Mild At Heart | Wandering Star Brewing Company

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Wandering Star Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 11
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a chocolate brown color and a modest cap that leaves a few strands

Smell: Roasty, with black bread, caramel and a hint of chocolate; over time, the caramel builds in intensity

Taste: Caramel and black bread, up front, with a bit if fruit and chocolate appearing in the middle; after the swallow, coffee flavors arrive though the finish re-affirms the caramel and black bread elements; interestingly, coffee lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A very interesting panoply of flavor; nice to see more breweries experimenting with the style

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at The Good Life thanks to BOBPINCH666 & emdawg. Served in a standard pint glass.

L - black liquid with a beige head that thinned out after a while.

S - roasted malt aroma.

T - roasted malt upfront slowly leading to light bitterness as it finishes, very tasty.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation, easy to drink.

O - this was my 1st dark mild and I quite enjoyed it, but not as much as the company I was with!

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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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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3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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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4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Mild At Heart from Wandering Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 52 ratings
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