Brewed by Brains
Style: Stout
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Developed in 2011 exclusively for Tesco. Since 2014 has been available in other outlets.
Our ’Original Stout’ is a classic full bodied stout with a distinctive chocolate aroma. It is brewed using a combination of chocolate and premium malts and bittered with a blend of hops to create a complex flavoursome refreshing stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (20288) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2014
Keg at De Klomp, Linköping. Dark brown, rich creamy head. Yart licorice aroma. Mid dry with light-medium body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Some licorice, notes of lemon. Mid bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14345) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle from Tesco drunk at home. Dark brown almost black beer with a thin lasting beige head. Roasty chocolate and some liquorice on the aroma. Actually I rather like this. The best Brains beer I think I’ve had. A little thin in the mouth, but highly drinkable. Yes, very drinkable and not much hop or dryness on the finish. Good stout. My kind of stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (12580) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours red-brown with a frothy, beige head. Some lacto notes in the nose and very modest roast. Lightly sweet flavor, lightly roasty, some dark sugar, faint dirt and minerals, mild cocoa. Light bodied with average carbonation. Lightly sweet to finish, slightly dry, with a bit of milk chocolate, baking cocoa, modest roasted malts, some burnt wood, light earth. Pretty bland overall, though not offensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (11748) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2013
SBWF 2013. Black beer with a small beige head. Chocolate aroma, roasted, tar notes, some cigarettes, fruity, some licorice. Chocolate and coffee flavor, caramel, roasted, ha notes, salty, some figs. Thin bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (7891) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle from Tesco Extra, Bridgend, Wales shared with Gazza and dad consumed 01.09.1. This was labelled as Brains Original Stout Pours black with filmy off-white head. This is quite soft in the mouth, easy drinking beer, some caramel (picked out by Gazza) but there is a smooth watery milk chocolate. Its absolutely fine. We used the rest to make onion gravy I think it worked quite well. A6 A4 T7 P3 Ov13 3.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7332) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2014
Can’t believe this one slipped under the radar- assumed it was the same as the dark. Bottle from Crosspoint Tesco, Coventry. Handsome deep ruby appearing black with a slim beige cap. Nose butter, iron and black coffee. Rusted coffee flavour; heavily toasted Schwarz-like grain, burnt paper, charcoal, puffed rice. Thin but half decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6576) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle from tesco. Near black with hints of red and next to no head. Sweet, mailk chocolate and liquorice aroma with some caramel in the background. Easy drinking, with more chocolate, some raisins and milky coffee, leading to a slightly dry finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5932) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2012
50cl bottle from ABCBeers. Good tan head. Clear black pour. Nice smooth aftertaste. A decent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (5614) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2011
500ml Bottle (As Brains Original Stout) - Dark brown, almost black, with red tinges and a tan head. Malty, roasted and chocolatey aroma. The taste is smooth, roasted and chocolatey. Quite dry and roasted in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5319) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2015
Dec, 2011 Bottle from Tesco. A creamy stout with chocolate notes, bitterness and some greasy butter. It’s an enjoyable dark beer. [2.8]
April, 2012 Bottle from Tesco. This is a very drinkable dark beer. It is soft and creamy with vanilla, freshly cut American oak, and chocolate flavours, rubbed with some tobacco bitterness in the finish. It lacks weight and import on one end, and fun on the other. It provides a perfectly acceptable drink with no real flaws to speak of, but no excitement or interest either. OK. [3.0]
Dec, 2014 500ml dark bottle from Home Bargains Eastleigh for 99p. Filtered. Brains Original Stout. 4.1%. Rather more Murphys than Guinness, this is a soft stout with chocolate and oil and little in the way of roast or aged wine. [2.8]
Jan, 2015 Blind tasting against Corvus, Guinness, Sheps Double Stout ans Sadleys Mud City Stout. This came in the middle, behind Sadlers, and in front of Guinness. Cherry vanilla aroma. Smooth with a touch of oil. Hints of roast barley. Very drinkable and tasty. Some ash in the finish. This is a weighty and all round tasty dark beer. [3.5]

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