Oakham: Midnight Mild (England: Mild: 4.0% ABV)

Visual: Opaque black with a moderate coffee cream beige head.

Nose: Very mild, hops, cream and coffee.

Body: Treacle, light bitter and milk chocolate. Malty. Slightly milky. Very light smoke.

Finish: Treacle and charring, then some bitter chocolate comes out. Quite dry feel.

Conclusion: A reasonable mild, but not one that particularly excites. It’s definitely a gulper not a sipper, as so often with the style. Doesn’t overstay its welcome, and rolls out a decent mix of flavours, not nothing seems to quite stick.

Another beer that’s unobjectionable but doesn’t find its own niche. Mild in type, nature and recollection. Unobtrusive would be the best word.