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Brains Dark (Cask)

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

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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Cask; 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 is the biggest selling dark mild in Wales, continually winning awards both nationally and internationally.
’Dark’ is treacle-coloured with a creamy contrasting head. A velvety smooth pint, Dark has a combination of chocolate, crystal and brown malts providing a clean palate with hints of liquorice and freshly ground coffee.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DandyLion (513) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Gravity @ The Old Horse, Leicester beer festival. Deep dark red colour. Aroma is roasted malts. Taste is a nice balance of roasted malts. Slight roasty bitterness. Nice traditional mild this un, could drink loads if I lived near a brains pub. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Finn (4003) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
NWAF 23 Jan 13. Svart. Lavt luftig skum. Bra sjokoladearoma. Smaken skuffende vassen. Litt lakris. Lite annet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2013
Cask@GBBF2012. Deep rubyish black colour with a mediumsized creamy beige head. Aroma is nutty, mild chocolate, some roasted malts as well as mild toffee to it. Flavour is chooolate, mild coffee, some roasted malts, toffee and a bit ripe fruity notes. Nice toasted and chocolaty aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjsint (628) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 I love, love, love this beer. This is the one that turned me on to cask ale. This rating is from the Cricketers Arms, Bedford. Almost black. Full sandalwood head. Aroma of charcoal, liquorice, malt. Sublime taste. Sweet and full ending with a bittersweet finish. Dense mouthfeel for its strength. One of the best milds available.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6134) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2013
Cask-conditioned and tried on several occasions. Near black with tight, off-white head. Pleasant mild with a pronounced chocolate edge and touch of roast in the finish. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013
(Cask, GBBF 2013): Almost black, small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and liquorice. Smooth roasted malt flavour with a touch of coffee but not much else. Pleasant but nothing exciting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnicolaescu (686) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 23, 2013
GBBF 2013 backlog. Head: coffee, small, frothy to creamy, avg. retention. Colour: red-brown, almost black. Aroma: caramel, honey, sweet, burnt sugar, butty. Taste: toasty, dusty/tarry, some chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2013
From cask. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, light breadish. Bitter, toffee malty and breadish. Bitter and toffee malty. Dry and roasted smooth malty finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Gravity dispense at the Prince of Wales, Farnborough BF - 12/10/12. Dark mahogony brown approaching black in colour with a thin tan head. Dark malts on the nose, light mineral tones, a little toffee. Roast malt taste, toffee, touch of licqourice and a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied, light carbonation, fruity finish. Average but easy drinking.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiwianer (3317) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2012
The head is very good, the body black. It smells a bit roasty. The taste is very mild, a bit sweet and roasty, it is good just could be a bit more intensive, but for 3,5% it´s good. 13/10/10/10/-/10


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