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

bottled
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RATINGS: 115   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoestring (261) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2013
Extremely drinkable indeed. Nice full mouth-feel with pleasant malty roast aroma and taste. A wee gem, and excellent for a session

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
One of the better beers from my time in the UK--lacks the harsh, soapy bitterness of most English ales, opting instead for a slightly maltier finish. Wish I could find this in the US.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (3763) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom303 (83) - Northumberland, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2013
Deep gold amber colour nice creamy white head. Smells sweet fruity. Tastes same with hint of almost brandy like sweetness except without the alcoholic strengh. nutty and reasonable body for its strengh. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10967) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerheart65 (1000) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2013
Nice clear deep amber with lots of head that is bit foamy creamy and off-white, stays long and leaves good lacing. Bit roasted malting has caramel and nutty notes, dark bread also, grain. Lots of taste, malty, dry, slightly bitter, medium body and medium thick feel, long tasty finish, low carbonation. Your basic tasty english bitter, I like it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (7911) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2009
5 litre mini cask from a supermarket in Brynbuga/Usk. Clear amber colour, slightly red, with a head of considerable size. Fruity-hoppy nose with a hint of baking yeast. Malty with caramel, resiny hops and a touch of fruit, hints of cinnamon and marzipane. Well-balanced and quaffable.

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!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danev76 (508) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
Stale aroma. Cloudy amber colour with ok head. Big malt flavour up front with smooth finish. Medium to heavy body with medium to high carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2003
Bottled. Amber with a think white crusty head that persisted throughout. I was greated from the edge of the glass by fresh malt aromas. A little bit of hop as well. Good flavour with a well balanced bitter finish. Smooth dry palate. I look forward to having it on cask.


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