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Brewed by Brains
Style: Stout
Cardiff, Wales

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   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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2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
petewhitley (309) - - 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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StoutHead (483) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (9829) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vami (320) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rhyshewer (57) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vipinvelp (1881) - 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)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (5756) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle sample at Oslo Ølbestival 2013. Lovely aroma of tasat and malt. Very dark, creamy head. Soft, smooth. Coffee, bitter chocolate. This could be a fine standard stout instead of G. Not in any way extreme, but very pleasant.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
rehbritton (15) - WALES - OCT 24, 2013
Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, caramel, fruits and hops. A little watery.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (2385) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2013
On tap at Oslo ølfestival. Very dark brown with a reddish hue an a beige head. Moderate roasty aroma with hints of dark chocolate, dark fruits and caramel. Moderate sweet and roasty with a light bitterness. Light to medium body with quite average bitterness. Refreshing stout, but nothing special.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westkyoto77 (439) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 28, 2013
Can. Easily the thinnest stout that has ever passed my lips. Went down like a bottle of sports drink. Acidly bitter, not very subtle. Watery metallic flavours. Slightest hint of burnt chocolate. If you're looking for depth and richness, look elsewhere. But if you need a stout-flavoured drink in a pinch, it will do.


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