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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Photo of stephenlee
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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 KarlMcGowan
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mick_cooper
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gentle for a low abv beer bit not bad given the alcohol content

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Photo of blamoe
2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
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 Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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 EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled but this is the none bottle conditioned version so doesn't have the body or flavour depth of tgat but still presents itself as a good quality dark mild

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Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TrevorWGrover
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of JackieKu
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of der_meister
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chemister
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +14.6%
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 nelsonsaigon
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

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Photo of Beerstorian
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of yesno1011
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Vsarmatov
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of flyingpig
3.36/5  rDev 0%
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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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of FinalFantasyBrewing
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Dentist666
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Nutty Black from Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
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