Black Cat - Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 206
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 32
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Photo of clvand0
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with a nice head that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. I was disappointed to learn that this brew only had 3.4% abv, so this may skew my rating. The aroma was a bland dark malt, but nothing much more. The mouthfeel is thin as the beer seems a little watered down. Pretty bland overall. The flavor didn't show me much - hints of chocolate and roasted malts, but nothing to write home about. (415 characters)

Photo of BitterBrian
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - poured into pint glass a burnt brown with a half inch off-white head. Looks pretty much like a cola. Head disappeared quickly and left some decent lacing.

Smell - Definite malt presence, toffee and pine. It smells like the house after you wrestle the christmas tree in place. The malts smell sweet though.

Taste - The first taste was a chocalatey malts, but they fade quickly leaving a watery feel. Back of the throat also felt like I was drinking an overly carbonated cola.

Finish - Did I just drink a beer? Why do I feel like brushing my teeth now?

Overall, wouldn't buy this again. It says on the label that it won awards. . . in 1998. At first it was reminiscent of the looks and feel of Xingu and the taste of a brown ale, but that faded as quickly as the taste. blah. (799 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark pour belies a strangely sugary taste. Then a rather out-of-character smokiness pops in, almost like the smoked cheese taste of an Aecht rauchbier. Have to rate it downward since I don't think this was what the style was supposed to be. That may be because I only got a taste of it at our homebrew club sampling. (316 characters)

Photo of Brent
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A beauty to behold in the glass - black with a slight, creamy head. Malty, yet a bit thin at the same time. Roasted malt with a bit of scorched brown sugar. Perhaps a bit of oxidation in the mix. A bit watery for the style. I'm not terribly impressed. (251 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Quickly dying head, some lace; a color just on the pale side of a dry stout.

Very mild smell. Nearly no hop, some darker malt aromas. For me, I smell mostly the refridgerator.

Tastes like a very thin stout. Very thin body for the color and smell. High carbonation. The initial sip has hints of chocolate, the swallow has a sprig of hops. Rather bland aftertaste, although I detect some coffee flavors.

This is a step up from Michelob Dark, but shares many of the characteristics. If this is a Mild, it is very dark and still fairly thin. If this is anything else, it falls short of expectations. (605 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eclipse black color, medium creamy white head. Aroma is mildly of roasted malts. The dark black color belies the mild taste of the beer. Mild malts, mild hops, mild flavor and mild alcohol. Flavors are chocolate and mildly roasted malts. Mild tasting beer, that adheres to its style well. Lots of flavor for a 3.4% alcohol beer, but the 3.4 % does cause it to be a little watery. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (466 characters)

Photo of Franz4
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours dark, almost black with just a small head, color was darker than I expected.

S- very mild throughout as would be expected for the style, some noticeable peat smokiness but that's really the only thing I can pick out.

T- smokiness is present in the taste as well, bottle says chocolate should be there, but I'm not getting it.

M- very light, could be described as watery.

O- My American senses didn't really appreciate this Mild Ale. It wasn't quite what I expected, but it was mild/average in nearly every sense of the word. (538 characters)

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Color: dark brown smell: burnt toast with toffey. The taste was very different the low alcohol and the low carbonation makes the beer seem flat and flabby. But there was some pleasant flavors of roasted malts and a light smoky quality. The mouthfeel was med. body. This beer goes good with a cigar or a cig. but I don't smoke very often. The low alcohol makes this beer most appealing. If you just want to taste a interesting brew without a heavy buzz. (452 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle from New Beer. Sat in the fridge for an additional month. Poured into a rounded tumbler. I refrained from using a straw this time. I've become quite lazy this summer.

Color is sort of like ebony. Near black, with rich, reddish-orange veins. Lasting light sand-colored mushroom head that leaves grimy blotched lace that probably won't rinse off without some Palmolive.

Smells like chocolate wafers & wet potting soil. Subtly sweet & earthy.

Bitter sweet, slightly charred grain. Though only mildly bitter, there is a decent amount of acid upfront that drags along with it some underachieving bitter-green hops. It eventually makes way for a softly sweet wafery middle-end, though that itself, suddenly seems quite minerally. The end rides out on that mineral aspect, along with some char, & regurgitates a bit more acid before it's all done.

Alcohol isn't a factor, & I don't feel myself yearning for a shot of bourbon on the side. Carbonation is stronger then expected; small, prickly & sharp bubbles. Body is non-existent except for a dusty, almost chalky texture. Sort of like those over fortified fruit juices that don't quite run smooth.

Overall a decent beer, but not worth the import price($5) unless I could find it absolutely fresh. So my ignorant opinion is thus: It tastes like a diluted brown ale. /shrug (1,328 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle (has markings...but I can't interpret the date) served in a nonic glass.

Appearance: Indeed is a dark ruby ale, but more towards the brown shades when I hold it up to the light. Some lacing on the glass as I drink it down and there is a thin layer of foam across the top. I got 1/3" light tan foam when I first poured it, but that dissipated fairly rapidly.

Smell: This is a beer that needs to warm up before drinking. When swirling I get a strong musty smell, but upon letting it settle I get a very faint hint of chocolate along with smoke and that musty smell again.

Taste: It's a mild ale alright. Not a lot going on here in flavor but I wonder if I've just had my taste buds spoiled by other porters and ales lately on the stronger side of taste. There is malt up front, then something metallic, and then a creamy finish. If I take a big swig I get more of the chocolate at the end which replaces the metallic and creamy. Not a sipping beer this one.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation on the tongue, just thick enough to coat and quench. Nothing special to me anyway.

Drinkability: Well it's low in alcohol so certainly one could drink plenty of it with no ill effect, but I don't find it to be a beer that really inspired me to reach for another one. Maybe if I was in a real pub and this was from a cask maybe I'd be inspired to try another one, but I'm not loving it. Not bad, but not great for me. (1,429 characters)

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque black/mahogany hue, looks as though it could be packed with malty goodness. One finger of head forms from a vigorous pour, but doesn't stick around too long.

S: Smells rather light and sweet, some roasted character and chocolatey notes. No hop profile in the bouquet, which is true to style.

T: Mild, indeed. In fact, so mild, the roasted malt character is drowned out by a watery presence that kills much of the flavor up front. The malt is noticeable in the finish, bringing some chocolate flavor with it, and leaves some lingering on the palate, but not much.

M: Watery and light-bodied, but not as pleasing in this department. Still, low carbonation is present, as is to be expected, and the texture is decent.

D: Quite drinkable, in fact, that's its intended purpose: session ale. While its got some character to it, I don't really see myself quaffing this stuff again any time soon. Honestly, a bit too watery and not enough interesting malt backbone to this one. (994 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz bottle. Dark brown with caramel edges. Thick tan head with decent lacing. Has a malty nutty aroma with a hint of cocoa. Thin palate with a metallic flavor. Has a light roasted malt flavor but really weak and watered down. Not anything outstanding. (252 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lightly sweet, and lightly roasty finish, pretty easy to drink, uncompliacted, but pleasant enough. Dry-ish finish. A little un-intersting, but i suppose being a "mild" ale, thats true to style, although, i am sure theres better examples of the style out there, this is still quite alright though. (297 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: cool big brown bottle, funky label with a cute black cat :)

Appearance: nice and dark with ruby tint, head stays well for a low ABV beer.

Aroma: appropriately mild aroma of roasted grains, vanilla, and molasses.

Taste: sweetish, bready malt flavour with hints of black malt bitterness and notes of chocolate. Far too mild.

Aftertaste: doesn't carry through very well either. Not a brilliant beer.

Mouth feel: moderate weight to the body, very low carbonation. Doesn't carry the flavour as there isn't much to start with.

Overall: a well put together beer, but far too mild in flavour for me. (605 characters)

Photo of treehugginslug
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S - Smells of malted barley and chocolate. Subtle in my opinion.

T - Taste is similar to smell, but please note* DRINK THIS COLD!!!! I drank this at fridge temp and was not impressed. Once I chilled it, I really wound up liking it.

M - Easy

D - Drinkable enough

Buy Again? No
Recommend? Maybe
Drink at party? If the only option is Bud Light.

Overall: Good when chilled, but not too impressed, even though ABV was low. (424 characters)

Photo of texashammer
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

reviewed on cask at salisbury winterfest. dark ale with thin head that fades quickly, with nice ruby tones. roasty flavors in the nose give way to coffee and chocolate, some fruitiness. a little sweet in the finish, not enough balance provided by hops. (252 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque dark reddish brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to an oily film. Small random spots of lace form here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark malt, slight chocolate, and some roasty notes. Taste is of roasted malt, cold coffee, and slight chocolate on the finish. There is a very slight bitterness on the palate after each sip that fades quickly. This beer has very light carbonation with a very watery mouthfeel. I am not too impressed with this aspect of the beer. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and the first of the style I have had. I am not sure if the mouthfeel is like this for other beers of the style but I am not too fond of the watery aspect. (703 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was almost black as tar.. The beer poured a really nice frothy tan head that was like a pillow. The beer had a beef jerky kinda smoky taste. It was too bitter though and watery tasting. Good lacing but thats it. I will buy again though to give tis one another chance. (326 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A medium sized tan, creamy head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles.The body was dark brown and the lacing was fair.The nose was chocolate and the flavor was mild coffee and sweet chocolate.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth, tingly, thin, watery and light bodied.There was a slight aftertaste observed with this beer. (326 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 03/29/08.

Pours a dark, dark brown with almost zero carbonation. Despite my efforts, I could coax no head from the pour, only a little foam.

Aroma of scotch (?) and liquorice (?). Some soapy character to the aroma makes it difficult to pick out the tastier aromas.

Flavor is a touch oxidized, though the dark, roasted (almost porter like) character of the beer still came through. Some smoke in the flavor, as well as chocolate. A bit of bitterness appears and lingers after each sip. Very still in the mouth due to lack of carbonation.

Drinkable, but not essential. (579 characters)

Photo of vancurly
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby they say ? More like a dark chocolate with orange edges. Head pours an uneven, lunar landscape of beiges & tans. Interesting start.

Aromas of black olive, chocolate, open wood fire & char.

Roasted barley, burnt hints, fairly light in flavour all up. Dry body, low bitterness.

Quite innocuous really. A good beer to accompany a char-grilled steak. (359 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB Aug. 08, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a deeply dark brown colour with faint reddish hues when seen against light; the khaki foamy head comes thick, retreating gradually into a light blanket.
S: a tad dusty due to the fluffy head, backed by a light whiff of black dates, Chinese red bean paste, black sugar, chocolates, and a light-bodied pale maltiness at the back. Pretty pleasant.
T: upfront are salty-sweet malts and sugary dates, underlined by a deeper, mildly-roasted flavour of black malts with a faint touch of chocolate, fast towards a lightly dry palate attributable to the hops. Mildly earthy and chewy-gristy in the finish.
M&D: slightly effervescent upfront, but softening fast on the palate before turning slightly thin in the end. On the balance, this is a feather-light-bodied Dark Mild with a very mild malt profile. Not bad, but certainly not doing justice to the original, cask-conditioned version as far as my previous encounter is concerned. (992 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 0.9 oz bottle poured into a nonic, Black Cat is dark black with medium sized, super creamy head that is pretty slow to subside, leaving a thick skim with delicate lace.

The smell is rich, malt and super chocolaty. Very Nice.

The taste is lighter and more astringent. I understand this one's a showcase example for Black Patent malt, and it provides an acceptable amount of acrid roastiness here. But there's an off flavor, maybe a bit oxidized, like stale hops, that is also noticeable in the nose. Being so low ABV, and probably not high turnover (or at least a long journey from the UK to OR), I assume thats not present when fresh. Served at cellar temperature, the off flavor comes out as it warms. Pretty good, but I was hoping it would have more of the chocolate in the nose.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin and slick, with none of the creaminess visible in the head.

Drinkability is high by nature of being a full-flavored mild. But the off-flavor is a bit much, and there's otherwise not enough there to make me want to drink the 15 or so 3.4% beers it would take to satisfy me on a long sat of watching sports. Why get up to pee that much when I can savor a few really tasty, bigger beers while not having to miss the games? (1,241 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich deep black with a light creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt and sweet treacle. Licorice/anise flavor blends with the roasted malt, and a bit more sugary treacle. A bit thin, which actually doesn't make it more drinkable. Kind of odd mouthfeel, but it still has a very nice flavor and looks beautiful. (312 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colour that borders on black and has a light, tan coloured head about half an inch tall that reduces to about half a centimetre tall after a couple of moments.

Caramel and some toffee on the nose along with some earthy hops and a touch of roasted malts. There is some chocolate and a light spice aroma that is quite well-balanced.

Roasted malt flavour to begin, along with some earthy hops and toffee. There is a bit of caramel from the nose as well as some chocolate and light, fruity flavours. This is all quite subdued and slightly sweet.

Very smooth and quite light with an as expected, quite mild feel to it. The palate is almost creamy and overall it is a pleasant one.

A low alcohol content but is quite flavourful and pretty well-balanced. There is a nice earthy base and a pleasant feel with some nice caramel and fruit flavours throughout. (864 characters)

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Black Cat from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
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