Brewed by Brains
Style: Stout
Cardiff, Wales


on tap

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RATINGS: 94   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 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 isnt 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 Murphys 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.

   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 (1022) - 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 (1931) - 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 (1319) - 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 (2508) - 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 (3257) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - OCT 29, 2016
50cl can from ales by mail. Dark color. Medium brown head. Medium sweetness. Thin body. High roasted, coffee, vegetables.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Echon (515) - rhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2016
Black. Nice roasted barley and chocolate aroma. Dryish taste with light acidity and light bitterness. Fairly mild flavour. Full body with a soft mouthfeel. Overall, a decent stout. Better than Guinness, which is rather similar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KoNrRiI (1442) - rhus, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2016

0.5 draft.
A clear, very dark brown color with a large, lasting, cream-colored, nitro head. A sweet, fruity aroma with an obvious dose of dark malts and some Guinness-like properties - must be the nitrogen. A malty, chocolate flavor with coffee and some lactose on the side; simple. A medium body, a creamy as hell texture, and a flat carbonation. Finish is medium long and bittersweet, overall not a bad beer but not recommended either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skarecrow (627) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 8, 2016
440ml can BB 8/8/16 Lovely roasted malt aroma. Poured black with widget surge and cream head and nice lacing. For a stout this has minimal bitterness and a smooth finish. Bit thin at the back end though.

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