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Black Cat - Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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86
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 30
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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tfp4268

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-24-2011 03:26:08 | More by tfp4268
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 19:10:52 | More by clvand0
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BitterBrian

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 00:39:27 | More by BitterBrian
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 19:52:41 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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Brent

Kentucky

2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 02:39:31 | More by Brent
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 01:14:06 | More by smcolw
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beerguy101

California

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 03:39:04 | More by beerguy101
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Franz4

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 02:36:26 | More by Franz4
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PEBKAC

New York

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 02:59:08 | More by PEBKAC
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 23:27:45 | More by damndirtyape
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 21:18:23 | More by CharlieMopps
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 21:24:48 | More by athensbeermaster
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BierReise

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 22:53:33 | More by BierReise
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.15/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2003 07:00:59 | More by rastaman
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SmashPants

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 10:09:21 | More by SmashPants
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treehugginslug

California

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 02:59:43 | More by treehugginslug
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texashammer

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-09-2006 12:35:06 | More by texashammer
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prisoner1572

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

02-04-2013 20:47:57 | More by prisoner1572
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 19:15:12 | More by Minkybut
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 04:11:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 13:27:06 | More by hotstuff
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ccrida

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 02:11:54 | More by ccrida
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charlzm

California

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:50:23 | More by charlzm
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albern

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is extremely light, although its appearance and aroma is a bit deceiving. There just isn't much "there" in this beer. It pours a dark ruby almost inky black color with a nice creamy dark head, some retention, some lacing. The aroma is quite pungent. I'm getting some strong roasted nuts, some chocolate and coffee aromas, dark caramel hints. This also has some hints of very old fashion candy, such as Mary Jane, with lots of caramelized molasses. The aroma is really nice.

The taste of this beer is just too darn light bodied, and not enough flavorfulness. The palate is as watery as a big body of water, and it comes no where near to its promise in the nose. There are some watery toasted nut flavors, coffee, chocolate, molasses, sweetish malts, and maybe a bit of hop presence in the finish. This is a bit of a disappointment, but with a 3.4% ABV, I guess this is what you get. The beer is moderately carbonated and the mouthfeel is very light.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 19:16:45 | More by albern
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vancurly

Australia

3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 02:02:56 | More by vancurly
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Black Cat from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.