Left Hand Junior Black Belt Mild Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by nrbw23 on 01-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of shoney
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had an on-tap in the "glass of the month" at the Crosswoods Winking Lizard in Columbus, Oh. I was generally unimpressed with this selection.
Appearance: Dark caramel brown color. Looked good but...
Smell: Dark Roasted malt with a hint of caramel
Taste: Not impressed. Very light witch I guess is the aim of this brew, but a little too light and watery for my tastes. Left a tin-like aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Overly carbonated
Drinkability: I had one and that was enough, but due to the alcohol level it was definitely a sessionable beer.
Overall: Not impressed especially for price. It smelled good but tasted very watered down and unimaginative. Wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on-draft as part of Winking Lizard's glass-of-the-month.

Poured a tepid and dirty brown. A wisp of a head hung around. Smelled kinda roasty, with a smattering of bitterness. The taste is where things went wrong, imo. Tobacco-like flourishes combined with an acrid, nutty/coffee flavor that just wasn't tasty. Feel was thin and weak. Drinkability below average.

And a side note - this glass looked remarkably similar to the Leinie's Fireside a few months ago.. me & my buddies pondered the fact that maybe a few kegs of that stuff were left to "age" and offered up this month. Kidding of course, but they seemed much alike..

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Photo of nrbw23
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brewed for the Winking Lizard's 25th anniversary.

A- Pours a clear copper color with a fairly thin cream colored head. Head has ok retention and leaves very little lacing.

S- The smell is of caramel and sweet malts. Pretty much no hops are here. Picking up bready malts and almost rye.

T- A bit too sweet for my liking and overall pretty boring. Has a dryness to it as well. No bitterness at all. There is also some sort of butter taste to this brew.

M- Lighter side of medium and carbonation.

D- I'm going to skip this one if it ever comes my way again.

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Photo of jampics2
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Bedford Winking Lizard. Beer number one on my 2011 World Tour. Served in a Left Hand glass I took home with me :)

The beer looks nice in the glass. It is a copper base with brown and gold edges. There's a small white head that struggles then throws its hands up, receding quickly to a meager film. A bit of lace is noticed. The color is inviting, but better head retention would make this a standout.

The nose is really subdued, even for a mild. There's a hint of caramel, chocolate, toffee and a touch of earthy hops. Really, this is all quite pleasant but could be much more expressive.

The taste starts to make up for the bland smell. There's a nicely integrated touch of toast then some chocolate. Those flavors culminate in a light bitterness. However, the flavor quickly drops out, giving way to moderate wateriness and an almost seltzer watery finish. A slight kiss of sweetness lingers. For my tastes, this is not very flavorful, but it is session-able and pleasant. I have had a few milds lately that pack more flavor per sip.

The mouthfeel is characterized by a sparkling kick of carbonation. Jr. Black Belt has light to medium body and a clean (albeit slightly watery) finish. The lack of taste in the finish and sharp carb kill this beer for me, I wish it was a cask beer with slightly more caramel and toast.

D: pretty good, could have more pizzaz but a refreshing brew for sur

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown. Some orangish tints. Not a lot of head but looks fairly pretty. Smells like chocolate malt up the wazoo... That's pretty much all I get on the nose. Tastes strongly of chocolate malts. Some light roast. no hops detectable. just chocolate malt. Nicely carbonated and fairly drinkable but overall nothing special. Would I drink it again? sure. Would I go out of my way for it? no

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Photo of clickpush
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap to special edition WL glass, shaped like a Franziskaner glass. Copper body w lots of carbonation topped by one finger white head. Reduces to a nice cap of lace. Sticks to glass with every sip. Smells of raw grain and tart, dry, spicy yeast. Lemon peel & grass. Flavor is light, impreasively mimicking the smell. Light, nearly salty, almost seltser like in flavor. A touch of roastiness in the finish. Carbonation is sparse and gentle, creating a creamy experience in the mouth. Definite pleaser for the session seeker.

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Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Olives on Ludlow in Cincinnati. It's a light brown beer with some pretty impressive carbonation that lines the glass at first, ending up with a small white head that becomes little more than a ring. Smell is mostly of light malts and dry hops. The taste is fine, light and palatable, light roasted malt body with some hops throughout. A medium-thin beer that drinks very easily.

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Photo of beergod1
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Winking Lizard in Mentor Ohio. Nice glass to keep.
Beer was pretty good too. Had a nice foamy head, then it kept a fine layer all the way to the bottom, with nice lacing. Clear Copper/Amber (it was dark in there).
Not much aroma, but what I did smell, was some roasty malt and a sweetness like candy. Tasted Toasted Malt, Some sweet/spicy yeast, maybe. As it warmed up it really got smooth. I tried to drink it slow and wait for my wings, but I drank it pretty quick.
Medium body, not much in the way of hops, but an easy drinking brew. I would get again.

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Photo of FrankHashimoto
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of stewart124
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with decent off-white head.

Tobacco and lightly roasted malts in the nose. Some earthy aromas.

Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation and mild hop presence. Nice roasted characters that really push this beer along. Nothing too big or bold which makes this so easy to drink.

Refreshing session ale that just leaves you wanting more. Some more roasted notes in the finish and a lingering tobacco and vanilla. Delicious.

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Photo of Spider889
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Crosswoods Winking Lizard, my first beer of my first World Tour attempt.

Supposedly brewed between Winking Lizard and Left Hand for the Lizard's 25th Anniversary.

First off I have to say that while this beer isn't wowing anyone with outlandish ingredients or explosive flavors, it's still a good beer. Others state things like "boring" and "not sure what this style is supposed to even look like..." Frankly, there's a style guide for every single style possible on this stie. Feel free to peruse it. As an English mild, I felt that this was very successful.

Served in the glass of the month - a pseudo tulip. The beer is brown, almost a maple color. Very clear with a small cap of off-white head. The head didn't last too long and the beer leaves a moderate amount of spotted lace on my glass. Some visible carbonation.

Smells of sweet caramel malt and mild fruits - maybe dates, prune, and some candied apple.

The taste is very well-rounded imo, it was much more malty than my wife and I expected. My most recently tasted beer to compare this to is GI Mild Winter, and this beer easily beats out the GI offering. The flavor is roasty without being burnt, with some nice nuttiness. I really like this for what the brewer was trying to achieve.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and super drinkable. I'll likely order another on my next visit to the Lizard.

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Left Hand Junior Black Belt Mild Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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