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


on tap

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerheart65 (1029) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (6704) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (6153) - 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.
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Welley_Alves (223) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Flavia (4) - Brasília, BRAZIL - JAN 23, 2013 does not count
Escura, mas não pesada. espuma espessa, que dura pouco tempo. pouco carbonatada. Aroma um pouco metálico. Notas de café. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpyjoe (4702) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2012
Very black mild with a small off-white creamy head. Fizzes a bit in the palate but goes down smooth. Full of smoked aromatic and flavoursome chocolate malts and full-bodied with a smoked aftertaste.

   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 (740) - 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 (2484) - West Bromwich (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.

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