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


on tap


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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 440ml cans and 500ml bottles.
Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kavu (3317) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 28, 2012
Pours amber with a low off-white head. Aroma is malts. Flavor is bready malts. Pretty much what you’d expect from a bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5193) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2012
Oct 2009: Clear 500ml bottle poured into a normal UK sleeved pint glass. The beer was a reddy, amber colour, clear and clean looking. On top sat a bubbly head, off-white almost a cream colour. The aroma was of hops and yeast with a hint of caramels and molasses. Challenger, Goldings and Fuggles are all used in the brew, the blend of thses hops produces a well balanced and pleasant tasting beer. There is an overiding mini sweetness throughout the drink, the aroma starts it off and the aftertaste reminds you. I very drinkable beer, even better when on cask and kept well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2012
500ml bottle. Light copper pour with no head at all. Caramel maltiness on the nose with a grainy edge. Skunky on the palate before that caramel maltiness takes over. Finish is non-existent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Idiosynkrasie (5335) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2012
500ml bottle. Clear dark amber with small frothy off-white head. Dark malt aroma, dark fruit, bitter hop. Taste is like sucking on an ice cube, it’s not pure water, but less a taste than a kind of mouthfeel, metallic and dry. Not bad, but extremely faint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ComradeK (1076) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (10941) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (15396) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (3482) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2465) - 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.

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