Brewed by Brains
Style: Stout
Cardiff, Wales


on tap

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8735) - 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 (265) - 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 (2131) - 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 (306) - 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 (533) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 27, 2014
440ml can. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Taste is coffee. A bit thin really.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
phrederico (3) - - OCT 12, 2014 does not count
Good appearance but light flavour and aroma. For a stout, even a dry one, they should be strongers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lele (262) - Padova, ITALY - SEP 27, 2014
Stout abbastanza deludente. Colore marrone scuro con riflessi granata, non impenetrabile (stranamente per una stout), limpido. Schiuma fittissima (più che quella di un cappuccino) e molto persistente. L’aroma è veramente poco pronunciato, luppolato e un leggerissimo tostato (quasi neanche si sente). Al gusto si avverte una leggera nota di caffè. Il corpo è acquoso. Retrogusto abbastanza persistente, ma poco accentuato, a differenza invece della carbonizzazione, che invece si sente. Stout dall’aspetto inusuale per lo stile, tutta all’inseegna dell"appena sufficiente": aromi e gusto sono pochi e tutti molto poco pronunciati.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3429) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2014
Can from Petit Marche Imazato for 200 yen. It is a nice looking nitro pour that is pitch black in my footed pilsner glass with a thick creamy light beige head. The aroma is a creamy fruity cocoa but has a bit of a medicinal edge to it. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. The taste is similar to the nose, lightly roasty, creamy, a bit of dark bitter malts, again a somewhat malty medicinal edge. OK I guess. Asit warms up you get roasty umami dark chocolate bitterness which edges it up slightly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
peponi (869) - Krakow, 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.

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