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Brains Black - SA Brain & Co.

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Brains Black
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SA Brain & Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (Wales)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brains Black is an exciting new stout from Brains. This finest Welsh stout has a bitterness and a distinctive dark malt flavour that is instantly recognisable as a true reflection of this style of beer. It has already proven extremely popular in consumer taste tests appealing to both new and established stout drinkers, and combined with its distinctive and contemporary identity, Brains Black is set to become a classic stout.

(Beer added by: kojevergas on 08-13-2011)
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2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours opaque deep brown beer with thin tan nitro-cap. Rather sour coffee nose, tones of chocolate. Taste is smooth, watery and quite similar to aroma, i.e. coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, moderately sweet. Too light-bodied beer to be substantial. Excessively pop and hipster example of a stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-05-2012 13:29:11 | More by Dentist666
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2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 440ml can into a pint glass. Quality control for Denno.

Pours a dark, creamy black colour, with a really interesting head. Looks a bit too creamy to be really nice though.

Smells of nothing really except gas and a tiny bit of burnt malt.

Tastes okay, bit more malt than the smell suggests coming through, very smooth but not as creamy as I expected - i.e. as Guinness. Very chuggable - finished the can in less than 5 minutes.

Overall an okay canned stout, nothing special though.

Serving type: can

01-10-2013 21:12:38 | More by CwrwAmByth
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Jet black, no light getting through. Beautifully creamy head with perfect definition and broad sheets of lacing. Regardless of the drawbacks nitro cans have, they really do produce a lovely looking pint.

S - Roasted malts, ash, some coffee and faint dark chocolate.

T - Pretty one dimensional with the roast, coffee and cream flavours, but it is pleasant. There are some subtle fruity esters also.

M - Perfectly smooth and creamy (thanks again mr nitro can), light to medium bodied, with no trace of carbonation.

O - Easily sessionable and I'd be happy to revisit again and again, but to be honest there is nothing too special here.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-20-2012 10:51:42 | More by dansmcd
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2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, colour. Head is creamy and dense with nice sticky lace. Looks nice.

Smells kind of banana-esque with a sweet grain nose mostly, but hints of fruit esters as well - banana yes, but also apple pear and sultanas. Hint of brown sugar as well; really could do with more dark or roasty aroma. Bit meh.

Taste is a little better. First impression is more very bland English ale stylings with that bland, slightly fruity grain note. Gets a bit of darkness midway, hints of some chocolate grain but never really gets off the ground and remains very bland, mild and uninspiring. Really not much to report and am a bit disappoint.

Watery again, not much to it. Quite smooth but also just thin and uninteresting.

Very sessionable beer, but I wouldn't really drink this if I had the choice.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-18-2011 00:58:41 | More by laituegonflable
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2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught in Cardiff, Wales. I suppose this is one of Brains' newer offerings. Consult http://www.sabrain.com/beers/take-home/brains-black Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head of lovely brilliant cream, great thickness, and good retention. A nontransparent black colour.

Sm: Cream, roast, coffee, and slight chocolate - but not much. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, light coffee, light chocolate, and very light roast. Very simple; even a bit watery. Decently built and a bit imbalanced.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Not complementary of the style or flavours of the body. A proper stout should be coarse and dry. In my generation, this is what we call "fail".

Dr: A high price by Welsh standards (3.15 GBP per pint), and hard to drink even for a stout lover like meself. Merely decent quality.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 07:56:51 | More by kojevergas
Brains Black from SA Brain & Co.
80 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.