Black Cat Stout | Northampton Brewery

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Northampton Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2003

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Lunchboxhead
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CTbrew32
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shigg85
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rorjets
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fitzy84
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. The beer had a black appearance with a brown head. Thin retention and patchy lacing on the sides. Aromas were very full with a strong burnt chocolate smell. Taste included a mild boozy flavor mixed with cocoa and coffee perfectly well. Generally light and creamy. Overall, this was a great beer to end a night and meal on.

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Photo of AGust82
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of huron663
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SABERG
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Streetcore
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of EatonHops
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Bob6518
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of rudzud
2.66/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap while at the brewery, overall highly disappointed.

Served in a pint. Typical dark pour but possibly the most pathetic excuse for a head I've ever seen. Had half a finger of large thin bubbles that almost immediately disappeared. That thinness was a sign of things to come.

Smell was just your typical run of the mill for a stout. Coffee, little chocolate. Nothing special here.

Taste was more of the same. Typical chocolates and coffee with a slight hint of vanilla.

The kick in the balls was the mouthfeel on this. Thin, thin, thin. Past shocking and moved right on to "is this even a stout?" type of mouthfeel. I've had brown ales that had more creamyness than this stuff. Just an epic, epic disaster.

I guess the drinkability is average. I mean sure, its not drainpour, but I would be royally pissed off if I bought a bottle of stout at the store and THIS was what came out.

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Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't know this was an Irish Stout when I reviewed it, the light body makes more sense now. Pours an opaque black oil color with really nice dark tan creamy head that retains very well and leaves nice thick lacing, very impressive appearance. Smell is a bit weak, you basically get the roasted malts and sugars, coffee also. It is not a bad smell but the overall strength of it is low. The taste here is good, roasted malts, coffee and sugars, some hop bitterness in there too but not a dominant part of the flavor. This ends up tasting like a better version of Guinness by the time the glass is empty. I thought the mouthfeel was too thin but I did not know it was an Irish Dry Stout, it is fitting for the style. The low carbonation here is also appropriate for the taste and style. Drinkability is high for a stout. The good taste, decent price and no off flavors make it this way. I wouldn't mind sessioning this one in a growler some time.

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Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the brewery. Roast aroma, medium or lighter mouthfeel, medium black. Some chocolate malt. Rather bitter finish, dry aftertaste, acidic. Not great representative of the style, rather doesn't all work together. Perhaps a bad day, it's been around too long?

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Photo of Stimack
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first choice when we stopped for lunch on 11/04. The color of this brew was black, no if’s and’s or but’s about it. Very inviting ¼ inch, thick and creamy head that had a dark tan color which left lacing through out. The aroma was of a roasted to burn malt that gave of scents of coffee and chocolate, as well as a slightly sweet smell that is very inviting. The taste is very smooth, with a nice mix of roasted malt that seem to bring out the coffee flavors more than the chocolate but both are present. The end is slightly dry while making you want to take another sip. Over all this is a fantastic stout, very drinkable and one I would get again at anytime. Drinability is very high for this brew!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brew-pub 9/01 during lunch.

A: Pours a jet black color with a perfect looking one and a half finger caramel colored head. Very guiness-esque looking. Has awesome retention with a soft and cloudlike head. Great lacing.
S: Burnt chocolate and coffee aromas are the first to tickle the nostrils. Sweet caramel and sugar also are noticeable.
T/M: Burnt and roasted coffee and chocolate malt notes with a pretty decent sweetness to it. Caramel and butterscotch also detected. Slight bitterness, but hangs in the back. Silky and velvety mouthfeel. Extra smooth as it glides over the tongue with a touch of coffee grind flavor. Medium body with a low carbonation. Good dry ending.
D: Excellent tasting dry stout. Served at the perfect temperature, this one is a necessary order if you're at the brew-pub, especially now that fall is almost here. Very happy I got to try this one.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice stout. Pours close to pitch black. The head is foamy, large and long lasting. The smell is of a dark roasted coffee nature. The taste is very enjoyable, being a nice mixture of malts and hops. There is a coffee after taste which is neither distracting or overwhelming. A very nice brew worth seeking out and enjoying.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Northampton

This brew pours a deep dark black color with a frothy white head which left a really nice lace. The nose of this beer was roasty, with bits of cocoa, and a nice malty tone to it. Intially this brew was quite roasty but not astringent in any way. Some carob flavors find their way in the mix, with also a bit of toffee pulling though. Following there is more complex roasty flavors, with almost a bit of smoke to it. This brew finishes with a nice deep cocoa flavor to it, and a nice dry semisweet finish. This brew was quite smooth and very creamy which gave it a great mouthfeel. If I only had more time I would have drank quite a few of this brew, it was fantastic.

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Black Cat Stout from Northampton Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 28 ratings