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


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RATINGS: 149   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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Magela (136) - Rio de Janeiro, - MAR 29, 2013
Aroma leve de alcauz e sabor que varia entre chocolate e caf. Seca. Apesar de pouco alcoolica, tem sabor leve.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (2589) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle as a gift. Quite surprised Ive 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: theres 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LazyPyro (737) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
I_LUV_BEER (223) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3666) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Bottle. Supplier: ASDA (Bristol). Roasted richness with smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
imdownthepub (13713) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (4505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 22, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max place. Thanks Stas and Max. Black and headless. Roasty and malty and very bready aroma. Mildly bitter and malty taste. Medium body, malty, a little dry and bready finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (12535) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 22, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Maxs place. Thanks Max & Stas. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of malt, toast, nuts, caramel, a bit of vegetables. Sweeetish flavor, toasty, slightly roasty, with nuts, caramel, and a drier finish with a bitterish note. Light to medium-bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AtronSeige (1399) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 23, 2015
Aroma: Medium rich chocolate sauce. Medium-light dried fruits. Appearance: Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Small, light-brown head with low retention. Flavour: Medium-high roasty, coffee. Medium-light chocolate. Light grapes. Medium bitterness. Dry finish with lingering roastiness/bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Great beer. Quite roasty. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 11A. Mild

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hanoi (896) - 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.

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