S.A. BRAIN & CO LTD.
Review by Rob
One of our most popular and famous beers, Dark was first brewed in the 1920s and is still award winning today.
Crystal, chocolate and brown malts create the smooth treacle coloured beer. The recipe, unchanged since the 1920s won the World’s Best Dark Mild at the World Beer Awards in 2011 proving the longevity of Dark.
Brains Dark consistently wins awards at beer festivals throughout the land. 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.
‘World Beer Awards – World’s Best Dark Ale Mild’ is stamped on the label. This better be bloody good then if it’s got an award. First impression is the colour is deep stout/Porter territory, smells of plums, liquorice and a mild hint of chocolate.
Taste is very smooth, mild due to its low alcohol volume and very smooth, almost John Smith’s smooth and that I hate. Dark, nutty and deliciously smooth also printed on the label, nutty – not so sure, in fact I’d go so far as to say this would be suited to go with nuts, as an even balance, but nutty? Not really.
Trouble is with this beer its award is too specific, Worlds Best Dark Ale Mild. There must be 300 different awards available in this World Beer Awards competition, if that’s a category, very specific and you’d expect not a great deal of competition, which weakens the strength of this award.
The smoothness of this is off putting for me, it tastes like something that should be poured from a can with a widget inside. I’m looking for something that is a little more real ale in its taste, if you like your drinks ‘Dark Ale Mild’ then you might like this, I guess…