Black - Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd
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3.88/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
08-05-2012 16:42:09 | More by Bitterbill
3.48/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
05-30-2012 01:03:50 | More by chinchill
3.23/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-26-2012 23:38:28 | More by AtrumAnimus
3.7/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
04-26-2012 00:13:31 | More by Cyberkedi
2.4/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
03-23-2012 15:48:44 | More by ehammond1
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev +17.7%
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
03-02-2012 20:51:23 | More by EmperorBevis
3.4/5 rDev +4%
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.
11-23-2011 00:09:44 | More by puboflyons
1.83/5 rDev -44%
Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.
A: Pours a dark brown with a dense khaki colored head.
S: Nice and buttery with a definite acidity to it. A touch of graham cracker, but all I keep smelling is the damn butter. Maybe a bit of roast and dark chocolate.
T: Watery yet still somehow horribly offensive. Shockingly bitter with horrible charred flavors. Prune juice and butter make up a substantial portion of the flavor profile as well. Just appalling.
M: Light bodied, watery, with low carbonation.
O: This was just painful to drink.
10-09-2011 03:06:09 | More by womencantsail
Black from Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd
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