Brewed by Brains
Style: Stout
Cardiff, Wales


on tap

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Available on keg and in cans (from Tesco stores in Wales)
Brains Black is an exciting new stout from Brains. This finest Welsh stout has a bitterness and a distinctive dark malt flavour that is instantly recognisable as a true reflection of this style of beer. It has already proven extremely popular in consumer taste tests appealing to both new and established stout drinkers, and combined with its distinctive and contemporary identity, Brains Black is set to become a classic stout.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beikes (163) - Aarhus, - DEC 21, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2013 On cask at Sherlock Holmes in Aarhus. Good Guinness like stout, but like most it doesnt measure up to the mother of all stouts. It is one of the better ones out there though. A little lighter and thinner than beforementioned queen of the blacks, with more bitterness in the heart of it, and quite buttery in the head. The carbonation is very soft even for this type of beer and the main noteable touch is one of liqourice on both the back of the tongue and in the roof of the mouth. It was quite interesting, and I may be coming back for another round one of these days.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (12357) - Troms, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2017
Keg, half-pint, shared with Finn at The Cambrian Tap. Solid lacing from a nitro, fawn-coloured head. Jet black body. Chocolate and dark doughy aromas, slightly roasted. Roasted black malty flavours with chocolate. Roasted ending with coffee notes. Rather thin in the mouth. Satisfying, easy drinking stout. (Cardiff 02.05.2017).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrOrla (3044) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2017
Tap. Pours black with a foamy off white head. Aroma of roast, toffee, heavy licorice, ash. Slight fruity. Creamy texture, with loads of licorice and ash, fruity, notes of choko.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dedollewaitor (16045) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2017
Draft @ Flakhaven, Odense. Pours Dark amber with a small creamy head. Soft palate - caramel and toffee malts. Slight dust and ashtray.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2017
At just on cool out the widget nitro and into a nonic. Black as midnight with your typical light tan sheen of nitro-foam. Low, smoky ashen and bready, doughy nose with a touch of dusty cocoa and diacetyl. Smooth and flat on the palate with a dry finish of ash and cocoa. Quite thin - this is undeniable - but it does the job. It drinks with such ease. Light VDK buttery tones over hints of burnt sugar, milk chocolate, toasted bread and ash. Lightly astringent and tannic but this melds well with the gentle dark malts. Smashed back a few cans before even finishing this rating. Not a fan of what Brains has become but this one is a quaffable macro-nitro stout. Cant complain!!! (44cL, BB , The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Karstenborg (1029) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2017
Light black with a thin beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, nuts and coffee. Taste is toffee, toasted bread and coffee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (1967) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2016
On tap @ Bishop Arms, Hornsgatan. Black body wit a medium long lasting head. Chocolate & coffee along with a pleasant lactose touch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (1335) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2016
Pours like a guinness thick creamy head smooth texture milk chocolate taste easy drinking stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoestring (388) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - NOV 30, 2016
Can. Widget? Thin mush end to it all but okay . Not much bitterness coming through . Easy supped but nothing special. Looks ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Turtles (2520) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2016
Keg @ Bishops Arms, Hornsgatan. Pitch black, creamy and long lasting tanned head. Roasted and creamy aroma, ash, milk chocolate, whipped cream and coffee. Thin, almost watery mouthfeel, soft carbonated. Very British taste, floral and earthy, roasted barley, coffee and chocolate. Mid-dry and chalky finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
andrepintado (3263) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - OCT 29, 2016
50cl can from ales by mail. Dark color. Medium brown head. Medium sweetness. Thin body. High roasted, coffee, vegetables.

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