Machine House Dark Mild | Machine House Brewery

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Machine House Dark MildMachine House Dark Mild

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Machine House Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional English Dark Mild, one of the great underappreciated beers. Mild in ABV, mild in hop bitterness and aroma, yet our most full flavoured and drinkable ale. Light bodied and very smooth, yet dark in colour with a rich, chocolate flavor.

Added by barleywinefiend on 03-10-2013

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 6
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Photo of HoppySeb
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jason_nwx
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattSn
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque in the glass with a half finger light khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark biscuit malt with light roast, hints of caramel and root beer spices. Flavor is toasted dark malt, nice chocolate, hint of caramel and molasses. Finishes with a mild lingering roastiness and light grassy hops. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Mild as expected for the style, but some very nice chocolate and malt flavors here, surprisingly well presented for this, which is almost a small beer in ABV. I rarely drink session ales, but if I did, this would fit the bill perfectly, with nice light but full flavors of chocolate and malt. Nicely done. Perhaps my favorite from this brewery that is making fresh traditional English ales.

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Photo of Eighty
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of VashonGuy
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this beer, and this style, is well named. It is dark, quite dark, and mild, very mild. It looked good, with a nice head (from a cask). But after the looks, it was downhill from there.

The beer was very thin in body, pretty watery. The flavor was dark roast, and that was about all there was to it. I didn't pick up the other flavors that other reviews described​. There was some bitterness from the roasts.

So maybe I just don't get the English Dark Mild style. This is the first beer I've had in that style. I should try another. But this beer just reminded me of a weak cup of coffee.

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Photo of Laklimell
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of warpedrevolution
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DKRowden
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of sukwonee
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NWHopinator
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brotherliam
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sanford_and_son
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, like a Porter, with a beige foam in the narrow glass. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth and very light bodied. Quite grainy and rather dry. There is a lot of burnt malt in the flavors as you sip for a while.

Bitter aftertaste but stays away from the sourish charcoal taste. However, the nose of charred barley stays with you. More austere than mellow. It’s an interesting example of what can be done even below 4 percent. ABV is 3.7% according to the label. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline.

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Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on cask in an imperial pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: dark brown with two fingers of tan foam; very good indeed.

Smell: richly malty aroma with a bit of roast. Very enticing.

Taste: roasty and quite bitter. There's a little caramel here too, but overall it's not sweet. Dry and interesting.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; smooth but with low carbonation due to the cask. It works for me.

Overall: roasty bitterness is a bit high to be a really sessionable beer for me, despite the low ABV. Still, it's a nice quaff.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive initial pour yielded a glass that was literally about 90% head. I waited to let it settle in a bit and try a less direct approach.
A more reasonable pour yielded slightly more reasonable results, though it still resulted in a massive two and a half fingers of sticky foam that rises out the top of the glass like a souffle. Body is coca cola deep chestnut brown that's definitely not quite black, but is damn dark anyway. Ruby and chestnut at the corners. Sticks sticky stays with the glass like old cobwebs.

No surprise here, the nose is primarily all malts, with a slightly sweet nutty introduction. Slightly roasty.

Flavour lives up to the name moreso than the nose. Mild malts of the roasty/nutty variety carry this through with just a faint hint of chocolate and a little bitter twinge to the finish.

Effervescent carbonation on an easy drinking body.
I don't know a huge amount about english milds, but this is pretty much exactly what I picture when I think of what a dark mild should be. It's gorgeous, and you could easily sit and drink them all day as neither the flavour nor the alcohol are likely to overwhelm you. I don't know that it's something I would grab all the time, but I am a fan an glad to have it so readily available and will happily pick it up from time to time if that's what I'm in the mood for.

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Photo of Aleforme
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StevieD2
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of benbjb
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of DamienI
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ncherf
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Machine House Dark Mild from Machine House Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 33 ratings