Dark Mild

Recipes:
3,452
BJCP 2021:
13A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇬🇧 Great Britain
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Dark
Strength:
Low
Taste:
Malty

Profile

Dark Mild is a traditional British ale known for its darker color, lower alcohol content, and rich, malt-forward character. As a historical style, it gained popularity in the 19th and early 20th centuries among the British working class. Over time, Dark Mild evolved with regional variations and has undergone a significant decline in alcohol content from its historical predecessors to adapt to changing drinking habits and social circumstances.

Appearance-wise, a Dark Mild presents with a range of dark colors, from deep copper to dark brown or almost black hues. The beer is typically clear unless bottle conditioned and may have ruby highlights when held up to the light. A tan to light brown head that can range from moderate to none characterizes this style; it may not persist due primarily to low carbonation. The flavor profile of a Dark Mild is predominantly malty with possible notes of caramel, chocolate, or lightly roasted grains. Dried fruits such as raisins or plums might be present but should not dominate. Bitterness is low, allowing sweet malt characteristics to shine through. Hop flavors are generally muted if present at all; any hop presence should be balanced and supportive rather than upfront. Aromas include mild roasted malt scents accompanied by possible fruitiness and other malt-driven nuances like caramel or nuts.

While there are stronger versions historically relating to this style (such as Old Ale), today's Dark Mild relates more closely with its lighter counterpart, the British Brown Ale ale. Both are defined by drinkability and lower alcohol content but differ in their depth of color and associated roasty flavors that define the Dark Mild variety.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
3.0 – 3.8 %

In Database
2.8 < 3.5 < 4.1 %

Bitterness

Specification
10 – 25 IBU

In Database
10 < 19 < 29 IBU

Color

Specification
28 – 49 EBC
14 – 25 SRM

In Database
22 < 36 < 53 EBC
11 < 18 < 27 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
7.5 – 9.5 °P
1.030 – 1.038 OG

In Database
7.5 < 9.2 < 11.2 °P
1.030 < 1.037 < 1.045 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.3 °P
1.008 – 1.013 FG

In Database
1.6 < 2.6 < 3.8 °P
1.006 < 1.010 < 1.015 FG

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