Brewed by Brains
Style: Stout
Cardiff, Wales


on tap

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Available on keg and in cans (from Tesco stores in Wales)
Brains Black is an exciting new stout from Brains. This finest Welsh stout has a bitterness and a distinctive dark malt flavour that is instantly recognisable as a true reflection of this style of beer. It has already proven extremely popular in consumer taste tests appealing to both new and established stout drinkers, and combined with its distinctive and contemporary identity, Brains Black is set to become a classic stout.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beikes (162) - Aarhus, - DEC 21, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2013 On cask at Sherlock Holmes in Aarhus. Good Guinness like stout, but like most it doesn’t measure up to the mother of all stouts. It is one of the better ones out there though. A little lighter and thinner than beforementioned queen of the blacks, with more bitterness in the heart of it, and quite buttery in the head. The carbonation is very soft even for this type of beer and the main noteable touch is one of liqourice on both the back of the tongue and in the roof of the mouth. It was quite interesting, and I may be coming back for another round one of these days.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KoNrRiI (1216) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2016

0.5 draft.
A clear, very dark brown color with a large, lasting, cream-colored, nitro head. A sweet, fruity aroma with an obvious dose of dark malts and some Guinness-like properties - must be the nitrogen. A malty, chocolate flavor with coffee and some lactose on the side; simple. A medium body, a creamy as hell texture, and a flat carbonation. Finish is medium long and bittersweet, overall not a bad beer but not recommended either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skarecrow (226) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 8, 2016
440ml can BB 8/8/16 Lovely roasted malt aroma. Poured black with widget surge and cream head and nice lacing. For a stout this has minimal bitterness and a smooth finish. Bit thin at the back end though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (13228) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2016
Tin, 500ml from Tesco in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Wales. Black with cream head, short lived. This was quite a creamy, fizzed beer, some bitterness, some charcoal hints but also quite a CO2 hit. Just okay for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hansvf (698) - - JUL 2, 2016
Mooie donkerrode stout,guinness achtig schuim. Smaakt goed smeeuig, zoals het hoort. Prima!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
axl (563) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2015
Draft pint. Black with one finger cream white head. Aroma of roasted malts, black bread and a hint of soy sauce. Taste of roasted malts, black bread, some bitter coffee bean and a slight touch of bittter cocoa powder. Medium creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation and short light bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (5527) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2015
Tap sample at SBWF15. Black with beige head. Aroma has chocolate, roasted malt and slight burnt malt. Taste is roasted, smooth, chocolate, light-medium sweet, ash.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8689) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2015
Draught at Taphouse. Low fluffy white lastin head. Hazy brown body. Sour vinegarlike roasted malt aroma and flavor with little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (8293) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2015
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen - black pour tan head. Sweet and light roasty malty, milky chocolate, and some caramel sweetness, nice mouthfeel, not as bad as anticipated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6330) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
Keg at the Cambrian Arms, Cardiff. Black, slight red hue, big foamy dense tan head. Aroma is chocolatey, roast malt. Body is medium to light, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is pretty chocolatey, semisweet, nice ashy bitterness. Balanced chocolate and ash. Good overall - would pick this over a Guinness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9836) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2015
2015-09-17. Very dark brown body with a large creamy tan head after it eventually settled down. Possibly a nitro pour? 3+ Aroma is mild, lightly toasty dusty roast, whispers of caramel. Flavour is pretty mild up front, light dry dusty toasty roast character that is sort of somewhere between Guinness and Murphys which I suspect is the goal so well done. Touches of cocoa. Smooth average bodied palate, soft carbonation along with creamy pour suggests nitro, but I don’t know that for sure. On tap at Terra Nova, Cardiff.

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