Dark-Age
The Celt Experience

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From:
The Celt Experience
 
Wales, United Kingdom
Style:
Mild Ale - English Dark
ABV:
4%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 15.18%
Ratings:
42
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 01, 2016
Added:
Aug 07, 2012
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  5
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: Elegant smooth chocolate and caramel body with a spice finish
Inspired by the tranquility of the myths of Avalon. King Arthur and Merlin histories emerge from ancient Pagan myths tracing dark ripples through shared legends.
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3.77 by 22Blue from Kansas on Mar 01, 2016
 
3.25 by hdtrice from England on Feb 15, 2016
 
3.68 by zotzot from Vermont on Dec 20, 2015
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2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by LantGladstone from England

BBE Dec 2016. ABV 4% 500ml bottle from ales by mail


Appearance (Look) = 6%

clear dark brown/red

Smell = 24%
estery fruit


Taste = 40%
tastes like a typical english pub ale. not much going on. a bit water, some mild fruit. finishes bitter. perhaps slightly over hopped.


Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
watery

Overall = 20%

eh. not my favourite style but doesn't feel all that inspired. Interesting it has some detailed tasting notes on the bottle so that the drinker knows what s/he is supposed to taste.

Nov 17, 2015
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3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by PaddyX21 from England

New one for me, picked up during my travels in Powys recently.

Smell: Very resinous, strong caramel/toffee/malt immediately on opening

Look: Cloudy pour, such that I read the label again to see if had missed the words 'bottle conditioned' anywhere, but nope - not that it bothers me personally but a brave choice as some will hate that. It says unfiltered, so I wasn't expecting bright, but I wasn't expecting opaque either!
Way over carb'ed for a mild so I've let it sit a while.
Dark brown, but I wouldn't say ruby, just brown.

Taste: Very very hop forward, almost no traces of malt in the mouth, despite it's colour, more like the trendies Black IPA's although less ABV. Roasty aftertaste, black malt.
IBU's clearly more than advertised, in the low to mid 30's.
Pine, something 'new world' about the flavour but can't put my finger on hops. Nothing delicate about them though...

Guess at least 80% pale malt, crystal in the smell although I can't taste it, and black malt fairly strong at the end. 85/10/5 perhaps.

Overall: For all that, quite a pleasant tipple, although almost the polar opposite to a Mild which is a shame, as it clearly says mild ale on the bottle and I enjoy milds.

Sep 28, 2015
 
4.05 by CwrwAmByth from England on Sep 11, 2015
 
3.4 by TonyLema1 from South Carolina on Jun 11, 2015
 
3.76 by Sam-VW from England on Jun 10, 2015
 
3.35 by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey on May 28, 2015
 
3.6 by vanderSchorpioen from Russian Federation on Jan 15, 2015
 
4 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Nov 03, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Poured into english pint.
Clear brown beer with fizzy tan head, big bubbles,retention is ok.
Smell is intense, nutty, too hoppy as for the style, coffee, dark fruits, caramel.
Taste is very bitter, similar to black IPA, nuts and coffee, mild and dry finish. Light body, good carbonation. Excellent and unexpectedly interesting representative of mild ales.

Sep 15, 2014
 
3.5 by JAFoley from New Hampshire on Sep 07, 2014
 
3.75 by sebastian577 from Sweden on Jul 28, 2014
 
3.75 by DeltaFour from Florida on Jul 10, 2014
 
4 by wl0307 from England on May 10, 2014
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3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by chinchill from South Carolina

500ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with excellent clarity; dark red-brown; small semi-durable head; spotty lacing.

Aroma and Flavor are mild, as per style. Sweet malts, some dark fruit and earthy hops in the nose. The hops largely disappear from the taste, but leave the ale with a good sweet/bitter balance.

Feel: medium-light body and carbonation. A bit thin, as usual for style. Very smooth.

O: very good example of style.

Apr 02, 2014
 
4.25 by PatGreer from Massachusetts on Mar 31, 2014
 
4.25 by Saksis from Norway on Feb 02, 2014
 
3.75 by WGO from England on Jan 14, 2014
 
3.75 by defect_ from Sweden on Dec 28, 2013
 
4 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on Dec 26, 2013
 
2.25 by GarthT from Hong Kong on Dec 24, 2013
 
4 by KingSlayer from California on Nov 30, 2013
 
3.75 by Birdlegs from Washington on Nov 02, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SLeffler27 from New York

Fills a Harp nonic with a dark brown (SRM 25-28) clear beer with ruby to mahogany highlights that glow when put to the light. The thin, wispy, off-white head leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma opens with rich malt and Baker’s chocolate most prominent, followed by cashews and molasses. There is a slight sweet aroma of pumpernickel bread. Warmth brings out saw-cut walnut and there are no hop aromas whatsoever.

Dark Age is earthy and well balanced. The flavors tilt towards the bitter side and build long into the finish. This one is quite bready with some tobacco and some peat. There is a strong impression of sun tea while the finish leads towards coffee grinds.

A smooth texture with medium body and faint carbonation lends well to the dry, alcohol-challenged nature of this beer.

This is a highly sessionable beer with enough character to enjoy on its own, yet reserved enough to allow long conversations and light food to take center stage.

Sep 22, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by sweemzander from Illinois

500mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A nice mild yet rustic nuttiness with raisin.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell with a rustic nutty roasted raisin profile.

(M)- A nice smooth carbonation level meets a nice rustic feel overall. Mild, but a rich flavor too.

(O)- A rather nice beer. Not a huge mainstream style (in fact, my first venture into it), but quite appreciated to have versus the tried and true styles produced today.

Sep 20, 2013
 
3.5 by Salud24 from New York on Aug 22, 2013
 
3.75 by smithj4 from New York on Aug 01, 2013
 
3.5 by jabo134 from Illinois on Jul 30, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is clear but very dark garnet red in color (black when viewed from a far distance) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose along with some hints of dark fruits from the yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a little more complex with flavors of chocolate and dark malts along with faint hints of bitterness and to a lesser degree roasted malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of visible carbonation.
O: This beer very easy to drink given its light body and low alcohol content while also being quite flavorful that it reminds me of a "light" version of a good porter.

Jul 26, 2013
 
1.25 by DonFrap from Massachusetts on Jul 10, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by flagmantho from Washington

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich red-brown hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy tan foam. I quite like it.

Smell: light aroma which is nutty, toasty, caramelly and a little biscuity. Just spot-on for the style.

Taste: flavor largely tacks with the aroma, although it has a little bit more strength. Assertive maltiness with a hint of roast as well as caramel and biscuit; a hint of sweetness keeps it interesting. Bitterness is low but definitely present. I like it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good level of carbonation with a bit of a rocky creaminess. It's hard to get a good mouthfeel out of a mild, but they've done a pretty good job here.

Overall: this is a definitely drinkable and tasty mild. I love dark milds for their quaffability, and this one has a good complexity for such good drinkability.

Jul 05, 2013
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3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown amber with a half finger off-white head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Aroma of dark malt syrup, lightly nutty with a faint dimethyl sulfide component. Flavor is mild toasted and biscuit malt, grains, hints of coffee and chocolate. Finishes with toasted and charred malt, mild hop bitterness. Light bodied. Although the flavors are mild, they are reminiscent of a low key porter. Fairly complex balance of malt flavors with hints of smoke or peat. Although light in flavor, suprprisingly flavorful for such a mild ale. This is my second Celt Experience ale and I'm impressed. An interesting take on the dark mild ale style.

Jun 23, 2013
 
3.5 by jbertsch from Massachusetts on Mar 24, 2013
 
3.75 by Jason from Massachusetts on Mar 22, 2013
 
3.5 by spoony from Colorado on Mar 03, 2013
 
3.75 by Haybeerman from Colorado on Feb 07, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle marked with a presumptive expiration date of 10.10.2013. Sampled on December 13, 2012.

It has a very attractive dark, mahogany brown pout with a long-lasting, delicate off-white head.

The aroma travels the spectrum of dark malts, smoke, coffee sweetness, and black licorice. In some respects it reminds me of the aroma of a Porter.

The body is medium to bold with a slight acidity.

The taste starts out on the sweet side but then the coffee grinds kick in with a low bitterness tying it all together at the end. This has the bold character of something bigger than a 4% ABV beer.

Dec 14, 2012
 
3.75 by kaelingirl from Massachusetts on Sep 19, 2012
Dark-Age from The Celt Experience
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 42 ratings