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Black Cat - Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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very good

197 Ratings

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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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Photo of SmashPants


3.15/5  rDev -18%

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.

11-25-2012 10:09:21 | More by SmashPants
Photo of t0rin0


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-22-2012 03:42:06 | More by t0rin0
Photo of sneaks2210

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-17-2012 16:43:44 | More by sneaks2210
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

10-29-2012 15:51:21 | More by flyingpig
Photo of Viceroy

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-25-2012 19:56:36 | More by Viceroy
Photo of jgammoniv


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

10-17-2012 15:43:47 | More by jgammoniv
Photo of bzach


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

10-16-2012 03:55:03 | More by bzach
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Served in a bottle at The Diamond in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a clear very dark amber bordering on brown in color with some garnet red highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a thin sudsy white head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aroma of dark roasted malts with just a hint of chocolate and dark fruit.

T: Light to moderate amounts of dark roasted malts with notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit. Very light amount of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink and very sessionable considering the lightness of body and low ABV. I enjoyed this one and would recommend it to others as a good example of the style. Good complexity/depth to the flavor and the smell.

07-16-2012 13:40:33 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle at The Diamond, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear very dark red in color and has some yeast particles visible floating near the bottom of the glass. It poured with delicate off-white lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark fruits and chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts along with hints of chocolate and dark fruits.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink given its light body and low alcohol content but is surprisingly very flavorful, just like other beers in the style.

07-16-2012 00:34:55 | More by metter98
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours dark brown with a cream colored bubbly head. No true lace.

Nice roasted malt with a cocoa note. Some nut aromas as well.

Smooth chocolate roasted malt with a nice nutty lingering aftertaste. Light bitterness intermingles with the lightly sweet brew. Wonderful flavors here.

Thinner than expected, but this makes this very drinkable. Good moderate carbonation keeps this from being too sharp because of the light body.

Overall, loved this. Will buy many bottles of this.

06-22-2012 01:56:00 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of LJWalker


4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-30-2012 03:13:16 | More by LJWalker
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light tan head. Retention is a bit below average, but plenty of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Pleasantly roasty with minor notes of chocolate and caramel. Earthy overall with a slight mineral note. Super clean. I know it can be difficult to impress with a beer at this paltry an ABV, but this comes close. Very well put together.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but it's more of what you'd expect from a session beer. Moderate roastiness with light everything else. Touches of chocolate, caramel, and graininess. Lightly minerally and earthy overall. Low bitterness. Great balance.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp, but not very creamy. Fine here.

4.0 D: Tasty, easy to drink beer. Great session beer.

05-18-2012 01:55:42 | More by DavoleBomb
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a thick off-white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee aroma

T: Similar to the smell smooth chocolate and coffee dominate the flavor upfront followed by hints of licorice and roasted malts.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Not much alcohol but very tasty.

05-08-2012 01:57:00 | More by ckollias
Photo of pin


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-24-2012 03:40:35 | More by pin
Photo of smakawhat


4.23/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice tan and light head, some big soapy bubbles but also holds real well with a nice cap and retention. Body is a classic dark walnut brown to nearly black lots of red on the edges too, quite nice looking.

Great ripping chocolate malt, and milk chocolate sense. A little bit of fruit like berry perhaps too. Quite pleasant.

For a mild this is quite impressive. Extremely light bodied palate but filled with lots roasting finish. Charring malt and roasted black coffee. Mid palate fills with a fruity character getting some sort of raspberry on this, even a hint of tartness. Roast lingers dramatically in the finish, maybe even some rich bittering hop in here also, with an almost tinging carbonation on the tongue afterwards.

Overall quite impressed with this one and at such a low ABV I could just drink these all friggin day. Meow!

04-10-2012 01:04:23 | More by smakawhat
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/black colour with a small off white head and awesome lacing.

Smells malty and burnt, very dark.

Tastes oh-so-good. Everything I love about mild, easily drinkable and refreshing, yet dark and burnt.

Overall a very good beer, I could drink gallons of it.

03-17-2012 19:50:42 | More by CwrwAmByth
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-16-2012 20:22:59 | More by OldTime
Photo of CrazyP


4.8/5  rDev +25%

A - Dark brown but clear. Pours thin, unlike some porters that resemble motor oil. Thin head that dissipates quickly.

S - Fruitiness, roast, coffee.

T - There's actually a lot going on here. Coffee flavors dominate followed by toffee and chocolate. Nice malt backbone with some fruity yeast esters. Very little bitterness, but the English hops are there.

M - Has a nice smooth mouthfeel that makes it extremely easy drinking. Low carbonation but not watery or thin.

O - My first introduction to the Mild style but this is an exceptional brew. I was worried about its age but it has done well in the time since it was brewed.

02-19-2012 01:51:01 | More by CrazyP
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.8/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a Celebrator pokal glass. Pours a dark red brown, one finger fine light tan head with moderate retention and tenuous lacing. Light, but inviting aroma of sweet and toastedmalt and chocolate. Flavor is toasted and burnt malt, light suggestions of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is mild, but satisfying. Light to moderate bodied. I was facing this ale with some trepidation because of the ABV, but I am quite pleased at the eveness and flavor combination of this ale. I'm really happy to have had the chance to try this style.

02-13-2012 06:23:10 | More by LiquidAmber
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours dark brown with auburn highlights, filling a pint glass under a creamy head that reaches half an inch before settling and leaving a coating of lace.

The aroma is rich with malted chocolate, tea and molasses. Some cookie dough presents with warmth.

The flavor profile is as expected from the nose with the addition fresh whole wheat bread. This one has light sweetness and only a touch of bitterness in a faint finish.

Full body, slightly chewy with lively carbonation.

Easy drinking, the full flavor warms well. With a low ABV, this is a classic afternoon session beer for a lazy day with friends or alone.

01-15-2012 21:12:49 | More by SLeffler27
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-02-2012 03:35:05 | More by plumcrazyfx
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-24-2011 03:26:08 | More by tfp4268
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-04-2011 15:19:19 | More by Mario61Aler
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-27-2011 14:39:58 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of freewill35


4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 18:57:36 | More by freewill35
Black Cat from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
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