Best Dark Mild?

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  1. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (525) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Now Tetely's has closed, I'd have to go for Harvey's or Moorhouse's Black Cat. Though the Lancashire Dark Mild from M & S isn't bad.

    What's your favourite?
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  2. marquis

    marquis Crusader (759) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Belvoir Brewery Dark Horse which is of course a reincarnation of Shippo's Mild.
    Also; Elgoods Black Dog
    Grainstore Rutland Panther
    Welland Valley Mild
    Mighty Oak's Oscar Wilde
    Cotswold Spring's Old Sodbury Mild
    Brewster's Cheval Mort (whenever they are brewing it!)
    and lots, lots more
    I had Tetley's last May-when was it discontinued?
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  3. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (183) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    I have enjoyed Bateman’s dark mild in the past, but it is like hen's teeth near me.
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  4. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Crusader (774) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    If you ever make it to Seattle I'll buy you a pint of my favorite, only available here:
    Machine House Dark Mild.
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  5. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (525) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Bateman's is a good one. Tastes like it's darkened with malt rather than caramel. Widh I could get it here.
  6. Hanglow

    Hanglow Defender (627) Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    I've not had many, but I was very impressed with Dark Munro


    They do a terrific porter too
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  7. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (525) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    If you're a home brewer, I've some Forest Brown recipes. It was a slightly tweaked version of Whitbread's Best Mild. Given that Best Mild was mostly under 3% ABV, you wouldn't want tio be drinking Ordinary Mild.
  8. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,703) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Black Cat followed kind of closely by Cains. The only 2 I've had from the UK.
  9. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

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  10. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (672) Jan 15, 2009 New York
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    Wandering star mild at heart. Very underated imo
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  11. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,520) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham NC, brew pub only. A terrific Mild, lots of flavor at 3.7% ABV.
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  12. Givemebeer

    Givemebeer Zealot (567) Apr 6, 2013 Vermont

    yards brawler
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  13. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Zealot (520) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I really like Brawler from Yards Brewing Co. in Philadelphia.
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  14. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (183) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Do you know, I thought the opposite. To me Bateman’s has a dark sugar taste, whereas a modern dark mild like Black Cat tastes of chocolate malt.
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  15. Padraig

    Padraig Initiate (181) Jan 14, 2013 New York
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    Oscar Wilde,
    Brewdog Edge (not much chance of that returning unfortunately),
    Partizan Mild,
    SWB- Resistance (not amazing but at least it turns up semi-regularly).
  16. Flibber

    Flibber Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Do they still make Tetley's Mild? I thought I saw it in a pub recently, but that could have been a hallucination. Obviously the brewery's gone either way (bloody Carlsberg).

    I don't have a lot of experience with mild, but I had a pint of Black Cat yesterday that I enjoyed.
  17. marquis

    marquis Crusader (759) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Dark milds in the past rarely used dark malts , the colour came from caramel and those lovely brewing sugars.Bateman's has been round long enough for this to be the case.
    Back to Bateman's DM , a year ago a couple of our pubs removed this from sale, it was thin and you could see through it quite easily. Rumour had it that they had cut it to 2.8% for duty reasons, Jonathan Bateman told me this wasn't the case.I understand it's back to how it used to be now.
  18. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Disciple (391) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    I've only ever had two in my life, but they were both good. One was Brain's Dark Mild (bottled) which tasted a lot like a German Schwarzbier to me. That's not a complaint, mind you, just something I found interesting. The other was Black Country Dark Mild from the cask at The Wellington in Birmingham. I was never actually able to make it out into the Black Country during my Birmingham visit, but that was a nice consolation.

    Edit: Black Country's beer was called Pig on the Wall, maybe?
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  19. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (703) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    From the few I have had the opportunity to sample, Notch's Mild on cask in MA (when it was available) and Massachusetts Mild on cask from John Harvard's in Cambridge was also solid. Other than that, whatever I try from the UK during NERAX has been fantastic.

    Wish we had more in Boston...:slight_frown:
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  20. Hanglow

    Hanglow Defender (627) Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)


    I've never had any Forest Brown to be honest, I just found a forest brown beer mat (I used to collect beer mats for some reason) and though to make an avatar out of it. I understand it wasn't very good?

    I do homebrew but have some horridly modern beers to brew first :open_mouth: Although I have enough saaz to do a nice, hoppy, historic scottish ale
  21. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (525) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    They still make, just not in the right place. No idea what it tastes like, but I'd be surprised if it matched the original.
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  22. Flibber

    Flibber Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Indeed. I walked past what's left of the brewery yesterday - very sad.
  23. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (388) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    These are all terrible IPAs.
  24. StJamesGate

    StJamesGate Poo-Bah (3,665) Oct 8, 2007 New York
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    No love for Coach House Gunpowder?
    Dark Star do a nice one, too.

    Quite like a good mild; wish they were easier for me to find.
  25. marquis

    marquis Crusader (759) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    The Bitter is brewed in Wolverhampton and is the house beer of the Rose and Crown at Hose. The landlord enjoyed it when he was a student in Leeds and regards the version brewed at present to be at least as good.
  26. marquis

    marquis Crusader (759) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    To add to my post, according to Wikipedia the mild is now brewed by Cameron's in Hartlepool.
  27. Flibber

    Flibber Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    The bitter still tastes pretty good to me. I'm reluctant to buy it because I'm annoyed they closed the brewery, but it's still a convenient session bitter that shows up a lot in Leeds.

    Damn, Tetley's was Leeds!
  28. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    What about Highgate they still around?
  29. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (5,274) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    A local nano in Rochester, Roc Brewing, makes a pretty good Dark Mild, in my opinion. I haven't had many of the style so I can't compare it to much else, but I really enjoyed it.
  30. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,178) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I don't really have access to the great ones from the UK, but Dry Dock Brewing's S.S. Minnow has 2 GABF Golds.
    It's my favorite, although I have very little to compare it to. The only Black Cat I've ever had was pretty old, and I haven't seen it on my local shelves in years.
  31. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (914) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    I think it's fucking pathetic how few dark milds are brewed in the US.

    Yards Brawler was my favorite but right now it's Dragoon Stronghold Session, but neither are true english-style milds with an ABV of 4.2% and 4.9% respectively. unfortunately these are the best US brewed options I have come across so far.
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  32. tronester

    tronester Meyvn (1,082) Nov 25, 2006 Oklahoma

    I only had one dark mild when I was in the UK and I can't even remember what it was :slight_frown:

    Not to toot my own horn, but I would have to say my own homebrewed at 2.9% ABV

    I am going to brew it again this week, because there are NONE to be found where I live!
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  33. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,031) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Though I'm not quite as vehement about it, I agree that breweries should make more of them. NOLA Brown is quite good for low ABV drinking at 3.9%. It's called the "slow down brown" in certain circles.
  34. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (914) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Glad I got my passion across by using the F word hahaha. Thanks for the tip!
  35. ndepriest

    ndepriest Aspirant (264) Feb 21, 2012 Georgia
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    I'm not sure of its availability, but Cigar City has a pretty nice dark mild called El Lector.
  36. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (328) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    How about Banks's Mild and Batham's Mild?
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  37. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2011 California

    Eagle Rock Solidarity is quite good as is Dry Dock's SS Minnow.

    I've been looking for Moorehouse Black Cat for several years now with no luck whatsoever.
  38. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    Black Cat was a good one when I had it. Adnam's Southwold didn't disappoint. Taylor Ram Tam should be on the same docket.

    Can I just say that I am pleasantly surprised that this thread hasn't been relegated to the UK forum due to lack of reliable US input?
  39. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (525) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    I love BAtham's Mild. Wish I could get it more regularly.
  40. thewrongtone

    thewrongtone Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2006 Texas

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