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Moorhouse’s Black Cat (138 of 1001)

Rating: 3.55

My second beer from the Moorhouse brewery in quick succession now and following on from last weekends Pendle Witches Brew that had a great real ale feel to it. This one is a weaker beer, basically a driving beer coming in at 3.4% abv. and will be the first mild ale I will have tried in a while so hopefully it’s a good one. This one also features in the 1001 beers list and will be the 138th from the book I will have reviewed here. It is also the beer that saved an ailing brewery and is a case of superstition paying off. The beer was originally launched as Black Cat Mild in 1979 before the ‘Mild’ was dropped in 2000, which was also the same year that the beer won CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain award, becoming the first mild in 27 years to do so; it must be doing something right.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a dark brown colour that borders on black and has a light, tan coloured head about half an inch tall that reduces to about half a centimetre tall after a couple of moments.
Aroma (7/10): Light caramel and some toffee on the nose along with some earthy hops and a touch of roasted malts. There is some chocolate and a light spice aroma that is quite well-balanced.
Taste (6/10): A good roasted  malt flavour to begin, along with some earthy hops and toffee. There is a bit of caramel from the nose as well as some chocolate and light, fruity flavours. This is all quite subdued and slightly sweet.
Palate (4/5): Very smooth and quite light with an as expected, quite mild feel to it. The palate is almost creamy and overall it is a pleasant one.

Overall (13/20): A nice light tasting driving beer that has a low alcohol content but is quite flavourful and pretty well-balanced. There is a nice earthy base and a pleasant feel with some nice caramel and fruit flavours throughout.

Brewed In: Burnley, England
Brewery: Moorhouse’s Brewery
First Brewed: 1979
Type: English Dark Mild Ale
Abv: 3.4%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Morrisons
Price: £1.50

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