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


on tap

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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   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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MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle 500ml 4.1%. Poured very dark brown (virtually black) with a small, off-white, frothy head which lasted well. Aroma was of roasted malts with toast, black coffee, toasted nuts, liquorice and light notes of raisins. Flavor was a light earthy bitterness with roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, light lactic/sour milk notes, a touch of caramel and a dry toasty/nutty finish. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation, a dry mouthfeel, watery texture and a good length finish.

BeerNinjaUK (463) - 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.

Wim (3959) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2017
On holiday in wales black dark brown colored body with an off white head and with a roasted malt chocolate aroma a roasted malt chocolate grain sweet bitter taste with a bitter finish

MoritzF (9851) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 11, 2017
(bottle) Clear, dark amber colour with a short and tanned foamy head. Dark and mildly roasted malty aroma with notes of chocolate, marzipan and almonds. Roasted bitter flavour light but not watery body with an almost silky mouthfeel. Dry and roasted malt character with caramel, chocolate, again marzipan and almondy, nutty notes; almost lingering roasty bitter chocolatey finish. Good. 27.III.17

jfb (6233) - GERMANY - MAR 27, 2017
(bottle) darkest ruby-brown colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of melted margerine and sugar icing, with some notes of earth, gently roasted wheat and cardboard. flavour is mostly lactose and caramelized malts, with lots of milk chocolate, some yeast slurry and a semi-dry toasty finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

jonas (7549) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2017
Bottle. Roast, cigar smoke, dust. Dark brown, off white head. Medium light body. Iodine roast start, overall pleasant.

Ritzn (1314) - 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.

FinnIckler (421) - GERMANY - 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.

SinH4 (4719) - Garching b. München, 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!

wheresthepath (2321) - 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).

jjsint (3007) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, 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.

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