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Severn Vale: Monumentale (England: Mild: 4.5%ABV)

Visual: Deep chestnut brown to ruby. Only a thin sheen over the top.

Nose: Chestnut. Blackcherry. Red grapes. Slightly vinous. Treacle and milk chocolate.

Body:  Liquorice. Chestnut. Slight charring and sour wine. White grapes. Slight bitter chocolate. Milky drinks.

Finish: Vinous again, grapes, white initially then red as well. Slightly sour. Some malt drink and dry roasted peanuts.

Conclusion: A very vinous mild, which results in a mild that is not mild in flavour or comparatively, in ABV. However despite that the mild character is distinct, it seems like they have taken mild as a mould into which they can pour their new concoction, as opposed to a base which needs to be adhered to.

It works, it works very well, even if it may drop some of the intentions for the mild’s purpose, it works well enough that I don’t mind the oddness of its placing in the beer hierarchy of usage.  Its slight style twisting is playful and considering the abvs that pass for session ales these days I guess you could fit it nicely into that style. Me I’m happier with just the one to take my time over and enjoy.

As it pushes the style far from its roots you could argue that it lacks a root purpose, but I find it more to have spread to have many potential purposes as discussed above, and would stand as a standard “pint at the bar” to boot

A lovely wine like mild then with just enough chocolate and roasted to suit it to the ground.

Background: Drunk at the Royal Oak.  On research this was apparently originally intended to be porter, and is listed as such on Rate Beer. However it is now listed as a “Strong Mild” on the tap and the beer definitely has a lot of mild ale characteristics so I am listing it as such.  My ever so considerate friends decided to light up during this tasting note, which helped not a jot.

Severn Vale: Severn Seas Of Rye (England: Golden Ale: 3.8% ABV)

Visual: Hazy dark amber with a toffee coloured bubbled head.

Nose: Vanilla, toffee, creamy and massively rich. Banana and custard. Wonderfully sweet with tiny barley and wheat.

Body: barley and chaff, slight bitterness and wort mash flavour. A sour touch, but contrasted by light caramel and banana, toffee, vanilla pods and rye.

Finish: Wheat grain, sour mash and sour dough.

Conclusion: Recommended to try by the staff ( kindly posing in the photo) and with the interesting quirk of being brewed with rye malt, so heck I had to give it a try.

What a nose it opens up with as well, a sweet dessert wonder calling to banana splits and banoffee pudding  You could eat up the head with a spoon and it prepares you  for a beer of sweet delight.

The body brings in those flavours that the nose hints at but with hardly a tenth of the force.  Whilst it’s probably a good thing if you plan to have more than a half of the beer, it does initially feel like somewhat of a let down.  Most likely wisely the brewers seem to have gone for sessionability, instead of for the full force beer that would excite, but I’d guess would get sickly before you could finish the pint.

Still, it’s a firm session ale, sweet and tasty, but more subtle than you would expect.

Its good, but after the nose I could not help but be disappointed, and wonder if one day someone will turn out necessarily small bottles of the beer that the nose promises.

Severn Vale: Severn Sins (England: Stout: 5.2% ABV)

Visual: Opaque black with a slight deep red when held to the light. Light brown head that thinly covers the pint.

Nose: Lots of coffee (roasted beans);

Body: Slick; bitter oats, very little alcohol punch. Brown bread. Slight golden syrup cake.

Finish: harsh bitter black coffee without sugar.

Conclusion: A straightforward stout with the coffee emphasised throughout. The lighter punch makes it easier to drink for a few pints that its competitors in the style. Whilst nice, not a pint for extended meditation upon.

Guest Taster: Dylan Ransom!

Visual: Very dark ruby/black with a tiny head.

Nose: Sweet caramel.

Body: Warm thick texture. Slightly sweet tangy.

Finish: Slight fizzy tongue, smooth.

Conclusion: Very pleasant stout. Smooth, semi sweet warm and nutty.

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