Boddington XXXX looks very similar to a London XX Ale. Except they didn’t exist anymore. Despite Mild’s huge popularity, the capital’s brewers restricted themselves to just one example, X Ale. Stronger Milds had died out in the last couple of decades of the 19th century.
At over 6% ABV and 39 (calculated) IBU, it’s not what anyone today would call a Mild. But these beers did exist up until WW I made a total mess of UK brewing. I’ll never forgive Kaiser Bill for that.
With batches of 70-odd barrels, it was brewed in decent quantities for a strong beer. I wonder who drank it? Was it a special weekend treat? Or was there a specific class of drinker that preferred it? Sadly, I have no clue.
The recipe is essentially the same as for all the other Milds: base malt and sugar, loads of different hops, mostly English.
|1901 Boddington XXXX|
|pale malt||14.00 lb||93.33%|
|No. 3 invert sugar||1.00 lb||6.67%|
|Cluster 140 mins||0.50 oz|
|Fuggles 60 mins||1.50 oz|
|Fuggles 30 mins||1.50 oz|
|Fuggles dry hops||0.50 oz|
|Mash at||152º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||140 minutes|
|pitching temp||60.5º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1318 London ale III (Boddingtons)|