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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brains
Wales, United Kingdom
sabrain.co.uk

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

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.

Added by kojevergas on 08-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,243
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
23
pDev:
14.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Hanglow
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nitro

Looks the part, low aroma, taste makes me think of a bitter with added treacle/molasses. Not the best

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Photo of Kiro
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 123321123321
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MMansfield
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Right after opening I heard the nitro canister to expel its magic. Nice nitro presentation with a black color with red rays once exposed to light and a thick consistent beige head with eternal retention. The head was as dense as it could be.
Predominant aroma of milky chocolate, pretty straight forward. Maybe some pears.
Flavor with notes of English earthy hops, wood, vanilla, grains, toasted malt, tart coffee and a bit of ashes.
Dry and bitter aftertaste. Bitter comes definitely more from hops and roasted malt.
Very light body hidden between the smooth feeling that nitro gives.
Average stout with the differential on its clear present English hops. It sure could have a bolder body diminishing the watery feeling.

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Photo of Roman_V
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best stouts, maybe even better than Guinness draught.

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Photo of Fernando_Bastos
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sarmento
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Antiantianti
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Sam-B
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lrowland270
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of doktorhops
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew was spied in sitting on a shelf in Plonk, how could I resist? "Braaains, the drink of choice for zombies everywhere!*" - it was ripe for parody, and I'm always up for parody (as long it's safe parody - remember to always wear a crash helmet whilst reading or performing parody). So Brains is made in Wales, which probably makes it the first Welsh beer I've ever wrapped my gob around. The marketing is explicitly styled in the vein of Guinness, and at 4.1% ABV I'm not expecting much.

Poured from a 440ml nitro-can into a nonic pint.

A: "Black as the ace of spades they were" to borrow a Monty Python quote, with a creamy 2cm beige head.

S: Roasted coffee/barley and not much else at all. Is this disappointing? For an Irish Dry Stout not really - they usually have a one-dimensional aroma, it's all about the flavour baby!

T: Not bad, not bad at all - it's Guinness with a hint of smoke. So yeah, roasted coffee/barley with a touch of chocolate and a long dry (it is a Dry Stout after all) finish. There is a metallic twang in the after taste (I hate you metallic twang!).

M: Mouthfeel impressed me most of all, for a 4.1% ABV Ale it has more body than expected (which is mid to light) and flat carbonation.

D: Overall as Guinness-clones go this is one of the better ones, borderline Murphy's good [steady on there buddy!]. Yes it is light on things like: aroma, flavour, mouthfeel, ABV, everything else that matters, etc... BUT! And this is a big BUT - this is a style characteristic of ALL Irish Dry Stouts. Sorry to be emphatic with my caps-lock key - I really wanted to drive home that point rather than give it cab fare. Irish Dry Stouts can be a bit bland, which I account to the fact that your average Irish drinker is seeking instant (and appropriate) Irish level drunkenness, also referred to as "the craic" hence the numerous stereotypes about them (and my ethnic background is mostly Irish so yes it's ok for me to perpetuate this stereotype: I have SPC† from my Irish ancestors).

Food match: Irish cider with an Irish whiskey chaser... wait you want to know about food, right, Irish stew then.

*Specifically Welsh zombies.
†Stereotype Perpetuation Clearance.

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Photo of Pigs
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Kris450
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of MechMessiah
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Readily available nearby on can but also bottle which this review is based on
Black reddish colour body with minimal tan head. Sourish berries, mild liquorice, malt and sweet caramel. Very watery.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Poupae
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.57/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Brains Black from Brains
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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