Durham Black Katt | County Durham Brewing Company

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Durham Black KattDurham Black Katt

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County Durham Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2003

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black body, sticky light tan head. The nose is smoky, with strong bitter roast malt. The taste is clean, smoky toast and a lightly bitter close. A solid representation of the traditional dry stout.

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Photo of far333
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Cask and Beaver in Toronto. Walnut brown and opaque with a half inch frothy head that lingers long. Seems like a nitro pour. Low aroma of toasty malt. Flavors of darkly toasted malt, not bitter, some cocoa and coffee, very well balanced and rich. Full and rich mouthfeel. Great beer.

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Photo of safaricook
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this brew. Great creamy head. Pitch black body. Wonderful roasted malt aroma and surprisingly a note of delicious floral English hops nicely integrated. The hopiness shows quite gently also in the taste as well as the the malts. At the given ABV adequately thin body keeping it refreshing and very smooth. Good stuff.

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Photo of rafletch
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Coronaeus
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NorthernSoul
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at C'est What. Pours an opaque black colour with thin tan head. Spotty lacing down much of the glass and the head doesn't dissipate. Smells of dark chocolate with a mild roasted malt. Flavour actually has much more hop bitterness than I expected (even though I've had this several other times). Not very sweet, but still some chocolate flavour. Creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of cratez
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at C'est What. Pours jet black with a beige/tan head. Drapes of spotted lacing line the tumbler. Attractive brew. Smell and taste are the usual suspects: coffee and cream, a bit of cocoa, roasted malt, burnt grains, nice milky flavour, some ash and bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lush, medium bodied, with added richness from the nitro-tap. A tasty and drinkable session beer.

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Photo of Travlr
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Draught at C'est What? in Toronto.
A: Black (obviously) with a large thickly packed light tan creamy head.
S: Hershey bar aroma.
T: Flavor of chocolate and roasted coffee, with a bitter finish.
M: Very weak body, the only downside to an otherwise nice brew.
D: Overall acceptable but not stellar.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a nice black, with slight red amber edges in the light, and with one finger of thin soapy beige head, that leaves sparse lace around the glass. It smells of roasted malt, essentially. The taste is fruity, dry roasted malt, and not much more. The carbonation is nice and soft, the body solid, creamy, and smooth, and it finishes dry.

Not as sweet as I would expect this kind of stout to be. When I asked the guy pouring it, he said it was 'just a normal dry stout'. For that particular description, this is bang on.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Smokeless Joe's- Tapped a deep cola pour, accompanied by a frothy mocha cap. Some lace sticks to the glass. Nose of dark fruit, cola, some dark chocolate, subtle black coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, black coffee, a bit fruity too. Light bitterness balances out the mild fruity sweetness. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of terryeckmeier
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap last night at Volo in Toronto. Showed up on the table looking rich and creamy. Very dark and stouty, with a hint of red highlight. Great mouth feel nice and smooth with great sweet malty taste not as bitter on the end as some stouts which is a nice changed very drinkable. Kind of rich feeling, smelled like sweeter than some stouts I've had. Would recomend this to people who aren't huge fans of Guiness but want to try other stouts.

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz draught
4.80% ABV

I tried this beer on January 28, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer was dark brown/black in the glass with a thin, creamy light brown head. The aroma was roasted malt. chocolate, and raisin. The mouthfeel was full-bodied, creamy, with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, a little coffee, and a little licorice.

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Photo of bobsy
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask conditioned at Volo. Very dark body, with a small beige head, which leaves really impressive lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. Seems to defy physics. Caramel in the aroma, with toasted notes. Cocoa, coffee and vanilla are mixed in with the roasted malts nicely. Moderately bitter. Medium bodied, with a dry finish.

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Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled at volo as part of cask days 2007

pours very dark brown, not quite black, with ruby edges when held to the light. a very small off-white head forms and drops quickly leaving no lace.

aroma is nice. light roast. milk chocolate. touch of sourness. coffee. bit of alcohol. light vanilla.

taste is good. low bitterness level. light roast. dark chocolate. touch of anise. toasty bread. light alcohol. hint of sourness. bit of grainy character. light vanilla.

mouthfeel is nice. very low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. well balanced. this is one i'd happily try again and would love to see generally available.

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Photo of Derek
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Fresh cask at the Victory Cafe in Toronto.

A: Black, moderately tan head, little retention, some lace.

S: Bready, roasty, mild fruityness.

T: Roasted astringency, slightly chocolatey, with bread & hints of fruit. Balanced bitterness (not very sweet for a sweet stout).

M: Moderate body is creamy; modest carbonation from the cask.

D: Below average.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Volo, perfect stout for a nice chilly February evening.
A chalky black body, shades of grey actually. Some spotty head. Aroma full of inticement. Notes of dark malts, a strong roast presence, hints of dark tobacco and all wrapped between a sutty, fireplace like smokyness. The body is considerably creamy, a little flat and warm as result of the cask - well suited for the beer. Flavours again of hefty dark malts, light degree of roast. Plenty of appeal. This is always a great stout. An absolute pleasure to have off cask.

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Photo of crwills
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Half pint at Smokeless Joe in Toronto.

I actually thought this was an Irish dry stout, but perhaps it was a little sweeter than most. Colour was good, although a little lighter than some. Minimal head, although I think it was kept a bit cold.

Aroma was pleasant, if faint... some bread or yeast, a little bit of chocolate, slight licorice notes.

Taste was great, and I'm impressed that this is local. I'd had it once before, but didn't remember it being quite this good. Fairly dry, but some sugarcane or chocolate notes sneak in there to give it its 'sweet stout' status, I guess. Mouthfeel was thin -- could use some more body here.

Overall, a wonderful beer in a style that's not common around here, and I wish it were more prevalent around town!

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Volo. Pours black with some red highlights on the edges, medium sized thick tan head forms, lots of sticky lace, good retention, right down to the last drop. Smell is sweet cherries, roast, chocolate/coffee, excellent. Taste is sweet cherries, dry roasty middle with plenty of chocolate and coffee, little bit of caramel, lots of fruits and some citrus in the finish, nice roasty bitterness going down. Mouthful is medium bodied with low carbonation, very creamy and smooth. Treat to find, I'll always take a pint. Cask is much better than nitro for this one.

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Photo of TerryW
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be a real treat. Lots of interesting character make it a good beer to drink.

Very dark walnut colour, hints of red where it catches the light. Moderate tan head, reasonabley good lace, so overall a good looking beer.

Nose is earthy, full of chocolate and some coffee. Taste is dominated by chocolate, nice and creamy smooth on the palate. Wonderful pint to drink. Earthiness here too, but it added to the character of the beer to my mind. Overall nicely put together and well worth a try.

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Durham Black Katt from County Durham Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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