Black Cat | Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Ranking:
#13,656
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
215
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at The Diamond in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a clear very dark amber bordering on brown in color with some garnet red highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a thin sudsy white head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aroma of dark roasted malts with just a hint of chocolate and dark fruit.

T: Light to moderate amounts of dark roasted malts with notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit. Very light amount of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink and very sessionable considering the lightness of body and low ABV. I enjoyed this one and would recommend it to others as a good example of the style. Good complexity/depth to the flavor and the smell.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at The Diamond, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear very dark red in color and has some yeast particles visible floating near the bottom of the glass. It poured with delicate off-white lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark fruits and chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts along with hints of chocolate and dark fruits.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink given its light body and low alcohol content but is surprisingly very flavorful, just like other beers in the style.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a cream colored bubbly head. No true lace.

Nice roasted malt with a cocoa note. Some nut aromas as well.

Smooth chocolate roasted malt with a nice nutty lingering aftertaste. Light bitterness intermingles with the lightly sweet brew. Wonderful flavors here.

Thinner than expected, but this makes this very drinkable. Good moderate carbonation keeps this from being too sharp because of the light body.

Overall, loved this. Will buy many bottles of this.

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Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light tan head. Retention is a bit below average, but plenty of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Pleasantly roasty with minor notes of chocolate and caramel. Earthy overall with a slight mineral note. Super clean. I know it can be difficult to impress with a beer at this paltry an ABV, but this comes close. Very well put together.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but it's more of what you'd expect from a session beer. Moderate roastiness with light everything else. Touches of chocolate, caramel, and graininess. Lightly minerally and earthy overall. Low bitterness. Great balance.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp, but not very creamy. Fine here.

4.0 D: Tasty, easy to drink beer. Great session beer.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a thick off-white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee aroma

T: Similar to the smell smooth chocolate and coffee dominate the flavor upfront followed by hints of licorice and roasted malts.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Not much alcohol but very tasty.

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Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of imbibehour
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice tan and light head, some big soapy bubbles but also holds real well with a nice cap and retention. Body is a classic dark walnut brown to nearly black lots of red on the edges too, quite nice looking.

Great ripping chocolate malt, and milk chocolate sense. A little bit of fruit like berry perhaps too. Quite pleasant.

For a mild this is quite impressive. Extremely light bodied palate but filled with lots roasting finish. Charring malt and roasted black coffee. Mid palate fills with a fruity character getting some sort of raspberry on this, even a hint of tartness. Roast lingers dramatically in the finish, maybe even some rich bittering hop in here also, with an almost tinging carbonation on the tongue afterwards.

Overall quite impressed with this one and at such a low ABV I could just drink these all friggin day. Meow!

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/black colour with a small off white head and awesome lacing.

Smells malty and burnt, very dark.

Tastes oh-so-good. Everything I love about mild, easily drinkable and refreshing, yet dark and burnt.

Overall a very good beer, I could drink gallons of it.

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Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of CrazyP
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown but clear. Pours thin, unlike some porters that resemble motor oil. Thin head that dissipates quickly.

S - Fruitiness, roast, coffee.

T - There's actually a lot going on here. Coffee flavors dominate followed by toffee and chocolate. Nice malt backbone with some fruity yeast esters. Very little bitterness, but the English hops are there.

M - Has a nice smooth mouthfeel that makes it extremely easy drinking. Low carbonation but not watery or thin.

O - My first introduction to the Mild style but this is an exceptional brew. I was worried about its age but it has done well in the time since it was brewed.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal glass. Pours a dark red brown, one finger fine light tan head with moderate retention and tenuous lacing. Light, but inviting aroma of sweet and toastedmalt and chocolate. Flavor is toasted and burnt malt, light suggestions of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is mild, but satisfying. Light to moderate bodied. I was facing this ale with some trepidation because of the ABV, but I am quite pleased at the eveness and flavor combination of this ale. I'm really happy to have had the chance to try this style.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with auburn highlights, filling a pint glass under a creamy head that reaches half an inch before settling and leaving a coating of lace.

The aroma is rich with malted chocolate, tea and molasses. Some cookie dough presents with warmth.

The flavor profile is as expected from the nose with the addition fresh whole wheat bread. This one has light sweetness and only a touch of bitterness in a faint finish.

Full body, slightly chewy with lively carbonation.

Easy drinking, the full flavor warms well. With a low ABV, this is a classic afternoon session beer for a lazy day with friends or alone.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tfp4268
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of Mario61Aler
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark ale for sure, just barely allowing some brown to sneak in at the edges in the light and showing a lovely deep red hue throughout in the light. As this beer recedes, a medium brown head about a finger tall drops a tattered but sturdy curtain of lacing in plenty.
The nose presents a malty presence, a bit more chocolate malts than caramel with a more bittersweet than sweet presence, though the lightly caramel sweetness isn't lacking.
Malts take the forefront as well in the flavor, and this beer really does have a sort of raw, bittersweet chocolate element as well as an earthiness that, combined with the malt characters, creates a sort of charcoal flavor that makes the base and isn't off-putting. A bit of a coffee note also comes out. There's just enough leafy hops bitterness to add a bit of an edge without distracting.
This is a lighter-bodied ale for sure, and this sort of beer would be great for someone who's into dark, malty beers but needs a break from big American palate destroyers. While not heavy, this beer maintains a gently crisp feel without losing a rolling creamy smoothness that goes all the way into the finish. I can imagine this being essentially what the brewer was going for.
This is a very nice beer. I can't believe it's the first of the style I've reviewed and one of the few I've tried, though it's not as widely an attempted style as many.

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Photo of fx20736
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a British Pint Glass. Served at Cellar Temp.

At first glance black but which reveals an anemic, pale ruby when held to the light. 1 finger khaki head which doesn't last long but leaves some respectable lacing.

Aroma of toasted caramel malt with just a whiff of Musty English Hops.

Mouthfeel: British Ale mouthfeel, nice.

Taste/ Notes: the upfront taste is pure roasted caramel with no Hops presence at all. Then this aftertaste creeps in which reminds me of potting soil or old coffee grounds. Now this may sound disgusting but actually it is beguiling to say the least. There is an old cottage in the forest about this that just tickles me. This is unlike any other beer that I have ever had. I hope to drink more of this bewitching brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear (when held up to the light) dark brown/ruby red color with about a half inch light tan head that stays around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is charred/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also an earthy flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin but also a bit slick. Moderate carbonation. It's pretty easy to drink, I think it's a great choice for a session beer. I'd buy this again in the future. $3.99 a bottle.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the beer on cask so was overjoyed to by chance find a stockist for the beer bottled.


Very much the definitive bottled mild.
Pouring a body of pure ebony with a slight off white creme caramel coloured head which was of good stock and lasted.


I used a conic glass and topped up from a second bottle, this created a most pleasant drinking experience.


The beer created a heady aroma of coffee and burnt sugar and the taste was rich with that full on charcoal taste of a good dark ale.


A very old fashioned sudsy texture that really took me back and made me smile coupled with a perfect peaty aftertaste.


Fulfilling the traditional historic role of a mild this was both thirst quenching, drinkable and low enough gravity to keep on supping without going wobbly.


My only detractor being the price, as mild is traditionally a cheaper option to bitter or stout and despite having quite a collection of beers currently this cost the most though this was mostly due to the outlet.


Highly recommended to lovers of mild,
others read up on the history and stylings of mild first before buying.


I am glad I bought a couple of extra bottles and the next time I have company for a session this will be a most promising starter ale.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle from New Beer. Sat in the fridge for an additional month. Poured into a rounded tumbler. I refrained from using a straw this time. I've become quite lazy this summer.

Color is sort of like ebony. Near black, with rich, reddish-orange veins. Lasting light sand-colored mushroom head that leaves grimy blotched lace that probably won't rinse off without some Palmolive.

Smells like chocolate wafers & wet potting soil. Subtly sweet & earthy.

Bitter sweet, slightly charred grain. Though only mildly bitter, there is a decent amount of acid upfront that drags along with it some underachieving bitter-green hops. It eventually makes way for a softly sweet wafery middle-end, though that itself, suddenly seems quite minerally. The end rides out on that mineral aspect, along with some char, & regurgitates a bit more acid before it's all done.

Alcohol isn't a factor, & I don't feel myself yearning for a shot of bourbon on the side. Carbonation is stronger then expected; small, prickly & sharp bubbles. Body is non-existent except for a dusty, almost chalky texture. Sort of like those over fortified fruit juices that don't quite run smooth.

Overall a decent beer, but not worth the import price($5) unless I could find it absolutely fresh. So my ignorant opinion is thus: It tastes like a diluted brown ale. /shrug

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Photo of JayQue
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer of this style. I was expecting a real thin, lightly flavored beer because of the low abv. I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a dark brown with lots of ruby highlights when held to a light. Big light tan head, nicely carbonated that faddes to a covering, then a ring at the top of the glass. Moderately sized rings of lacing.

Smell on the first pour was mild roasted malts, a second pour after the beer warmed up left less aroma.

Taste is pretty good. Roasted malts a little chocolate malts...the flavor is strong enough to get your attention and appreciation.

Moutfeel is light and nicely carbonated. I would not call it watery like the Anhauser Busch Stout they used to have at Busch Gardens.

Overall this is a solid session beer. At 3.4 percent, you could drink a good few of these with some good conversation and still enjoy each one. I would love to have this on cask or on tap.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque dark reddish brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to an oily film. Small random spots of lace form here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark malt, slight chocolate, and some roasty notes. Taste is of roasted malt, cold coffee, and slight chocolate on the finish. There is a very slight bitterness on the palate after each sip that fades quickly. This beer has very light carbonation with a very watery mouthfeel. I am not too impressed with this aspect of the beer. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and the first of the style I have had. I am not sure if the mouthfeel is like this for other beers of the style but I am not too fond of the watery aspect.

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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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