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


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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Regular.
"Brewed to a recipe combining pale and crystal malts with choicest traditional ale hop varieties. The beer has a long, deep, bitter-sweet finish with fruit and hop notes, a strong ale which is distinctively hoppy."
Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews.

Iznogud's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Iznogud (2621) - - JUN 14, 2014
Cask in Wales. Copper colored with small white head. Fruity malts, herbal hops and bready.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
My Bottom Line:
This classic Brown Bitter relies, as expected, on the usual blend of silky caramel malts and balancing leafy hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the shiny deep amber glow.
-Yeast character very little fruitiness.
-Mineral undercurrents (hard water) are tasted throughout.
-This is good, but perhaps too generic.

On cask at The Liverpool Arms, Conwy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vladivostok (452) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2016
Pale amber in colour with a hint of sourness in the profile which mellows as the pint goes down. A fair degree of bitterness without much aroma. Real old school best bitter which is very light in flavour but nonetheless very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Parmenion777 (157) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2016 Pours a clear amber with a small creamy off white head. Sweet malty caramel aroma with a little nuttiness. Some lacing, a sweet malt and caramel flavour with a mellow bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2015
2015-09-18. Crisp golden amber, with a small beige head and lace. 3+ Mild aroma of sweet grains and caramel. Flavour is similar with caramel and sweet grainy malt. 6+ Smooth average body, soft carbonation. Decent but not particularly exciting. Cask at Prince of Wales, Cardiff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14177) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Cask at the Prince of Wales in Cardifff. Pours amber with a creamy beige head. Light fruit aroma. Near med body. Flavor is sllightly roast malt, light fruit, ligher spice. Tasty ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (8777) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Cask @ Sir Titus Salt, Bradford. Copper with a small head. Smooth tasting bitter with a very light maltiness that includes some biscuit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
theprof (528) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2015
Cask. Pours brown honey with bubbly top. Aroma strong and biscuity. Taste malty at the fore with bitter background. Palate medium bodied but clear rather than resinous. I’ve drunk Brains beer for many years and enjoyed many notably Reverend James but this was disappointing. I hope it’s an aberration.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Don2711 (391) - - SEP 8, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2016 Nice appearance. Aroma nothing special. Taste a bit soapy and not a pleasant aftertaste. Palate indifferent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cunningham (7058) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2015
Appearance: Hazy nutty color with a fine off white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Mild fruity and a bit bready.
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet and a moderate bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Some toffee, bready and mild fruity.
Overall impression: Decent ok session ale.
Personal stats: Handpull at Hamilton Hall (JDW) Liverpool Street Station in Bishopsgate/London, England

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8958) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2015
Cask at the GBBF 2015. Low fluffy white and quickly disappearing head. Beautiful clear brown body. Sweet and mild fruity caramel aroma. Mildly hopped malt caramel flavor with lemon notes. Low carbonation. Short finish.

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