Northampton Black Cat Stout
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffLover (115) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Good stout for a winter day. Nice flavor of roasted malts and chocolate with some coffee. Wonder how this will go with the nachos I ordered.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2007) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (1089) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8957) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5103) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (10564) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2007
On-tap at the brewery. Roast aroma, medium mouthfeel, black. Not great representative of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - 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.

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