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Black - Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd

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33 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bmwats on 09-05-2010)
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TheDTrain

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'd never heard of Lancaster Brewery Company so I was intrigued by Black stout. Poured into a tulip. Aroma was sweet chocolate, sugar, and malts. I was quickly let down. Taste was fair, but didn't live up. Good roast malts, sweet chocolate, and slight berry tones, but it fades fast.

This is a true English Stout. Some good characteristics, but for the price tag, I won't be picking up Lancaster Black again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 22:22:54 | More by TheDTrain
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

09-22-2012 18:42:27 | More by rapayn01
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freewill35

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +7%

08-22-2012 22:06:58 | More by freewill35
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Wyoming

3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours black with a small tannish head of foam that leaves some lacing behind.

It smells roasty with some notes of licorice, chocolate, and coffee.

The roast and chocolate dominate the taste; there's some light fruity notes and some licorice flavour with, now, some hints of molasses. Lots of nice flavours going on here.

Thinnish mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

I like this Stout from Lancaster and I'll buy more as long as it's in town.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 16:42:09 | More by Bitterbill
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danoble1

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

06-04-2012 16:07:14 | More by danoble1
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours near black, but actually a very dark, clear mahogany. The head is sudsy and has rather limited duration.

A good bit of coffee in the appealing aroma, that also hints of brandy. Less coffee in tasting where hints of molasses and dark chocolate appear. Lasting finish features dark malt and light coffee.

M: very smooth but medium-light body to too thin. Low carbonation.

O: an acceptable stout with a fine aroma.

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05-30-2012 01:03:50 | More by chinchill
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Florida

3/5  rDev -8.3%

05-13-2012 02:56:11 | More by Antonius08
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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

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AtrumAnimus

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reading about this beer I was really looking forward to trying it. It is a Gold Medal winner at SIBA so I am excited that I ahve this one to try.

The beer pours a very pleasant dark brown to amber (when held up to the light). The head is weak and short lived and surprisingly white for a "stout" and the lacing is light to almost non-existent.

The nose is beyond subtle to almost non-existent. It is so weak I can't describe it. I think I smell some vanilla, coffee and malt.

The taste is rather unexpected. I was expecting a stout and instead what I am tasting is more of a black ESB. I really like ESB’s but this is supposed to be a stout so I am rating lower for not meeting my expectations as a stout. Overall the flavor is quite good. It is very bitter up front giving way to intense roasted malt and coffee with some vanilla notes as well. Over all it tastes pretty good. However, in my opinion, this beer is a Stout in Name Only. There is a very strong and lingering bitter aftertaste that is not that pleasant and actually makes me want to drink some water to get rid of it.

The mouthfeel is rather watery as well.

While this is a drinkable beer it is not one that I would buy again. I think the brewer has a good start here. They need to maybe consider taking the stout out of the name and call it a Black ESB. They need to get the flavors a little more balanced. I would consider tweaking the malt to hop ration and dial the hops back just a tiny bit and increase the amount of roasted malt a bit.

I won’t be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smoky aroma has notes of licorice, molasses and coffee - plus a strange, yeasty, almost plastic-like overtone, but this may be from something odd that happened to this particular batch. It pours a nice opaque sable with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, light tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Flavor has a strong smoky note plus tones of licorice, molasses and coffee and a hint of unsweet chocolate. The mysterious plastic-ish note seems to diminish as I consume the beer. Smooth texture has firm body and a good amount of fizz. Not the best stout I’ve had, but still pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

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petluo

Finland

2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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ehammond1


2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle

Thanks for waiting for me to open this, Tony!

Dark brown throughout with some clarity near the edges and a very thin light brown head. This doesn't leave much in the way of lace down the glass.

The aroma is mediocre at best, with some mild roast presence and a little bit of dark bread crust. Average.

The flavor is mild and below average. There's a very mild roast component, a hint of bread, but this tastes more like dirty water than anything else.

Awful mouthfeel--thin as can be, water-like, mineral heavy, and somewhat metallic. This is where this beer fails.

Poor.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 15:48:44 | More by ehammond1
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blacker than a night ruled by demons thick off white head.

promising aromas strong roast flavours there, syrup of figs and hemp?

Nice no nonsense stout flavours, rich on the roast with coffee tones slightly sweet and lacking bitterness in the punchline.

Okay mouthfeel if just the tiny einiest bit watery but spot on carb

well worth a poke

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 20:51:23 | More by EmperorBevis
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +22.3%

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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 25 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on November 22, 2011. It pours dark mahogany-brown with some nice clarity, an adequate head, a little lacing. I think I expected something more opaque. The aroma is definitely pungent but not in the aromas typical to a stout. It is more like sweet malts, molasses, and black licorice. The body was thin to medium. Sweet on the front end but somewhat bitter on the end. I think I would liken it more to an Irish Black Lager than a Stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:09:44 | More by puboflyons
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