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Solidarity | Eagle Rock Brewery

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Brewed by:
Eagle Rock Brewery
California, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SShelly on 12-08-2009

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Photo of beerblanket
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
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 SShelly
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of glasses at the opening party, going from memory...

Nice thick dark choc. brown/black color with a poofy offwhite head, stuck around for < a minute.

Nice coffee chocolate aroma, dark and slightly roasty.

Damn this thing is flavorful for a mild, the mellow roasty, chocolate character continues from the aroma to the taste. Subtle hop bitterness balances the malt characters and adds a little bit of bite.

This is a suprememly drinkable mild, hell my glass emptied itself a few times, cant wait to get a few growlers.

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Photo of bellafromsocal
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of felipe2toes
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Mitzvahman72
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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 billshmeinke
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 RexF
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Sandstone
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

Glad to see someone finally stepping up and making a high-quality session beer. In my opinion, the dark mild has been criminally neglected by the craft community.

A: Very dark. Looks almost like a stout. Pours with a nice white head.

S: Has that nice malty / cereal sort of smell. A little bit of roastiness, but its subtle.

T: A fairly light flavor. You get a bit of chocolate, coffee, general roastiness, but its all up front, and the beer finishes clean. I got none of the diactyl that another reviewer noticed.

M: Beer was well carbonated. Mouthfeel was light, but not out of character for the style

D: On a nice hot day I could easily see putting back a growler of this.

Overall, I found this to be a solid first effort from a new brewery, and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured a dark black color into pint glass. Light roasty smell. The taste of a roasted porter. Light in taste. Nice mouthfeel, not strong. Good drinkability, light enough to drink all night. This was the third beer I had after drinking Red Velvet and Revolution. This was very good as I wasn't expecting the roastiness of the flavor. Light enough to drink but with a very good taste.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I meet Jeremy (the owner of Eagle Rock Brewery) over 18 months ago at a bottle share. Now I get to try one of his beers, a mild ale, which is a style slowly becoming more talked about in the US. On to the beer:

Very dark brown, almost black in color. Could it be a porter? Or a coffee drink....I smell perfumy mocha teasing me. There's less mocha flavor to taste, but it has more of a slight burnt edge. Light in the mouth, but nowhere to being watery, which surprised me. Pleasant to drink.

Yum. Solidarity takes a different path from another local mild (Prohibition Mild), but end up with a similar amount of goodness.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 beagle75
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Duff27
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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 augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a nonic.

Red-brown liquid with a thin light desert sand head which persists well and exhibits excellent lacing.

Malt forward on the nose - rich and dark but not particularly roasty. Faint orange notes.

Bread pudding, mineral water, light coffee, and crème fraîche on the palate. The finish is slightly tart and dry with a hint of iodine. Just a touch of bitterness for balance. Diacetyl is a bit higher than I'd like - and reduces the drinkability significantly.

Medium-light, yet creamy body. Low but suitable carbonation.

Properly sessionable and surprisingly flavorful for the ABV - though as I said, the diacetyl gets in the way a bit.

While tasty, this comes across as more of a home-brew as it is a touch rough around the edges. Looking forward to seeing what Eagle Rock comes up with given more time...

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Photo of MrTopher
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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 womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Hojaminbag
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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 beer2day
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Bierliebhaber3
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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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