Valley Brew Black Cat Nitro Stout

Formerly brewed at Valley Brewing Company
Style: Stout
Stockton, California USA


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Our Black Cat Stout is a mild Irish Dry Stout brewed using a blend of Chocolate, Carafa, Crystal and Munich malts. A small amount of wheat and oatmeal are added to give the beer body and mouth feel. The stout is pressurized and served using a special Nitrogen gas blend, which leaves a beautiful cascading and creamy head.

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slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
prefer the regular verison to this slightly as it’s juuuust not quite big wnough to be as interesting on the No2. Not really a different beer, though, is it?

AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
On tap at Barclays, and something was wrong here. Pours attractive deep brown, but the nose was like kitty litter, and the flavor wasnt much better. I dont think it was the beer, but there was definitely something wrong.

kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Draft @ Valley Brew. Pours a dark chocolate color; creamy, light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of toasted bread, cocoa, and bread yeast in the aroma; singular. Chewy nougat, caramel, and chocolate upfront; nicely dense and flavorful dry stout, with just a touch of lactic / milkiness; loads of cocoa. Nicely toasty at the core. Lengthy finish: dry chocolate, cocoa, and toasty malts; again, very nicely dry and toasty.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009
Name: Black Cat Stout
Date: May 31, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog Four-O
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: rich dark chocolate and caramel aroma, nice fruity character
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, touch of roasted grows into a coffee character and leaves a long black malt bitter finish

Name: Black Cat Stout
Date: July 07, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Aroma: dry roasted and dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: same rich dark chocolate flavor, caramel sweetness shows up to enrich the chocolate, roasted comes in along with some coffee bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
1/5/08, 11th and Final Brewery of 07/08 Roadtrip with Bikesandbeer and his girlfriend Jesse. Drove out the way to get to this brewery, which was worth it, really nice people and good food and good brew. Pours black with a thin half finger head. Nose is sweet and malty. Taste is sweet, malty and light and pretty good overall stout.

bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2007
(Old rating discovered in a dusty pile of forgotten notes, and I wish the notes on this one were more complete.) Thanks to aspidites for this!. Pours translucent black with a tan head. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit of ash on the exit

grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Unique muddy, pipe smoky, woody aroma. Flavor is hugely, intensely smoky, earthy (basement?), almost overpowering, but good. Lots of both roasty and hoppy bitterness going on. There’s some raw aspect here that I can’t quite place that doesn’t sit well with me but I can’t help liking this.

OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2007
12oz bottle from beervirgin72 - Thanks Dawn! - Pours black with a big mocha head that stays well and laces in layers. Aromas of roasted malts, some chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Lots of roast in the flavor and even a bit of burnt malt. Some coffee and dark chocolate show through as well before the dry finish. Smooth and easy drinking. I think this is a dry stout.. Pretty tasty though.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2007
12-oz. Thanks, Aspidites! Pours deep opaque black with thick moussy tan head. Big roasty and slightly sour nose. Medium body; lightish attack. Roasty, ashy, malt-sour mid-palate. Clingy ash finish. One of those beers you could drink a lot of without noticing, but not remember for long after. Nice but undistinguished.

Ratman197 (15372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2007
On tap @ Valley Brewing poured an opaque black with a minimal brown head. Aromas of coffee, black malt and a hint of bitter chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee and roastiness with a smooth dry bitter finish.

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