Yesterday CAMRA selected its 'Beer Of Britain 2011' and sprung yet another surprise on us. The winner was a dark mild from Essex. Mighty Oak's 'Oscar Wilde Mild' at 3.7% took the ultimate accolade, with Marble 'Chocolate' runner up and Salopian 'Shropshire Gold' coming third.
Mighty Oak is a brewery rarely seen about these parts and the beer is one I have yet to sample, but it has been around for some 10 years. It is described in the 'Good Beer Guide' as 'a roasty dark mild, with suggestions of forest fruits and dark chocolate. A sweet taste yields to a more bitter finish'. The brewery website calls it 'a mellow, nutty, moreish dark mild, brewed with Maris Otter pale, crystal and dark malts,and gently hopped with Challenger'.
Roger Protz, chairman of the judging panel commented,