Black Cat | Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

Black CatBlack Cat
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215 Ratings
Black CatBlack Cat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
England, United Kingdom
moorhouses.co.uk

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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#12,998
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166
Ratings:
215
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bottle: cool big brown bottle, funky label with a cute black cat :)

Appearance: nice and dark with ruby tint, head stays well for a low ABV beer.

Aroma: appropriately mild aroma of roasted grains, vanilla, and molasses.

Taste: sweetish, bready malt flavour with hints of black malt bitterness and notes of chocolate. Far too mild.

Aftertaste: doesn't carry through very well either. Not a brilliant beer.

Mouth feel: moderate weight to the body, very low carbonation. Doesn't carry the flavour as there isn't much to start with.

Overall: a well put together beer, but far too mild in flavour for me.

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Dark brown colour that borders on black and has a light, tan coloured head about half an inch tall that reduces to about half a centimetre tall after a couple of moments.

Caramel and some toffee on the nose along with some earthy hops and a touch of roasted malts. There is some chocolate and a light spice aroma that is quite well-balanced.

Roasted malt flavour to begin, along with some earthy hops and toffee. There is a bit of caramel from the nose as well as some chocolate and light, fruity flavours. This is all quite subdued and slightly sweet.

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Black Cat from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 215 ratings
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