Brewed by Brains
Style: Stout
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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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 (148) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
peponi (300) - POLAND - JUN 2, 2014
Aroma: roasted malts. Appearance: black color, nice head. Taste: low bitterness, roasted dark malts, coffee substitute, quite dry and very watery. Palate: low body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: Normal beer after job. That’s all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palme (3253) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2014
On tap @ Baran. Looks like it should with a big really creamy nitro head, super lacings also and all this under what appears to be a black body. Sweet roasted nose with traces of vanilla and thin cold coffee. Also a little bit of mint found here as well. Mild but nice nose. It’s quite tasty this. Just like drinking a Guinness really. Creamy roasted with mild chocolate, mild coffee some quite present bitterness and a little bit of sweet caramel pudding. A tad on the sweet side, but easy creamy to drink. I mean, who doesn’t like a creamy nitro stout? 24.01.2014

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (632) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2014
Draft. Pours black with a big beige head that lingers forever. Aroma of roasts malt. Similar to Guinness, some caramel, some roasted malt, fairly thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (1787) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
Wales 2014. Beer no 17. Keg@the penwig, new quay, wales. Black beer with red tints large creamy head and decent lacing. Aroma is faint roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, charcoal and a hint of whisky for some reason unknown. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StoutHead (611) - DENMARK - MAR 14, 2014
On tap. Pours almost black with a one-finger off-white head which takes a while to settle - much like a Guinness. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is mostly of roasted malt, chocolate and lots of coffee and hops. Surprisingly bitter. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (10870) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2014
Tap @ Highlanders. Very dark brown with medium creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and caramel. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, medium sweet, little dry, little bitter and a little liquorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vami (331) - Poznan, POLAND - FEB 5, 2014
Neutral aroma with a bit of roasted note. Pours black with perfect dense head. Watery with pleasant roasted character. A bit of astringency. Bitter astringent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
petewhitley (332) - JAPAN - JAN 5, 2014
roasty, chocolate, coffee, black, white foam, light body, thin feel. Beautiful smell, like a somehow drinkable, fine wooden armoire. Once it hit my lips I did an immediate double-take to check that I had actually ingested the beer. Tastes like the hard water at my grandmothers house. Reminds me of that old Johnson Smith joke powder you could buy that claimed to make water look like beer. I’ve been pranked by the Brains brewery. You got me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rhyshewer (70) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2013
Aroma: Roasty with dark fruits and a hint of chocolate. Appearance: Black with Brown edges and a medium off-white head. Taste: Sour, limited roast character. Slightly astringent aftertaste. Palate: Thin, smooth with soft carbonation. Overall: Thin and wimpy. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vipinvelp (2122) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2013
Very dark, black once setled with nice creamy off-white foam head, leaving drink rings in glass. Aroma and taste are not that strong, that outstanding. Good beer, but not a wow feeling. Enjoyed it with my fish and chips. (Swansea 201312)

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