Dark Mild | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by cokes on 07-11-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chocolate brown that looks almost amber red when held to bright light. Smells of rich chocolate cake, dark malts, and rye. No hop presence in nose. Tastes doughy with milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and hints of almond. As the beer warms roastedness becomes more pronounced creating more of a mocha flavor than chocolate. A slight of hops also grows in the finish. Medium bodied with excessive guzzleability.

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Photo of badbeer
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown with a real nice head leaving great lacing. Nice malty aromas, pumpernickel, brown sugar, some roastiness. Some decent chocolate and caramel flavors in the taste some roastiness, not too much to it, but nice. Almost no carbonation and thin bodied, but still pretty nice. A nice brew, and one I would most likely order again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark black body with a head of creamy hot coco that was made of large bubbles.

S- The smell of chocolate malt and brown malt was a bit off with the chocolate smelling to milky.

T- The taste of chocolate malt and some hints of dark roasted malt in the background had a smooth taste that finished with a slight tangy note. The hops were very subtle with a hint of bitterness at the finish.

M- This beer has a full creamy mouthfeel.

D- This beer is smooth dark and chocolaty. I didn't really care for the chocolate note and would like to have more malt of other flavors to give them less of an ovaltine note.

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Photo of cokes
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cascading chocolate brown spews a lasting beige foam. This is a lovely beer indeed.
The nitro tap obscures much of the nose (per usual) . But enough powdery chocolate and rye bread notes fight their way through to showcase its aromatics.
Begins with lightly toasted dark bread- doughy, nearly. The Burtonized hard water is evident early on (they did some seriously authentic stuff with the water here). Roastedness grows until it reaches a full mocha expression. Chocolaty and splendid. Almond hues develop and mingle with a subdued woodiness. So much flavor from such a low octane brew! A creeping herbal EKG hop presence asserts itself and gains control by the end.
The sole complaint here is that this should be on cask. Apparently Great Dane was out of handles, so they did it on nitro. It does succeed in (partially) replicating the hand drawn experience. A bit thicker, but not necessarily a bad thing.
Drinkablitiy is entirely off the charts. I'll be back for breakfast.
This is the real deal right here. I chatted with a beer-loving chap from the UK , firmly entrenched at the bar, quaffing pint after pint of this. His take? "It's damned hard to find something this good back home". I'll take his word. This is a gem.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foaming deep with a sizable fluffy cask head.
Aroma of chocolaty ovaltine and some dark bread notes along with some sour fruit notes.
Flavor starts with some chocolate, caramel and bread notes, moves a little bit or roasted barley but then unfortunately some sour notes started to creep in as the beer warmed. My guess is the cask was either not properly rotated or left a littel bit too long. same because this beer had serious potential.
Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy from the cask. Creeping sourness was the only injustice that this ber delivered.
Drinkability started high but realy started to slip as the beer warmed. A mild should be able to sand up to warming and deliver some chocolately and roasty notes. Expect a touch of sourness but this way over the top.

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Photo of blackie
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: At first the head consists of a few bubbles, but those soon diappear and it looks completely flat. The beer is a dark brown in color.

smell: On the nose I get some weak notes of watery coffee and roasted barley.

mouthfeel: The beer is almost still on the tongue, and the body on the heavier end of the light range.

taste: On the tongue I get some weak coffee notes and a slight sourness.

drinkability: Very easy to drink, just not much going on to keep it interesting.

The hop profile is extremely low throughout. Had this beer while at Great Dane for dinner on my first night in Madison visiting dirtylou.

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Photo of bismarksays
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was cask conditioned so I'll give it some room for the lack of head and lacing. The color was dark black rich. Overall it looked very appetizing. The smell was lightly roasted dark malts that held some chocolate and a little spicyness. The taste was smooth and rich and also had dark roasted malts that held some chocolate and a little spicyness. Mouthfeel was a little above average and the drinkability was great. I would have another please!

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Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light brownish color with off-white head. Caramel malts, butterscotch and grain on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness.

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Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in June 2013, reviewed from my notes which I am only now getting to. It was on cask and was an excellent dark mild.

Dark chestnut, it had a small frothy head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring.

Aroma was mild roasty and woody with hint of smoke.

Taste was nice roasty-woody with mineral, lively and well balanced.

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Dark Mild from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 11 ratings