The strongest of Tetley’s many Mild Ales during the Edwardian period was XX. By 1904 a Mild of this strength - 7.5% ABV – was very much the exception.
I’m not sure where exactly XX was sold, but I’m guessing in pubs. As it’s a draught rather than a bottled beer. Though there’s no way you’d manage an 8-pint session on this beast. It’s just too strong.
Unlike some of its weaker brothers, XX didn’t come in a pale version, just a dark one. With the colour coming from a combination of No. 3 invert sugar and caramel. Which is pretty typical for Dark Mild. The only malts are the base malt: pale and mild. There’s no coloured malt of any description.
The hops were Worcester from the 1903 harvest (kept in a cold store) and Kent, also from 1903, but not kept in a cold store. Fuggles for both seems a reasonable guess.
|1904 Tetley XX|
|mild malt||6.50 lb||42.28%|
|pale malt||6.50 lb||42.28%|
|No. 3 invert sugar||2.25 lb||14.63%|
|caramel 1000 SRM||0.125 lb||0.81%|
|Fuggles 90 mins||2.50 oz|
|Fuggles 30 mins||2.50 oz|
|Mash at||150º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale Timothy Taylor|
This is one of the dozens of recipes in my book Mild! plus. Which is avaiable in both paperback:
and hardback formats: