Lord Proprietor's Mild
Edmund's Oast Brewing Company

Lord Proprietor's MildLord Proprietor's Mild
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Style:
English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #6
ABV:
3.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,277
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 15.79%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
33
From:
Edmund's Oast Brewing Company
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  5
SCORE
88
Very Good
Lord Proprietor's MildLord Proprietor's Mild
Notes: When King Charles II gave the Province of Carolina to his buddies, they were known as the Lords Proprietor. In honor of our city’s heritage, we have attempted to blend something uniquely Charleston with something uniquely English.

Infusing black tea from Charleston Tea Plantation (America’s only tea plantation) into a traditional English-style Mild, we have married the surprisingly complementary flavors of tea and roasted barley. Notes of tea, coffee, cocoa, and caramel meld seamlessly into this quintessential session ale.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 33
Photo of Bluecrow
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-clear brown bottle pour with a 3 cm foam cap and woody hop notes in the nose. The flavor is pleasant with toasted malt dominating. There is a minute note of all-spice. The body is thin (mild).

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Photo of jjamadorphd
2/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not sure what I can say about this...

"Mild" is an understatement, I suppose I will start of this review there. I will also mention this poured out like a Coke and tasted like a tea - the black tea advertised on the can. And the only other thing worth my time on this is the smell - practically non-existent - water-like. Certainly not the worst drink I have had to call itself a beer, but certainly one I will likely forget very soon and very quickly.

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Photo of Reef
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can dated 12/12/18

Opaque dark mahogany, pours with two fingers tan head, solid curtaining, stubborn carbonation
Strong coffee, chocolate, toasty nut scents
Tea infusion shines through in the taste, also nutty malt, coffee, light hops
Medium body, full flavor for a 3.5 ABV beer, smooth and easy drinking

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark cola brown approaching jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint garnet red + chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark + lightly roasted malts with light aromas of freshly roasted coffee and black tea. Hints of aromas of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of dark + lightly roasted malts with light amount of nutty + cola malts and minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of black tea + hints of chocolate malts + coffee. Light hints of earthy hops which impart a hint of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink with a light mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol. Sessionable and enjoyable - I like the addition of tea. I could easily have a couple of these.

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Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great tasting session ale. Light and refreshing with subtle hints of malt and black tea. Define glad I tried this one and I’d definitely recommend it.

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Photo of TheGent
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company

Lord Proprietor’s Mild

English Style Mild Ale Brewed with Charleston Black Tea

Appearance: This beer pours dark brown with hints of ruby red when held in the light. It is translucent. A beige head that dissipates to a thin layer across the top of the glass. It is too dark to see any carbonation, but the level of head upon pouring has me a bit concerned about the carbonation.

Smell: Excellent dark malt forward nose with toffee, cold brewed coffee, faint milk chocolate. Notes of faint black tea and hazelnut. An inviting aroma that enhances as the beer warms up.

Taste: Very light in flavor, but a well constructed beer. Upfront some earthy black tea notes, with some sweeter caramel notes. Nice transition on the back end to a dry, hazelnut flavor that you would expect from an English brown ale. I’ve had some cold brewed coffees that are nutty and lack bitterness. This reminds of those.

Mouthfeel: I thought upon pouring that this beer would be overcarbonated. I was wrong. Medium carbonation and smooth.

Overall: I absolutely love this beer. The aroma is fantastic and flavor is delicate but defined. A great alternative to the prevalent hoppy session beers. I emphatically recommend you try this beer if the style fits your tastes and preferences.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is dark brown in color; when held up to a bright light it has a reddish brown appearance. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly settled down, leaving wisps of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts and coffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts and cola, notes of black tea, and hints of roasted malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With its light body and low alcohol content, this beer drinks rather effortlessly. It has a decent amount of aromas and flavors considering its strength.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz tallboy can, free media sample from the brewery.

Pours a very dark brown hued brew, thin tan lacing sticks around for a while. Malty but a little light, a little savory and a little crisp. The tea works very well along with the hops to go up against the maltiness. Impressive, as English as you can get ... would love to try this one cask one day.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a finger of pale tan foam... The tea is certainly a strong flavor and aroma element - so much so I'm not sure I'm getting a real sense for the style... There is something akin to an English bitter to its character as far as the malts go, but very little hop action - at least not enough to distinguish itself much from the tea. The body is very light - almost like drinking water, with very subdued carbonation and very little bitterness... It is also not a sweet brew... I can totally see how this could be a session ale, with its extreme drinkability and low abv, though I personally don't see the point of a beer with a 3.5% abv in my life...

I'm finding it enjoyable enough, but conflicted as it does not seem to fit my expectations for the style in any regard other than the fact that it is very mild. I'm going to go with my gut on the scores here, trying to match the style descriptors to what I experienced, and it's certainly not a style of beer I'm interested in drinking, but its not a bad beverage.

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Photo of janprimus
2.84/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint can.

L: Pours a dark, dark brown. Black with brown edges in light. Foamy head quickly dissipates and demonstrates weak carbonation.

S: Strong hay and straw. Toasted malt. Some caramel sweetness. Smells like grain pre-mash.

T: Very light compared to nose. Almost no perceptible bitterness except that which lingers and some on retronasal. With such little carbonation the tea shines through as if it is a weakly brewed black ice tea. It tastes thin. For me, not true to British mild style. It tastes like watered down ice tea or even like pre-boil mash.

F: Just so thin. A British mild should still have some body. Very easy drinker, just too easy. Very little lasting taste. Some tannic effect, presumably from tea. Hop bitterness almost imperceptible.

O: A curiosity and worth a try, but is not a veritable Mild. Good as a tea novelty but falls short as a beer. Try it once, you might appreciate it more than I did.

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Photo of jkblr
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft served in a shaker pint at Atlas Tap House Myrtle Beach SC. The color is very dark brown, but the bar was quite dark as well. A little bit of head stuck around for a while. Very toasted bready in smell and taste. Thin mouthfeel, very nice. This beer packs a huge flavor in a low ABV package.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark mahogany color with a generous foam head that displays good retention.
The nose has an earthy, burnt hay and dry tea leaf quality to it. Also, the malts emit toasty, nutty and biscuity aroma.
The taste highlights the English tea and the dry nutty malts. The flavor is also very toasty and biscuity. There is only the slightest touch of bitterness, yet the palate is dry and not particularly sweet. The hops do impart a bright and slightly lemony flavor especially in the finish.
Light bodied, gently carbonated and smooth. The palate is very dry, toasty and leafy, yet, with a slight lemon zest to it.
Nice sessionable brew. Listed as a pale mild ale...yet the color suggests dark?

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Photo of Lucular
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Edmund's Oast seems to do low-ABV beers very well. There are a lot of flavors going on here - dark fruits, biscuit malt, toffee - although there is a slightly harsh note that detracts from the final product. B+.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edmund's Oast "Lord Proprietor's Mild"
on tap at the brewery, 20 December 2014
$5 / pint

From the menu: "A fusion of sorts- England and Charleston, our shared heritage coupled with modernity. Tea from America’s only tea plantation melded with a nutty, chocolatey English-style mild. Probably not something the Lords Proprietor were drinking, but you know, whatever.

ABV: 3.7%
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1.036
IBUS (CALCULATED): 12
GRAINS: Marris Otter, Medium Crystal, Pale Chocolate
HOPS: East Kent Goldings
OTHER INGREDIENTS: Charleston Tea Plantation Black Tea"

Appearance: Clear russet brown body beneath a full head of off-white froth. Very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Toasty and gently caramelish.

Flavor: Caramel, light brown sugar, bread dough, lightly toasty, gently nutty, cocoa. Low level bitterness. Leafy. Apple.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a very fine, gentle carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: Impressive. Very much in tune with the milds currently found in England today. Refined, balanced, rounded and flavorful. Very drinkable; and easy to pair with a wide range of foods. I can only assume that the leafiness is where the tea fits in, but I'm not sure that it's needed as the Kent Goldings could easily cover that aspect of the brew by themselves (or at least with the addition of some Fuggles perhaps); but it helps to support another local business, so I'm all for it.

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Lord Proprietor's Mild from Edmund's Oast Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 33 ratings