Suarez Family Brewery

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Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #1
Ranked #3,956
4.22 | pDev: 6.4%
Mar 24, 2022
Aug 31, 2017
Notes: None
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Reviewed by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Rich, roasty, toasty, and quaffable as hell. This is a top of the line session brew. Incredible malt flavors of dark chocolate and dark crusted pretzel. A light herbal hop character accents everything very nicely. Seriously huge flavors for such a low abv beer. Highly recommended.
Mar 24, 2022
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Cherry-amber with sticky, frothy, steady taupe head; carob, medium roast coffee + dark candy sugar on the nose; rock candy, mochaccino, some autumn leaves, hazelnut skin, and light buzz of winter spice; creamy, low carb, lt-med.

4.25 4 4 4.25 4

I love milds and this is not a great one but that's not an insult + let me say why:
It's the milk chocolaty (not vinous) + especially crystal end of the Dark Mild scale - much more baby Strong Ale than baby Porter or Baby Old Ale. And it's a bit too far that end: the maltiness ends up candy sweet, and that just won't do in a style designed for pint after pint. Add that it's not earning its 4.2% (when it could/should be 3.6%) and then *lactose*... yeah, this fails for a purist.
But take a moment to notice all the things this does right for a style that seems elusive to American breweries: the dextrinous body, the restrained carbonation, the well-judged hop bitterness, the lighter layering of malt.

Like a talented actor miscast, this almost powers through by sheer skill of execution.

SFB on a bad day is still far better than most.
Feb 17, 2022
Rated: 4.26 by SpaethJam from New York

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Dec 17, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Nov 22, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - The beer poured a brownish-black with an off-white head.

Smell - The beer had a nice dry ale nose with malts and mild bitterness.

Taste - The initial taste had baker’s chocolate with mild bitterness. There was a touch of sweetness with hints of coffee in the malts. Mild hops came through at the finish.

Mouthfeel - The finish was smooth with small carbonation and a medium body.

Overall -The beer was super refreshing. It would work great with a fish fry.
Jan 09, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Dec 26, 2020
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a can (30Sep2020) into a 25cl Suarez stein

L: pours a very clear dark caramel/amber with a moderate off-white head. Fades somewhat but there’s a decent head sticking around after 5+ minutes. Bit that’s faded leaves some nice lacing, as does each sip. No visible carbonation

S: excellent slightly sweet and roasty nose. Get toffee, roast coffee, some very rustic whole grain bread, this bit of honey sweetness

T: follows the nose well, impressively full flavored while being quite light. Get toffee and that medium/light roast coffee from the nose, a bit of that honey sweetness as well. Some sort of grainy/rustic bread note as well toward the middle/finish

F: medium body, light+ carbonation, has a bit of a fuller feel which may be the lactose or maybe I’m forcing it

O: just a delicious beer. Full of flavor and far from watery, easy drinking, love it
Dec 24, 2020
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Can courtesy of bigklip74.
Dec 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Profundobaso from New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look - purchased at the brewery, and poured into a standard pint glass. dark amber in color, transparent, and small frothy head with trace lacing.
Smell - a ton of roasted malts and some coffee, with a honey-like sweetness.
Taste - mostly roasted malts with a hint of black-coffee like bitterness and light smokiness towards the end. finish is smooth, with the fragrance of the roasted malts lasting for quite some time.
Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and fairly low ABV at 4.2%.
Overall - it's hard to find a bad beer at Suarez. another beer that is a quintessential representation of its style.
Nov 24, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by allenson21 from New York

Nov 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Benish from Utah

3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: looks like brown ale with very minimal head. No sediment or floaties.

Smell: light biscuity malt with a floral sweetness and a little honey.

Taste: very mild. Whole-grain biscuity malt with little caramel sweetness and light coffee with just a faint of creamer. Also a little cola taste in the backend.

Mouthfeel: very light bodied, smooth.

Overall: a really solid beer during the autumnal months and a nice break from the more popular beer style's in today's society!
Oct 23, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Oct 09, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by SkiBum22 from New York

Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Oct 12, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by campfirebrew from New York

Jul 23, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by Ralphs66 from New York

Jun 06, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by Ajlvt from Washington

May 22, 2019
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

May 15, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by tobelerone from New Jersey

May 04, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Mar 15, 2019
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Rated by Dogboywonder from New York

4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
My favorite mild
Mar 13, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by kniles38 from New York

Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 4.26 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Oct 25, 2018
Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Oct 19, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by alexsergio from New York

Oct 19, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by mltobin from Connecticut

Oct 18, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 16, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Oct 14, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Mikexw from New York

Oct 10, 2018
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Well carbonated beer with case of cocoa. very beautiful clear color. It’s tough to rate on smell in terms of dark beers this one is pretty benign.
Oct 07, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut

Sep 23, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by petermethot from New Jersey

Jan 17, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by smi69 from New York

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Philcassella from North Carolina

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Oct 22, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by knicks19947 from New York

Oct 03, 2017
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Reviewed by orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
It's difficult to find darker beers that don't disappoint on flavor, but also don't sag you down, when it's 90 degrees in late September, in upstate NY. This beer doesn't skimp on flavor like some in favor of watery dreariness.

Rather it's full of carbonation, silky, light-med feel is great with a light toasted toffee, mildly bitter cocoa finish. Plum and raisin fruitiness finds their proper place. The malt and yeast really combine for something nice here. Dark chestnut brown appearance, tight mocha head make for a special beer.
Sep 25, 2017
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark-ish golden brown, with a small head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like chocolate, sweet breadiness, toasted malt, and slight smoke.

This is absolutely delicious. You never see this style anymore, and Suarez has absolutely nailed it. It's so creamy and full tasting for the low ABV- lots of malty goodness- chocolate, toast, sweet grain, and smoke. There's no real hop flavor here.

This is very creamy, and surprisingly full bodied for the ABV. It's amazingly drinkable.

Suarez continues to floor me with how good these beers are.
Sep 16, 2017
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