12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50 cl bottle from a supermarket in Swansea. It pours a murky dark brown (almost black) liquid with tanned-brownish medium head; perfect lacing. Looks very good! The aroma is roasted malts (chocolate malt), with hints of coffee, burnt chocolate, some toffee, a distant fruitiness (blackcurrant) and a surprising fresh herbal touch from the hops. It tastes likewise, but more intense (surprisingly tasty for a 3,9%). It is quite sweet, ending medium bitter, bready and semi dry. Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, with that Brains nutty touch all throughout. There is also a little watery taste, but does not spoil an excellent brew. Nice session beer! I wasn’t expecting that much! Presentation is cool. A must for people visiting Wales.
shrubber85 (6803) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can - A deep chocolate malt aroma. Nice dark brown color. Coffee malt flavor with only slight chocolate and slight sweetness. Pretty good stuff.
BlackHaddock (3159) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4.10% ABV bottle (500ml), not the 3.50% advertised on here. This bottle had a whole month of its best before date remaining when I poured in into my Abbot Ale glass tankard, my current favourite tasting vessel.
This beer is called dark for a reason: it’s dark! It’s very dark actually and with a deep, full head of khaki/dark biege.
The smell was of dark chocolate and bits of coffee, earthy too.
The taste was also chocolate and coffee, no earth though. I also found some liquorice/fennel type flavours as the beer warmed in the mouth.
Easy to drink and on the sweetish side of British beer scene, this isn’t a dry, bitter beer at all, just a very pleasant ale.
cgarvieuk (12768) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black in appearance with a thin head, smokey maly nose, and a chocolaty smooth flavour. quite still
Itzjerm (986) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice mild a bit thin on tongue nice roasted aroma. Sweet but ends carb very enjoyable.
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gegwilson (510) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Chad9976 (1065) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 500ml bottle into a Victorian stout glass.
Appearance: Almost completely opaque black but hints of underlying ruby red. Forms a large, creamy/frothy dark tan head which has excellent retention and lacing.
Smell: Typical pub stout aroma with hints of dairy, candy bar chocolate and toasted malts. Not as strong-smelling as it is tasting.
Taste: For the most part, the palate here is very typical of a non-stylized stout. It begins with a slightly sweet, milky taste and texture which gives way to roasted malt and coffee bitterness. The finish contains a slightly tangy taste of black licorice and tobacco. The aftertaste accentuates these flavors at first, tasting very similar to taking a drag from a cigar (not nearly as intense, though). The dairy flavors and chocolate sweetness re-emerge to make for a slightly dry, but bittersweet aftertaste. While not mind-blowingly delicious, it certainly is pleasurable, and the fact so much flavor is packed into such a small beer is very impressive.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied all around with a milk-like texture and thickness. Seems virtually uncarbonated.
Drinkability: With the mouthfeel of milk, the smoothness of water and the tasty palate of a good stout, Brains Dark is very easy to drink. I’m especially impressed so much was derived from only 4.1% ABV. No doubt this is a sessionable beer, although I think some of the flavor components might become cloying after repeated servings.
Overall, an impressive beer for its flavor, complexity and drinkability.
Welley_Alves (213) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - FEB 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
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Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2001
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2010 Very dark brown. Slight caramel and brown sugar nose. Toasty dark sugar character. Toffeeish and nuanced, a tasty mild.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Conditioned from Sainsbury’s. Very Black, lasting beige head. Aroma of roast barley, chocolate, malt. Good mouthfeel, fruitier in taste than aroma. Chalky salty, chocolate finish. Very pleasant.