Brewed by Brains
Style: Stout
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   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.

Jimthechap's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - APR 30, 2013
A casual observer could be easily misled by the appearance of this beer as it has been poured into the glassware of a well-known Irish competitor. Having had a few of these in my time and in various forms, the appearance is all but indistinguishable: black body with ruby notes and a good, thick persistent covering of cream coloured head. The aroma is roasty and chocolately with perhaps a modicum of marshmallow. It might just be my soft spot for stouts, but it does smell appetising. The mouthfeel is thicker than the Irishman and while there is similar roastiness, this example isn’t quite as bitter and has strong emphasis on milk chocolate. The finish brings out the roast barley in good handfuls and promotes the desire for another taste. In this respect it is more similar to Murphy’s than Guinness. So there are two fundamental questions to be answered: did I like it and is it truly set to become a classic stout? Yes. I liked it. Will it become a classic stout? Perhaps, given marketing and a strong macro distribution partnership, time and money it might.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hansvf (679) - - 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 (518) - 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 (5410) - 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 (8630) - 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 (7722) - 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 (5813) - 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 (9681) - 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 (349) - 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 (2932) - 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 (2) - 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.

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