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:
#39,942
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
Photo of ehammond1
2.42/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle

Thanks for waiting for me to open this, Tony!

Dark brown throughout with some clarity near the edges and a very thin light brown head. This doesn't leave much in the way of lace down the glass.

The aroma is mediocre at best, with some mild roast presence and a little bit of dark bread crust. Average.

The flavor is mild and below average. There's a very mild roast component, a hint of bread, but this tastes more like dirty water than anything else.

Awful mouthfeel--thin as can be, water-like, mineral heavy, and somewhat metallic. This is where this beer fails.

Poor.

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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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Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of puboflyons
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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Photo of womencantsail
1.87/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: Pours a dark brown with a dense khaki colored head.

S: Nice and buttery with a definite acidity to it. A touch of graham cracker, but all I keep smelling is the damn butter. Maybe a bit of roast and dark chocolate.

T: Watery yet still somehow horribly offensive. Shockingly bitter with horrible charred flavors. Prune juice and butter make up a substantial portion of the flavor profile as well. Just appalling.

M: Light bodied, watery, with low carbonation.

O: This was just painful to drink.

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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 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 Thads324
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz bottle split and poured into a Piraat tulip. 4.6% ABV, no date. With only 4 reviews it must be pretty new/fresh methinks.

Thanks to TheDTrain for sharing this one!

A - Mostly black in color with a sliver of ruby showing through, this beer had a full, dense light tan head. Great retention and a ton of sticky lace.

S - Rich sweet caramel with cocoa, mocha, lactose, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and mild English hops. A full nose.

T - Roasted bitter malts with strong bitter English hops that defy the nose. Cocoa and mocha with accompanying dryness pulls through.

M - Very dry and medium-light bodied and heavily carbonated, this brew has a heavy roasted acrid bitter finish.

D - A decent brew but not something I'd want to have a whole lot of. This would be much better from a cask.

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