Black Cat
Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
England, United Kingdom
English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #20
Ranked #19,672
3.83 | pDev: 10.97%
Jun 04, 2022
Mar 26, 2002
Very Good
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Rated: 3.89 by Shiredave from New York

Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 15, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by krome from Illinois

Jun 14, 2017
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Rated by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On the 1001. My review to come.
Reviewed in Roger Prost's CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die."
Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 4 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Jul 17, 2016
Rated: 3.41 by Euroglot from Belgium

Feb 24, 2016
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Reviewed by DrAnnaNemis from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Kind of nice! A dark brown ale with no head. Smells of earth and wood. Maybe some tea. Taste is similar with some ash. Thin, watery and no carbonation. Seems to work. Nice pint!
Jan 28, 2016
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Nice color to this, pour is slightly more ruby than mahogany. No head or retention to speak of. Aroma is the best part - full of toffee, cocoa, and malt. Very similar to Dark Island on the nose, but even weaker, somewhat watery in flavors that are just too light for my liking. Fairly pleasant malty finish.
Nov 20, 2015
Rated: 3.82 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio

Oct 10, 2015
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Appearance - Pours cola brown with a paltry quarter-finger head that quickly flattens out to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. A few spots here and there is all you get for lace.

Smell - Mild notes of toffee and chocolate with a bit of earth.

Taste - starts with mild toffee and caramel malt notes backed by a moderate amount of earthy, nutty character, like liking a walnut shell. Faint traces of chocolate. Finish has a light staleness.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with low to moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - The bottle says it has rich flavor, but I found it mostly bland and uninspiring. It's a fair beer that will be quickly forgotten.
Oct 02, 2015
Rated: 3.95 by rather from California

Sep 10, 2015
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Reviewed by rawfish from California

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Porter-like dark coloration with a standard 2 finger high head of shell beige. Quite a bit of lacing gets stuck to the glass.

The roasted malts are full and centered adding a light coffee ground, baker's chocolate, browned toast and golden raisins into the mix.

Smooth grains, essence of raisin bran with iced coffee, medium toast and pleasant acidity. Finishes with that roasted acidity and earthy hops, lightly balanced, bitterness and clean finish.

Light and easy with substance, it's a damn shame this style gets passed over.

A terrific easy drinker when you need something dark and alot of it. The nose and flavor gives me that satisfying dose of roasted malt and coffee nuances with a lighter body.
May 03, 2015
Rated: 3.91 by kdivers from New Hampshire

Mar 15, 2015
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Rated by QUINNY0960 from England

4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
One of my favourite brews to date and it's a local beer for me
Jan 28, 2015
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Reviewed by chogm54 from Australia

3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
Black, pours a thin offwhite head. Smell of roasted malt and dark choc. The taste is similar, with a real dry finish (like cooking chocolate). Low carbonation, feels very watery. Ok if you are after a mid strength dark ale.
Dec 19, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by speedvagen from Ohio

Nov 23, 2014
Rated: 2.6 by Rshersnow from Massachusetts

Nov 10, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by wrightst from Maryland

Sep 16, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by zenithberwyn from California

Sep 12, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Sep 09, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by KAF from Iowa

Jul 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Andy_Luft from England

May 13, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by rulisekmartin from Czech Republic

Mar 31, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Kelp from New Hampshire

Jan 19, 2014
Rated: 4 by harpus from Alabama

Jan 08, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by kyle86 from Michigan

Dec 29, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by BillRoth from Maryland

Dec 07, 2013
Rated: 4 by BeerBucks from New York

Nov 10, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by heytomcat from Minnesota

Sep 03, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by GreyGhost4 from Ohio

Aug 09, 2013
Rated: 4 by leinie13 from Ohio

Aug 09, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Aug 04, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Jul 19, 2013
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Reviewed by doktorhops from Australia

3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Today's brew is Black Cat an English Dark Mild Ale, a quintessential English session ale. This is the first English one I've tried as the style is not commonly imported; it should be interesting to see if they can get a full bodied flavour from such a low ABV of 3.4%.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear deep ruby body with off-white lace. Looked similar to Guinness Extra Stout until the head died down.

S: Pretty rich aroma for a mid-strength: chocolate with a roast malt base and some nutty/earthy hop notes in the background. So it's a bit of a mix of Pale Ale and Stout aromas.

T: Surprising in the flavour profile with much bolder than expected notes; smoky malts, chicory, nutty/earthy hops and a slight bitter finish. It's a touch watery but it is only 3.4% ABV, quite possibly the lightest beer I've reviewed however it isn't light on flavour [actually that honour goes to Grand Ridge Almighty Light @ 2.7% ABV].

M: Mid to light bodied, watery as noted above, with flat(ish) carbonation.

D: For what you get this is a decent brew - almost a light beer with the flavour of a full strength, in fact I've had full strength beers that struggle to have as much going on as this does. Would be interesting to sample their full strength ales as I imagine they would pack a good punch. Overall however I am not a mid or light beer drinker (I enjoy being lightly intoxicated) so I won't be getting this again, but it was a nice glass of beer nonetheless.

Food match: Stew or Shepherds pie would pair well.
Jul 15, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Jul 12, 2013
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Reviewed by soju6 from Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a thick tan head that fades to traces of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and a bit nutty.

T: Taste of roasted malt and chocolate with a bit of nuts trown in. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

M: Medium body, smooth and creamy and a nice balance.

O: Enjoyable and flavorful beer for the style.
May 31, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by BigJim5021 from Indiana

May 26, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

May 24, 2013
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Reviewed by falloutsnow from Illinois

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.
May 08, 2013
Rated: 4 by BAsbill from California

Apr 30, 2013
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