Odd Notion - English Dark Mild (Summer 2008) | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Odd Notion - English Dark Mild (Summer 2008)Odd Notion - English Dark Mild (Summer 2008)

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark English Mild brewed with Belgian Candi sugar.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-14-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by kevd193213:
Photo of kevd193213
2.77/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

7 oz draught sample. Pale yellow pour with a tiny fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of vinegar-cider and apple peels. Taste is very thin and watery with a faint artificial sour finish. Nice try by a good brewery, but this is pretty poor. Could have been the tap but this place rotates regularly.

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Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark session style ale for a one off summer seasonal within their 12-packs. English Mild with Belgian candy sugar using their house yeast. Interesting as the Mild style is very unrepresented and underrated in the US and a dieing breed in the UK.

Pour out a crackling off white head that dissipates into a ring of lace. Reddish amber color shows a filtered clarity. Sweet buttery and caramel nose with mineral and faint herbal hop in the back. Crisp and smooth with a fluffy yet somewhat slick medium body. Dry maltiness character feigns some toffee through the buttery note of the yeast and a pinch of caramel form the malt. The toasted side of the malt comes in a lot stronger with a fresh snappy grilled bread flavor. A bit of herbal hop leaves a balancing bitterness and earthy dry finish.

Pretty spot on to style. Impressive, but coming from a brewery that has always been on the border of English ales and American creativity it does not come as a surprise.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of all of the Odd Notion releases so far, this has been my favorite and the most well made version. That being sad it's not the most authentic English style mild I've come across. Appears a dark cola brown with ruby highlights when held toward the light. Light tan beige head forms nicely and dwindles at an average pace thin specks of scattered lacing are left on my glass.

Aroma has a touch of tobacco leaf hop character with mild chocolate notes and darker roasted malts bringing out a mild fruity character with a touch of caramel.

Flavor brings a nice mix of sweet malts roasty mild chocolate and herbal and earthy hops. Everything is mild yet complex in flavor nothing is harsh or overbearing.

Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated tickles the back of the throat and body is not thin but definitly lighter overall texture is even not really dry, in fact it finishes really clean.

Drinkability I guess, when your standard beers are #9 and Circus Boy then your allowed to release a dark roasty mild in the summer time. Not a bad variety pack here for the summer months, this batch of Circus Boy did seem to have some actualy hop flavor to it from the Amarillos the squeeze into it. Hocus Pocus is middle of the road but thirst quenching, #9 is what it is, and this brew is the highlight of the show.

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Photo of glid02
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown that turns a dark amber when it's held up to the light. The head is minimal and diminishes to a small ring of bubbles around the glass, which diminishes to almost nothing. No lacing.

The beer smells very toasty. Some coffee taste besides the roasted smell. Very pleasing and not too overwhelming.

Tastes much the way it smells. Tastes very roasty, with some coffee flavors, but very, very roasty. There's some bitter taste at the end.

There's not a whole lot going on with the mouthfeel - it's just a bit too thin and the carbonation is a little too much. Neither of these are all that noticeable, and it doesn't change the drinkability of the beer.

As for the drinkability, this is a good session beer. Low ABV with a good taste. I'm not 100% sure this was a good release for summer, but it's a good brew nonetheless.

Overall this has no qualities that make this an extraordinary mild, but it certainly doesn't mess anything up. Worth a shot, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery. Dark colour with soapy mocha head. Licorice aroma, rather plain. Similar to a porter. The rauch is very understated.Sweetish, sugarish stuff. There are people who will drink this but I don't quite get it and moved on quickly. Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked out of the summer variety pack.

Where's the rauch? Seriously?! It's redish brown with no lacing or head. The aroma is more toasty caramel and toffee, with maybe a hint of smoke. And the flavor drinks just like a dull brown ale. I'm disappointed. There seems to be little to no smoke. False advertising.

EDIT: OK, dark mild makes a lot more sense for what this is. It was previously listed as a rauchbier.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of shbobdb
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful drinking beer. Not terribly heavy, but full of flavor -- as the recent BA magazine said, "Milds are wild!"

I mean, really, this beer is 4.20% alcohol? This beer packs an incredible amount of flavor for what I can only assume was a very modest malt bill.

The predominant smell of the beer is coffee, with a nice lightly floral hop/yeast presence -- I always have a hard time separating those out in English (style) beers.

The taste itself is fantastic. Lots of rich layers: coffee, toffee, caramel, pears, and carob . . . just a lot of different things. Fantastically good tasting.

The mouthfeel is nice and prickly. Not heavy by and standard but it tickles the tongue.

I really like this guy. Wow. Good stuff.

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Photo of dave00100
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark chestnut brown (ruby-marzen when held up to the light) with a 1 finger soapy khaki colored head that quickly dissipated to a bare surface with no visible lacing.

S: fair and moderate in strength with apple skins, dried oranges, an alcohol spiciness (cinnamon) and dried fruitcake. There was some light fresh coffee scents as well.

T: spicy caramel and cola, with a ripe fruitiness of prunes. Light rum raisins, dark sweet caramel and dried fruit cake with some alcohol fusels are also well noted. There is also light smoky peat, and fresh coffee that linger about contributing to the flavor.

M: very smooth, with a light-medium viscosity while it left a warm and spicy cinnamon/cola nuttiness fade on the tongue.

D: Overall a touch dark for a summer beer. Drinks much bigger then its advertised 4.2% abv and was fairly big on flavor though not one I would care to sit and drink in numbers.

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Photo of scottg
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a two finger creamy head that dissiaptes slowly. Aromas of malts, light cherry and vanilla. Lots of up front flavors: malt, sour cherry, tart green apple and lemon fade quickly to a neutral taste. Medium body, light carbonation, creamy up front mouthfeel turns watery and thin. If there was some flavor or mouthfeel and the end, this could be a really good beer, needs some work though.

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Photo of Jared326
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, this one was serve in a pint glass during a magic hat tasting i had with my brother in law down at his apartment.

The pour was very nice, rich looking medium brown with a mild cloudiness about it. Rich color here with a nice head of off white which hung around for a few moments before settling down into a thin film. The aroma was light, medium fruit notes, apricot maybe with a hint of some light spice and tons of grain. More of the same on the taste as I run through on this one. The flavor was a bit lacking for me. Nice malt profile with a light ouch of fruit and spice, but not nearly strong enough of a profile to really get me to enjoy it. Smooth, mellow carbonation and a low abv made it nice and and drinkable, though a bit dull.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color with some amber hues, good sized head that fades to leave a little bit of lacing.

Smell is primarily caramel malt, slight nuttiness to it as well.

Taste is very similar to how it smells, pretty much all roasted malt, seems a bit thin, low carbonation, incredibly dry aftertaste which isn't all that pleasant for this beer. Another Odd Notion letdown.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light brown/reddish color. A slight white head leaves some lacing.

Smells are roasted malt with a smokiness to it, not much in the way of hop character.

Taste is malty but light with a decent smoke roastiness to it. A good bit of carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Flavorful for a summer seasonal session beer.

Not bad. Not in your face but a great session beer.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Amber brown color, small offwhite head that left some lace on the glass.

smell - Roasted malts, spice and some hops.

taste - Balance of malts up fronts and some hops present on the finish.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Interesting beer, wasn't that bad, worht a try.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Rare Vos glass. Deep reddish brown in color with a light tan head that settles to a gray ring around the top of the beer. Light to medium carbonation. It smells of roasted grain, caramel, nuts, and dishcloth. The taste is really mild with a light CO2 taste at the start. It opens up to a nice nutty flavor that is sweet, almost tart to start, then it moves into a very light English hop spin. Interesting flavor profile. This is a very English tasting beer. I would like to try it cask sometime.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/8/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium reddish brown color, with a short, dense off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lightly smoked malts, chocolate, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with malty flavors of chocolate and nuts up front, but not as smoky as most beers in the style. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is bready.

M: Smooth with some crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, if you want a Rauchbier without an intense smokiness, then this is it.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been consistently unimpressed with Magic Hat beers, despite for some reason being a fan when I started by craft-adventure. This, again, is quite mediocre. Brown beer with a weak head and no lacing. Nose is subtle malt, a touch of spice. Flavor is similar, grainy and mostly uninteresting with malt and no real hop presence. Mostly, I'm just bored. Why drink this?

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Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of marcpal
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured from variety pack picked up at Trader Joe's in my travels. An annoying variety pack at that- really just wanted to try this one out. (Bottle reads 4.2% abv).

Poured into mug.

A: Maroon to brown pour with a very thin head. Head stayed there and some lacing.

N: Flavorful aroma for such a lighter sided beer. There was burnt malts, gingerbreads, spices, smoke, and sugars (molasses). Much much more complex than I expected.

T: Malty and nutty, not all the characters of the nose but tasty. Smokiness takes over, interesting beer. Almost like a light porter and the intensity of the flavor could use a bit more meatiness.

M: The weakest part of this beer. Just too thin and bubbly for my liking.

D: A bit too thin but for such a drinkable beer, really does pack something interesting. The smokiness with the hops and the malts make for a nice bbq beer. Can go through this part of the variety mad easy.

Would be buying more if MH put out single sixers of this but its not worth buying the big varieties just for it although I did find this to be quite surprisingly good.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a thin layer of light beige head.

The scent is of toasty grains, with some caramel notes.

The taste consists of toasty grains, some chocolate, and a bit nutty.

Light-bodied, very thin and a bit watery, light prickly carbonation.

Very easy to drink as well as interesting, but I just didn't really enjoy this beer. It just seemed too watery.

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Photo of bheilman
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A little flat; a lot malty; not a bad beer, but nothing exceptional here. Reminds me of a German malt-rich ale. Not a higly drinkable beer and the non-carbonatin of it sort of makes me not want to grab another. I have been a little disappointed with Magic Hat though, and I think this is one of the ones I like most. The other wheat and lighter beers were a little too ordinary for my liking.

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Photo of medic25
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, dark brown color with almost no head and zero lacing. Mild aroma. Taste is fairly non-descript. I thought this was a rauchbier at first; very smoky flavor for an English mild. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Goes down quite easily, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.66/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger cream head that fades fairly quickly and leaving some lace. Almost cloudy mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight smoky nose. Flavor is blah, supposed to have Belgian Candi sugar but this is just a dark colored light ale without much flavor. $13.49 for a 12-pak from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Odd Notion - English Dark Mild (Summer 2008) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 61 ratings