Black | Lancaster Brewery Company Ltd

BlackBlack
BA SCORE
3.3/5
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:
#40,320
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
38
pDev:
16.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Photo of bmaslakov
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass black with plum highlights and one finger foam. Nice creamy body and mild carbonation. Mouth is bland and watery for a stout, with hints of roasted malts and caramel, not very bitter. Overall: rather dull yet not unpleasant.

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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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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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
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A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of June 2014, so it's a bit out of date.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 Beershack
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Paulkasykes30
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Eric908
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of yankhawk
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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 danoble1
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of chinchill
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 Antonius08
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DaveHack
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of shrtstp2
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reading about this beer I was really looking forward to trying it. It is a Gold Medal winner at SIBA so I am excited that I ahve this one to try.

The beer pours a very pleasant dark brown to amber (when held up to the light). The head is weak and short lived and surprisingly white for a "stout" and the lacing is light to almost non-existent.

The nose is beyond subtle to almost non-existent. It is so weak I can't describe it. I think I smell some vanilla, coffee and malt.

The taste is rather unexpected. I was expecting a stout and instead what I am tasting is more of a black ESB. I really like ESB’s but this is supposed to be a stout so I am rating lower for not meeting my expectations as a stout. Overall the flavor is quite good. It is very bitter up front giving way to intense roasted malt and coffee with some vanilla notes as well. Over all it tastes pretty good. However, in my opinion, this beer is a Stout in Name Only. There is a very strong and lingering bitter aftertaste that is not that pleasant and actually makes me want to drink some water to get rid of it.

The mouthfeel is rather watery as well.

While this is a drinkable beer it is not one that I would buy again. I think the brewer has a good start here. They need to maybe consider taking the stout out of the name and call it a Black ESB. They need to get the flavors a little more balanced. I would consider tweaking the malt to hop ration and dial the hops back just a tiny bit and increase the amount of roasted malt a bit.

I won’t be buying this one again.

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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 petluo
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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