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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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with a sweet toasty quality and hints of bitter hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A crisp combination of roasted and toasted malt flavors up front is joined by hints of leafy hops midway through the sip. All flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness is good for the style with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more of these.

Overall I'm always a bit happier when a good mild is on-tap somewhere and so needless to say I was happy at Pratt St. Worth a shot.

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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 Roadog
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%

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

Photo of Swift989
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a hand-pulled pint of Dark Horse, a mild dark ale, served at the Wharf Rat in Baltmore, MD.

Appearance: The ale is dark brown with reddish hints at the edges. There is a nice head on top that lingers through the pint.

Smell: The ale has a sugary sweet smell, a little more that the result of the cask pull. There is little to suggest hops in the nose.

Taste: The ale tastes almost like a porter, with a sweeter flavor that conjures up stale beer. While stale beer sounds bad, it imparts a pleasant sweetness on the ale that lingers for a long time.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well, although the sweetness could be a bit much for some. Also, the normal smoothness of a nitro pour is missing here.

Drinkability: I think that the drinkability is good. The abv is well hidden (not that I could tell, as I don't know the abv), and the flavors are pleasant.

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Photo of sneth019
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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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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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of NNY2DC
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber color out of a cask and I expected something big here. I was disappointed. I didn't pick up much on the smell side besides a slight malty, chocolate. I identified some roasted malts on the first sip and drank this one pretty fast as the mouth feel was smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, dark brown with reddish highlights. Nice full off-white head with nice retention and lacing. Smell is of roasted malts, roastd nuts, faint coffee, chocolate and carmel notes. Exceptional flavor follows scent -roasted malts, roasted nuts, mild roasted coffee, carmel sweetness present. Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Another excellent real ale from Oliver. This mild is has bigger flavor and bigger body than any similar brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at Churchkey on 11.17.2010. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a bit of a crimson hue to it. Nice, soft white head with pretty good retention and a nice bit of lacing. The nose is a bit off with some notes of sulfur and light diacetyl. Some slight roasted malt character as well as a hint of some fruit.

The flavor is an improvement on the nose but is a bit boring and there's still a bit of butter in there. Some light roast and coffee plus a touch of toffee. The feel is quite light with low levels of carbonation, even considering the serving method. Unfortunately, not one of the better beers I've had from Pratt Street.

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Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of John_M
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was able to taste this beer over at Frisco's the other night, during one of their Wednesday night "meet the brewer" events. The brewer attended the event, and indicated that this beer is a traditional English dark mild. He mentioned that this is something of a summer beer in England, and is very popular in towns where the work is pretty laborious (coal mining, for instance). The beer is meant to be a low abv., with not much of a hop profile, but very drinkable nonetheless. In the latter regard this beer fits the bill perfectly.

The beer pours a dark brown color with little head and virtually no lacing. Carbonation is pretty low, as one would expect from a traditional English cask beer. On the nose I get very little; just a hint of sulphur and a whiff of malt. The sulphur (SO2 I'm guessing) smell dissipated after a bit. On the palate the beer has very simple flavors, which I guess I would describe as an unsweetened cola, grainy flavor. The beer is very light and goes down pretty easily. I would be interested in knowing the abv., but would assume it is under 5%, perhaps under 4%. So certainly this is a very drinkable beer, one that would be perfect for quenching one's thirst after a long hard day in the mines.

Interesting beer.

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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

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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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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 TomG2751
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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