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Iceni Men Of NorfolkIceni Men Of Norfolk

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Iceni Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-23-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Reviews by Goldorak:
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2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Porter/3 pistoles like dark, the ring of lace was sort of off-grey.

Smell: Quite corky, a tad of smoke that dissolved quickly, and a very vinous aroma that had some sweetness in it, kind of like a port.

Taste: Dry and to the point (maybe a little too much so), with plenty of roasted, maybe even black patent malt (something you don't see to often in my neck of the woods). Band-aid finish suggest we unfortunately got an infected bottle. It lacked body and definition (I know it's a mild, but it was still too thin).

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3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne corked 750ml bottle, kind of strange for an English beer. This was a very nice surprise however. Deep brown, with a nice head. Aroma is vinous and woody, also notes of chocolate and caramel. Palate, is very soft, with little, if no, carbonation. Palate is gently sweet, with caramel and chocolate, beautifully met by some cutting acidity/sourness, almost vinous mouthfeel. With a long, semi-roasted finish, a very nice beer.

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3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and aged 750ml brown bottle. For this kind of bottling it's probably the first of its kind in Britain. Beer label says: ''brewed using floor-malted Maris Otter barley, grown on Teddy Maufe's Branthill farm at Wells next to the Sea", this beer "recreates a rich, dark ale that was popular in Norfolk in the 1960's". So this sounds like another revived style thanks to tremendous work done by the fantastic micro-brewery based in Norfolk. BBE Dec. 2006.

A: the odd-shaped cork (w/ a champagne cork-bottom and a long body of wine cork suitable for long-aged red wine) is stuck deeply in the bottle so I have to use a cork-screw to open it rather than popping it open like sparkling wine. It ends up in my goblet static-bodied, extremely dark brownish liquid, with a loosely formed bubbly head sinking quickly into the beer. It looks like a fine-aged beer, like an old ale served straight from its cask~~
S: wow... deeply vinous it is--an intense flow of wood-barrel note is intertwined with young red-wine and grape-juice kind of tart fruity aroma; the second layer of aroma sees a faint hint of dark chocolate, some leather, medicinal note like calcium-pill, roughly crushed barley, ground lightly-roast coffee beans, and some indiscernible herbs.
T: a quiet flow of static, lightly sour vinous flavour mixed with drops of redcurrant juice, while on the other side of the flavour it shows a deeper, maltier, bitter-chocolatey and coffeeish element and some woody/earthy bitterness. The two sides are coupled well to result in a mildly malty, sourly fruity, but rather clean mouthfeel. Some vinous flavour and a residual taste of coffee is left in the medium-length aftertaste, but no particular bitterness nor hops are noticeable. Distinctive flavour it is!!
M&D: overall this beer has a texture like a light, fruity wine, maybe mixed with a spoonful of coffee~~ Light-bodied and flat on the mouthfeel, however it's rather proper for its strange flavour. I wonder if this beer is meant to be like this or my bottle is corked. If the former I'd say this is the most unusual beer I've ever tasted. If the latter it's more like an old ale overly fermented and then past its prime. If the cork's shape and its supposed function are taken into account, I believe this beer is meant to age more like a wine in the bottle as in a wooden barrel. But still I can't say if it's my cup of tea, and you've got to try this to make up your own mind coz it's one of the most unusual beers you'll ever encounter, believe me! Des de Moor puts it only too well: it's a rare British offering equivalent to a premium Flemish brown ale!!

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