Eagle Rock Brewery

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English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #56
Ranked #31,655
3.74 | pDev: 13.1%
Eagle Rock Brewery
California, United States
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 104 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This english black mild pours a black color with a very large, rocky tan head. I’ve had one other beer from this brewery and it had kind of an oversized head also. I think they over-carbonate their beers a little. The smell is almost nonexistent, but maybe a little of bready malts. The initial taste doesn’t have much flavor at all, but then the flavors hit you in the aftertaste. There is a lot of toasted bread malt character, some coffee, maybe a little dark chocolate. The mouth feel is bizarre. With all the carbonation a fairly light body it feels more like you have a soda in your mouth. This beer has some flavors that I typically like, but they’re just not totally together here. It’s not terrible, but there are much better examples of the style. I didn’t like the other beer I tried from this brewery too much either.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

With a near-black ruby color, it has a nice dark malt flavor brimming with mild straight coffee and roasted barley taste. Although the finish is sultry dry – unfitting for the style – and the carbonation is a little too sharp, the aftertaste is phenomenal and lingering with a good bready aroma. Nevertheless, I recommend the Old Goat’s Oatmeal Stout from San Marcos Brewing Company, the P.M. Porter from BJ’s and even the Stockyard Stout from Trader Joe’s. When Goose Island brings back the Oatmeal Stout, I will recommend that too!!

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4/5  rDev +7%

I've enjoyed this beer a few times. Great for early morning tailgate or sippin while workin on a craft at home. Will add taste notes soon, just wanted to add score.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a taster glass at Eagle Rock's tasting room yesterday. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a khaki colour head, one finger in thickness. Nicely creamy. Okay thickness. Average (~2 minute) retention.

Body colour is a dark rich amber. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: A bit of roast. Nice dark malts. Cream. No yeast or alcohol comes though. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Dark malts, cream, caramel. Tasty for the style. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Nicely balanced, but not complex or subtle. Enjoyable overall.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit creamy. Good thickness. Good body. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I like it and would probably get it again at a good price. I definitely prefer the Vanilla Solidarity (and its nitro serving type), but this is above average for the style. Hides its ABV well. Unrefreshing.


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Photo of MaltAndHopsFC
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From notes. Poured from bomber into a nonic pint glass

Appearance: Pours very dark and cola-like with a thin beige head.

Aroma: Smells very nice. Roasted malts hit the nose with traces of char. Sweet burnt caramel scents as well.

Taste: starts off with a smoky/char like flavor, I like it. However, the taste disappears rather quickly, none of the flavors linger as long as I would like and I get a sour-like taste towards the end of the drink.

Mouth-feel: thin to medium, a tad watery

Overall: I will admit this was my first beer from the brewery and my first English Dark Mild as well. I wasn't sure what to expect so I can't knock the beer for that. The aroma was the highlight for me, if it was replicated in the taste I would love this beer. I look forward to trying more from Eagle Rock, gotta support the LA area breweries!

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark brown in the pint shaker. Not quite a stout shade of black. Beige foam is an attractive topper. Light body but a mouthful of flavor. Not much aroma.

Black charred malt is the main feature. On the sourish side, and very grainy. More charcoal than malt. Pleasant sudsiness til the end.

I'm trying all of these low alcohol beers, which seem to be a nice experimental trend-- the search for great flavorful beers when you don't have time to sleep it off. Eagle Rock is doing a good job with the less powerful beers, but this is not one of my favorites. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ward for sending this local gem
The beer pours an inky black with trace tan head swirling around the glass circumference. The nose has subtle notes of roasted coffee beans, grains, and bitter cocoa. Hops don't enter the picture until I take my first sip, which resembles a mild porter with a grainy, roasty, slightly bitter aftertaste. This is definitely a malt forward, mild-medium bodied beer that opens up more as the beer trends towards room temperature. Tasty, drinkable, fairly priced, but unfortunately has difficult availability... I'd drink this beer again, but would let it warm up more before pouring.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark black color with a very thick finger of frothy and creamy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down extremely slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted bitter and sweet chocolate, fruity English yeast esters, and a bit of coffee.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted baker’s chocolate with some English yeast character. Through the middle, some coffee flavor and some sweeter milk chocolate comes through. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some lactose sweetness, English yeast notes, and a bit of coffee.

M - Medium-light with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced and very sessionable. Nice example of the style.

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Photo of Duff27
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color. Head is a light mocha. Decent head retention and lacing.

Smell is great. Roasty chocolate. Yum, similar to Surly Mild.

Roast does not hold up to the smell but is there. Kind of has a popcorn aftertaste, strange.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Man, if the taste was half as good as the smell I would be trading for more. That said, I feel like this could be a world class mild with a small tweak. Would have again.

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Photo of RexF
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great beer.

This is a welcome addition to the Southern California beer scene. We need more beers like this. The nitro gives a big mouthfeel to such a light and easy to drink beer.

Bold roast flavors cover up the lack of heat in a way that makes me want another.

I'm not nearly as into the co2 version, so I won't review it.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker glass. On tap at Beer Belly.

Pours a dark dark brown looks black towards the center, with amber hues on the edges.

Smells of bakers chocolate, coco powder, and cola. Fragrance is pretty mild.

Taste follows smell. Dark, roasty malt with hints of bakers chocolate and coco powder. Nice nuttiness as well. Then some mild estery notes. Finish is light mocha flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Well carbonated. Pretty hefty for such a light beer.

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Photo of beerblanket
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap and growlers at the brewery.

I really like this beer. I haven't tried any other English Dark Mild Ales, so there aren't any comparisons to make, but this beer has really grown on me. It pours a dark brown and has a small amount of head retention, with decent lacing as the beer is consumed. You are greeted with a nice roasted smell with notes of coffee, and a bit of chocolate. The taste is roasted malts with a coffee background. It tends to go away quickly, not a lot of aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pleasantly light, with soft carbonation. Some have described it as having a watered-down taste/feel, which is what I thought the first couple times I had it. However, since then, I really have noticed and begun to appreciate the malt flavors. If you weren't impressed with it the first time, I say give it another chance.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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App- A very dark brown pour. A good mix of lights and browns toward the edges. A small ring of head bubbles but not a good deal of head or cling.

Smell- Fresh pressed coffee ground and a little bit of water and some dirt. Malty and grainular notes.

Taste- It's very light to say the least. The ABV @ 3.8 is really noticeable. Very thin water with some soft malts. A bit burnt roast flavors.

Mouth- A really light body and a high amount of carbonation. A good bit of residual coffee flavors.

Drink- This was strictly a style tick. Not a fan of the style. Its far too watery and light. I guess the profile just isnt for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a solid 1/2 inch creamy tan head that lasts. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and some nutty aromas. Taste is of roasted malt, roasted nuts, and some minor coffee flavors. A mild roasty bitterness after each sip along with a slightly sour quality on the tongue. This beer has a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel from the nitro tap. Overall, this is a pretty good mild but the sour aspect got to bit too much towards the end of the pint.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a dark brown to black with a creamy light tan head leaving light lace.

S: Notes of toffee, roast, licorice, not too heavy.

T: Good direct malt flavour. The notes in the nose go directly to what I tasted in the actual flavour of the beer. Very minimal hopping, I really couldn't taste any though I know it's there. A true mild.

M: Light-bodied, very easy drinking. Creamy, soft carbonation.

O: Really we need to see this style on cask, and we need to see more of it. A solid example of this rare (at least in the US) style.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black and totally opaque with traces of red throughout 1 inch tan head with great retention

Smell: Traces of tobacco and coffee

Taste: The taste reminds me of a more muted version of guinness. It has a bit of roasted malt and coffee

Mouthfeel: Good feel to it like most nitro beers. It has a medium to full body with medium carbonation

Overall: This beer is incredibly drinkable but that is about all it has going for it. Flavor is ok but nothing to write home about

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Photo of beer2day
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild dark brown color with a healthy 2-fingers of dense cream head. Not much lace, though, and surprisingly little retention for the style.

Very light caramel and roast malt nose. Weak anise behind that.

Mild roast flavor and light caramel, light chocolate malt backbone. Light citrus hops in the finish.

Thin but very stylish feel.

Very nice session drinker.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone 15th Anniversary

A: Dark brown color with a pretty thick tan head.

S: Faded coffee, roasted malt and a bit of earth.

T: Day old coffee grounds, roasted malt and a touch of toffee with a slightly watery finish. Mouthfeel is definitely thin and a bit watery.

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Photo of MPHSours11
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- very dark. Big frothy head.

S- the smell is very weak. Barely detect some coffee and malt. Not impressed.

T- lightly sweet caramel, some coffee, and malt. Very subtle.

M- for a stout, the mouthfeel is good. Smooth. Milky. Low carbonation.

O- this is a good session stout. Low alcohol. Very drinkable. But nothing remarkable here.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro at Eureka!Burger Claremont

A: The beer pours essentially black with a creamy khaki head.

S: Smells sort of bland, probably due to the nitrogen. I get some nice coffee notes to it and a fairly strong roasted malt aroma. Mild toffee sweetness, dark chocolate, and a hint of nuttiness.

T: The flavor is dominated by the coffee flavor. A mild to moderate level of bitterness to it with a lot of roasted malts as well. Some dark chocolate and earthy hop notes on the back end.

M: Light in body with a slight creaminess.

O: I would have preferred this not be on nitrogen, but not much I can do about that.

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Photo of beagle75
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitrogen into a shaker pint glass at the Eagle Rock Brewery tasting room.

A: Opaque black color with two fingers of fine light beige foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark and roasty, with nutty coffee and subordinate chocolate that are both relatively intense and appealing.

T: Begins dry, with watery roasted malt that shows minimal acidity and soft earth. A combination of whole bean coffee and unsweetened chocolate develop in the middle, but these flavors are as understated as the corresponding smells were potent. It finishes with a whiff of earthy roast and gentle herbaceous bitterness.

M: Thin viscosity, very wet yet satisfyingly creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer offers some attractive features in a truly sessionable package. The smell is quite assertive and appetizing, like something that should accompany breakfast. The nitro propulsion smooths out the front end taste and feel, successfully re-tooling the acidity issues this beer has on draft. While underwhelming, the flavors remain just interesting enough to keep coming back for--and they never threaten to tax the palate, which is amenable to the sub-4% abv. In some respects it would be difficult to pick this out of a line-up of dry Irish stouts, although anyone with a decent sense of smell could probably figure it out.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first real experience with this style of beer, and for my first I enjoyed it.

A: Very dark almost pitch black, but with a slight wateriness to it. Had a good 2 inch head from the Nitro.

S; Decent malt smell, but mostly a roast sent more than anything else.

T: A very mild flavor, has some simmer notes from an English style stout or porter. Some coffee, some roast, and has a nice clean finish, slight almost hidden chocolate flavor. There seems to be no hop finish, it's a strong malt flavor.

M: This reminds me of a lighter version of a Guinness draft, just has a decent mouth feel the nitro helps it a lot to be more creamy and rich.

D: Because this is such a low ABV beer this could be drunk for hour and hours, it's a great session beer. I'd go back for more of this.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Eagle Rock Solidarity has a dark brown body that looks black until held up to the light. The brown head is solid and tightly bubbled. Very good retention and lacing. Definitely a nitro pour.

The aroma is somewhat muted, but there is roast and chocolate in there.

I had never heard of Eagle Rock until I saw this beer on tap, but I love to see craft-brewed beers that are low alcohol. I want more of these, especially in a town like LA where everyone drives everywhere. On to the flavors, roast and coffee stick out immediately, with chocolate and caramel lingering behind those.

A very smooth, fairly full mouthfeel from the nitro pour.

This is a solid beer, and I like seeing a dark mild being brewed. I really would like to try this one on cask though.

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Photo of felipe2toes
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at ERB.

Very dark in appearance, almost completely black with a thick creamy head.

Smells of roasty malts, coffee, and milk chocolate.

Mild chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Light body with a little bit of a bitter finish. I thought this was a real easy drinking beer, could drink all night.

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Photo of bellafromsocal
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this beer. It was served to me at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank and was poured perfectly. Very dark in appearance with a thick, tan, creamy head. Chocolate and coffee smell but not a strong taste of it. Sweet and very mild going down. No bitterness at all. I could easily drink a few of these.

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Solidarity from Eagle Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 104 ratings