Mild
Surly Brewing Company

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Style:
English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #9
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,190
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 11.76%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
195
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Surly Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
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88
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Photo of corby112
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden copper color with bright mahogany edges and a two finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Great retention, taking a while to settle with large streaks of soapy lacing clinging to the glass on the way dow.

Somewhat mild aroma with chocolate malt sweetness and a very faint floral hop presence. Earthy, soily hops followed by light toast, caramel and toffee. Not much else happening. True to style but not very exciting.

Light body that's pretty watered down with faint earthy/grassy hop character countered by slightly toasted light malt sweetness. Grass, pine needle and faint resins followed by caramel, toffee and chocolate sweetness. Somewhat true to style but kind of one dimensional and boring. Hops could be stronger for an American interpretation and the mouthfeel and malts presence could be more interesting for a British version, especially on cask. Unfortunately, this is caught somewhere in between. Not bad, but I wouldn't order this again.

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corby112 from Pennsylvania, Dec 09, 2015
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bryant lake Bowl. L: Hazy amber to light chestnut with a thin foam cap. S: Cocoa and spice. T: Nutty rich malts, light toast, hint of chocolate. F: Medium light body and medium low carbonation. O: A sessionable, refreshing mild.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Aug 12, 2015
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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Stout, Chicago.

Poured a deep Amber hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts, burnt sugar and a grassy hop.

The taste offered the same roasted characteristics with a balancing herbal hop and clean toasted finish.

The mouthfeel was clean and dry.

Overall a superior dark mild.

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plaid75 from New York, Jun 20, 2015
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3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad dark mild, I think we need more beers if this style out there, but this one just really didn't speak to me. Seemed a bit like a watery brown ale, as the chocolate malt and sweetness was there, but there really is very little going on with the yeast, and despite some English type hops as it finishes, I was left a bit underwhelmed by this. Pretty one dimensional flavor, and there is no body at all. Carbonation was way too light too. It was boring, but it tasted good enough to drink a whole one. Surly makes some amazing beers, fantasy land stuff, pentagram and todd the axe man are some of the best in the United States, but just like happened when I went to Russian river, some of the beers you don't hear about, you really don't hear about of a reason. It shocks me these guys could make such a pedestrian beer, but they had several of them in there with the rock stars...

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild are few and far between, this is actually a quite flavorful and robust example at a reasonable ABV. I think the ABV could even be lowered a bit more to make it a true session ale. I want this more available.

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morimech from Minnesota, Apr 25, 2015
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brew House into a tulip

A: dark brown with a thin khaki crown that subsides
S: chocolate, nuts, toasted barley, a little wheat or rye spiciness, faint herbal hops, whisper of citrus
T: follows the nose, a little light and milky sweet at the end.
M: best part of this one: moderate carbonation, creamy, and a little lift from the hops on the back. balance of different flavors is really great. A little thin, maybe, but not too much.

Overall: Considering the abv, this has a lot of flavor and body. It isn't over the top or big and bold, but it is fantastic.

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Taybeh from Minnesota, Feb 04, 2015
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5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This mild greets you with a deep rich color that lets you know exactly what you are getting in for. Dry flavor with hearty caramel and toffee overtones. The perfect complement to a salty or smoky dish. Great example of a little explored style.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Jan 19, 2015
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3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Replicates a true British session ale style. Pure malt based brown/caramel hued ale. Some english toffee notes, with minimally noticed aroma. Medium-light mouthfeel, absolutely a beer to take down midweek.

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Barnoloid from Illinois, Jan 17, 2015
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3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass at Beer Market - Schaumburg.

Gotta start the night off mildly, amiright? This stuff pours a slightly murky sienna topped by a half-finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises biscuits, light nuts, mild grass, and a kiss of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of nuts and an addition of dark greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thickly fluid feel. Overall, a nice little mild. I'd probably like it better on cask or something, but here it's still pretty tasty and enjoyable.

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TMoney2591 from Illinois, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at World Street Kitchen
Dark brown leaning more towards blacks than reds. 1/4 to 1/2 inch head that settled out rather quickly.
Nice soft malt character with minimal hop character.
Taste is like a light well done english brown ale. Nice malt character and minimal sweetness. Soft balancing hopping. Fast finish.
Appropriately light body with ample carbonation.
Nice drink that went well with the food. Refreshing and tasteful. Acceptable bold for style.

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garymuchow from Minnesota, Mar 27, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft during the Surly event at Churchkey in D.C. Review from notes.

The beer is a dark, mahogany brown color with hints of auburn when held to the light. The nose brings caramel malt and roast. Bready and light. This is terrific beer. A fine example of the style, and what a session beer can be. Light bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth on the palate. I would definitely have this again.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Jun 07, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Lola. Poured into a pint glass, nice deep mahogany, slight reddish hue at the bottom, abundant cream head and killer lacing.

Nicely sweet malt, cocoa nibs and slight orange.

Rich chocolate malts, light a chocolatier Bender. Cereal, chocolate pudding. Wonderfully sweet.

Smooth, perhaps a little on the thick side, but not by much.

So good, so smooth, so much flavor for such a low abv!

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minnesotaryan from Minnesota, Apr 03, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Buster's

A- pours a clear light mahogany color with a small tan head that settles to a whispy collar

S- roasted malts , toffee

T-followed the nose with hints of coffee and chocalate, some vanilla and burnt meats

M- was thin with low carbonation had a nice roasted flavor that made you want another sip

O- crisp and yet watered down but a brew that you just wanted to drink more of

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gatornation from Minnesota, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #1 beer on the "Top Beers - English Dark Mild Ale" list on beeradvocate.com, on tap at Churchkey.

Beer is brown, dark, mostly clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly roasty, a little nutty.

Beer is thin in body and a little ashy at the end, mildly bitter from the grains, overall an easy drinking decent beer but it is not my favorite mild.

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drabmuh from Maryland, Mar 21, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Chicago in Plymouth.  Toffee malt nose, pleasant all the way. A hint of roasty elements. Taste is subtly chocolate, fully caramel taste and light roasted malt. Bittering hops keep palate light and clean, very malty, yet light and refreshing. Darn
Good.

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JackieTH from Minnesota, Mar 21, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey.

Pours a dark brown/nearly black with a pretty big fluffy tan head. The smell is nice and roasty with some caramel malts also factoring in. The flavor really nails it: it really toes the line between roasty and flavorful and being sessionable and refreshing - just how a dark mild should taste. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin-bodied, but that suits the style just fine. I'm a big fan of dark milds and this really is one of the best out there.

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starrdogg from District of Columbia, Mar 19, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey during the Surly 10-tap event for Omar's visit to DC. Served in a goblet.

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black. There was a good tan head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose brought some roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Good integration that gets even better in the flavor. Packed with beautiful malt notes, especially considering the low abv. Light-medium body with a slight bit of chewiness and nice carbonation. Overall, a really excellent beer.

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Thorpe429 from Illinois, Mar 14, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Churchkey DC

Appearance: brown pour with decent head and lacing

Smell: toasted malt, breat and biscuits.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, although a bit sharp and chocolatey. Slightly watery

Mouthfeel: thin, not much substance here

Overall: not particularly impressive, although nice it is 4.20%. Would potentially be better on cask.

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craytonic from District of Columbia, Mar 14, 2012
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4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a small snifter at Churchkey DC.

Looks like a simple pot of coffee was poured for me, A faint coffee brown head, falls pretty easiliy, leaving a good tan collar. Body is brown ale looking with red hues very see through and light sans the dark color.

Woah what's that smell! Just charring ripping pan roasting gravy and carbon I mean KARBON and malt dry grain. Toasty bread, light, airy. Give it up for the milds man! Scrape that pan it smells so good!

Taste brings that pan gravy and blackened char and husk. As like a mild so incredibly light bodied, but like a good one full of flavor that doesn't take away from the palate. There's some woody splintered action here, and even some faint mellow hop pine on the swallow, and even borderline "crisp".

So light and refreshing, so blackened dark and evil, I want to make gravy. Really dam good and fun, I feel like I could just pound this beer all day!

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Mar 14, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/12/12 notes. Had this on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC at their Surly event.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. No lacing or real retention.

s - Smells of roasted malts, bready malts, caramel malts, nuts, toffee, and light chocolate malts. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bready malts, cream, caramel malts, chocolate, vanilla, and burnt malts. Again, pretty nice.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, insanely easy to drink. Perfect mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a realy good beer. Lots of malts and super easy to drink; would love it if they canned this one. Would love to have it again.

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mdfb79 from New York, Mar 13, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cola brown color and an impressive cap that leaves a lot of lace behind

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, tobacco and a bit of citrus

Taste: Caramel and roasty notes, up front, with a nice earthy hop middle; tobacco, after the swallow, that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Love low ABV beers that are packed with flavor and this is no exception

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Mar 06, 2012
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4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Garnet to brown colored with a good creamy light brown head. Very good head retention and lacing... better than what I was expecting. Aroma is dominated by dark malts and some coffee notes, with caramel/toffee only in the background.

Taste is... very similar to Bender? Except for the hop profile which takes a back seat here. Light malt backbone with ample dose of specialty malts... a good kick of roast without the tartness that comes along with it. Finishes dry with a long roasty aftertaste.

Good carbonation and good mouthfeel... I haven't had any other mild before but knowing Surly I don't expect it to be "true-to-style". However, the fact remains that it's a very good beer and an excellent low alcohol option. The taste rivals bigger brown ales and this beer is almost a junior stout.

Very easy to have a few... I can't recall the last time I had five pints of the same beer in the same sitting!

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tewaris from Minnesota, Feb 21, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brit's Pub in Minneapolis, MN. Served in a classic English pub glass.

Appearance: A very Dark brown with some ruby red and copper color. Solid two fingers of creamy off white head with decent retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet and dark aroma of roasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuts, spice, oat, and a little citrus orange. Also some herbal hops in the mix. A pretty balanced aroma.

Taste: Roasty and somewhat sweet. Roasted caramel malts with good notes of toffee, nuts, oat, citrus orange, and a little rye like spice. Finishes with some nicely bitter and spicy earthy hops. Good balance of malts and hops. Tastes kind of like a more roasty version of Surly's Surlyfest.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and finishes fairly dry. Pretty rich feel for a smaller beer.

Overall: A very good take on the English Dark Mild. Pretty full flavored and hearty for a lower abv beer. Fairly easy to drink but not exactly a session ale to me. A very good beer overall.

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MattyG85 from Minnesota, Feb 14, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bulldog in Minneapolis. This beer arrives a dark brown color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of milk chocolate, and burnt malt. The taste is a nice balance of chocolate, burnt malt, and roasted malt with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice example of the mild style. I would really like to try this on cask as I think its true colors would come through more from that serving type.

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KarlHungus from Minnesota, Feb 09, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Brit's Pub in Minneapolis into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with thin white foam that faded fast and left minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, toffee, caramel with a little hops underneath. Has a good welcoming smell.

Taste: All about the darker malts with this one. Slightly sweet with big malty and biscuit flavors. Some brown sugar and caramel in the mix, as well as a little hops bite for balance. A good hearty malt flavor to this one.

Feel: Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Finishes smooth and a bit dry.

Overall: Good flavors with a low ABV makes this a great session beer. A good interpretation of the style. The extra hops flavors balance the big malts and make it a great easy-drinking brew.

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ChopperSmith from Minnesota, Feb 02, 2012
Mild from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 195 ratings