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Mild Ale - English Dark
Ranked #116
Ranked #48,046
3.33 | pDev: 14.71%
Coopers Brewery Limited
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Notes: Like its more famous cousins, Coopers Dark Ale is made with all malt, and naturally conditioned in the bottle or keg. Roasted and chocolate malts produce a deep amber brew, with a rich, full-bodied flavour. As with all of our ales, rolling the bottle before pouring makes it even better. No additives. No preservatives.
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RichardLeahy from Australia

4.02/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L. Dark brown, not black, slight ruby tinge. Pale tan head. S. Roasty, a touch sweet/fruity. T. Similar, a little more roast grain, coffee. F. Light carbonation, smooth. O. Perhaps greater than the sum of its parts, I have been drinking this regularly of late as a couple of my local pubs have taken to stocking it. Really good dark ale, with good taste and feel but light enough to have a few. I probably prefer this to its big brother, Coopers Extra Stout, which I find a touch disappointing.

Jan 09, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a 'best after date' 02/07/2018. Poured into a tulip.
Look: Pours a dark brown colour. Doesn't look particularly heavy, and lets a touch of light through when held up to the light. Not much head on the pour, so had to be a little vigorous to get any really, and the half centimeter or so I eventually got receded to a tine amount around the sides in moments.
Smell: A little roasty, a touch of cocao, a little yeasty. Some sweetness I can't really put my finger on.
Taste: a little of that sweetness, which reminds me a bit of caramel, followed by a mild roasted coffee bitterness.
Feel: lighter bodied, but fills the palate. The carbonation is prickly at the front of the tongue, so lightens the whole thing out.
Overall: Light enough to be enjoyed on a hot day, but still with enough flavour to be interesting.

Jan 15, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a stifled off tan foamy head. A head that quickly slid off to leave some mild sliding lace.
The aroma had some sweet cocoa powder/milk chocolate sweetness, light baked to toasty notes with a warming sweet wafer/slightly vanilla-esque sort of glance.
The flavor took the prior mentioned aromas to arrange sweetly and provide a decent caramel backing. Mild aftertaste of milk chocolate, caramel, biscuit/wafer and toast.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Nothing distractible and had a nice ratio of carbonation and ABV projections. Nice semi-dry finish with some caramel and milk chocolate notes.
Overall, nice English Dark Mild that I would have again, preferably with some dessert.

Sep 15, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Topped with 3 fingers of beige head, and no visible carbonation.

Smells floral, a bit like liquorice, toasted malts, and many bad Chinese stouts I've tried. Notes of chocolate as well in there.

Tastes less sweet than the nose, which impresses me. Dark toasted notes, hints of cocoa and vanilla, chocolate, and floral notes.

Light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry, clean, finish.

Got this in Perth, Australia, and I'm drinking it September 13th, 2017, in Thailand. Good mouth feel, good taste, overall its a light and sessionable brew.

Sep 13, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found tasting notes from my 2009 trip to Australia. Bottle to glass from Brick, Melbourne. Caramel, medium malt. Thin, but smooth texture. One of my favorites down under.

Jul 02, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

starting fresh and creamy, and finishing with a lingering coffee flavour. Brewed with traditional top fermentation and then naturally conditioned, It is made using roasted and chocolate malts, giving it a rich dark colour and unique flavour.

Jun 16, 2015
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SmashPants from Australia

3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Format: a brown 375mL bottle with the standard Coopers macro label.

Appearance: pours out a dark brown with no highlights - probably clouded by the traditional Coopers sediment. A reasonable finger of tan head drops to a thick cap.

Aroma: a fairly mild aroma (forgive the pun) of brown sugar and a bit of chocolate and coffee. Could produce something in the mouth.

Taste: unfortunately quite demure again - not much flavour, just some brown sugar and chocolate again. Far too light in flavour for my like.

Aftertaste: drops away quite quickly, as expected. Not much more to say about that.

Mouth feel: quite light in feel with a lower carbonation per the style. Not my favourite style of beer if I'm honest.

Overall: not a bad beer - it certainly has a nice flavour profile - but too flat in feel and too limited in flavour for my liking. I will admit that I feel the same way about most English mild ales. Reasonable price at around AU$48 a case or so, but I really would rather pay an extra $10 and just get Coopers' Best Extra Stout.

Dec 06, 2014
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soju6 from Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown color with anice tan head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, nutty, some caramel sweetness and bit of dark fruit.

T: Taste of roasted malt with some caramel sweetness, bit of chocolate, dark fruit and nut. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: A fairly full body, smooth, thick and creamy with a nice rich texture.

O: Drinkable beer without being fancy, Quite enjoyable.

May 30, 2013
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FLima from Brazil

3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a two finger head with medium retention.
Aroma of chocolate, toasted malts, dark chocolate and refreshing hops.
Flavorful, zesty and refreshing taste at the same time. Toasted malts with earthy hops and clear notes of chocolate. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation and small bubbles. Slightly oily.
Delicious beer, very well crafted. Perfect session beer, high drinkability and pleasant.

Mar 11, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear brown color, it had a good amount of darkness to it which seemed to hold up against the light. The head was thin and cream colored, it didn't really lace or have much retention to it. The smell of the beer had some brown sugar notes along with some raosted malts and hints of coffee. The taste of the beer had a pretty good bitterness to it mostly from the dark malts I think. Could have been from the hops as well. The mouthfeel of this beer is on the thinner side,but remains pretty drinkable. Overall this beer isn't too bad, I wouldn't have a problem with drinking it again.

Nov 22, 2011
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ADZA from Australia

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark murky copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is chocolate,caramel and fruity spicy hops,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel and has tastes of light coffee,chocolate malts,dark cherries and finished with a touch of spicy hops and overall yeah its alright and better than the macro offerings out there but thats it.

Jul 04, 2011
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brod from Australia

3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark colour when poured with a good head that remains.

A definite chocolate aroma that has a hint off fruit in its backgound.

The taste is one that is not immediately evident and is appriciated with a prolonged time in the mouth and allows for a very pleasant amount of biterness to remain in the palate.

A beer that I believe perfect for a cold winters night watching the football. It is a tasty dark ale that still allows for drinking during a prolonged session. The biggest disappointment is the carbonation that is a little too much.

Jun 11, 2011
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doktorhops from Australia

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the black sheep of the Cooper's line of ales (no pun intended). It's not easy to get and is generally glossed over by regular Cooper's pundits, however I thought I would give it a go.

Poured from 375ml stubbie into a Guinness pint glass.

A: The ale fizzed a bit on opening (must have been shook beforehand). A 4cm tan head dropped to almost nothing. The body is a deep earthy brown... perhaps an earthy ale taste will follow.

S: Hmmm, interesting aroma - promises of toasted biscuit from the malted barley, bakers yeast with grassy hops, but the malt is ever present.

T: All of the above; toasted malt dominates the flavour, with a light sourdough mid-palate (classic Cooper's bottle-conditioned yeast) and a finish with some grassy hops... very earthy (toasted earth that is).

M: Biggest letdown for this ale; it's thin and overly carbonated... apart from that qualm everything else is pretty good.

D: This is an ale that could do with a more intense flavour. The taste itself is good, however the wateriness and low ABV lets it down when this ale could be a real winner. I did find as I let the ale warm a bit towards the end that the flavour became more intense - I'll take note for when I crack open another.

Food match: Meat pie with mushy peas (classic Australian fare!).

Feb 04, 2011
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dgilks from Australia

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy brown colour with a tight light tan head.

Mild coffee and fruit notes. Earthy.

Soft and malty. Lots of bubble fruit esters. Apple, stone fruit.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking beer with a nice touch of malt complexity.

Jan 14, 2011
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Macca from Australia

3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a good looking beer in the glass. Generous beige head over a dark brown body.

Chocolate on the nose. Maybe a bit of dark fruit as well.

Lots of chocolate on the palate. Not overly sweet though. Good bitterness.

Carbonation is a bitter higher than I would like.

This is a good sessionable dark beer.

Nov 16, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

This is my first English Dark Mild Ale.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a white head. The aroma is dark malt with some caramel and toffee. The flavor is dark malt with some light coffee. The mouthfeel is watery with medium carbonation.

Mar 19, 2010
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StJamesGate from New York

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black brown with a loose tawny head of big bubbles that fades in an instant - honestly pours like a glass of Coke. Caramel syrup and slight malt nose. Mild molasses cake malt with some kola and hint of bark hops. Thin and light.

Nothing to this. Should a brown ale act like a summer drinker? Even to style this could have a lot more character.

Dec 27, 2009
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper pour, small head that fades quickly.
Aroma is very weak. There's some toasty, nutty, chocolate notes and some very faint hops.
Flavours are much better, lots of roasted malt with some nutty notes. Light roasty bitterness.
Slightly watery, high carbonation.

Sep 03, 2009
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

2.44/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12.7oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades nearly instantly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, nuts, caramel, light roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with semi-sweet flavors of roasted coffee, caramel and some dark fruit. The malt character is pretty thin even for the style. The hops presemce is very mild but about where it should be for this type of beer and brings some balance. Certainly seems like this beer isn't sure whether or not it wants to be a porter or a brown ale. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and very watery, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely a lot of dark & mild beers out there that I would choose before this one.

Aug 15, 2009
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Offa from California

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is ok, decent and drinkable, but thin, a bit watery, and bland. It may be a mild, but milds needn't be so bland and one-dimensional.

Dark reddish brown, almost black, it is fairly bubbly and has a thin tan head that dissipates steadily to almost nothing.

The aroma is very mild chocolate, earth, old leaves, and pine with a hint of yeast.

The taste is also mild, mostly just toasty with light hints of chocolate, coffee, and singed leaves. It is neither sweet nor bitter, just dry and watery. It is thin and very light. The finish is little like old coffee grounds and burnt toast in water. Although it grows on me a bit, with the wateriness decreasing, it doesn't do much. I haven't had many dark milds, but Moorehouse's Black Cat is far superior.

May 13, 2009
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juju7 from Australia

3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dirty, dark brown almost black. Huge, fluffy off-white head. I'm waiting for it to warm up (it's not icy cold though, out of the fridge for about 20min) because it just isn't giving much on the nose. A bit of chicory and a touch of nuts but I'm almost snorting the beer to get it. Creamy mouthfeel with a bit of coffee and mild bitterness. Med-body, pleasant enough beer but not the best from the Coopers stable.

May 13, 2009
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks black out of the light, but a murky brown really. Very thin lack of head, and a bit of lacing. A bit meh.

Nose has mild roasty characters, not too burnt, just soft aromas. A bit of burnt toffee though, which is sweet, and a hint of dates. Nice.

Subdued burnt flavour, like the nose is roasty without having the acrid quality of charcoal lingering around. Finish is long and pleasant with a lack of hops but quite appropriate for the style. Quite sweet with a good dark ale character. Decent effort, really. Mouthfeel is enough but not very full.

Nice and drinkable.

May 01, 2009
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark brown body with a very wispy, white head.

Smell: Humble aroma of dark fruits and slightly caramel-scented and bready malt notes.

Taste: Toasted bready malts and dark caramel, though with only a mild sweetness. Touch of dark fruitiness, mainly plums. Mild hop character and bitterness. Drying finish with one last hint of fruit. Grows increasingly watery in the latter half, it's good that it finishes when it does.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Most of the Coopers have been poopers, but this Dark Ale, well, it's downright acceptable.

Mar 19, 2009
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indiapaleale from Maine

3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown to black with a relatively thin off-white head.

Smell is plum, black licorice, sour apple, tobacco and sweet/sour sauce.

Taste is pretty tangy and yet light in body. Plum, soy sauce, dark sweet malt, light coffee and chocolate notes.

Fairly light mouthfeel and a lack of body make this one not a personal favorite. It is one however that is light in ABV and fairly drinkable for that reason alone.

Feb 11, 2009
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hwwty4 from Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12.7oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. When poured, this beer really reminded me the way that root beer pours. Pretty much the same color, and same effervescent head that quickly disappears. The aroma is of chocolate malts, brown sugar, and just a bit of plum. The flavor is much the same with the chocolate malts dominating the flavor profile but just a hint of plum skins, and apple comes through. The mouthfeel is light and very dry, almost a little to dry actually. This would be a great lunch beer. Something you could sit down to a meal with and enjoy 2 or 3 and still be able to fully function afterwards.

Jan 09, 2009
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