Mason's Dark Mild | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mdfb79 on 06-06-2012

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light tan head that leaves a film on the surface. Beer is a dark brown opaque color. Really good look.

Smell and taste are good. Dark and moderate roasted notes. A nice earthy hop bitterness as well. Light toffee with a slight side of barely traceable chocolate to balance the roast.

Light body but on the heavier side. Biting carbonation makes it drinkable. Smooth and thin as it should be.

Overall, great bitter and great session beer. Definitely worth getting .

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Photo of zp6167a
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewpub:
Pours a deep brown, maybe a tad reddish when a little light hits the side. Looks almost black with a little shadow. Head is nice foamy-towards-creamy tan. Sheets of head cling to the glass on a sip, but quickly return to the surface.

Nose toffee cut with a hint of English bitter notes. Initially I got some chocolate roast notes, but warmth seems to bring out the toffee more and more.

The taste holds the roast notes longer, starting a bit chocolatey, but slowly turning more to coffee and eventually weak coffee as vegetal bitter notes make their presence felt as I get deeper into the beer. Feel is medium light early on and as the taste goes from bolder roast notes to more bitter, it seems to tend to feeling lighter. Carbonation is nice throughout, hitting the tongue with a little tickle even late I the pour.

First few sips I was really impressed. Through the pour I enjoyed it a little less. Overall though, I was quite impressed, still, and I thought this a decent substitute for a porter. Will not hesitate to grab it again.

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Photo of delta490
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ShanePB
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pmarlowe
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

light mahogany body with russet tinges. Aromas of chocolate, malt, bread. Some nutty, earthy character in the flavor. Mild dose of chocolate. Nice amount of flavor packed into a low abv brew. Good stuff.

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Photo of Ngntjp
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SaarSalim
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TubaManJack
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mad Fox. Pours clear moderate brown color with off white head. Nose has slight roasted malt, chocolate, an a slight nuttiness. Flavor is similar with roast on the tongue and a chocolate finish. Body is a bit too thin. Probably needs a slightly-higher mash temperature, at least for my taste. Quite nice and very drinkable.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cask into a pint glass at Churchkey DC.

Light tan and classic big bubbled soapy head. However, I was watching this thing for about a good 10-15 minutes without touching it and it never even fell. Body color is super dark walnut/brown to black, there might even be some red hues along the sides. Nice start to this.

What a great nose on this. Fresh brewed morning drip coffee! Dark chocolate bitter notes! Lots of cream too, some light tobacco comes out too! Real killer.

Palate fills with all the great richness hinted on the nose. Coffee, chocolate etc.. Lots of ash like quality to this and carbon burnt gravy mixing nicely. Classic wet body as to be expected but pretty much giving the notes in the palate some say.

Overall just a lovely mild out of the cask, very enjoyable.

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Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at the source in a pint glass. Beer is ruby and clear / brown with a thin tan head of small bubbles, low retention, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is a little sweet but very faint.

Beer is light in body and sweet on the start, thins out to a watery grainy beer at the back but not necessarily in a bad way. I enjoy it mostly and move on. A good 3% beer for sure. I might have it again.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the menu: "One of our extreme session beers, this dark roasty malt-accented beer is our lowest alcohol beer yet. This session ale is toffee and chocolate accented with just enough hops to keep the malt sweetness from getting cloying. Brewed with English malts and English Goldings hops, this classic English-style ale was born for the Pub and your pint glass."

From 05/25/12 notes at the brewpub. On cask, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear dark amber color with one inch of off white head and low carbonatioin evident.

s - Smells of nuts, burnt malts, toasted malts, bread malts, light wood. Pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes nutty, bready malts, light fruit, bready malts, burnt and toasted malts. A tiny bit sweeter then the nose, a tiny step up for me.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation evident. Nice body, a little thicker then I was expecting given the ABV.

o - Overall a nice Englidh dark mild. Lots of malts, and some nice nuts in the nose and taste. Super easy to drink, and would like to have to again.

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Mason's Dark Mild from Mad Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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