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

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RATINGS: 124   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2043) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - APR 19, 2013
Bottle from Auchan Market in Luxembourg City!
Pours deep black with creamy off-white head. Smells chocolatey and nutty, with lots of roasted malts. Starts with massive roasted malts. Middle part has lots of chocolate and caramel. Goes into a very dark and bitter roasted finish with some sourish malts.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - APR 16, 2013
50cl bottle. Dark brown with a medium sized beige head. Slightly roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and dried fruits. Quite dry and light bodied. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruits and nuts. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Magela (52) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - MAR 29, 2013
Aroma leve de alcaçuz e sabor que varia entre chocolate e café. Seca. Apesar de pouco alcoolica, tem sabor leve.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (1186) - London via, WALES - MAR 14, 2013
Have had on bottle and on draught many times in uni. Nice, light and mild.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (764) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 There’s not much of an aroma to start with, except for a foul whiff of some effluent, which later turns to dried dates, as the beer warms. The beer pours walnut brown and it looks great in the glass. Black, with a creamy head. Flavours of roast malts, a bit of chocolate and plenty of ash. No fruitiness detected. More like a Schwarzbier. Thin bodied, it is a pleasant drink, this Welsh dark, but I’d like to try their different stouts for a comparison.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerheart65 (896) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2013
Slightly roasted and sweet aroma has chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark dried fruits, ash. Clear darkbrown-red to black, frothy airy head is beige, leaves lacing. Dry and roasted flavor has some bitterness, medium body,soft feel with some thickness, chocolate finish is dry. Good one, tasty, nice looks and palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VMeth (28) - - FEB 24, 2013
Rich chocolaty stout, with a slight sweetness, but without the heavy alcohol kick of many chocolate stouts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (5303) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090425.
Pours dark copper color with a small head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, mild malts and fruits. Flavor of fruits, mild malts, caramel and hay. Smooth creamy palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (4957) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014
50 cl bottle (4,1%) @ home. Rated on 17.10.2009
Aroma is quite light with some coffee, roasted notes and semi‐dark chocolate. Flavour is slightly sour with coffee, some cocoa and dark chocolate. A bit watery palate. Well roasted malt in the finish. Closer to a porter than mild ale.
7+4+6+2+14=3.3
50 cl bottle @ home
Aroma is slightly sweet with roasted notes, chocolate, coffee and nuts. Flavour has chocolate, nuts, some roasted notes. Finishes with toffee typical to English ales. Pleasant and smooth, better than I remembered.
7+4+7+3+13=3.4

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Welley_Alves (213) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - FEB 3, 2013
Ótima mild ale do pais de Gales, essa cerveja possui características comum às porters e às stouts. Aroma de café, frutas secas, possui corpo bom com amargor médio e sabor marcante com notas de café, chocolate e malte. Boa cerveja ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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