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Durham Black Katt - County Durham Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
County Durham Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2003)
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Reviews by terryeckmeier:
Photo of terryeckmeier
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap last night at Volo in Toronto. Showed up on the table looking rich and creamy. Very dark and stouty, with a hint of red highlight. Great mouth feel nice and smooth with great sweet malty taste not as bitter on the end as some stouts which is a nice changed very drinkable. Kind of rich feeling, smelled like sweeter than some stouts I've had. Would recomend this to people who aren't huge fans of Guiness but want to try other stouts.

terryeckmeier, Nov 20, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of foamer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a dark orangey-red hue with a bubbly tan head which leaves bubbles down the glass. Buttery nose with the roasted malt in the nose. Very nice balance between a sweet butterscotch diacetyl and the roasted malts. Quite a nice balance. Sweet but not overpoweringly so. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth from the cask conditioning. A very nice and drinkable stout.

foamer, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a nice black, with slight red amber edges in the light, and with one finger of thin soapy beige head, that leaves sparse lace around the glass. It smells of roasted malt, essentially. The taste is fruity, dry roasted malt, and not much more. The carbonation is nice and soft, the body solid, creamy, and smooth, and it finishes dry.

Not as sweet as I would expect this kind of stout to be. When I asked the guy pouring it, he said it was 'just a normal dry stout'. For that particular description, this is bang on.

biboergosum, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful black with a mocha creamy head. Very creamy fresh roasty stouty aroma.Initial mocha expresso sweetness. Light hops, light fruit, bit o'nuts. Some smoke mid-sip. Bitter and drying aftertaste.
Had a year later, and solid stout.
Again, 21 months later cask conditioned at Volo's and nice, coffee aroma, smooth and dry.

Sammy, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +2.6%

jsnoek, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of tatterdash
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours, or rather pumps and strong black with a hint red in the light. Head is tan, big and foamy, with much lacing. Aroma of strong roasted malt and coffee. The taste was a very creamy robust roasted malt with coffee notes and very pure taste, like a mountain lake. The mouthfeel was light, yet full, and went down very easily. I could drink this all night, and I probably will.

tatterdash, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of baiser
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black, with ruby highlights and light seeping through. Light tan head, not much retention or lacing. Sweet, chocolatey aroma, with hints of hops, butterscotch and a slight roasted flavour. Taste was well balanced with some roasted flavours, chocolate, toffee contrasted by the hops and moderate bitterness. A tad sour after each sip. Body was a bit light for a stout, but extremely drinkable. Quite the delicious stout.

baiser, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +9%

liamt07, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of GreenWBush
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Transparent ruby. Nice eyes of lace peering back at me. Another dull aroma beer from D.C. Slight earthiness shows in both nose and taste – I hate to use this but since I’m a gardener I’ll have to throw it out there – bat guano. Earthy. Rustic, chalky flavors repulse the tongue. Cola flavors throughout. Roasty bitterness and hints of chocolate and coffee come through at the last possible moment to save this from being a major disaster. Too thin mouthfeel. Earthy smells along with non-remarkable flavors make the $5 pint seem absolutely worthless.

GreenWBush, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of mrmanning
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Smokeless Joe's- Tapped a deep cola pour, accompanied by a frothy mocha cap. Some lace sticks to the glass. Nose of dark fruit, cola, some dark chocolate, subtle black coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, black coffee, a bit fruity too. Light bitterness balances out the mild fruity sweetness. Pretty good stuff.

mrmanning, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled at volo as part of cask days 2007

pours very dark brown, not quite black, with ruby edges when held to the light. a very small off-white head forms and drops quickly leaving no lace.

aroma is nice. light roast. milk chocolate. touch of sourness. coffee. bit of alcohol. light vanilla.

taste is good. low bitterness level. light roast. dark chocolate. touch of anise. toasty bread. light alcohol. hint of sourness. bit of grainy character. light vanilla.

mouthfeel is nice. very low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. well balanced. this is one i'd happily try again and would love to see generally available.

grub, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of NorthernSoul
4/5  rDev +2.6%

NorthernSoul, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Derek
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Fresh cask at the Victory Cafe in Toronto.

A: Black, moderately tan head, little retention, some lace.

S: Bready, roasty, mild fruityness.

T: Roasted astringency, slightly chocolatey, with bread & hints of fruit. Balanced bitterness (not very sweet for a sweet stout).

M: Moderate body is creamy; modest carbonation from the cask.

D: Below average.

Derek, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of rafletch
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

rafletch, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of crwills
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Half pint at Smokeless Joe in Toronto.

I actually thought this was an Irish dry stout, but perhaps it was a little sweeter than most. Colour was good, although a little lighter than some. Minimal head, although I think it was kept a bit cold.

Aroma was pleasant, if faint... some bread or yeast, a little bit of chocolate, slight licorice notes.

Taste was great, and I'm impressed that this is local. I'd had it once before, but didn't remember it being quite this good. Fairly dry, but some sugarcane or chocolate notes sneak in there to give it its 'sweet stout' status, I guess. Mouthfeel was thin -- could use some more body here.

Overall, a wonderful beer in a style that's not common around here, and I wish it were more prevalent around town!

crwills, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Volo. Pours black with some red highlights on the edges, medium sized thick tan head forms, lots of sticky lace, good retention, right down to the last drop. Smell is sweet cherries, roast, chocolate/coffee, excellent. Taste is sweet cherries, dry roasty middle with plenty of chocolate and coffee, little bit of caramel, lots of fruits and some citrus in the finish, nice roasty bitterness going down. Mouthful is medium bodied with low carbonation, very creamy and smooth. Treat to find, I'll always take a pint. Cask is much better than nitro for this one.

Viggo, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Travlr
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Draught at C'est What? in Toronto.
A: Black (obviously) with a large thickly packed light tan creamy head.
S: Hershey bar aroma.
T: Flavor of chocolate and roasted coffee, with a bitter finish.
M: Very weak body, the only downside to an otherwise nice brew.
D: Overall acceptable but not stellar.

Travlr, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of steelreign
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this beauty at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto. What a fantastic surprise this was. The appearance got me going with its' thick, creamy off white head, and the dark chocolate colour was just mouthwatering to look at!

Aroma hits you with big doses of chocolate, roasted malt and some aromatic hops. Also a few slightly musty, earthy notes as well, but not displeasing.

The taste will surely please anyone that craves big chocolate mocha like malts and some nice flavoring hops. Not altogether bitter, either, which was nice and lends to the quaffability factor. Wow, I am impressed with the finish as well - very smooth and dry, again with minimal bitterness. Seek it out if you can find it....very much recommended! By the way, cheers to Smokeless Joe for ALL the amazing beers!! WOW!

steelreign, Sep 02, 2003
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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I rarely get to go to Smokeless Joe's so I counted myself lucky to find this on cask when I was their last night. I love the taste of cask stouts and I havent come across many.

This beer pours blackish with plenty of ruby glints. The head is foamy and big bubbled like casks usually are. Its also quite formidable for a cask ale, lasting till the end of the glass. Spectacular lace is left behind. The aroma is of sweet malts and balancing dry roastyness. Hops are only slightly noticeable in the nose.

The taste is very full flavored and sweet, though not cloyingly so. Theres much more empasis on Chocolate malts than black malts in this stout. Roastyness is perceptible but at a minimum . Theres lots of luscious chocolatey flavors and a little creamy cappucino as well. I think this is the first milk stout Ive tried, and I really liked it.

The mouthfeel of this beer is specatuclar with lots of creamyness and that characteristic 'watery' cask beer feel. Its hard to explain but its a good thing. Indeed this is a very good beer, and a unique stout treat for me.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This had a very thick and creamy light brown head that easily lasted throughout the beer and formed thick lace on the glass. The beer itself was nearly black, with ruby highlights visible at the edge of the glass. Maltiness and roasted barley dominated the aroma, with a light hoppiness evident. Bitter to start, followed by sweet chocolate and light roasted flavours. A mild bitterness followed through into the finish. Astringency was well controlled. Medium full body with a silky smooth texture. This is a very nice stout.

DrJay, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at C'est What. Pours an opaque black colour with thin tan head. Spotty lacing down much of the glass and the head doesn't dissipate. Smells of dark chocolate with a mild roasted malt. Flavour actually has much more hop bitterness than I expected (even though I've had this several other times). Not very sweet, but still some chocolate flavour. Creamy mouthfeel.

kwjd, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Volo, perfect stout for a nice chilly February evening.
A chalky black body, shades of grey actually. Some spotty head. Aroma full of inticement. Notes of dark malts, a strong roast presence, hints of dark tobacco and all wrapped between a sutty, fireplace like smokyness. The body is considerably creamy, a little flat and warm as result of the cask - well suited for the beer. Flavours again of hefty dark malts, light degree of roast. Plenty of appeal. This is always a great stout. An absolute pleasure to have off cask.

biegaman, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz draught
4.80% ABV

I tried this beer on January 28, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer was dark brown/black in the glass with a thin, creamy light brown head. The aroma was roasted malt. chocolate, and raisin. The mouthfeel was full-bodied, creamy, with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, a little coffee, and a little licorice.

cyrenaica, May 12, 2008
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask conditioned at Volo. Very dark body, with a small beige head, which leaves really impressive lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. Seems to defy physics. Caramel in the aroma, with toasted notes. Cocoa, coffee and vanilla are mixed in with the roasted malts nicely. Moderately bitter. Medium bodied, with a dry finish.

bobsy, Jan 11, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Coronaeus, Sep 12, 2014
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Durham Black Katt from County Durham Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.