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

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Available filtered and pasteurised in 440ml cans and 500ml bottles.
Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ComradeK (1060) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber, with a medium off-white head, which lasts fairly well, and leaves reasonable lacing. The nose is very malt-dominated, with biscuit and toffee notes to the forefront, and a trace of honeysuckle lurking behind them. The initial taste is of very mild floral hops, moving into a strongly malty body. Biscuit and toffee again assert themselves, over a very buttery mouthfeel. The finish is again very malty, with buttered toast and a touch of the sort of flavour one associates with oaked white wine. This is a classically restrained bitter - not the most exciting beer in the world, but certainly a decent session ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (10155) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 23, 2011
from Amstein - translucide reddish-amber colour and with a little foam left; some flowery hoppiness with notes of caramel; subtle carbonation, moderate malt backbone and a decent bitterness; gentle lingering flowery aromatic hoppiness in the finish - very dry

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13330) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear, light orange pour with a small, white head. Lots of that distinctive pasteurization odor on the nose, along with some cereal malts. Nice flavor, sweet and lightly doughy with some leaves, toast, light earth and resin. Mild bitters. Light bodied with average carbonation. Crisp, fairly sweet finish with touches of dry hops, slightly earthy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (2939) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2011
50cl bottle, pours mid-brown with a fine off-white lacy head and a biscuity malt and grassy hops scent. In the mouth it’s a bit too gassy for my liking, but otherwise good - nutty malt, faint roasty notes and a firm bitterness, with pine notes and a dry bitterness lasting on the palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
50 cl bottle from a supermarket in Swansea. It pours a clear deep amber liquid with small-medium white froth; good lacing. The aroma is light, but good: nuts, caramel and ripe oranges. Very mild grassy hops; there could be more. It tastes pretty good, very much like it smells, but more intense. It is moderatedly carbonated, with medium bitterness and ending semi-dry. As the locals say, it is a "moreish": it is a beer that keeps getting better as you drink it, so you’ll want more and more. Good presentation (crown cap and bottle); still, they could use different crown caps for each of their beers! This is the regular beer in Wales, and it is very much above the average in Europe!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2191) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2010
Pours rich amber with a small head. Nose shows lovely nutty, toffee and caramel notes, very appetising. Flavours are exactly the same but with that addition of some hazelnut praline. Moderate carbonation, could be higher really.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6871) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2010
500 ml bottle. Rated @ 20.7.2010.
Copper colour with a lacy white head. Aroma of nuts, honey and mild hops. Flavour of caramel malts, nuts, mild hops with herbal notes. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Easy to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
undercurrent25 (1578) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2010
Great appearance with a slight malt on the taste, other than that fairly well balanced a lot better than most canned bitters

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikkopen (909) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2010
500 ml bottle. Clear amber colour, thin white head. Sweet caramel-malty aroma with oranges, nuts and a hint of grassy hops. The flavour is caramel-malty and slightly citrus-fruity with a mildly bitter hoppy finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rand (1297) - SWITZERLAND - APR 15, 2010
Can 440 ml from Sainsbury in Swansea (Wales). An at once drinkable and interestind ale. Perhaps a beer that comes out the mix of bitters without interest. Here, the malt is apparent, even if the bitterness hopped takes over. There is a drinkable mixture hop-malt, and that finishes on a bitterness but decent.


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