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

bottled
available

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
Ritzn (1709) - GERMANY - MAR 27, 2017
Black with little beige head. Aroma is coffee, nuts, coffee beans, roast. Taste is honey sweetness with lots of coffee bitterness. Full bodied and quite smooth. Good for its abv and the first mild ale, that I really enjoy.

3.7
FinnIckler (784) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark red. Nose is very chocalety, caramell, coffee, toast, cereal. Palate is bitter chocolate, wheat, roasty. sweet finish. Really good for the 4.1 abv.

3.7
SinH4 (6113) - Garching b. M?nchen, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2017
Bottle, many thanks minutemat! Dark brown color with nice tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate. Taste is milk chocolate, dark malts, bready, a touch roasted. Silky and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice!

3.8
wheresthepath (2370) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2017
Bottle that Dad shared- cheers! Black with a thick beige head. Tastes of sweet black coffee with roasty, almost charred notes. Some dates sneak in behind. Good rich mouthfeel. Felt like it was heading towards stout territory. Whatever style it is, it’s jolly nice- much better than I was expecting. Well done Brains! (Editors note: um... that sounds like something a cannibal might order in a restaurant... you might want to amend your rating here).

3.8
jjsint (3425) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle as a gift. Quite surprised I’ve not rated this as the cask version is one of my favourites. A good first rate for 2017. The pour is very dark brown and only slightly translucent. A lovely big khaki head sits on top but dissipates quite quickly. The scent is muted: there’s Ovaltine and coffee grounds, and a tinge of filtered-beer metallic artifice. The taste is where this beer comes into its own: sweet, milky and dotted with milky coffee, vanilla and chocolate malt notes. Smooth, creamy finish with a full body for the style and ABV. Not a patch on a well-conditioned pint of cask but still gorgeous.

3.6
LazyPyro (1462) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2016
500ml bottle. Almost black colour with a one-finger light tan head. Aroma: malts, light roasted, chocolate, liquorice. Taste: same as the aroma, lightly roasted chocolatey malt with a hint of liquorice, caramel. Finish is mildly bitter. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation.

4.4
I_LUV_BEER (231) - - AUG 7, 2016
Served in a tulip from a 500ml bottle. Pours dark garnet-brown colour with a thick beige head, medium lacing. Aroma is very rich and complex with notes of roasted malts, smoke, dark fruits, molasses, liquorice and prunes. Taste is smoke, prunes, liquorice, molasses and dark fruits. Palate is as expected from a mild: very smooth, thin to medium body with medium carbonation and subtle bitter-sweet finish. Excellent mild with an added bonus of great aroma and taste.

3.2
hawthorne00 (4064) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2016
A very dark mild with a tan head. Surprisingly full-on aroma of molasses, licorice, roasted malt. Palate is much more as expected: smooth and a bit on the thin side. Sweet with dark sugars, licorice, mocha, some slightly astringent roasted malt. Refreshing.

3.1
Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Bottle. Supplier: ASDA (Bristol). Roasted richness with smoky aftertaste.

2.7
imdownthepub (15128) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2015
Bottled, 500ml from Tesco in Banbury, Oxon. Very dark brown with off white head. There is a sweet, caramel flavour from the start of this, boiled sweets with a boiled vegetable bitterness alongside. Toffee in the close. Fairly dull.


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