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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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerCast_Rich (1841) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2012
[500ml bottle at EBBC12] Black pour, almost no head. Thin scuddy lacing around the glass. Styrian Goldings in this, but they take a back seat so much it’s like they’re in the car behind. Thick molasses on the nose, more sweet molasses and coffee on the flavour. Ashen finish. Mouthfeel pretty good for a dark mild – smooth, and with plenty of flavour [19052012]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (5338) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2012
500 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a beigeish head. Aroma of roasted malts and milk chocolate. Mild flavour of roasted malts, milk chocolate, hops and some sweet English toffee. Light bodied, very smooth mouthfeel and a roasty, chocolatey finish. A really smooth and mild beer, yet packed with flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle at #EBBC12 Dark brown. Caramel and barley on the nose, chocolate, very smooth, slight earthy/blackberry hops in finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheCametron (1592) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown with a cream head. Mild aroma and flavour. Roasted malt. Like a weak milk chocolate drink. Pretty tame.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rasmus40 (9838) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2012
DØE. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt and buttery. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 100512

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2012
Bottle 4.1% from Brdr. Schmidt, Viby. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are burnt caramel, chocolate, fruits, malt and hops. Nice and smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (9835) - DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle @ DØE Øl Festival 2012. Almost black with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, little chocolate and butter. Flavour is malt, little roasted malts, little chocolate, medium sweet, bitter, hop and a little bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
Sample at CBF12. Frothy off-white fair mostly deminishing head. Dark brown colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Light bittter flavor. Week caramellic notes. Average light bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kavu (1963) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2012
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 Pours pitch black with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malts and coffee. A bit too watery, but otherwise good. On cask pretty similar but falls quite flat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
charlotte (3954) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle.Black colour with medium beige head.Aroma is rosted with coffee and cola flavor,smooth and mild taste with slight sourish finish light with short finish.

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