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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: 32
Gots: 6 | 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 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 TripelJ
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Moorhouse's Black Cat

Touted as a "black ale" as per the bottle, this beer pours a nice dark, opaque brown with a thin head that dissapates relatively quickly with little lacing. Aroma is sweet with light roasted notes. Flavors are all very subtle, and do not really become pronounced until the beer warms up a bit. Sweet malts give way to a nice mellow roasted barley with some coffee and other roasted flavors. Lots of character for such a low alcohol brew. AB could learn a thing or two from our friends "across the pond".

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

Tobacco leaf brown suffused with red, topped by a creamy, pitting head the color of the inside of a malted milk ball. Sufficient blown fiberglass-like lace stubbornly sticks to the opposite side of the glass. The nose is gently dark malty with more than a hint of cocoa and less than a hint of English hops.

Black Cat is pretty flavorful stuff given the shockingly low ABV. The malted milk ball comparison works for the flavor as well, but there's very little sweetness. The lightly roasted malt base is reminiscent of unsweetened chocolate shavings and contains echoes of fruity hops.

The mild ale designation is certainly appropriate. Although there's a lot of it, the taste is mild, as is the exceedingly light body, and they go together like hand in glove. The beer fairly evaporates in the mouth and is as drinkable as oxygen is breathable.

This beer screams 'session'. It's flavorful enough to remain interesting throughout multiple pints, but innocuous enough that flavor fatigue or palate fatigue will never be a problem. Far from feeling unlucky, I feel fortunate that this Black Cat crossed my path today.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best enjoyed at just below cellar temperature, this brilliant dark ale pours a clear, deep mahogany with ruby-crimson highlights beneath a short head of creamy tan foam. The retention is fair, and it receeds to a decent collar and thin surface covering while still leaving specks and spots of lace throughout most of the glass. An initial whiff of roastiness fades to reveal bittersweet chocolate and a touch of creamy caramel alongside dark dried fruits (prunes, raisins) in the nose. The body is medium-light and it's gently crisp on the tongue with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that softens as it warms. The flavor delivers everything that the nose promises; and although it's fairly basic, it's also quite charming. There's a delicate touch of leafy/earthy hops that becomes apparent, and the way that the chocolate, caramel, and subtle roasty flavors come and go as the beer warms is interesting. It's exceptionally well-balanced by a sublime bitterness that never really reveals itself, even in the short and dry finish. Quaffable! An excellent session ale that offers a great amount of flavor with some variety and complexity to it, but only 3.4% alcohol! Brilliant!

Photo of Herrbrokt
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint bottle no fresh by date??

pours deep brown black. Light brown head bubbles away after a minute.

smells of a musky burnt sweets in a very good way.

taste of molasses right off then in comes a smokey musk mildly dried out at the end mixing both flavors with a nice earthy feel. wow. I'm kinda excited. a little flat . no big bangs or anything. but I'm not sure it's needed with this beer. big fan.

Nice and smooth texture not carbonated not real sticky just relaxed.

very mellow beer. turned me on. it's like the younger brother of some beers that beat my tastebuds silly. mild but no lack of flavor

would drink again happily

Photo of Beerzebub
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a tulip shaped pint glass at 58 F/ 14 C.

Deep reddish dark brown color, big frothy beige head that diminishes fairly quickly, substantial lace.

Smells like dark bready malt, with some toffee and chocolate.

Tastes like clean good grain, with some roastiness. Dry. A touch of acidity. Nice clean expression of the malt. Quite enjoyable and refreshing.

Fine carbonation, soft smooth texture. Exceedingly drinkable and refreshing, I enjoyed this.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with an average frothy off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing.

Good malty aroma.

Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation.

Light bitter sweet flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

Good drinkable beer and very good for style.

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A vigorous pour yields one finger of light tan head that settles quickly and leaves a nice coating of lace on the glass. The body is and opaque, dark brown with bright, ruby highlights.

S - Fruity yeast notes of red apple and plum with bready malt. Some toffee and spicy hops as well.

T - Sweet, toffee malt up front with plum yeast flavor. Some light roasted malt flavor appears in the finish with mild, spicy hops. Finishes with caramel and milk chocolate malt with light hop character balancing.

M - Medium-light body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - A nice, dark and fruity English ale. A good dose of roasted malt makes this beer seem a little heavier than its 3.4% avb, but it is still appropriately light and drinkable. This is a great session beer with a surprisingly nice brown ale flavor.

Photo of ADR
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark, dark brown with a tannish 1/4 inch head that laces the glass in puffy globs. Lightly malty aroma, maybe a little blueberry. Mouthfeel is about medium-bodied and quite consistant -- without fade. Just the lightest of coffee bittering from a hard roast to the pleasant malt. Consistant flavor as well, works unchanged from beginning to end. A light touch of perfume-like hops marks the close. A light 3.4% alcohol by volume, but with a good amount of flavor (if not complex), marks this very drinkable Ale.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Photo of Beertracker
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black Cat should be served at cellar temperatures (50-55F) from a traditional pear shaped pint glass. This Mild Ale pours up soft with moderate carbonation into what I would define as, "The Perfect Pint." Black Cat has a beautiful deep mahogany color topped with a tight tannish-brown head. This one makes a person thirsty just gazing upon a full glass.

The "dusty" maltiness is predominate in the aroma with just a hint of fruitiness and maybe a whisper of floral hops. As this one warms, the wonderful aromatics begin emerging more readily. The flavor starts off slightly chewy with some nice buttery treacle & licorice notes in the background and then finishes slightly dry. The body is light-medium with a very smooth silkiness to it. The depth of character and complexity is truly amazing for such a small beer! If I had to make a simple comparison, I would swear that this ale is Theakston Old Peculier's little brother.

After having enjoyed a pint of Black Cat, it's very easy for me to understand why it has won so many CAMRA awards and why it was the Champion Mild of Britain in 1998. Enjoy Black Cat anytime as a restorative or paired with a hearty plate of traditional bangers & mash. Don't be superstitous about this Black Cat!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice 20oz english pint sized bottle. Appears black in the glass. When I hold it up to the light, ruby red glows through. Brown/tan lacing crawls down the side of the glass as I drink it.

Mild aroma of soggy bread and slightly nutty.

Very clean and dry hop bitterness is present. A rich tobbacco and coffeegrounds fload amid cocoa powder.

Surprisingly complex and tasty. The mouthfeel is just full enough to hold up the dark color.

Aftertaste is superb, but it makes my saliva a bit sticky/syrupy. Not terrible, at all... in fact, it makes me want to keep drinking it. Great drinkability!

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Poured out to a deep cherry mahogony color with a good head of about 1/2 inch. Lace is well formed around the interior of the glass. Aromas of toffee, caramel, sweet herbs, earth and some woodiness are present. Taste is very quaffable yet still mild and complex. Flavors of mild malts and cocoa mix with some pepper and earth. Finish is slightly zesty and sweet. Nice. Mouthfeel is calm and mild, very easy going down. Drinkability is good; low ABV makes it possible to put a couple of bottles back without any guilty feelings or a heavy stomach. A very good mild ale. Recommended.

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 IllNate
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of sibling imports, cheers sis!

A - Dark brown with ruby red highlights, nice colour. Finger of tan head, subsides to lacing.

S - Roasted and biscuit malt. Nice english malt aroma. As it warms a fruity note is prominent.

T - High quality roasted malt flavor, mostly chocolate, coffee and caramel. Bready/biscuity background. A light hop bitterness that lingers. Very fine indeed! As it warms a fruity ester is palatable.

M - Very smooth mouthfeel, carbonation is spot on.

D - Highly drinkable, each sip begs another.

Photo of dcbeers
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of travise
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at about 48 degrees F. Poured into an English pint glass with virtually no head. Deep dark brownish black color, but when held up to light, a beautiful ruby color shines through.

It has a fairly subtle aroma of toffee, chocolate and coffee.

It starts with sweet malt, then rolls alond with a nice balanced roasty and sweet middle...it finishes with my tongue begging for more. very drinkable, nice carbonation, very balanced just enough hop bitterness so that it is not cloyingly sweet. also, the yeast is very clean for a british ale, a little fruitiness going on, but not as much as i would have expected.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of soulgrowl
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly black, but almost. More of a cola, red, actually, with a beige, unremarkable head. Smoke billows out from this ale, with a lovely charred wood aroma mingled with a bit of buckwheat honey and raisins, as well as mocha, nuts, and resinous hops. It tastes how it smells: smoky yet fruity and light. It is an odd, but delicious, duck. (Speaking of, it would probably be excellent with duck.) Burnt marshmallow plus hickory and raisins on in the center ring, with other dark notes of cola and cocoa in the periphery. Mysteriously complex. As for mouthfeel, I can't decide if it's pleasantly dry, or a touch too light on the palate... but I'm afraid it may be the latter. Overall it is a very interesting ale, and what an achievement for 3.4%! Must try with all manner of cheese and meat.

Photo of GreyGhost4
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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