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


on tap


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - DEC 8, 2012
I liked this. Lovely dark colour with smooth cream head. Medium bodied, toasted malts with hints of chocolate and hazelnut. Short crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
omega (698) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle 4.1%. Deep dark colour though that is to be expected. Hints of chocolate make this very easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (1957) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle.4.1%. Almost black large foamy head. Aroma of dark roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied. A nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
McWorta (594) - LUXEMBOURG - OCT 26, 2012
Lovely black, dark ruby sirup colour with a lovely tan head. On the nose it develops mainly barnyards, earth aromas with some bitter chocolate notes. Light fizzy, surprisingly medium bodied, with bitter notes and some sweetness coming through. Dry notes as well. Light, thin texture. The finish is at first lingering for a while but then becomes dry and rather short. Pretty good welsh beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
greenmanalishi (468) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2012
Hazlenut, malt, molasses. Perhaps sweeter than expected. Brown with foamy beige head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ration (1940) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2012
110812. Botte at home. Pours black with a white frothy head. Aroma chocolate, nuts. Smooth slight malty taste. Very nice for the ABV amount. Not Bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6643) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2012
Dark brown, almost black. Clear. Has an off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma is sweet and malty, notes of caramel and some roasted notes too. Flavor starts moderate sweet, more roasted notes, light bitter finish. Creamy texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zita (4649) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2012
4,1%; chocolate, bread, black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, fizzy, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerCast_Rich (1879) - 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 (6264) - 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.

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