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


on tap

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (39970) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2009
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, light chocolate and liqourice note. Roasted flavoure, smooth and chocolate/liqourice blend. Smooth roasted and breadish dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (25647) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle at Papsø. Clear red brown coloured with a small off white head. Sweet aroma of caramel with roasted notes. Roasted flavour of caramel and coffee with notes of hops. Sweet and roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of oh6gdx. Clear, warm reddish brown with a dense beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and nuts. Medium body, sweetish burned caramel and hard roasted malt. Dry, lightly bitter finish. 130809

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (24920) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2008 Cask@GBBF2007. Dark amber colour, small brown head. Atroma is leather, some caramel, wood and grass. Flavour is wooden, quite dry, hoppy and slightly yeasty. A bit boring. 6 4 6 3 12

Bottled@Teerenpeli, Tampere. (4.1%). Very deep brownish amber colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is rye and mild roast. Flavour is smoked wood, roasted malts with a slightly vegetably edge. Ashy and grassy finish. Very richly carbonated. Didn’t seem that bottle conditioned to me... 7 4 7 3 14.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (22999) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2009
Bottled (4.1%), thanks oh6gdx! Near black, small head. Chocolaey nose and flavour. Dryish and very light odied with clean mouthfeel Roasty and almost thin with lots of chocolate. fairly low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2013
Cask gravity @ Bree Louise, Euston NW1. As R.D Dark 4.1%. Pours a dark ruby brown color with a no head. Has a fruity malty caramel and chocolate aroma. Fruity malty grainy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty grainy caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (21549) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
15h April 2009
Clear but very dark brown beer. Malty with a streak of dark toffee. Minerals and slightly toasted malt in the mid. Smooth and not at all bitter. Good flavours for it’s modest abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (20724) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
Dark black in appearance with a thin head, smokey maly nose, and a chocolaty smooth flavour. quite still

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2011
Courtesy of Philippe (Bov)
4.1% ABV

Dark brown color, almost black, with medium sized head. Aroma of chocolate at first, then some light coffee, roasted malts, cream; very light yeast. Strong flavor of chocolate and coffee, roasted malt; the lean body and dry mouthfeel actually enhance the experience; correct bitterness. Balanced and fairly good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rasmus40 (17035) - 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

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