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Brains Dark (Bottle)

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


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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coranc (28) - IRELAND - AUG 27, 2014
bottle, 500ml. Thick, tan head. Nutty aroma with chocolate notes. medium carbonation. Sweet and malt flavours with bitter finish - quiet enjoyed this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craighill (11) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle from Tesco, Penarth on 21.08. Deep red / mahogany colour with coarse but stable ivory coloured head. Aroma is roasted coffee and some fruit. Taste adds chocolate and raisins. Some hop bitterness at the end and slightly astringent. Drinkable and interesting beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Toomio (214) - Joensuu, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2014
Hyvät elementit on veistetty vetisiksi. puolinaseva, mutta ei oikein. Hölkän jälkeen aivan jees.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (718) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
500ml bottle from a random shop. Deep black with a medium slightly grey? head. Aroma has mild roasted malts, and some oats. Flavour has good roasted malts, some cola, and a bit of chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8065) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2014
500ml bottle shared with Finn. Rocky beige head, fine duration. Near clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Spotty lacework. Well roasted dark malty aroma. Blended flavours of brown and black malts added by a touch of prunes. Roasted ending. Medium to thin bodied. Smooth on the swallow. A nice mild, indeed (at Finns in Tromsø 27.05.2014).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JKaranka (46) - Cardiff, WALES - MAY 30, 2014
This is great. Different to the cask. This has a thick head and an aroma of dark fruits: prune, dates. Flavour includes a good dash of chocolate, coffee and roast malts. It opens up into dark fruit flavours and some malts. It’s a brilliant beer in bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4210) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2014
Flaske 0,5l fra Kilpishalli. Delt med Rune under rateseanse på Nerstranda 27 Mai 14.Svart. Høyt luftig skum med litt farge. Litt lacing. God aroma av nøtter med innslag av bær. Smaken det samme men med tilføyelse av karamell. Svakt røstet ettersmak. Utmerket dessertøl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daniele (5434) - ITALY - MAY 8, 2014
Scura buona schiuma discreta persostenza buone tostature caffe discreta secchezza sentiri torrefatti ma non troppo lunghi lieve noccisls anbastanza bilanciata

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TET (1658) - FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
A colablack, nicely poured beer with a medium and light brown head. The nose of dark malts, only slightly roasted, some sweetness. Taste is dryer than aroma, dry and roasted, some dark malts, coffee and herbs, hint of chocolate. Almost medium bodied, nice and smooth to drink. Simple but balanced, dry and roasted beer. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koskela (289) - Marysville, California, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Aroma from this brew is chocolaty and nutty. Its a its a clear dark brown with little tan head It tastes slightly bitter throughout with a hint of choc and almost a hazelnut. Its a medium bodied brew with med carb. Not a bad brew though a mild ale i would not classify it as. Maybe a stout or porter.

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