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


on tap


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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.

downender's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2015
2015-09-19. Black body with a nice creamy brown head. 3+ Aroma is mild, light caramel notes. Flavour is surprisingly mild, very light roast and very muted caramel. Smooth average to light bodied palate, soft carbonation. On cask at The Cottage, Cardiff, Wales.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12960) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Cask at The Goat Major. Pours dark brown/creamy beige head. Aroma seems darkly fruity; mild/smooth dark malt. Near med body. Flavor is aroma plus, perhaps, a light touch of chocolate. Finishes less than dry with detectable hop bitter. Very nice flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (11833) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 16, 2015
Cask (PBF2015, Saturday) (6:4:6:4-:12-=3.2--)
Black tea, tarry burnt caramel, and blackberry aroma. Dark, ruby tints. Small tight tan head. Soft palate, carbonation low. Rich caramelly burnt body. Easy drinker, but almost keggy in feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (5194) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Really enjoyed the bottled version, so when I saw the Brain’s Brewery Bar at the Peterborough Beer Festival on 26th Aug 2015 I tried a half-pint of the cask one. Very pleasant, dark brown with a good head on the hand-pulled beer. Malty and semi-sweet in nature this is a true classic Mild in my eyes and I really enjoyed my half.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4208) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Cask at GBBF. Had a good few pints of this whilst at University. Very dark brown, slight red hue, small off-white head. Aroma is soft, chocolatey, watery malts. Body is medium to light, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is watery malts, light chocolate, no real bitterness. Finishes a bit weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (2825) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2015
On tap @ GBBF 2015. Dark reddish mild with a tiny tan head. Malty and fruity tones. malt, caramle, roasted and hops. Light body with a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2015
Cask at the GBBF 2015. Low fluffy lasting light brown head. Pitch black body. Sweet cocoa caramel aroma. Mild sweet and thinbodied coffee liquorice flavor with little hops bitterness. Low carbonation and a long sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (8138) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2015
Cask at GBBF 2015. Pitch black with pff-whte foam. Nose is cocoa, a bit of roasted malt and coffee. Lightly roasty, creamy flavor, cocoa and some charcoal. Light and smooth. Decent mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (15794) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2015
Cask gravity at K&ES BF. Black ruby edges no head. Bit flat. Some chocolate. Pretty nice chocolate to be honest. No real hop good dark mild.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2567) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUN 15, 2015
Cask @ Archies, Prestatyn [090615]
Amber brown, dense white head, good lacing
Aroma of very soft malts
Taste of light soft fruits, soft dark caramel, dab of dark malt
Palate - Light body, quite creamy. Finish of soft malts
Overall - Seems rather light for a mild, rather thin in flavour

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