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Brewed by Brains
Style: Mild Ale
Cardiff, Wales
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Bottled; Regular.

Once called Red Dragon the famous pint of Dark has always been synonymous with Brains particularly in Cardiff with the dock-workers of old, the male voice choirs and with rugby fans down in the Arms Park. Nowadays its popularity has expanded and it is the biggest selling dark milk in Wales, continually winning awards both nationally and internationally.
‘Dark’ is treacle-coloured with a creamy contrasting head and brewed using chocolate malt, providing a clean palate with hints of liquorice and fresh ground coffee.
The intense flavour of Brains Dark goes well with pork and chocolate puddings.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle 500ml 4.1%. Poured very dark brown (virtually black) with a small, off-white, frothy head which lasted well. Aroma was of roasted malts with toast, black coffee, toasted nuts, liquorice and light notes of raisins. Flavor was a light earthy bitterness with roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, light lactic/sour milk notes, a touch of caramel and a dry toasty/nutty finish. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation, a dry mouthfeel, watery texture and a good length finish.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (3205) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 22, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’ place. Thanks Stas and Max. Black and headless. Roasty and malty and very bready aroma. Mildly bitter and malty taste. Medium body, malty, a little dry and bready finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (8324) - Tel Aviv, - APR 22, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Max & Stas. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of malt, toast, nuts, caramel, a bit of vegetables. Sweeetish flavor, toasty, slightly roasty, with nuts, caramel, and a drier finish with a bitterish note. Light to medium-bodied.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AtronSeige (917) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 23, 2015
Aroma: Medium rich chocolate sauce. Medium-light dried fruits. Appearance: Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Small, light-brown head with low retention. Flavour: Medium-high roasty, coffee. Medium-light chocolate. Light grapes. Medium bitterness. Dry finish with lingering roastiness/bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Great beer. Quite roasty. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 11A. Mild

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hanoi (596) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Bose is lactose, hazelnut, milk chocolate, cram and vanilla - sounds nicer than it is. Taste is very muted, very light chocolate as the dominating tone, with a light raisin and nut leading to lactose with a slightly acidic cardboard finish which detracts. Mouthfeel is fine but too carbonated. Not particularly nice, I need to try it on cask.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimthechap (2033) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2015
Absolutely black with an ugly covering of greyish head. There are aromas of stale caramels, dodgy chocolates and maybe a hint of cola nut. This is replicated in the flavour with a body that was surprisingly astringent. There was a lingering impression of boiled tar and disappointment. Ah well. Yeah, nah.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12303) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 14, 2014
From 2010 file notes. Brown pour. Sweet malt aroma. Tastes chocolate and dark malt. Liked it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (5233) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle sample at home from ocado. Dark brwon / reddy coloured pour with a fleeting cream head. Aroma is faint roast, malts, dark fruiits, raisin. Flavour is semi rich figs and raisin with a little sharpness. Nice roast roast and choc malts round it out. Palate is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
TEJA (1537) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle from prisma Kovoula. Big and lastning light brown head. Sweet and caramell aroma. Light sweet malty taste with a small body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (779) - - NOV 8, 2014
Gorgeous dark colour with a cheeky chocolate aroma. Malty taste and a bit sharp. A bit fizzier than expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickel (610) - - OCT 10, 2014
Deep brown color with high long lasting brown head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Sweet malty taste with notes of caramel. Very thick and creamy body. Slightly bitter aftertaste


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