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Mild At Heart | Wandering Star Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wandering Star Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
wanderingstarbrewing.com

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
‘Dark Mild’ English style session beer with the ABV and color of an Irish Stout but a nuttier, softer mouthfeel from crystal and chocolate malts, and a finishing dryness from aroma hops. Brewed for drinkability to extract the maximum complexity and flavor from a relatively ‘light’ beer, warm fermented to accentuate dark fruit and roast malt notes. Conceived for cask and perfect served as a Real Ale. Hopped with Cluster and Perle.

29 IBU

Added by metter98 on 04-27-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
50
Avg:
4
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear yet almost opaque very dark amber in color with some light amber and garnet red highlights along with a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall frothy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with some very light notes of chocolate.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some light notes of chocolate and just a hint of dark fruit (plum). Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very easy to drink, is enjoyable, and as a result of the low ABV definitely a session beer. I really enjoy this style and there are just not too many options in it, especially made in the US - glad I found this one since I started doing full reviews (I previously "Had" it at a cask festival in late 2011).

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Photo of jcoulighan
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ajlvt
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of macesq
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of mlefebvre7
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served cask style at The Madison Pour House in Albany, NY.

Served in a tulip, this beer is a chocolatey, dark brown-black. Small tight head present that lasts a good amount of time.

Light but pleasant roasted malt aromas. True to the dark mild style.

Tastes include light, pleasant roasted malts, nutty flavors, and toast.

Light cask-style carbonation, with a light to medium body. Feels really good to drink down. Very sessionable.

One of the best cask beers I've had. This style obviously really works.

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Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color and poured with a thin beige head that slowly died down and left some lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Flavors of roasted malts are also present in the taste, although they aren’t quite as strong as those in the smell. Notes of dark fruits are also noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with no perceptible carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is rather sessionable, especially given its low alcohol content.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey.

Pours with a one finger caramel mocha head that dissipates quickly, pitch brown color with sparse but consistent lacing.

Nose is metallic with dark grain and roasty caramel and toffee notes.

Taste is very clean and clear with notes of roasty coffee, bitter coffee bean, and roasted grain.

This is a very smooth, crisp, drinkable beer with low carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable mild. Slightly watery tasting, but otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of andylipp
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, New York.

Poured a dark brown hue with a half finger frothy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured elements of cocoa and brown bread with a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a grainy toasted malt with a touch of roasted grain resulting in a robust charcoal and dry cocoa flavor. Good herbal hop as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty mild. A lot of flavor packed into a small package.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of kniles38
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/11/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, some smoke, coffee chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a hearty roasted malt character followed by a strong smokiness for the style. Then mild flavors of coffee and chocolate come in. The hops presence is mild but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style with the added smokiness, this is a very solid beer to session with if you’re in the mood for a milder smoky beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Very light fizzy head, super dark molasses brown beer.

Nose had light brown toasty malts, brown sugar, sweet malts, crystal malts and caramel, toffee, very light chocolate and hint of roast, light nutty.

Taste had nice mild brown malts, toasty nutty, light sweet caramel and toffee, crystal malts, light creamy, touch of chocolate and roast, very mild hop addition, light and drinkable with darker flavorful malts. Finishes a bit sticky with lingering darker malts, sweetness but drier.

Body is slightly lighter bodied, a bit creamy decent carb.

Overall pretty good, drinkable and tasty, nice malt profile, hint of hops, despite being light it has a nice dark malt presence, nicely done.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of darioism
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every sip was different. Went from malty to chocolaty to coffee to... just kept moving! Fabulous!

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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2/5  rDev -50%

Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Mild At Heart from Wandering Star Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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