrance. Not very bitter. Dry yet mellow. Very lifelike imitation of an English Mild, except for missing the occasional hop bits floating. A pleasant roasted taste, light body. Very decent amount of flavor for the lower alcohol and less malty style. Some bitterness in the aftertaste adds a bit of zing.

ABV is listed at 4%. On cask at Paradiso Pizza in Georgetown, DC.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of Naugros
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark amber color that approaches that old penny copper color. I watched this being poured and didn't have much of a head right off the tap. The smell is slight but you can get the toasted bread malts and some peat. No hops whatsoever.

It's got a slight bitterness that I didn't expect from the smell. The peat reappears and there's a sense of tobacco. Not too bad, but could be more drinkable as it has a bit of a mineral mouthfeel to it that really dries it out...and I'm not just talking about the finish. In this style I want a little bit of sweetness in it. I am impressed that with the body. Many brewpubs make English browns too watery.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the cask into a snifter at ChurchKey DC, as part of a group tasting.

A dark chestnut brown body, clear, and a nice simple collar of off tan that sits on top.

Nose is toasty ripping grain, kind of husky sense, but a simple solid brown bread crust sense. Very aromatic and pleasant.

Taste fails. Incredibly weak even for a mild and very wet. This totally does not bringing the breadiness and brown toast from the nose into the palate at all. Very watery palate, even out of the cask. There is no flavor here at all.

Overall this is wet with a decent aroma that doesn't deliver. Texture and taste is just completely lacking, even for a mild. Truly tastes like peasants beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap this afternoon at the Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore, MD. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of white head and moerate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, toasted malts, light English hops, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of nuts, toasted malts, bready malts. A bit blander than the smell. Not offensive at all, but not a lot going on here; pretty average.

m - Medium body and high carbonation, that strings the tongue a tiny bit.

o - Overall a pretty average English mild ale. I thought it was overcarbonated and a bit bland in the taste. With many good beers out there by Oliver's, this isn't one to really seek out.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this on-cask at ChurchKey in DC. It had a dark red/amber colour with large bubbles and a good head. The smell was sweet and sugary with a hint of caramel. It had a damp and musty flavour with a hint of honey. It was also very yeasty. The finish was like bitter hop water. I didn't really like it.

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Oliver's Dark Horse from Pratt Street Ale House
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 32 ratings