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Black - Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
77
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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of June 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Hope it's still good. Picked up ages ago from a supermarket. Described on the label as an award-winning traditional stout.

A: Poured into a dimpled pint mug. A dark chestnut-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Lovely lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with hints of burnt grain, ground coffee, subtle molasses, a twinge of cocoa, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves.

T: Tastes of rich roasted malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, dark malt, roasted coffee, mild molasses, a hint of cocoa, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with effervescent carbonation and a slightly insubstantial body for the style. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, burnt notes and stewed leaves.

O: A decent stout, and certainly more characterful than some of their other brews. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are replete with roasted malt and coffee notes. A solid bitterness rounds it off nicely. Body is OK but could stand to be a shade creamier. Goes down easily enough - worth sampling if you have the chance.

jazzyjeff13, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Beershack
4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

Beershack, May 07, 2014
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

leprechaunandfatman, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Paulkasykes30
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Paulkasykes30, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Eric908
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Eric908, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jheezee, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of yankhawk
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

yankhawk, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -39%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

rapayn01, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

freewill35, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Bitterbill, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of danoble1
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

danoble1, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

chinchill, May 30, 2012
Photo of Antonius08
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Antonius08, May 13, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

JohnK17, May 10, 2012
Photo of DaveHack
3/5  rDev -8.5%

DaveHack, May 06, 2012
Photo of shrtstp2
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

shrtstp2, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

AtrumAnimus, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Cyberkedi, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of petluo
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

petluo, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.4/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

ehammond1, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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

EmperorBevis, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev +22%

bluesplit63, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

puboflyons, Nov 23, 2011
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Black from Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.