Black Cat | Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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Brewed by:
Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
England, United Kingdom

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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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is the best thing about the bottle I sampled. It has a chocolate/winey aroma. The flavor is chocolate/treacle and the finish is dry and bitter. The body is fairly thin, probably due to the low alcohol content. I expected more flavor in the beer.

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

Now Quaffing: Moorhouse's Black Cat

Touted as a "black ale" as per the bottle, this beer pours a nice dark, opaque brown with a thin head that dissapates relatively quickly with little lacing. Aroma is sweet with light roasted notes. Flavors are all very subtle, and do not really become pronounced until the beer warms up a bit. Sweet malts give way to a nice mellow roasted barley with some coffee and other roasted flavors. Lots of character for such a low alcohol brew. AB could learn a thing or two from our friends "across the pond".

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Photo of beerguy101
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eclipse black color, medium creamy white head. Aroma is mildly of roasted malts. The dark black color belies the mild taste of the beer. Mild malts, mild hops, mild flavor and mild alcohol. Flavors are chocolate and mildly roasted malts. Mild tasting beer, that adheres to its style well. Lots of flavor for a 3.4% alcohol beer, but the 3.4 % does cause it to be a little watery. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A medium sized tan, creamy head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles.The body was dark brown and the lacing was fair.The nose was chocolate and the flavor was mild coffee and sweet chocolate.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth, tingly, thin, watery and light bodied.There was a slight aftertaste observed with this beer.

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

This is a cool beer, no question. Oddly, it suffers as people tend to think of it as a gag beer for halloween. This is one of the few dark beers that I would describe as refreshing. It pours an almost coca cola color with sweet molasses notes showing up on the palate and in the nose. The head is minimal, and the mouthfeel simple and kind of bubbly, yet this thing, though ineffable, is a real refresher. An interesting interplay between light brown sugar, molasses, sweet malt and guiness like hoppiness make for an interesting experience. Don't pass up the chance to try this if you can find it.

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Photo of steelreign
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While I was pouring this, my heart raced because it was a jet black syrupy looking brew, characteristics that really get me going. Then the smallish head disappeared, and I realized this one was not going to be as hearty as I had expected.

The smell was chocolate and roasted barley malt, hints of licorice and spices arose also from the head. Taste was rather odd, since the licorice or whatever that was seemed to come to the forefront. Not enough hop flavor for my liking, but overall, rather good. The mouthfeel was quite watery and my only real complaint with this one. Imagine a black and tan consistency without the tan.. :) I guess if you like a low alcohol brew without a lot of heaviness or body, this one would be perfect. Unfortunately, I like them much heavier...

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Photo of rastaman
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lightly sweet, and lightly roasty finish, pretty easy to drink, uncompliacted, but pleasant enough. Dry-ish finish. A little un-intersting, but i suppose being a "mild" ale, thats true to style, although, i am sure theres better examples of the style out there, this is still quite alright though.

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

This is a welcome departure from all the strong beers I've consumed this past winter. Blackened amber in color, with a trace of plum when held up to bright light. The beige/tan head contained bubbles of varying size and fades rather quickly leaving a rim of lace. Nice coffee, smoke, malt and chocolate aroma. The medium citrus and slightly astringent taste blends well with the full lightly sweet malt body. Looks can be deceiving and this brew is a pussycat.

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Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A quite deep blackberry color on the pour, the head mastodonic in size, frothy in texture, the color a light chocolate, but erodes quickly, leaving a patchy lace to cover the glass. Nose is Plummish, sweetly malt, fresh and soothing to the senses, hints of peat or musty a better term. Start is lightly sweet, the top skeletal in feel, the finish lightly carbonated, hops shy in their spiciness, a bit medicinal, dry aftertaste, quite drinkable but a touch different than my normal American over the top beers, and “Frankly Scarlet I don’t Give A Damn”, I’m ready for a change.

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Photo of marc77
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear deep crimson hue. Frothy head recedes into a spotty, loosely bubbled layer. Mild dark chocolate and caramel malt along with stately prune like fruitiness comprise the aroma. Subtle burnt black patent undertone. Chocolate malt becomes sweeter and milky as the beer breathes. Snap of sharp, lightly tart, metallic tinged black malt bitterness upfront in flavor yields to understated notes of chocolate, dark caramel and burnt raisny fruitiness. The mild hop bitterness appropriately offsets the minimal residual and caramel malt derived sweetness. Faint earthy hop flavor melds well with the roasted malt profile. Lightly bodied and crisp, yet smooth, and not thin in mouthfeel. Finishes with a well attenuated dryness lending a fading powered bittersweet cocoa aftertaste. Although Black Cat initially seems like a watered down porter in flavor profile, it becomes progressively more complex down the glass, yet retains a constant lightness and quaffability. A nearly ideal session brew. Similar, but slightly inferior to Young's Dirty Dick.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark, almost completely black beer. It pours with a shallow, thin head that quickly dissapears. No a lot of carbonation.
I enjoyed the aroma...caramel, coffee, roasted grains. Foretaste is tart, and then becomes a textured and grainy, with an almost smoky, burnt grain aftertaste. Smooth, and very drinkable.

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Photo of Viking
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looked like a good brew for Halloween season. The body is extremely dark, almost black. It pours to a thick, tan head with good retention. Leaves plenty of thick rings clinging to the glass. Sweet roasted malt smell, with hints of chocolate and a bit of smoke. Flavor is mild, with the sweet taste of malt dominating. Has a lightly smoky taste, but is very subdued. Hints of chocolate present. Slight taste of hops comes through in the finish. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinking brew, low abv helps make it very drinkable.

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Photo of Realale
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big mild fan (its probably my second favorite style), and was excited to try this beer that won Champion Beer of Britain at the 2001 GBBF. Very nice almost black color - just a hint of brownnish-red when held up to the light. The head dissipated quickly to a thin cap of foam. The nose is all about licorice, with some hint of malt. On the palate, the licorice was there, as was a bit of length due to a muted hop note, but there was not enough malt to make me think "mild" and not enough complexity for me to think "great mild." While it was definitely high enough on the drinkablility scale to be a session beer, it was unable to pull off that key trick of a great mild - tons of flavor in a low alcohol beer. I'd love to give this one a shot from cask though!

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Photo of Wildman
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am unfamilar with this style, so here it goes. The color of this was very good, being a very dark amber color with a nice head, which didn't hold though. It might have been due to the beer temperature however. The aroma smell of coffee and malt. The taste was almost a combination of sweet and bitter. The body of it seemed a little light for a dark ale, but then again that might be indicative of a mild ale.

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

I thought this brew was a very interesting brew. Pours a nice dark in color, the aroma has very nice distinct tones of chocolate malts and a little caramel too. A very pleasant sweetness in the middle, then ends with a long finish! Overall I enjoyed this brew! It was only fitting that the Black Cat’s came on the cd player as I was playing cards and drinking this brew!
Btw…I won...sixth win in a row!

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

Presentation: 500 ml brown bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark brown with very deep ruby hues, a bubbly lace stands firm all the way down.

Smell: Fruity with hints of chocolate and a touch of malt and caramel also.

Taste: Crisp with semi sharp chocolate grainy flavour in the front, quite malty ... some sweetness, a little fruity, more light chocolate, caramel and roasted flavours in the middle. Then comes a bit of mild prickly hop bitterness and a weak burnt flavour that lingers a bit with some fading dry roasted malt and grain.

Notes: Very flavourful and somewhat complex for an ale with a lighter body, an inviting dark brew ... a pleasure to drink. One of the only mild ales imported into the US.

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