Earl Of Brixom
Short's Brewing Company

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English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #96
Ranked #42,982
3.56 | pDev: 9.83%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Earl Of BrixomEarl Of Brixom
Notes: Earl of Brixom is an English Dark Mild Ale with a rich brown color and a mocha laced aroma. The overall body is lighter than it appears, yet robust flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel are prevalent. This beer is filled with flavor, but not overly sweet. The finish is pleasantly clean with a slight, black-coffee-like bitterness.
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Photo of damndirtyape
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz pour in a snifter glass. On tap (cask) at Ollie's Place in Centerville, OH.

Appearance: Very dark brown, but clear, with an initial 1/4" light tan head. Some lacing noted that slid back down the glass to rejoin the main foam that died back a bit over time.

Smell: Brown bread mostly. There is a hint of leafy hops, but it is faint.

Taste: Bready, toasted malt, a hint of chocolate, some woodiness. Light bitter finish with some mineral notes to it.

Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation as one would expect from a cask pour. Smooth and having some thickness, but on the lighter side of thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: An easily drinkable mild as one would expect per style. Good by itself but I think this would pair very nicely with a variety of hearty dishes. Not an amazing beer, but certainly tasty and good per the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, almost opaque very dark cola brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint mahogany highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted, toasted, chocolate, and biscuit malts with a hint of caramel sweetness. There are also moderate aromas of lightly roasted coffee and just a touch of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted, toasted, biscuit, and chocolate malts with a light amount of caramel + chocolate sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of fresh light roast coffee and nuttiness. Hints of earthy hops in the finish which contribute a very light amount of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very well balanced with well hidden alcohol, making this one quite sessionable. Really nice complexity to the flavor and aroma of this beer make this one quite enjoyable. Definitely one that I would grab again.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Church Key during Savior Week. Poured into a small snifter.

I love English Milds, but this beer was disappointing. Maybe because it was not on cask? 3.75

A – Pours a opaque black with an off white head. 4

S - Malty, way nutty, honey and other sweetness. 4

T - Low hops, wheat bread. 3.75

MF - Medium light with and an unusually dry finish, thin. 3.25

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Photo of smbslt
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with orange highlights. Ample carbonation but head reduced to a thin layer leaving minimal lacing.
Slight burned sugar aroma with a faint floral character.
Very caramelized flavor with no sweetness, somewhat of a harsh finish.
Finish is tacky and leaves a residue. The carbonation is coarse and not complimentary.
Possibly drank too cold.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with two fingers off white head, settles to a solid cap. Spotty lacing. Aroma of dark, rich bread and raisins,figs, and plums.
Earthy, subtly peppery hops, roasted malts, bread and dark fruit on the palate. Thin feel, smooth. More than happy to welcome the Earl back again after its extended absence

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

We recently began getting distro of Short's B.C. beers here in south-central PA & I am pretty excited about it! I have known those guys for years, between BA fests in BOS & my (usually) annual excursion to Madison, WI for the GTMW. I don't care if they are in bottles since I never expected them to come to me!

From the bottle: "Handmade by people who care. (tm)"

I Pop!ped the cap and really let fly on the pour since this was a VERY fresh bottle. This resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Just beautiful! Nose was a lightly sweet chocolate along with a slight toasted breadiness and a nuttiness. Mouthfeel was thin to medium. The taste was chocolaty with a light biscuit maltiness and a slight earthiness from the hops. Finish was semi-dry and lingering with a light chocolate/peanut butter flavor. The low ABV made it easily drinkable & I would hand it to anyone that I overhear saying that they do not like dark beers.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Deep brown with 1 finger of creamy tan head. Good clarity with lively carbonation.

Brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, and lightly roasted malts.

Brown bread, brown sugar, and lightly roasted malts with touches of raisin. Earthy and herbal with hints of leafy hops.

Light bodied, sweet, smooth, clean, and refreshing.

Light flavor profile and similar to an English Brown.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This came in a limited edition variety pack. With the current IPA mania in the country its good to find styles like this being made and made well.

Getting some wood on the nose followed by faint vanilla. This tastes like some of the best English Dark Mild Ales one can get in the North of England. Siping this its easy to imagine a couple of hundred year old pub in an english village where the locals go to drink and dine. The flavors are a complex for a sub 4 pct beer. I am getting some roasted malts followed by a hint of cold earl gray followed by some bittering hops. The hops are mild on this. The flavors are dominated with roasted malts, vanilla, tea and some wood. The mouthfeel is solid for a beer this low in abv. I think I will have a steak and kidney pie after this thank you!

Shorts continually puts out some solid brews and this is no exception. English Dark Mild Ale for the win. Earl of Brixom for the win.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Creepy looking bro on the label. Pours headless and dark brown. Smells of toast, caramel, and some dark fruits. Flavor is mostly sweet. Dark fruit, brown sugar, and caramel are the three most notable flavors that I also found in the nose. Has a cola flavor as well. Finishes with a toasted pumpernickel bread sort of flavor. Light bodied. Haven't had many of this style so I was happy to try.

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Photo of Fargrow
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The darkest brown. Tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves tons of webbed lacing.
S: Burnt caramel, roasted malts, the slightly metallic smell of a Belgian, a little hop bitterness.
T: Flavor is nice, but quick to disappear. Caramel, then char and a little cocoa. Bitterness seems to come from the malt, not hops. Low sweetness.
M: Fairly thin, as I expected. Good carbonation.
O: I like it. Not a style I'm very familiar with, but it's nice to have a simple, unoffensive, sessionable beer every now and then, isn't it?

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Photo of GRPunk
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a shaker pint.

A- 1-finger of tan head that sustained itself throughout the glass. Deep brown body with dark red hues at the edges. Appeared to have light carbonation. Thick, foamy rings were left all about the glass.

S- A touch subdued perhaps. The best I can come up with was something of candied peanuts or beer nuts. A brown sugar or caramel with a definite nutty note.

T- Very rich out of the lower ABV, as a dark mild should. Initial thoughts were a lot of toasted malts. I picked up the sugary, nutty flavors noted in the aroma after a few sips. Clean finish.

M- Medium-light feel with a very dry quality and light carbonation. Pleasant enough.

O- We need more of these beers Stateside. Lower alcohol, rich and malty...if it weren't for a drive home, I'd drink this all night. Time to find out if this is currently on the shelves....

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Photo of Mitchster
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.9% ABV, 25 IBU.
Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack from BevCo.

Pours out to a deep mahogany, clear, forming a tall creamy light tan head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The nose is of toasted malt, slight milk chocolate, biscuit malt, grain husk, not much roast, not much hop presence. Mouthfeel is clean, watery, crisp, light bodied. The taste opens with a subtle hop flavor, followed by grainy biscuit notes, a touch of roasted malt (probably chocolate malt) and toasted nuts, a bit of chalk, very mild bitterness. Cleanly fermented. Easy to drink. Some slightly fruity esters in the middle.

This is an easy drinking mild ale, as it should be. Low in alcohol, clean and tasty. I would buy it again if I wanted something low in ABV but with plenty of flavor. Certainly better than most low ABV beers out there.

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Photo of Flopjack
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black with a slight glow of amber when held up to light, 1/2 finger white head.

Smell - Heavy roasted character. Spent coffee grounds, chocolate, caramelized maltiness.

Taste - Again, starts with spent coffee grounds or what might be described as a char like flavor, also barley, then moves into a watered down bitterness that reminds me of dark chocolate, and finally the end brings about a character much along the lines of a medium/dark roast coffee.

Mouthfeel - Thin, heavy carbonation, crisp.

Overall - Not bad. Being considered a mild ale I see why it is thin and some what watered down feeling. Flavor profile and taste are much along the lines of a stout which I like. Rather drink a more full beer but glad that I tried it.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/6/2014. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, biscuit, toast, brown bread, roast, light coffee, raisin, pear, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, toast, dark bread, roast, light coffee, biscuit, raisin, pear, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, dark bread, toast, biscuit, roast, light coffee, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with good robustness for the ABV and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth, bready, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present as expected of 3.9%. Overall this is a damn nice dark mild ale! All around good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; nicely robust and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Stev0supreemo
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another poster commented that this beer would be ranked higher if the ABV % was several points higher. Agreed. This beer benefits from its low alcohol. It affords a light sweetness that's paired with a considerably large roastiness and light mouthfeel. You don't find beers like that very often. Especially one's that taste good! BA should be applauding beers for being unique and interesting (as opposed to giving all the rave reviews for hop-crazy IPA's and run-of-the-mill, motor oil stouts aged in a bourbon casks).

Appearance: Nothing, too crazy. Dark brown. One inch head that dissipates rather quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and coffee up front.

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, ash, caramel with a light bitterness. Not terribly sweet though. Very low alcohol profile which I think makes this beer better.

Mouthfeel: If you didn't know the alcohol content beforehand, this beer is deceivingly light. Higher than average carbonation. Very refreshing mouthfeel.

Great beer!

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$2 single poured into a shaker pint. No bottling date, but this was recently put into packs, so I'm not worried about it.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear ruby black color with a finger of a light sand colored head. Decent amount of lacing. Pretty nice.

Smell: Mm. Nice. Chocolate, roastiness, and a nice amount of caramel malt sweetness to tone things down a bit. Very pleasant on the nose.

Taste/feel: Let's be honest, if this had been a few % higher ABV or just named a porter instead of an English Mild, the rating would be higher. This one tastes fantastic for a 3.9%. A bit thin as it first hits the tongue, but then a sort of creaminess comes through which is very nice. There's a nice roasty and somewhat ashy flavor throughout the sip, with traces of chocolate, and caramel sweetness to balance things out. Carbonation is a bit above average, which makes this beer all-the-more drinkable. Aftertaste is a lingering roast/smoke quality that I really like.

Overall, a pretty much phenomenal beer given the ABV. Another great one from Short's. If this were available all the time, this'd be my go-to session ale.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Shorts Earl Of Brixom a few days ago in their new variety pack for 18.99 at The Lager Mill. I had a pint of this beer when I visited the Short's Pub last year and I thought it was a pretty decent example of the style and I'm interested to see how the bottled version is, so lets see how it goes. No Visible bottling date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Short's imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little weird looking and the guy on the label reminds of Dwight Shrute from the Office, it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly reddish dark brown color that took on a crimson hue when held to the light with two fingers worth off light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts showing up first and they impart some toasted, grainy, slightly roasted, brown bread, light caramel and a nice chocolate aroma that along with the roasted malt aromas stick out the most. Up next comes a light nutty aroma with a little bit of doughy yeast in the background and there's a slight earthy aroma towards the end. This beer has a nice aroma, it's a little more roasted than I would expect from the style, but I like it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart all those malty aspects that I got in the aroma with the roasted malts seeming to stick out the most, but there's also a little watery flavor to it. Up next comes a nice nutty aspect that seems to show up a little more than it did in the aroma and there a little bit of doughy yeast in the background. On the finish there's a light earthy flavor with hardly any bitterness at all on the finish with a nutty, grainy, and roasted malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, it's pretty much what I would expect from the style.

M- Very smooth, clean, a little crisp, a little dry, slightly watery, on the slightly thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer and it was true to style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of a English Dark Mild Ale, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style with all that great drinkability that I always look for in the style. I like Motor City's Ghettoblaster a little more, but I still thought this was a nice beer. This beer had very good drinkability, it was really smooth, clean, slightly crisp, not filling at all and it had just enough flavor to hold my attention, I could drink a six pack of this stuff, it's very drinkable and I think it would be a pretty nice beer to pair with a meal. What I liked the most about beer was the drinkability, they fit a good amount of flavor in a small 3.9% beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that it was slightly watery, but I think that's to be expected from a 3.9% beer. I would buy this beer again, and I also would buy a six pack of it if they ever decided to release it on it's own. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style or easy drinking sessionable beers in general. All in all I thought this was a pretty solid beer, there's was nothing crazy or unusual about this beer, It's just a solid English Dark Mild Ale and I'm glad Short's decided to include this in their new variety pack. Nice job guys, thinks for mixing it up with a style that just don't seem to be that popular in the age of hoppy and barrel aged beers, these milder beers still have a place in my hear and I'm glad Short's doesn't forget about them, keep up the great work.

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Earl Of Brixom from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 113 ratings