Once the dominant style of beer in all of Britain, the ‘mild’ ale is now next to extinct, with only a handful of English producers still maintaining it in their ranges. To see one brewed here in New Zealand is even rarer. Wholesome aromas of chocolate, black tea and wholemeal bread make up the nose, while the palate leans more traditionally towards a dry stout (think Guinness). The addition of oats gives a big boost to the palate weight, giving it lots of body up front while still finishing crisp and (funnily enough) mild. Satisfying and refreshing in the same package, making it a great session beer.
About The Author
Tim Newman is a A Wine and Spirits Education Trust graduate who has been gradually fermenting inside the Christchurch craft beer scene since it's primordial days. When the world of wine writing turned out to be a labyrinth of un-returned emails, he hopped the fence over to beer writing and reviewing and hasn't looked back. On an endless mission to taste the length and breadth of New Zealand craft brewing, and wrangle the most esoteric flavours into prose.
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