Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Brains Dark

The first of many beers sent from http://youtube.com/ZakAvery in England. Although this beer is actually made in Wales - home of Simon of http://youtube.com/realaleguide In fact, I believe the brewery is right down the road from him. This is my first-ever beer from Wales and I've heard good things about the Brains brewery (no, the brewery has nothing to do with Zombies - that was the founder's name back in the 19th Century). How would it compare to American stouts I've had? Let's find out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (630) - Albany, USA - JUN 14, 2011
I poured a 500ml bottle into a Victorian stout glass.

Appearance: Almost completely opaque black but hints of underlying ruby red. Forms a large, creamy/frothy dark tan head which has excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Typical pub stout aroma with hints of dairy, candy bar chocolate and toasted malts. Not as strong-smelling as it is tasting.

Taste: For the most part, the palate here is very typical of a non-stylized stout. It begins with a slightly sweet, milky taste and texture which gives way to roasted malt and coffee bitterness. The finish contains a slightly tangy taste of black licorice and tobacco. The aftertaste accentuates these flavors at first, tasting very similar to taking a drag from a cigar (not nearly as intense, though). The dairy flavors and chocolate sweetness re-emerge to make for a slightly dry, but bittersweet aftertaste. While not mind-blowingly delicious, it certainly is pleasurable, and the fact so much flavor is packed into such a small beer is very impressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied all around with a milk-like texture and thickness. Seems virtually uncarbonated.

Drinkability: With the mouthfeel of milk, the smoothness of water and the tasty palate of a good stout, Brains Dark is very easy to drink. I’m especially impressed so much was derived from only 4.1% ABV. No doubt this is a sessionable beer, although I think some of the flavor components might become cloying after repeated servings.

Overall, an impressive beer for its flavor, complexity and drinkability.

Grade: 8/10

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