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Black Cat - Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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86
very good

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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: "BC L0279 13:46" on label
Glass: US pint glass

Moorhouse's Black Cat Ale is an excellent dark mild, with accents and nuances of roasted and caramelized malts in the all the right proportions. The drinker is treated to chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toasted nut flavors, alongside some more nuanced toasted bread and mulch/earth flavors. To add to the pleasure, the beer isn't designed to wipe the floor with your liver. Wish this was available in six-packs at an easy-to-afford price.

Pours a 0.5cm tall head of light brown foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, fairly well clustered, creating a fairly packed, though still fluffy-looking head. Retention is a bit above average at about one-and-a-half minutes, receding to a thin, lacy cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good: thick, single strands cling to the sides of the glass and are renewed with each sip. The body is a very dark brown-amber color, with light bringing out garnet-orange hues. Carbonation is not visible from within or alongside the opaque body.

Aroma of roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and coffee-with-cream edge, mild tobacco, and hints of vanilla. Could be a bit more pungent and benefit, perhaps this could be acquired with a bit more carbonation.

A very nicely balanced flavor portfolio, with characters of roasted malt, caramel, toasted nuts, and coffee-with-cream being most notable. Front of palate finds caramel malt sweetness tempered with moderate roasted malt/char, chocolate, and coffee-with-alot-of-cream-in-it flavors. Mid-palate is of moderate roasted malt/char, chocolate, caramel, toasted hazelnuts, and roasted coffee bean-like flavors. Back of palate notes mild roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel sweetness with a subtle mulch-like ("earthy") presence from the Fuggles. Aftertaste of modest roasted malt/char, chocolate, caramel, a bit of nuttiness, and lingering mild acridity from the malt and, perhaps, Fuggles hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with fairly low levels of carbonation. The result is a smooth, flowing mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to avoid being stagnant. Closes fairly dry, with small amounts of lingering stickiness on the palate.

Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dcbeers
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of prisoner1572
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SmashPants
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Viceroy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jgammoniv
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of bzach
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 CwrwAmByth
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of CrazyP
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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