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

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RATINGS: 159   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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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.

4.3
AtronSeige (1632) - 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

4.3
BeerNinjaUK (478) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2017
Bottle from supermarket in Wales. Pours deep black-brown, although clear to the light. Foamy smooth beige head. Aroma intense with strong espresso, vanilla, bitter cocoa and some butterscotch. Smooth in the mouth with rich coffee aftertaste.

4.3
nybol (2280) - DENMARK - JUL 14, 2017
den har en mørk smag, af lakrids og kaffe, og en middel bitterhed. god øl..

4.2
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
50 cl bottle from a supermarket in Swansea. It pours a murky dark brown (almost black) liquid with tanned-brownish medium head; perfect lacing. Looks very good! The aroma is roasted malts (chocolate malt), with hints of coffee, burnt chocolate, some toffee, a distant fruitiness (blackcurrant) and a surprising fresh herbal touch from the hops. It tastes likewise, but more intense (surprisingly tasty for a 3,9%). It is quite sweet, ending medium bitter, bready and semi dry. Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, with that Brains nutty touch all throughout. There is also a little watery taste, but does not spoil an excellent brew. Nice session beer! I wasn’t expecting that much! Presentation is cool. A must for people visiting Wales.

4.1
shrubber85 (11508) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Can - A deep chocolate malt aroma. Nice dark brown color. Coffee malt flavor with only slight chocolate and slight sweetness. Pretty good stuff.

4.1
BlackHaddock (7515) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
4.10% ABV bottle (500ml), not the 3.50% advertised on here. This bottle had a whole month of its best before date remaining when I poured in into my Abbot Ale glass tankard, my current favourite tasting vessel. This beer is called dark for a reason: it’s dark! It’s very dark actually and with a deep, full head of khaki/dark biege. The smell was of dark chocolate and bits of coffee, earthy too. The taste was also chocolate and coffee, no earth though. I also found some liquorice/fennel type flavours as the beer warmed in the mouth. Easy to drink and on the sweetish side of British beer scene, this isn’t a dry, bitter beer at all, just a very pleasant ale.

4.1
JKaranka (59) - Cardiff, WALES - MAY 30, 2014
This is great. Different to the cask. This has a thick head and an aroma of dark fruits: prune, dates. Flavour includes a good dash of chocolate, coffee and roast malts. It opens up into dark fruit flavours and some malts. It’s a brilliant beer in bottle.

4
cgarvieuk (25333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
Dark black in appearance with a thin head, smokey maly nose, and a chocolaty smooth flavour. quite still


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