Brewed by Brains
Style: Stout
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   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 (161) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (4734) - 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 (8073) - 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 (5064) - 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 (4193) - 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 (9041) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dzhigga (282) - Kirov, RUSSIA - JUL 13, 2015
Can. Almost black color with thin steady head. Aroma is delicious: milk chocolate, biscuit, coffee with milk. But taste is really disappointing — very watery texture, bitterness is weak. Finish is rather short. Nevertheless, not so bad stout for easy drinking.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Vighals (2239) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2015
Svart med lavt beige kremete skum. Lite lukt, noe melkesjokoladelukt. Også lite smak, noe salt. Ikke noe jeg bestiller igjen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miroleite (1) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - MAR 28, 2015 does not count
Great stout! Appearance: great black color e good texture. Aroma: charming coffee, a bit of chocolate. Favors: strong bitter, coffee. Body: good structure and smooth at mouth, with medium-high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GlassBrass440 (309) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 9, 2015
Pours an ink black with cascading tan head. Aroma is of molasses and minerals. Flavor is roasty with an assertive bitter bite. A yeasty fruitiness takes the edge off while contributing a sour tinge. Medium body with an off dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
YantarCoast (586) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 27, 2014
440ml can. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Taste is coffee. A bit thin really.

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