Brewed by Brains
Style: Stout
Cardiff, Wales


on tap

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - APR 30, 2013
A casual observer could be easily misled by the appearance of this beer as it has been poured into the glassware of a well-known Irish competitor. Having had a few of these in my time and in various forms, the appearance is all but indistinguishable: black body with ruby notes and a good, thick persistent covering of cream coloured head. The aroma is roasty and chocolately with perhaps a modicum of marshmallow. It might just be my soft spot for stouts, but it does smell appetising. The mouthfeel is thicker than the Irishman and while there is similar roastiness, this example isn’t quite as bitter and has strong emphasis on milk chocolate. The finish brings out the roast barley in good handfuls and promotes the desire for another taste. In this respect it is more similar to Murphy’s than Guinness. So there are two fundamental questions to be answered: did I like it and is it truly set to become a classic stout? Yes. I liked it. Will it become a classic stout? Perhaps, given marketing and a strong macro distribution partnership, time and money it might.

ogivlado (7948) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 8, 2017
On tap at City Arms Cardiff. Black coloured, medium sized creamy cappuccino head, mild chocolate nose. Light roasted malt, milk chocolate, notes of caramel and touch of smoked sausages?! with smooth and sweetish finish. Easy-drinkable. Quite good macro stout.

Finn (7837) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2017
Fra keg på Cambrian Tap Cardiff 2 Mai 17. Svart. Lavt lett farget skum. Forsiktig baconaroma. Smaken “smooth”. Litt sjokolade. Blir tørr etter hvert. Spor av mandler i avslutninga.

Rune (13196) - Tromsø, 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).

MrOrla (3457) - 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.

Dedollewaitor (16239) - 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.

ALLOVATE (3049) - 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. Can’t complain!!! (44cL, BB , The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

Karstenborg (1101) - 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

Leini (2076) - 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.

redders1974 (1550) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2016
Pours like a guinness thick creamy head smooth texture milk chocolate taste easy drinking stout.

shoestring (419) - 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.

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