Odd Notion (Summer 08)

12 oz bottle as part of the Magic Hat mixed 12 pack, Harris Teeter, Hilton Head Island, SC, USA. $12.99 for the pack along with #9, Circus Boy and Hocus Pocus.
What have we here? An English Dark Mild?? I doubt it, but we’ll see.
Pour is good revealing a pretty decent head a little lace. Good clarity amongst the light mahoghony body.
The aroma gives very little away other than certain maltiness (which is a good thing for the style) but it fails to live up to much.
Tastes are relatively authentic for a “mild type” (not sure why we need to designate milds as dark and pale, every mild I EVER drank in England for years was always dark, but there you go). Light metallic malt and a subtle hoppy dry factor in the finish. Easy drinking and moreish, I enjoyed this.
All in all a decent beer, but too carbonated and too thin for the style. Doesn’t help that it is bottled either – ho hum. Outside of that a decent stab at the style, and to be honest we see so few good examples of these types of beers (lower ABV and subtle hop malt combos) that I am just happy to see almost any version. I have to be happy with what I can get, and not to be too fussy.

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07/31/2008
Format:
bottle
ABV: 4.2 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 2.5
Smell: 3
Overall: 4
Total: 3.4
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