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English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #93
Ranked #43,348
3.59 | pDev: 17.27%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
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Notes: English pub ale meets the French farmhouse tradition and American oak aging in this dry, drinkable farmhouse mild ale. Full-flavored, but brewed with enough restraint to be highly sessionable. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned.
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3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in Austin, Texas 3 years ago; it is Batch #9 dated 09/06/16. Been well stored cool & upright in my basement. Decided to pop it open in honor of it being my 2,000 beer listed on Beer Advocate. Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Jester King snifter style glass. Nice looking beer on the pour, dark body, deep amber in color, with a solid two fingered white head. The aroma is tannic, mild sour cherries, some smoke. First sip is a complex mix of cherry tartness, a bit of grain, mild smoke and a tiny hint of bitterness. The very low 2.9% abv allows you to consume as much as you want without any real alcohol buzz at all. Farmhouse ales aren't really my thing but this beer was fascinating to taste, so far off the commercial scale that I totally get the name!

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rorjets from Connecticut, Dec 11, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 bottle poured into a goblet. A clear and beautiful copper red color with a medium sized tan head. Great lacing. Aroma was bready with faint fruity notes and mild funky esters. The taste was somewhat different. A gentle tartness with dry bread, cherries, and floral notes. Light bodied and clean. Surprisingly more bitter than expected. Fun beer.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Dec 01, 2018
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3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this earlier in the summer. Seemed like a neat summer beer to check out, awesome name and imagery for the beer.

Pours a brown color. Expected something lighter and yellow. Small 1/3" off white head. Aroma of a little bit of oak and maybe some barley going on, almost brown malt like red ale notes with it.

Taste drops big time on the oak. Because of the relative light bodied-ness of the beer, the oak really comes across as strong as it has/can for a year long exposure. Came off stronger than some beers with 24 months of oak aging. Reminded me a bit of a belgian table strength beer from a local producer in Reno. (St James). Significant amount of malt and wood flavors push the entirety of this beer. So much more flavorful than beers twice its strength. A nutty brackish light cranberry feel in the mouth feel.

Seems like quite the mashup. Prolly wouldn't repeat purchase, but I did enjoy the uniqueness of this beer, definitely worth checking out at least once.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The overall BA score of this - to me - is deceiving. For the style, this is a solid option that is oaky, dry & refreshing.

Smell is most incredible. Dry & woodsy scent inspires a camping trip of bonfire.

Very well done and consistent from batch to batch.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amazingly subtle, yet at the same time one of the more grain driven beers i have had from jester king, this is unlike any other, and its awesome, i do not understand the low ratings here, except perhaps because folks cant place this squarely within the confines of a particular style, but to me thats what makes this exciting! its a rich chestnut color, surprisingly substantial in color and body for its ultra low abv, holding a tall almost white head too. the aroma is lighter than a lot of them on the jester king funk and tartness blend, but still identifiable as theirs, just balanced out a bit more by the malt, and seemingly tamed by the oak rather than enhanced by it. some nuttiness to the grain, even a little unexpected brown sugar sweetness, corn husk, acorn flour, and raisin. there is a nice funk to the finish, subtle dried citrus and even a bready element. the oak is nice here, wrapping this all up neatly together, some tannins and vanilla notes, but its all very mild. an incredibly flavorful and complete session type brew, i am surprised it doesnt get more love here on BA. a jester king classic at this point!

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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a well-attenuated, deep red-brown color with a creamy two-finger head. Very nice.
S: Has a tannic, subtly vinous aroma, with malt notes that are simultaneously chalky and nutty with hints of cocoa.
T: Immediately has a harsh, salty, tannic aftertaste that is quite unpleasant. After the salty tannic notes even out and die off it becomes more pleasant, allowing the toasty and fruity notes notes to advance on the palate, it is definitely tart (at first it seems sour), it feels like a beer that is halfway to becoming a flemish red or oud bruin. Even though the unpleasant tannic notes die off, they remain present throughout.
M: Dry, cant complain.
O: This beer takes some time mellow out and become pleasant and even then isn't a revelation. The malty notes come on a bit too strong. As I said before this beer feels like it's about halfway along it's journey to becoming what it is supposed to be, like an Oud Bruin or Flemish Red that isn't done yet. It's not bad, but I can't recommend it.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a hazy brown with an off white head. The smell is predominantly coffee with some strange fruit smell. The flavor is slightly tart but not horrible. My first experience with a beer with this small of alcohol content I can see the benefits but prefer the highpoint beers. Was basically wanting to try something from Jester King Brewery and this is what I found. Overall wouldn't buy again.

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MinerBob from Oklahoma, Dec 02, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the more interesting beers I have come across. A Farmhouse Mild? What could possibly go wrong? Very little, as it turns out. Poured cold from a 750-ml bottle into a proper lidded stein. Hazy, light caramel-sauce colored pour, with a two-finger very light tan head that settled into a thin ring with a spotty cap. Light caramel on the nose and palate, with Meyer lemon, rose petal, and a little barnyard funk. There is some very pleasant bitterness on the soft palate. Mouthfeel is light to medium. The finish is on the dry side, with a little lingering citrus and tart cherry. This is a very pleasant and drinkable beer, and at 2.9% ABV one could drink it all day long. This isn't going to have universal appeal, and it is quite expensive; however, if you like farmhouse ales, the uniqueness factor alone makes this well worth a splurge.

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dcotom from Iowa, Nov 02, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a muddled brown and fills to a very dark, reddish-brown, but in the sunlight it’s a shimmering, clear dark garnet. The head is a fuzzy khaki finger that dies to a creamy tan collar that has a soft cling.

Smell is funkier, nuttier, woodier, and cheesier than the beer turns out to be on the tongue, with notes of pie crust, candied nuts and brie.

Taste is lightly tart and very faintly smoked with toasty malt. It's almost like a wild Oktoberfest paired with some light, nutty oak and a tart lemon-cherry finish.

A medium to light crisp body finishes semi-wet, and the tartness seems like it increases with time, but subtly, helping it to become more complex.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Oct 24, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Clear brown with a short lived head and good lacing. Nutty and sweet smell. Taste is earthy and slightly sour. Good beer.

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Photo of donspublic
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip from bottle minimal head no lacing. Medium brown in the glass. Chestnut, lactic on the nose. Mild tartness and bitterness, like a mild sour brown. Great beer to slow down the night with. Split 2 of these with my daughter.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Looks very much the handsome half of mild sat in a handled glass dark brown body and frothing full off white head
Now the aroma gives away it isn't quite the blighty mild
Sour raspberry and chestnut on the nose
The sawdust and dark fruit flavour of English mild is there set against prickling sour farmhouse
It's not heavy but the the strength and style I think my anticipation of the beer has been justified

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EmperorBevis from United Kingdom (England), May 01, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phenomenal style mashup. You get that malt body and distinctive English mild flavor with an overlay of barnyard, a tartness that hints of dried cherry and cranberry, and a big wood presence. Would go great with pub type fare.

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Kurmaraja from California, Mar 13, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I recently bought this new batch of Commercial Suicide at Jester King three weeks ago and I drank it last night. It is a Mild Farmhouse Ale based on the traditional English Mild Dark Ale. It is fermented entirely in French oak foudres.

(L) It has a very dark almost black hue and very thin head that dissipated quickly.

(A) The aroma was oak and dark fruit.

(T) It was malty with a flavor of oak, raisins, citrus, very tart/sour, slight sweetness, no bitterness.

(F) Carbonated, dry, light and crisp.

In general I do not tend to like their very mild (and low alcohol) beers too much but this one was pretty good.

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Photo of qchic
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have little experience with Jester King, but this certainly piques my interest in finding more. Super low ABV (as everyone else mentions) but plenty of flavor and funk. This bottle from batch #8, perhaps, benefits from sitting since 4/15. Described as an English mild, this is like no other, but does feature cereal grains. Some funky ripe fruit sourness gives it a vinous quality which paces my consumption favorably. Dry, dry, dry with a farmhouse yeasty aroma. Fantastic! Why so many haters!?

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qchic from Maryland, Jan 23, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch #8
Poured from a 750ml bottle (16Apr15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth after 1 minute and 30 seconds. Dark brown in color with a copper tint. Rising bubbles are very small in size and very subtle in quantity once the head settles. Lacing is thin and moderate. 3.75
SMELL: Has mild aromas of sweet toasted malts and oak, subtle aromas of barley and sour yeast, and hints of piney hops. 3.5
TASTE: Mild flavors of sour yeast and sweet toasted malts enter initially. Flavors of mild oak, subtle barley, and hints of piney hops enter immedieately after as roasted malt flavors persist, but sour yeast flavors grow slightly stronger. 4.0
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and had a subtle dryness in the finish. Sourness playfully agitates the tongue. 3.25
NOTE: Not their best brew, but for the price and the size of the bottle, this is practically champagne. This is still pretty good.
OVERALL RATING: 3.79 out of 5.
Batch #9
Poured gently from a 750ml bottle (10Nov15) into a tulip. Consumed on 06Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth after 45 seconds. Dark brown in color with a copper tint. Rising bubbles are medium in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour green apples, earthy yeast, tobacco, and hay entangle with mild aromas of toast, oak, and coffee. Hints of spicy hops can also be detected.
TASTE: Very strong sour green apple along with strong hay flavors first strike the palate. Mild earthy yeast, tobacco, toast, and oak flavors immediately follow.The taste profile comes to a close with subtle coffee flavors and hints of spicy hops as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and somewhat creamy. Finishes with a mild, but pleasant dryness. Sourness from the beer playfully agitated the tongue.
NOTE: This batch was much more sour than the last, which I loved. The yeast profile was also bigger.

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Myotus from Texas, Sep 30, 2015
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3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Think they nailed what they set out to do. It's a light, almost too light and refreshing brew. Packs a decent amount of flavor. The body is what I enjoy most about this brew. A perfect sun beer.

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Thedrizzle from Florida, Sep 29, 2015
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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 750ml into Duvel.

A - Dark mahogany in color with a 2.5 finger khaki head. Fades slowly into a thin cap and leaves behind thick lacing.

S - This certainly has the aroma of a dark English mild. A good amount of roasted and nutty malts with some grain and Wheaties. The funk and wood are barely detectable but present.

T- Starts off with the dark malts with some roasty and nutty flavors. There are hints of tartness along the way, but not so much as to detract from the malts. Some faint grain and hints of oak, but not much funk round it out.

M - Really smooth with a nice soft carbonation that gives it a fuller feel for such a low ABV. Still maintains a easy to drink quality and never feels heavy.

O - If you expect a light bodied dark English mild I think you will enjoy it. I would not expect a Saison or you will be disappointed.

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Ri0 from Wisconsin, Aug 16, 2015
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2.31/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I tried it at the brewery where they pulled an unopened bottle from the refrigerator, opened the bottle and poured my pint.

Visually it is a nice looking beer, not overly dark, more of a reddish brown that I could mostly see through. Looks mean nothing however.

The beer smells of mild sweetness, the tartness is apparent on the nose, a nice oakiness follows up on the mellow smell of the dark/caramel malt backbone. All in all the beer has a nice nose, only put off my the smell of tart fun, and the pepperiness of saison. Tart funk does not belong on an English mild.

As far as taste and mouthfeel this is where it all falls apart. The beer is thin, the malt backbone has been completely gobbled up by a very aggressive wild yeast so there is almost no mouthfeel, swirled around the glass the beer has absolutely no legs, its final gravity is as low as any beer I have ever had that used wyeast 3711 French Saison. As far as taste the first thing you notice up front and forward is a peppery, funky tartness that COMPLETELY rolls over and malt backbone. I tasted overpowering bitter, spicy funk, than a very mild sweetness that was then completely cascaded by the lingering taste of astringent bitterness at the end.

I don't know what they were thinking with this beer. English milds are suppose to have body and a stronger malt backbone balanced by slight hop bitterness, this beer is thin, watery, with little backbone to be noticed while its funk and astringency choke the life out of anything that could resemble a pleasant flavor. I would never purchase this beer again, it's actually pretty awful now.

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured out a clear, golden brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of coffee, roasted malt and caramel. Sweet toasted caramel and toffee with a bold coffee finish.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Mar 08, 2015
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2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

This is simply awful. i honestly dont know why they produce this beer. It is bitter, poor flavor and just overall terrible. Thin watery brown junk beer

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Tommo from Texas, Dec 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

The 750 mL bottle had no date. The body was a medium dark brown/cola colored with a very light tan head. The body was clear and the thin head sizzled out quickly.

The smell was nutty. Dried apricots and raisins.

The taste was also nutty. Bone-dry with a stale fruitiness. More flavor than expected for the low ABV.

The body was medium to thin.

This is not something I would seek out again.

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Cresant from Kentucky, Oct 28, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a murky looking brown, with no real head or lacing, and chunks of stuff that looks kind of like dirt floating around.

Smells funky and grassy, with some barnyard, some nutty coffee-like flavors, and some lactic acid.

Tastes interesting, but a bit of a departure from the aroma. The coffee is only slightly in the taste, and it's more sour than funky, with some oak, vanilla, grass, and nuttiness.

This one is pretty light bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a slightly gritty mouthfeel.

This one is definitely interesting, unique, and pretty light and refreshing.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Oct 16, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a super large dirty white head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some oak notes and funky ester is a weird mix that I wasn’t expecting. Taste is a mix between some tart notes with lightly sweet caramel malt with dry funky yeast notes. Body is light with perfect carbonation. Glad I’ve had the chance to try this beer but not sure it is something I would seek on a regular basis.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Jul 04, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clear maroon ish purple with a half finger head that disappeared quickly.
Aroma is oak, wood, dark fruit.
taste is Wood. small coffee roast. Light toffee and dark fruit.some milk chocolate and coco powder as it warms
Mouthful is where this beer is severely lacking. Super thin. Overly carbonated. No lingering flavors. this one element hurts this otherwise decent beer.
Overall it's not something I'd want to try again.

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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 500 ratings