I was inspired to try making a dark English mild after tasting Yards Brewing Company's Brawler. I didn't necessarily want to clone it, but I wanted something pretty similar. To that end, I settled on Mild Mannered Ale. I'm not a fan of strong roasty flavors, so I made two versions of the recipe based on ingredients I had on hand, substituting some Special B for some chocolate malt in the second version.
3.25 gallon batch.
3.75 lbs Bairds pale
1 lbs crystal 60
3 oz English chocolate (adding during last 15 minutes of mash)
0.6 oz US Goldings (4.9% AA) 45 minutes
0.6 oz US Goldings (4.9% AA) 15 minutes
2.5 gallon batch.
2.75 lbs Bairds pale
0.75 lbs Crystal 60
3 oz Special B
1 oz English chocolate (adding during last 15 minutes of mash)
0.45 oz US Goldings (4.9% AA) 45 minutes
0.45 oz US Goldings (4.9% AA) 15 minutes
Both times I did a 158 F mash for 60 minutes as a BIAB (so I lost a few degrees during the mash), and I hit OG was 1.041 and SG was 1.010 both times.
Attached is a picture. From left to right: Version 1, Version 2, and Brawler.
I must have messed up somewhere, because Version 1 still tastes a little off (like some weird green beer flavor) despite being in the bottle for 8 weeks. Version 2, on the other hands, makes me happy. It's light, but has some flavor. Compared with Brawler, the color is almost dead on (slightly darker), it's not quite as malty, and its hop flavor is ever-so-faintly stronger. A more refined palette would probably detect more specific differences.
I'm quite enjoying Version 2, and I'm sure I'll make it again.
Cheers for the original recipe!