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Brewer: Moorhouse’s, Burnley, NW England
Strength: Easygoing low alcoholic 3.4%.
Style: Dark Mild. But for a low strength beer it packs plenty of punch in flavour terms.
Label: What you see is what you get. Traditional in style. It called Black Cat and the label pictures a black cat.
First impressions: Plenty of upfront promise but some would question its substance over a long session.
Conditioning: When released from the pressured confines of a bottle it pours well and holds its body well.
After-taste: Does not appeal to everyone as can be a little thin but it’s high quality brew of its style.
Unique characteristics: Old English style separates opinion and does not travel well overseas. Best imbibed in the UK.
Perfect vessel: Chunky pint glass. None of your southern stem glasses and chalices for this beer.
Ideal accompaniment: Can clash with many foods. Needs strong and robust partners.
Cost: Not expensive compared with younger upstart brews. Plenty of younger models on the market but for the pedigree of this ale it remains a bargain.
Perfect match for: Philip Clarke, CEO, Tesco