Landlord Dark
Timothy Taylor's Brewery

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Timothy Taylor's Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Mild Ale - English Dark
Ranked #7
Ranked #11,524
4.04 | pDev: 12.62%
Apr 28, 2022
Aug 18, 2002
Very Good
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Notes: Landlord Dark originates from the multi award-winning Landlord Pale Ale but brewed with caramelised sugars to give a rich yet light and drinkable dark ale.

This perfectly balanced mellow dark beer has body and depth. It has a fruity, toasted aroma with hints of chocolate, citrus and roasted malts on the tongue. A darker shade of pale!

Formerly called "Ram Tam"
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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StJamesGate from New York

Chocolate brown with ruby highlights + a thin lacey tan head; apple, biscuit + brown sugar nose; toast crust, treacle, carob, hints of prune + dried peel and a long peppery Fuggles finish; smooth, dry, round.

Styrian Goldings, EKG, Fuggles

4 x 5

Not really sure what to make of this: too bitter + dry for a dark mild but not malty enough for porter. It's... a dark ale.
There's enough char where there must be roast, not just a bit of patent or a bunch of dark invert. Trouble is, while that gives lots of character, it kills most of the Golden Promise + house yeast character.
Interesting enough to hold your attention while staying quaffable, which at this strength makes it the ideal session pint. But still something less than it could be.

Disappointing only by Landlord's high standards.

Apr 28, 2022
Photo of James94
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by James94 from England

L: Almost pitch black, with a hint of brown near the bottom of the glass. Good, thick lacing and initial head.
S: Toffee, caramel, malts, biscuit, some dark fruit
T: Dark fruits, coffee, caramel, biscuit
F: Quite balanced carbonation, complex, bitterness at the back

O: 4.5

Jan 18, 2022
Photo of Spike
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Spike from England

500ml bottle.
L: Clear, very dark russet colour with a thin but long-lasting ochre head and spotty lacing.
S: Light, toasted malt and a hint of strawberry jam.
T: Clean, earthy and subtle chocolate malt flavour. Becomes very dry.
F: Light body with soft carbonation.
O: I don’t drink many milds, particularly dark milds, but this is pleasingly dry and nicely balanced.

Jul 18, 2021
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by EmperorBevis from England

Bottled in brown glass & delivered to me by virtual supermarket Ocado
Pours a jet black body with thick tan head
Aroma is wheat cereal biscuits and mulched hay
Flavour is roasty grain & very slight bitter finish

May 02, 2021
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Superficially black a halogen torch held behind the glass reveals a very dark ruby red. Pours with 4,, deep tan head of super-fine bubbles. ps 15mins later, head holds very well!
S- Surprisingly mild for the colour, just some toasty grains for me.
T- Well roasted malts, giving it a deeply toasty flavour. I've perhaps chilled this one a bit much, and expect it would/will open up siginificantly if left to warm a touch. Good hop notes into the finish.
F- I'm quite unused to this style Dark-Mild and it's something different. Certainly full flavoured, almost slightly pungent, and yet it somehow (!!?) does not feel under-powered despite being a really pretty shy 4.1%. I think there's decent richness in the Feel sufficient to avoid any sense of thin-ness.
O- Something a bit different for me, I don't know if perhaps the Dark-Mild style is more common up north. I can see this beer will have it's fans, it's well constructed, the pretty full-on flavour is satisfying, yet if you wanted to session it you could.
500ml bottle BB: Aug-21. Bought from TremblingMadness/York/UK as part of a 40-50 beer DIY/pick-your-own order sent to London.

Nov 14, 2020
4 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio on Jan 18, 2020
4.22 by Macamah from England on Sep 07, 2019
Photo of vinicole
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by vinicole from England

Almost black with a glorious deep brown head. Auburn red against the light.
The smell of sweet toasted malt.
Mild by name and taste. A subtle balance of malt and hop.
Wonderful feel from a cask dispensed beer.
Really enjoyable.

Oct 26, 2015
Photo of marquis
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by marquis from England

After years of looking for this it eventually turned up at my nearest pub! It was at a festival, served on gravity.After three days on tap it was absolutely gorgeous.Because of the serving method there wasn't much head but the way the beer had developed was magnificent.

Feb 07, 2015
3.5 by stampfler07 from Colorado on Sep 27, 2014
4.5 by Cujo65 from Illinois on Nov 07, 2013
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by CwrwAmByth from England

A very nice beer and the first of the evening at the Chelmsford Winter Beerfest 2011. It was a bit warm due to all the casks being simply mounted on shelves inside where there was heating etc

It was great nonetheless. This was a really 'solid' beer, good in almost every way. I can't remember much else but it was really very good!

Feb 04, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by mdagnew from Northern Ireland

Cask pint in Brigantes Bar and Brasserie, York, June 2010

Poured a deep dark ruby red... Creamy tan head poured fairly thickly then faded to thin layer.... decent light lacing

Aroma - Nice strong chocolate maltiness, good roastiness, caramel and toasted bread, light dusty notes, lots of fruitiness (plums, figs, some blackcurrents), faint liquorice notes, spicy, nice peppery hop bitterness...

Taste - Definite chocolate notes, roasted malts, quite earthy, light coffee, light nutty and caramel sweetness, fruity (blackcurrents, plums), peppery, strong eartiness, nice hop bitterness...

Feel - Pretty smooth.. Medium bodied. At 4.3 % an extremely quaffable and sessionable ale...

Overall - A supreme example of cask beer at it's best and the finest pint of mild i've ever had... if you get the chance try this..

Jul 08, 2010
Photo of soulgrowl
2.79/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by soulgrowl from England

Fair ebony-brown, shimmering with a maple amber-red tint. No head. Sweet nose is full of caramel... and nothing else. The flavor is typical of the style, with caramel and toast and a bit of cola, coffee, and burnt grain. There is also a pinch of noble, grassy hops. Very thick mouthfeel, too thick, really, for what it is. A fine and dandy, average mild lacking in depth, dryness, and drinkability - not exactly an exemplar of the style. Disappointing.

Jul 05, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by BlackHaddock from England

Drank in 'The Bricklayers Arms', Putney, London.

Looked good as it sat between a pint of lighter Landlord and a darker Dark Mild, the colour sits between the two as well.

Sweet aroma and taste, caramel and hops, a little too sweet for me, but my wife loves it.

The flavours don't stay to long in the mouth, but it is still a treat to have one of these beers if you ever come across one.

May 13, 2007
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4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by TheLongBeachBum from California

Finally I get around to adding some more updated Reviews for my favorite and most dearly beloved Brewery, Timothy Taylor’s.

My recent visit to England at Easter 2006 had me launch a Saturday expedition to Keighley with many close friends. Keighley is a town that I used to frequently visit in my BeerHunting youth, but one which I had not visited for some 6 or so years. So to get back here, with a bunch of dearly loved friends, was just fantastic - and the highlight of the visit was a trip back to the LEGENDARY Boltmakers Arms, this is Valhalla for Taylors lovers, it was so good in fact we ended up going there twice during the day!

At the Boltmakers, the Ram Tam was served in its finest form, sheer luxury, the thick creamy head was a delight to see, I’m sure they use ¼ pint Angram handpulls, so think of Guinness on steroids and you’ll have an idea of just how ambrosial the creamy head can be from Cask with a lovely tight Sparkler (take that Southerners!). Rich, thick and silky, the dark tan head topped the black body and helped to present what I can only describe as the Perfect Pint. The bartender at the Boltmakers worked this one hard and she slowly worked the quarter pulls to get the perfect presentation with a tight creamy head that lasted forever.

The nose was of caramelized hops and a smooth roasted malt ending, the nose is not high in strength but it is highly recognizable in character, deeply inhaled it imparts a solid comforting feel, like hot chocolate before bed, like a warming hot soup when you feel ill, the nose is not big, but it imparts a very welcoming and comfortable feel.

The taste is an utter delight, deliciously rich and smooth, Taylors on Cask at the Boltmakers can actually look like a Nitro dispensed beer, yet it isn’t, but it certainly "feels" like one on the tongue, but its all natural. The dreamy looks soon transcend visual enticement and partially contribute to the satisfying feel. Mouthfeel is rewarding, intensely smooth and orgasmic. Bold malts and rich dark fruity tangents. Slick finish. I want more of this drinkable brew. So much more.

The Boltmakers Arms in Keighley is indeed a sorely and terribly missed delightful little gem that I wish was just around the corner. It is still the crowning glory in the Taylors Pub Estate for me. Quite simply, it is Beer Mecca for Taylors Men of the North, or as one local said during my last visit; "Aye Lad, thaz ne’er supped reet T’hay-lerz….til thaz bin ere!" I cannot fault that. I just read jwholdsworth Review…….what he said. If I seem passionate about this beer I make no excuses, and no it’s not bottled, and no it's not heading out all over the World anytime soon, or at least I hope it isn’t, and never does. This is one beer that you have to travel to appreciate, but believe me, it is more than worth it. Drink this highly rewarding brew and you will meet your God. Mine just happens to be called Timothy and he is literally from God's Own County; Yorkshire.

Yes, I dearly love this Brewery and especially Ram Tam, and I make no excuses for that. A classic brew, a true Yorkshire Winter Warmer that never disappoints and one that I looked forward to mas the darker nights and colder climes gripped the North of England. You simply have to try this when in Yorkshire….and you have to try it at the Boltmakers Arms in Keighley.

A Ram Tam A Doo Da. Hell Yeah.

A Beer to Die For. And I think I would.

Sep 18, 2006
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4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by wl0307 from England

Tasted this beer on draught at the White Horse Old Ale Festival last weekend. Simply put, this is the best Mild I've ever tasted. Deeply malty and fruity on the nose with a de...ep aroma of caramel. Packed with flavours of roasted malts and utterly fruity, while sweet elements like chocolate-malts are balanced just idealy with earthy hops and everlasting bitter-sweetness. The body is fuller than 4.3%abv. but remains ever so light and refreshing on the tip and sides of the tongue. Complex and superb brew! Most enjoyable cask-conditioned dark mild when on form and on cask.

Dec 01, 2005
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