Nutty Black | Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

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Brewed by:
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called "Dark Mild"

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2003

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 28
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. ABV is stated as 3.9%. Picked up from a supermarket a while back. I'm pretty certain this is the beer that used to be called 'Very Nutty Black', as Thwaites have recently undergone a brand/product overhaul (basically it's a slightly stronger version of Nutty Black). Described on the label as a dark mild, and conditioned with live yeast.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark ruby-brown hue that appears black unless held to the light. Good carbonation visible near the sides. Produces a huge head of frothy beige foam with excellent retention; this eventually settles as a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of faint roasted malt with mild hints of caramel, nuttiness, fruity ale yeast and a slight sweetness. A touch of earthiness in the background. Subtle and underwhelming.

Tastes of mild dark malt with a dry finish. Notes of faint roasted grain, caramel, fruity ale yeast, a hint of dried fruit and weak stewed leaves. Well-attenuated and slightly earthy, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing. As expected, no hop character to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body - though it could be a bit creamier. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of dry, earthy yeast and stewed leaves/cardboard.

Drinkable but rather average. It looks superb with a towering head, however it's all downhill from there. The aroma and flavour are dull and lacklustre, with weak malt character and little else going on. Body is OK but not amazing. If a mild is judged by it's maltiness then this one is below par. Goes down easily enough but nothing special - no need to seek it out.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from Home Bargains (£1.39):
Dark mahogany to black with a very large, three inch tall head that gradually increases in size once poured and was left overflowing the glass after even a light pour. The head is light brown and foamy with good retention.

Darker, roasted malts and some coffee with a hint of nut as the name would suggest plus a little chocolate. There wasn't a lot going on with this one but I also detected some sugary sweetness towards the end.

Roasted malts and some chocolate with a little toffee but the nuttiness from the smell is not noticeable in the taste to me. There is a few earthy flavours and a hint of darker fruits too.

Smooth & creamy with a light medium body and a nice touch of bitterness and light carbonation and some sweetness at the end with a slightly dry finish.

A solid effort from Thwaites, the flavours were enjoyable but a little subdued and didn't really grab your attention. The mouthfeel was good however and the alcohol content was just right making it an easy beer to drink.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottled conditioned: shared with a mate on 15 Feb 2013 during a random beer tasting evening.

Looked fine: really dark, almost black like its name. good full tan coloured head of foam sat on each half-pint glasses.

The smell was weaker than I expected: notes of dark chocolate and coffee, but not overly strong.

The taste a more roundly roasted, malty feel than the aroma hinted at. Not as sweet either, semi-bitter maybe.

The body was OK to thin: thin when looking at the colouring but OK if you are thinking about the the 3.9% ABV the bottle has (0.6% more than the cask version).

All in all, not bad.

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Photo of FinalFantasyBrewing
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A. Dark - no light coming through. a little ruby at the bottom

S. Slight chocolate malts, very light coffee notes. Nothing too expressive

T. Talk about a late finish! feck all on the first taste but a watery dull lifeless mild. bus as it warms on your tongue the coffee chocolate notes come though but only very slight.

M. Very smooth, probably due to its thin nature.

O. A Dark beer that is probably for people who are looking to get into this type of stout/dark beer style, defiantly not for the connoisseur. Very underwhelming

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate brown with ruby highlights and a loose web of beige fizz. 3.5
Steely grain with hints of roast, carob and cranberry. 3.5
Light tones of milk chocolate and molasses, a few raisins, an impressive roasty bite, some ash, and strong black tea hops. Burnt sugar finish and drying linger. 4
Light, crisp, watery. 3.5

Thin and light even by mild standards. It does hold a few surprises, though, especially the dose of roast, which snuffs any fruit. Not sure I get the Fuggles-EKG combo at full strength. On the whole, I'd prefer Very Nutty.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark ruby (edging into black) body with a thin but dense tan head. The scent is of mellow roasted malts, pleasant fruity hops, and light sugar. Sweet, brown sugar-y malts in the taste. Low hops in the taste, and a creamy, light chocolate taste. Smooth, but light body. Low, but still noticeable carbonation. Pleasant taste, and a low ABV makes this a nice session beer.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can 0,44l ABV 3,2
Pours deep brown with tan smooth head, weak smell of roasted malt, taste is like a kvass, watery and unexpressive, tones of roasted malt and tints of chocolate, almost no mouthfeel, very light & drinkable. My first mild and I'm in doubt of this.

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Photo of wl0307
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Notes of 05/11/08) This ale is now known as "Nutty Black". Tasted by a half pint at the John Russell Fox, a JDW pub in Andover, during the chain's beer festival; served by a non-sparkler pour.

A: for a Dark Mild the colour is not actually very dark - it's deeply dark brown with reddish hues, coming with a well-lasting tan fluffy head and low carbonation.
S: "deep" and sweet burned caramel mainly on the nose, laced by a touch of herbs, toffee-ish creamy notes, and faintly sour berries. Too sweet, cloying even, for a Dark Mild overall.
T: the initial entry of neutrally-flavoured sour-sweet fruitiness and black-herb jelly (as in Taiwanese Xian-Cao jelly) is closely ensued by refreshingly light liquidy black sugar and sweet nutty undertones, then a quiet finish takes over, full of herbal hops with a touch of chewy bitter taste (a bit like sweet black tea actually).
M&D: very soft on the carbonation with a good input of microscopic fizz, this mild drinks better than on the nose, refreshing but not thin by any means. Well worth a try when the cask is still fresh enough.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

440 mL can poured into a pint glass.

Slow and steady pours reveals a thick, rich head of foamy bubbles. Head is 1 1/2 finger thickness and beige in color. Dissipates slowly leaving a nice trail of lacing. Sits atop a pitch black brew.

Smells nice, but not as good as it looks. Picking up caramels and malts.

Tastes better than it smells. Rich, but lighter than a stout (which it resembles in appearance).

Rich and light again on the mouthfeel--very pleasant!

High drinkability. Would definitely drink again. Nice ABV and price as well.

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Photo of blamoe
2.51/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My first beer from Thwaites and i have to say i'm not that impressed. It started quite well the apperence is a very dark brown but all the rest of the isn't impressive, not a lot of flavour going on and the beer is quite watery and i wouldn' buy this when there's better Milds out there.

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Photo of brendan13
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with a large fluffy beige head. Huge lacing left down the glass.
S - Roasted malts and not much else.
T - Roasted malts again in the taste with some sweetness and slighty earthy undertones.
M - Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.
D - If you want a malty beer with a low ABV% then this is pretty good. Some chocolate malt flavours would make it a bit more interesting. Good session beer none the less.

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Nutty Black from Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
3.39 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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