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


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RATINGS: 139   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1332) - 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 (8724) - 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 (47) - 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 (4514) - 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 (6003) - 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 (1865) - 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 (316) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Appearance: Clear dark ruby/brown with finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Roast malts, toast, smoky, cold coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Taste: Low sweetness, low/medium bitter and sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, refreshing lingering bitter/sweet malty finish ending in a sour/bitterness. Slight toffee flavour. Comments: Tasty and glass lace.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Connor66 (49) - - NOV 30, 2013
Great smell and taste for something with a low AV. Had a bottle from B&M the head didn’t last long out of the bottle. Nice taste and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1615) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle from B&M. Pours very deep ruby wioth good lasting cream head. Quite a fruity aroma. Creamy with lots of coffee and chocolate. Very flavoursome for a low ABV.

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