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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A full bodied, rich and creamy, dry Irish stout. It is deeply complex with lingering notes of roasted coffee. Great on its own, but even better with dessert.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2012
On tap at Northampton Brewery on 19 April 2010. Black. Smooth, creamy, slightly sweet. Milky mouthfeel. Roasty and a little smoky on the palate. Mellow mouthfeel. Some bitter, also milky, chocolate. Tasty but a little too much of too much of a sweet impression for my taste. Still pretty decent though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Appearance: dark and smoky, burnt. Khaki head stays along with a solid thick collar of equally khaki foam.
Nose: roasted and burnt black root. Raisins and prunes meet the flame for a touch of smoke and a touch of char. Burnt brittle woods. Chocolate graham crackers and Oreo cookies, hold the cream.
Palate: equally toasted, roasted, and burnt without being acrid. Lovely burnt bitterness of charred woods and chocolate. Dates and raisins are meaty, dense, and slightly charred. Medium to medium-light weight.
Final Thoughts: a fully quaffable Irish-style stout the likes of which any Irishman would be happy to quaff. Crazy as it sounds…or maybe not so crazy…Black Cat Stout would make an excellent summer brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1693) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2011
Part of a sampler at the brewery. This was tasted awhile back so I do not remember specifics. I found all samples tasted to be average, or slightly above average but nothing to rave about.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (944) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2008
I love this beer. very dark chocolate, cofee with a sweet sugary finish. you can almost feel the sugar in you teeth when ur finished but it is delicious

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Dark chocolate sweetness and roasted coffee beans are diversified by the diligent fruitiness of dates in this quaffable and satisfying Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A rich head of foam protects the pitch black.
-The prominent roastiness verges on vegetal notes in the aroma.
-The body is silky and chewy while never being burdensome.
-The finish is rather quiet with its fragile roasted malt bitterness and whispering chocolate sweetness.

On tap at the brewpub.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (3684) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2007
On tap at brewery. Dark black with tan head. Roasty malt. Flavours of chocolate, coffee and oats. Really smooth. Quite enjoyable. I felt it was a bit too overwhelming --almost there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2007
This is a full bodied stout that pours jet black. It has notes of coffee and bitter choclate on the nose and them these flavors roll into the palate where a bit more of the roasted flavors come out. This then drives into a creamy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2007
On-tap at the brewery. Roast aroma, medium mouthfeel, black. Not great representative of the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
tap at the brewery. Pitch black, thick brown, creamy head. Dark chocolate, leafy/herbal hop aroma, malted milk, some dusty woodiness as well. Very British smelling beer. Flavour is a bit watery but there are some definite strong dark chocolate notes. Herbal/leafy hop flavour on the back. Soft creamy texture and some moderate bitterness. Pretty solid stout, despite the thinnish body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Black pour, not opaque, with really irregular shaped bubbles. Adequate medium-brown lacing. Well roasted chocolate-coffee combination, powdery in texture and unveiling good hints at dark fruits, namely blackberries. Faint metallic aspects emanate from the very burnt toastiness, grainy and almost pumpernickel like. Well malted, lasting roasty finish. Best mouthfeel of the pub if still quite light or medium bodied at best and fairly carbonated.


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