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Brains Festive Cheer

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas.

This auburn-coloured beer is full of rich flavours for the festive period, bursting with a medley of spicy hop flavours, leading you towards a satisfying, warming finish.
Hops used: Challenger

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2013
(bottle - 500 ml) Clear orange pour with a thin white head. Lightly sweet and spicy aroma, but very faint. Bitter hops at the start that move to a dry and bitter grassy middle. Lightly sweet and malty on the finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8110) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
CasK! @ the Bridge House, Belfast .. . light gold ruby .. . 4 day snow foam .. . nice subtle flavours- brandy and caramel .. . soft mouth .. . a good cask ale .. . . unbelievable! i’ve never been chucked in my entire life, now I’m being chucked by you!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (6072) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2013
Cask at the Old Gaolhouse (JDW), Winchester. Golden amber with a thin cream head that leaves lots of lacing; sweet malty aroma; soft, grainy malt taste; with a decent bitterness to finish and an aftertaste of digestive biscuit. A better than average brown bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mr_h (4792) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2012
Cask by handpump at West Kirk, Ayr - clear amber, frothy off-white head, spicy, malty, some fruit, caramel, watery, oily feel

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6384) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
Hand-pulled pint on 11 Dec 2012 in my local Wetherspoons. Mid-amber to copper coloured body with a good off-white head that stayed the distance and gave some heavy lacing on my glass. Semi-sweet malty brew with hints of winter extras added: traces of spices and nuts, some fruitiness and grain in there somewhere too. It beat the socks off the other two Christmas offerings available that night (Lymestone Pudding Stone and Thwaites Good Elf) for the wintery feel and flavours it had. I was on a mission, so couldn’t have another: pity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
Cask handpull at County Hotel Ashford. Mid brown amber clear colour. Lasting off white head. Its a bitter. Not exactly ground breaking. Its a brown bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RichTheVillan (6817) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; standard bitter dressed up as an Xmas beer to draw in the punters and I’m one them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2012
The Felix (JDW), Nuneaton, 04/12/12. Pale coppery brown capped finely with white. Rusted iron, aniseed, caramel aroma. Aniseed and caramel with streaks of underlying orange hop. Allsorts finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ The Masque Haunt - JDW, 168-172 Old Street, Old Street, Greater London, England EC1V 9BP.

Clear medium amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, spices, toffee, light hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, spices, warm malty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110101]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (5568) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2011
Has a light, fruity aroma. At first a little sharpness but that gives way to a drier and slightly nutty finish.

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