Black | Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd

BlackBlack
BA SCORE
21.1%
Liked This Beer
3.3 w/ 38 ratings
BlackBlack
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
lancasterbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bmwats on 09-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,980
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
38
Liked:
8
Avg:
3.3/5
pDev:
16.06%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 19
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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours black with a small tannish head of foam that leaves some lacing behind.

It smells roasty with some notes of licorice, chocolate, and coffee.

The roast and chocolate dominate the taste; there's some light fruity notes and some licorice flavour with, now, some hints of molasses. Lots of nice flavours going on here.

Thinnish mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

I like this Stout from Lancaster and I'll buy more as long as it's in town.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blacker than a night ruled by demons thick off white head.

promising aromas strong roast flavours there, syrup of figs and hemp?

Nice no nonsense stout flavours, rich on the roast with coffee tones slightly sweet and lacking bitterness in the punchline.

Okay mouthfeel if just the tiny einiest bit watery but spot on carb

well worth a poke

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, rich black with absolutely no transparency beneath the creamy tan head that is thin, yet leaves a dense lacing in its path.

Rich roasted barley and malt aromas highlight the aromas.

Similar to the aroma, roasted barley and malt highlight the flavors with a late palate chocolaty sweetness.

Medium to full in body with medium carbonation and a creamy, smooth finish.

This seems to be a fine example of the style overall with generous roasted barley characteristics all around.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Lancaster Black displays an inky black hue with subtle ruby highlights beneath a rocky tan head.

S: Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, toast, and cream are present on the nose. Really, there is nothing here out of the ordinary for this style.

T: A smooth, toasty entry quickly reveals layers of toffee, burnt toast, heavy cream, vanilla bean, cocoa, coffee, black cherry, and black currant flavors. The finish is malty and complex with dark fruit, cream, coffee, and chocolate notes underpinned by very subtle hop flavors. Really nice depth here.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with a smooth, velvety feeling in the mouth. Nice sensations, but I generally prefer my stouts to feel a bit weightier and more substantial.

O: I feel that this beer is a bit underrated, but I also wish it were more consistent across the board. A nice appearance and an outstanding flavor profile coupled with a ho-hum nose and mouthfeel reduce what could have been an outstanding English stout to merely an above-average English stout.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smoky aroma has notes of licorice, molasses and coffee - plus a strange, yeasty, almost plastic-like overtone, but this may be from something odd that happened to this particular batch. It pours a nice opaque sable with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, light tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Flavor has a strong smoky note plus tones of licorice, molasses and coffee and a hint of unsweet chocolate. The mysterious plastic-ish note seems to diminish as I consume the beer. Smooth texture has firm body and a good amount of fizz. Not the best stout I’ve had, but still pleasing.

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Photo of hdtrice
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biggred1
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ebony with cherry highlights when backlit and a slight sand colored head that shrinks to a skim of foam and leaves sheets of fine lace on the glass. Dark chocolate and roasty and smokey malt notes in the aroma. Cocoa, anise and smoked malt with faint herbal hop bittering. The flavors are well balanced and harmonious if slightly underwhelming. Lighter bodied and smooth. Easy drinking and tasty, a good English session ale.

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3.55/5  rDev +7.6%

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of June 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Hope it's still good. Picked up ages ago from a supermarket. Described on the label as an award-winning traditional stout.

A: Poured into a dimpled pint mug. A dark chestnut-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Lovely lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with hints of burnt grain, ground coffee, subtle molasses, a twinge of cocoa, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves.

T: Tastes of rich roasted malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, dark malt, roasted coffee, mild molasses, a hint of cocoa, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with effervescent carbonation and a slightly insubstantial body for the style. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, burnt notes and stewed leaves.

O: A decent stout, and certainly more characterful than some of their other brews. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are replete with roasted malt and coffee notes. A solid bitterness rounds it off nicely. Body is OK but could stand to be a shade creamier. Goes down easily enough - worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass, dark brown almost black with a huge frothy light tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy on malt, roasty, slight coffee

T: sweet and malty up front, slight cola, very little hop bitterness

M: thinner with low carbonation

O: malt forward stout

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours near black, but actually a very dark, clear mahogany. The head is sudsy and has rather limited duration.

A good bit of coffee in the appealing aroma, that also hints of brandy. Less coffee in tasting where hints of molasses and dark chocolate appear. Lasting finish features dark malt and light coffee.

M: very smooth but medium-light body to too thin. Low carbonation.

O: an acceptable stout with a fine aroma.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, ruby in direct light and around edges. Frothy tan head adorns, lacing nicely.

Bit of roasted malts, and the smallest hint of sweetness.

Taste is roasted malts, slightly bitter, and even slighter chocolate sweetness.

Feel is light in body, a little creamy, and smooth. Slightly elevated carbonation.

Very low ABV, and nothing bad about this make this incredibly drinkable. However, nothing about this is exceptionally out of the ordinary, so I'm not sure how often I'd revisit this.

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3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 25 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on November 22, 2011. It pours dark mahogany-brown with some nice clarity, an adequate head, a little lacing. I think I expected something more opaque. The aroma is definitely pungent but not in the aromas typical to a stout. It is more like sweet malts, molasses, and black licorice. The body was thin to medium. Sweet on the front end but somewhat bitter on the end. I think I would liken it more to an Irish Black Lager than a Stout.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TheDTrain
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'd never heard of Lancaster Brewery Company so I was intrigued by Black stout. Poured into a tulip. Aroma was sweet chocolate, sugar, and malts. I was quickly let down. Taste was fair, but didn't live up. Good roast malts, sweet chocolate, and slight berry tones, but it fades fast.

This is a true English Stout. Some good characteristics, but for the price tag, I won't be picking up Lancaster Black again.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bmwats
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Substantial amount of carbonation collects on the sides of the glass. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brownish white head. Settles slowly leaving some sticky, beer ring residue as it does. Plenty of spider web lacing as you drink it down.

S: Dark roasted malt. Hints of licorice and bittersweet chocolate. A nice grainy, baked bread tone.

T: Tastes like it smells. Roasted malt, robust full grainy flavor. Slight cocoa sweetness. Just a little bitter, and a little peaty.

M: Full and robust, but has a bit of a washed out feel. A steely, dry finish that lingers throughout.

D: You can sip, but can pound. Doesn't put up too much resistance.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Pretty nice appearance. Deep and rich with a full head. Nose is really decent, as well. Nice combination of grain and sweet components. Flavor is full with a subtle sweet character. Feel is a bit washed out and not the best finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

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3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A : cleanly labeled bottle. An aggressive pour gives a thin tan head that appears thick on top and weak below. A super dark black color, with outer edges of honey brown. J
Head no completely gone.

S : dark dried fruits are first up, followed by a sweet coffee. The tail end is heavily smoked malt. Sweet and pleasing.

T : a dry roasted flavor with rims of coffee and molasses. The finish is astringent and light, mostly toasted bread and dark chocolate. Hop bitterness transitions the front to back from the center.

M : a little over carbonated it seems. Astringent towards the tail end.

An ok English stout, but lacks depth. Drinkability and appearance are great, but slightly less carb could tone down the astringency for an improvement.

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Black from Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 21.1% out of 100 with 38 ratings
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