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Black Cat - Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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204 Ratings

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 31
Gots: 6 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tfp4268
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of Mario61Aler
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark ale for sure, just barely allowing some brown to sneak in at the edges in the light and showing a lovely deep red hue throughout in the light. As this beer recedes, a medium brown head about a finger tall drops a tattered but sturdy curtain of lacing in plenty.
The nose presents a malty presence, a bit more chocolate malts than caramel with a more bittersweet than sweet presence, though the lightly caramel sweetness isn't lacking.
Malts take the forefront as well in the flavor, and this beer really does have a sort of raw, bittersweet chocolate element as well as an earthiness that, combined with the malt characters, creates a sort of charcoal flavor that makes the base and isn't off-putting. A bit of a coffee note also comes out. There's just enough leafy hops bitterness to add a bit of an edge without distracting.
This is a lighter-bodied ale for sure, and this sort of beer would be great for someone who's into dark, malty beers but needs a break from big American palate destroyers. While not heavy, this beer maintains a gently crisp feel without losing a rolling creamy smoothness that goes all the way into the finish. I can imagine this being essentially what the brewer was going for.
This is a very nice beer. I can't believe it's the first of the style I've reviewed and one of the few I've tried, though it's not as widely an attempted style as many.

Photo of fx20736
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a British Pint Glass. Served at Cellar Temp.

At first glance black but which reveals an anemic, pale ruby when held to the light. 1 finger khaki head which doesn't last long but leaves some respectable lacing.

Aroma of toasted caramel malt with just a whiff of Musty English Hops.

Mouthfeel: British Ale mouthfeel, nice.

Taste/ Notes: the upfront taste is pure roasted caramel with no Hops presence at all. Then this aftertaste creeps in which reminds me of potting soil or old coffee grounds. Now this may sound disgusting but actually it is beguiling to say the least. There is an old cottage in the forest about this that just tickles me. This is unlike any other beer that I have ever had. I hope to drink more of this bewitching brew.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear (when held up to the light) dark brown/ruby red color with about a half inch light tan head that stays around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is charred/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also an earthy flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin but also a bit slick. Moderate carbonation. It's pretty easy to drink, I think it's a great choice for a session beer. I'd buy this again in the future. $3.99 a bottle.

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the beer on cask so was overjoyed to by chance find a stockist for the beer bottled.

Very much the definitive bottled mild.
Pouring a body of pure ebony with a slight off white creme caramel coloured head which was of good stock and lasted.

I used a conic glass and topped up from a second bottle, this created a most pleasant drinking experience.

The beer created a heady aroma of coffee and burnt sugar and the taste was rich with that full on charcoal taste of a good dark ale.

A very old fashioned sudsy texture that really took me back and made me smile coupled with a perfect peaty aftertaste.

Fulfilling the traditional historic role of a mild this was both thirst quenching, drinkable and low enough gravity to keep on supping without going wobbly.

My only detractor being the price, as mild is traditionally a cheaper option to bitter or stout and despite having quite a collection of beers currently this cost the most though this was mostly due to the outlet.

Highly recommended to lovers of mild,
others read up on the history and stylings of mild first before buying.

I am glad I bought a couple of extra bottles and the next time I have company for a session this will be a most promising starter ale.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
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

Photo of JayQue
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer of this style. I was expecting a real thin, lightly flavored beer because of the low abv. I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a dark brown with lots of ruby highlights when held to a light. Big light tan head, nicely carbonated that faddes to a covering, then a ring at the top of the glass. Moderately sized rings of lacing.

Smell on the first pour was mild roasted malts, a second pour after the beer warmed up left less aroma.

Taste is pretty good. Roasted malts a little chocolate malts...the flavor is strong enough to get your attention and appreciation.

Moutfeel is light and nicely carbonated. I would not call it watery like the Anhauser Busch Stout they used to have at Busch Gardens.

Overall this is a solid session beer. At 3.4 percent, you could drink a good few of these with some good conversation and still enjoy each one. I would love to have this on cask or on tap.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.27/5  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.

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Dry rich cocoa, dark chocolate, touch of vanilla.

L: Very dark brown, ruby highlights, off-white head that dissipates to a dusting.

T: Light chocolate and roasty malt with a slightly charred component. Mild earthy bitterness followed by a very dry, slightly roasty component. Some toasty marris otter malt persists throughout.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Pretty solid, probably a million times better on cask. Great mild overall.

Photo of codsmith
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A: Deep black with a hint of red towards the top. Very thin white head head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Heavy raisin & chocolate smell that is backed by a mild floral hop aroma coming off the top.

T: Very interesting and mix of chocolate malt and raisin flavors that have a roasted and bitter finish on the malt portion. There is a slight hop finish that comes through with a soft and grassy hop finish.

M: Surprisingly light bodied and carbonated well. I was hoping for a little more body to tie these flavors together.

O: It has a interesting aroma and taste, with a nice balance on the hops, but it seems a bit thin and could better if it had a thicker body.

Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a Coca-Cola brown in color with red highlights. Once fully poured it resembles a dark, dark brown on the verge of black with a one finger, frothy cream colored head. It smells of lightly roasted malts, light coffee with cream, and possibly even espresso. It kind of smells like a frapuccino and it tastes like an iced coffee. It is overly drinkable and is a great session beer, fit for a pub. It drinks light to medium in body, more reminiscent of an iced coffee, which is fine. The aftertaste does the light mouthfeel some justice. All in all this beer was pretty impressive. It's hard to find a quality session beer but this one seems to pull it off and even has good flavor. It's worth a try.

Photo of Franz4
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, best by April 2010, into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Shared at a tasting. Thanks go out to my buddy Jim for picking up this style tick for me in London, and to Michelle for shuttling it across the pond. You guys are awesome!

A: Clear, tawny brown body with a thin, fleeting coating of tan bubbles. A swirl reactivates the head, but only ever in a coarse, soapy display of ephemerality. Lovely clarity, disappointing carbonation.

S: Clean, light chocolate malt with an understated, balancing touch of earthy hops. Straightforward and pleasant.

T: Fairly sharp, actually, with rather thin, acrid maltiness up front, turning into a dry chalkiness on the tail end. I guess it's got a good amount of flavor for such a low ABV, and it's extremely clean and dry, but it just isn't all that pleasant.

M: Thin, watery, and lightly carbonated. Easy to drink.

O: Whenever I make it to England, I think I'll be steering clear of Dark Milds - give me the punch of a good ESB any day over this rather insipid (albeit clean, balanced, and easy-drinking) concoction. Black Cat seems to be a pretty decent example, but even with 6 people at the tasting we didn't manage to kill the whole bottle. Hate me all you want for not appreciating "subtlety" and "complexity," but this beer was long on boring and light on tastiness.


Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby-tinged brown with an off-white quickly fading head. Nose shows lots of caramel and light roasted malt, quite sweet. Some hints of coffee in there to. Really nice despite not being overly bold Flavours are more roasty but still light and mild. Sot much caramel, but still a little bit of sweet malt towards the finish. Great moderate carbonation and light-ish body.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tall, brown 500ml bottle, best before the end of Feb 2011, drank and reviewed 25th Jan 2011. Poured into a UK pint sleeve.

Good, really dark brown body, teak wood red when held to a bright light. On top a well formed light brown head, which gave some heavy lacing.

Semi-sweet dark chocolate smells, toasted/roasted malts too.

The taste is typical dark mild malty, without anything being too rich or overpowering. Very little if any hop presence detectable. It does get a bit bitter towards the end of the mouthfeel, otherwise the beer is mid-dry, leaning towards semi-sweet in flavour.

Slightly over carbonated for me, others may find it 'lively'.

Not a great beer, but a long way from being a bad one.

Photo of crossovert
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a deep balckish brown with a light tan head this is creamy and dissipates with some nice lacing.

It smells a bit weak, and almost like a non-alcoholic beer. It has a very caramally smelling, almost table sugary malt scent with some cocoa powder. There is a hint of roastiness.

It tastes a lot like the label proclaims "A rich, dry chocolate malt taste". It reminds me of chocolate pudding. There is also some peaty flavor and a touch of earthy hops. There is a mineral water character as well, but it is welcome.

The mouthfeel is velvety smooth, you rarely have this thick of a mouthfeel with such a low abv. It is easy to drink, but it isn't something I would session, it becomes a chore on the back end.

It is a decent beer, only the second of this style that I have had as it is extremely rare.

Photo of mountsnow1010
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick review because I have guests to attend to .

a - black with white head - looks similar to guinness
S - not much going on but smells nice
T - great clean taste. a bit of smoky/burnt choco. malty too.
M - smooth! a bit light
D - could easily do a skixer.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Belfast Beer Festival.

Pours ruby black with no head - a gravity pour, so not its fault. Coffee and seaweed on the nose. Earth, red currant, espresso and smoke in the malts, with orange tea hops. Clean, drying finish. Light to medium, some stick, crisp.

Not up to the standards of Batemans DM, but good, lighter mild.

Surprised to see so many reviews and so many high - this tells me the best of English Milds still aren't getting to the US.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a black body with a brown glow at the base of the glass. There is a big bubble light tan net of head that soon fades to a thin ring. The few tiny bubbles that can be seen trail up the side of the glass.
S- The nice roasted black malt has a soft berry not to it with some chocolate aromas coming through the roasted notes as the beer opens.
T- The mineral water and cream flavor give way to a mellow rich roasted black malt flavor. Like the aroma there is a berry quality to the malt flavor. The dry mineral note in the finish has a light licorice quality and a light bitterness of roasted malt that lingers for a moment after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz in the finish.
D- This is a very easy drinking beer with a good dark roasted malt flavor but it is to light for a stout or porter. This good session beer as some subtle depth to it but the rich flavor is the many player.

Black Cat from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.