Original Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild | Beacon Hotel (Sarah Hughes Brewery)

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Original Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby MildOriginal Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild

Brewed by:
Beacon Hotel (Sarah Hughes Brewery)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 08-21-2000

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Photo of vinicole
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gravity fed from a cask. Very dark brown. Redness shows through in the right light. Off white head.
Aroma of rather muted dried autumn berries and toasted malt.
The taste compliments the smell but much more so.
Full bodied and in a wonderful condition.

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Photo of Treefig33
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdagnew
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SamMartin
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of grittly
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jonb5
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half pint at the Wandworth Beer Festival. Dark ruby colour, tiny tanned head, thick. Smelled yeasty, had hints of cranberry. Fairly malty, notes of meat, slightly smokey aftertaste. Smooth mouthfull with soft carbonation. Overall nice introduction to milds even if this one is not exactly a typical example of the style.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of PartyBear
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually managed to get to the Beacon Hotel to try this on cask. Great pub, if you're in the Midlands you should really seek it out, especially for the Sarah Hughes beers. Anyway, the beer...

Appearance: Ruby red in colour, with a good fluffy off-white head.

Aroma: There is a clear fruitiness in the aroma, definitely blackcurrants, and other berries. An underlying roasted maltiness is present, along with slightly sweet toffee-like scent.

Taste: Blackberries, and other dark fruits are very prominent at the start. There is a sweet maltiness after the fruits, which provide a mild biscuitiness. The finish is ever so slightly bitter, with a very noticeable taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium in the body, with no carbonation. Quite sweet and tart feel.

Drinkability: This is a beer that I have been wanting to try for a long time and I wasn't disappointed when I finally got chance to. At 6% ABV, this is strong for a mild but it works well. It's very drinkable, and it is easy to see how it has gained such a good reputation.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strikingly long-lasting creme brulee-colored head in contrast to a no less striking black cherry-red body. Visually it reminds me of a red velvet cupcake, and the smell isn't that far off either. Marshmallows, sweet sherry, molasses and a bit of licorice come through, plus subtle chocolate and peanuts, lots of figs and raisins and just a drop of maple syrup. Dark, deep, and tempting. The flavor is dominated by massive nut flavors: roasted peanuts and pecans dominate, though they are neatly wedded to a dark fruity character of raisins, figs, cherries, and dates. The combination reminds me, in a way, of peanut butter and jelly. There are also lovely coffee, chocolate, and sherry notes in the background, plus somewhat nondescript bitter hops to fence everything in. Suitably lush and smooth, with a surprisingly dry finish of burnt hops. This is a wonderfully sweet-yet-balanced strong ale. Probably very versatile with food, especially curries, cheese, and chocolate.

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Photo of alebuff
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A classic - when it is on form. A good beer none the less, if in average mood. I've had it a fair number of times, and have rarely been disappointed. At its best it is deep and complex, rich and fruity, yet with malty (chocolate at a push) overtones. Well worth seeking out. It tastes like a 6%, so you know what you ar edrinnking. And if its might be too much you can always have a half (or a nip).

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Photo of marquis
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this beer immediately after a pint of Golden Best-what a pair of atypical milds they were!
Whenever it's on at my local it sells out within the day.I look sadly at the reviews of the bottled version and it almost seems like two different beers.
This would have been a typical English beer in 1900 , how things have changed!

Those who like a head on their beer will be disappointed , all you really see is the glorious ruby colour of the beer.
The aroma gives sensory overload.The taste is amazingly rich and it makes it difficult to understand why people find it necessary to brew high gravity beers when this delivers so much at 6% ABV.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am very lucky because I have only drank this beer at the Beacon Hotel (The brewery) or at CAMRA beer fests.

It obviously doesn't travel to well, according to some reports on here, which is a great shame, because kept well and drank out of a pint pot it is wonderful.

Dark Ruby Brown in colour, as its name suggests, no head should be fully formed, just a whisper or two of white froth which soon disappears as you take great gulps of the beer.

The aroma is so complexed, it fills your brain with an overload of pulses, mine being unable to unscramble them to discribe each beery one.

The taste is heavy, and again complexed and diverse in flavours, all the tastes linger, fruits, malts, hops all blended into a huge explosion of what a great British Strong Mild should be like.

Throw your bottles away and try and visit the Brewery in Sedgley.

Update Feb 2009.

Had three pints last Thursday in 'Ye Olde Robin Hood' Ironbridge, Shropshire. Still a wonderful beer in cask form, please don't let the bottle sour your view of a true classic.

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Photo of cokes
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drainage-ditch brown. Headless and murky.
Perfumed potently of raspberry yogurt, black cherries, molasses, aniseed.
What an oddity this is. A tapistry of caramel, laid with ruptured bundles of sour leaning dark fruits: cherries, berries, plums, and raisins. Sheared further sour with traces of vinegar and lime juice. Lactic in the middle, then this leans nearly lambic, complete with a leathery yeast presence (Brett?). Turns sharply vinic and tannic on the close, with a distinct Shiraz bend.
Flattened through the mouth, with an utterly contradictory mushy acuity.
Closer to an old ale (a la Gales) than a modern-day Mild. And nearly impossible to score meaningfully.
Weird on all accounts. I like it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Almost opaque, dark ruby-infused mahogany. The surface of the toasted cocoa colored crown is nearly smooth, broken only by gentle, shallow craters. The foam falls at a finger-a-minute pace and leaves the glass laceless.

Dark Ruby Mild has a pretty good nose. I don't believe that I've been unduly influenced by the cranberry and white label or the color of the beer, but I smell dark berries. There's a very nice plumy, black raspberry-blackberry essence swimming among the dark malt.

Whoa, what happened? Something has gone seriously askew between nose and palate. There's such a horridly thin mouthfeel and such a sour flavor that this now seems like a different beer from the one that I've been smelling for the past several minutes. Calling Dark Ruby Mild undermalted doesn't do it justice. Unmalted maybe?

The score can only drop so far because OSHDRM isn't undrinkable in the sense that I want to undrink it (that is, spit it out), I just don't want to consume something this far removed from decent beer. It tastes like watered down, diet raspberry-grape drink. I was going to say juice, but that's unfair to juice.

Sarah Hughes must be turning over in her grave every time someone drinks a bottle of this beer. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and believe that it was better back in the day. A poor choice for my first beer of 2005. It's a dead cert that the next one will be an improvement, no matter what I pull from my fridge.

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Photo of oracle
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is easily the most difficult-to-rate beer so far. Being a huge fan over heavily hopped pales and IPAs, trying this beer was a somewhat new experience for me.

Beer was a dark mostly opaque with a fairly thin but bubbly head.

Smell was slight, with an emphasis on malts and wine scents.

When they say mild, they're not kidding. It may just be my taste buds are too used to being pounded by overwheling amounts of hops, but this beer just didn't have much flavor for me. Faintly sour, with almost no finish whatsoever.

To quote somebody whose name I can't recall
"There is just no THERE there."

Overall, I'd say this beer is kind of ordinary, with not much to recommend it or reject it.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.27/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours out of it's classy little 275ml bottle a deep, deep....deep brown, highlit a ruby red, with a slight haziness, despite the fact that I tried to keep the conditioning in the bottle. A massive sandy froth forms, taking me three or four pours to finally empty the bottle. The head subsides into a thick 1/8" coating.
The aroma is very winey, my guess this beer has seen better days. A bit sour, with just a slight coffee note hinting at what the beer used to be.
The flavor is certainly mild, with a slight roasty presence. A definite cherry/grape wininess. Cardboardy in the end, this is definitely past it's prime. Certainly musty. The body's thinned out quite a bit, with a very light feel. Flattish carbonation, reminiscent of cask. I wish I could have known beforehand, rather than spending $3 on a drainpour. I had this casked a long time ago, and recall it being very good. I'll certainly revisit this and review accordingly.

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Photo of ark57
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a cloudy, chocolatety-brown color with little carbonation. There is sweet prunes and raisins in the nose as well as a grape tinge. The body is malty and syruppy yet slight thin. It tatses of some caramel and fruit with a metallic tinge and some winey sourness. Not something I am used to, but I enjoyed.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am rating this because I don't expect to get another chance to try it, and because it turned out really tasty despite the infection (oh well I am not rating to style right).

My first reaction was, this is not a good sign, my chilled bottle gushed a bit upon opening. The aroma is sour and lactic. Doesn't smell bad. Just not how it should. It is a dark brown color with a brown head. It is quite sour, like a Flemish Brown. Such a dead ringer for a sour brown that it almost seems like the lactic character is on purpose (is it?). This would be how the old ales of centuries gone past would taste. I really like this. There are notes of burnt raisin and roast malt here as well. It is very well carbonated, as is expected from this deliciously infected bottle. Quite light bodied, has a bit of molasses as well.

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Photo of rastaman
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I probably didn't like it as much as i should have. But i still found it quite pleasant. Malt dominated, lots of chocolate, vanilla, caramel in the flavour. Soft, round texture, very well balanced, sweetish and rich, quite nice, its actually a beer i've been trying to get my hands on for a while, and even though i was a bit dissapointed, it was a still a nice beer (Cask KentBF 03')

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Photo of beerguy101
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep red color, no head. Aroma is fruity and vinous. Near wine like taste, vinous with a touch of fruitiness. Tastes more like wine than beer, Not very malty or hoppy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of tavernjef
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a couple bottles on clearance, small 9oz brown bottle.
After reading some of the other reviews I was hoping I didn't get old, bad stuff, but with this stuff it's hard to tell, quite a weird concoction. Pours a brownish red, carbonation seems heavy, recieved a fuzzy, fizzy head that disappeared so fast it was nearly unseen. Smell is pretty sharp of bright fruits like a wine or cider with white and green grapes and raisin and apricot notes. Taste is quite tart, mild enough for swallowing, but not as easy as I was hoping it would be from what the smell was warning. It seems to me to be more of a cider and even closer to wine, super sweet tartness of grapes, fresh and sharp, taste is earthly pleasing once past the actual tartness. Feel is hard to figure cuz its just all carbonated fizzy tartness with some drying quailities. I find it seems to feel much like a lambic, or much like the New Glarus Belgian Red, but much more potent in its tartness, to sour. It also reminded me alot of the La Folie I had recently in its sour capabilities. So to rate this seems impossible, it doesn't seem to fit what I thought, is the bottle bad or what, so.....
I think if I see it again I'll just pass it up, to risky, even for it being on clearance.

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Original Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild from Beacon Hotel (Sarah Hughes Brewery)
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 32 ratings