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


on tap

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Bottled; Regular.

Once called Red Dragon the famous pint of Dark has always been synonymous with Brains particularly in Cardiff with the dock-workers of old, the male voice choirs and with rugby fans down in the Arms Park. Nowadays its popularity has expanded and it is the biggest selling dark milk in Wales, continually winning awards both nationally and internationally.
Dark is treacle-coloured with a creamy contrasting head and brewed using chocolate malt, providing a clean palate with hints of liquorice and fresh ground coffee.
The intense flavour of Brains Dark goes well with pork and chocolate puddings.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hanoi (905) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Bose is lactose, hazelnut, milk chocolate, cram and vanilla - sounds nicer than it is. Taste is very muted, very light chocolate as the dominating tone, with a light raisin and nut leading to lactose with a slightly acidic cardboard finish which detracts. Mouthfeel is fine but too carbonated. Not particularly nice, I need to try it on cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2015
Absolutely black with an ugly covering of greyish head. There are aromas of stale caramels, dodgy chocolates and maybe a hint of cola nut. This is replicated in the flavour with a body that was surprisingly astringent. There was a lingering impression of boiled tar and disappointment. Ah well. Yeah, nah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14604) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 14, 2014
From 2010 file notes. Brown pour. Sweet malt aroma. Tastes chocolate and dark malt. Liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (10585) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle sample at home from ocado. Dark brwon / reddy coloured pour with a fleeting cream head. Aroma is faint roast, malts, dark fruiits, raisin. Flavour is semi rich figs and raisin with a little sharpness. Nice roast roast and choc malts round it out. Palate is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
TEJA (2777) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle from prisma Kovoula. Big and lastning light brown head. Sweet and caramell aroma. Light sweet malty taste with a small body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (959) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Gorgeous dark colour with a cheeky chocolate aroma. Malty taste and a bit sharp. A bit fizzier than expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickel (1042) - - OCT 10, 2014
Deep brown color with high long lasting brown head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Sweet malty taste with notes of caramel. Very thick and creamy body. Slightly bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
g_georgiou (533) - CYPRUS - OCT 8, 2014
Dark brown body with a medium brown head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, nuts, some burnt sugar. Taste is medium sweet and bitter. Texture is creamy but feels light as well from the carbonation. Body is medium. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coranc (35) - IRELAND - AUG 27, 2014
bottle, 500ml. Thick, tan head. Nutty aroma with chocolate notes. medium carbonation. Sweet and malt flavours with bitter finish - quiet enjoyed this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craighill (100) - GERMANY - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle from Tesco, Penarth on 21.08. Deep red / mahogany colour with coarse but stable ivory coloured head. Aroma is roasted coffee and some fruit. Taste adds chocolate and raisins. Some hop bitterness at the end and slightly astringent. Drinkable and interesting beer.

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