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Black Cat Lager - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co. visit their website
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 32
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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, a single procured from the broken case remainder bin at Keg 'n Cork on a quick lunchtime drop-by.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish cola amber hue, with a half finger's worth of sudsy, bubbly tan head, which leaves some sparse instances of paramecia lace around the glass as things quickly fall away.

It smells of lightly toasted, nutty doughy and caramel malt, creamy vanilla, stale brown sugar, a hint of mocha, and mild, yet drying earthy, leafy hops. The taste is roasted, somewhat meaty caramel malt, wet brown bread, dry coffee grounds, faint bittersweet cocoa, fading oily nuts, and earthy, herbal, and floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a pleasantly lilting frothiness abounding, the body a stocky medium weight, fairly smooth, and clean, with a nascent creaminess burgeoning as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the lingering singed caramel malt, disjointed sugar, and now ethereal chocolate countered by a biscuity crispness, origins duly obfuscated.

I was a little surprised by this one - it's a style that usually leaves me wanting more - but not here, my initial wonder misplaced, of course. A nice, even, solid, and flavourful black lager. Something tells me I'll be perhaps be revisiting this one in larger quantities come the onset of winter.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nicely drinkable shwartz thanks to Noxious26. This is malty and mollasses and licorice, and drying finish, but carmel malts made it a nice quick drink on hot night that did the trick. The freshness was good. Brownish colour and moderate cold coffee made it interesting.I could definately have this again.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear very dark brown, almost black, creamy white head retained very well
S - roasty and nutty malt, earthy herbal hop note, just a touch of coffee
T - nutty bready malt with some roasted coffee bean, herbal hops, hint of sweetness
M - light carbonation, thin smooth, finishes dry bitter
D - lager characteristics with some nuttiness and a coffee hint make this an interesting and tasty brew, goes down very easy, could make a tasty session option

Photo of vanrassel
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tan head with big bubbles topped a brown body with ruby highlights. The smell was malty, with slightly sour yeast and a hint of chocolate. A bit of black cherry, too, maybe....

This beer's taste conforms well to the style: roasted (but not bitter) malts with slight bitterness coming from the hops at the end. Malted chocolate and some graininess as well, but overall this beer's taste was a little muted to make it memorable. The carbonation was low for my liking, but medium body helped beef it up a bit and keep it from being watery.

This is a pleasant, well-crafted beer, but not one I'd go out of my way to find.

Photo of elricorico
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the glass, this one is a deep cola brown, and sports a foamy beige head. Head doesn't last too long, leaves a ring and a pool on top.

Iced coffee smell of roasted malt is what I pick up first. Digging deeper there seems to be a bit of berry smell mixed in there.

Coffee and burnt flavours up front. Herbal taste in the finish mixed with a little bit of toasted flavour. Smoke increasingly becomes the lingering flavour as I get through the glass. Fairly balanced, plenty of flavour but nothing overbearing.

A bit of body considering it is a lager, but still manages to be light. Well carbonated, an easy drinking feel.

A good beer, my first experience with this brewery and I look forward to more.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color beer with a huge foamy brown color head with pretty good retention. Aroma of roasted malt is detectable though not overpowering. Taste is a mix between roasted malt, coffee with a lingering smoke. Body has a creamy feel to it, which is quite enjoyable.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours out a deep ruddy mahogany, only displaying a cola-like hue when held to the light. Tall beige head on it, creamy in consistency.

Deep notes of roasted and toasted malt, along with a good dose of coffee on the nose. A roasted bitterness with pockets of milky sweetness rising up.

The consistency of the mouthfeel, along with the lightness of the flavour until the big roasted coffee ground finish, does nothing but remind me greatly of a beery version of an iced capuccino (albeit without the colossal calorie count). Which would make this the bees knees for those who are into that sort of thing. Myself, however, does not fit that category, yet I can appreciate this for what it is.

Another decent offering from Paddockwood, I'm not a big coffee flavour fan, yet I foresee myself still picking up more of this, the quality for the price is an easy sell. Hope to see more from this brewery in Alberta.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a long tulip glass.

Apparance - gorgeous dark beer, black indeed, with a beige foam head that fluffs above the rim of my glass. Very sensational - a great pour.

Smell - a mixture of sweet malty aromas but I also detect liquorice in the smell and maybe some dark caramel also. I can't wait to taste it.

Taste - a balanced start with mostly neutral malts with a wave of coffee and caramel coming up suddenly and intensely toward the end. There is also what I would characterize as a woody and somewhat smoky element to this beer. Not unpleasant overall but unexpected for never having tried the style.

Mouthfeel - not really smooth as the finish is watery after the intense flavours. Definitely a wavy kind of beer.

Drinkability - not bad at all in any way but I'm glad I tried this beer but would not likely seek it out intentionally.

Photo of grub
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this one from CBA. thanks chris!

12oz bottle. sampled july 18/08.

pours dark brown, nearly black, and not quite opaque. nice burgundy highlights when held to the light. a small dense tan head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass. a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. bit of lager character. hint of smoke. bread and a bit of cracker. bit of alcohol. light caramel sweetness. maybe a touch of citrus too.

taste is good. touch of roast. light smoke. bread and cracker. bit of light citrus hiding in the background. seems to be just a hint of sourness too. medium-low bitterness level. lager character.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, not too much smoke to overpower.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark cola brown almost opaque, I didn't get much of a head, but I get some average lacing as I swirl it around.

S- roasted malts, some coffee notes, and I'm getting a bit of sweetness in here as well.

T- I get a lot of sweetness upfront, kind of reminds me of an oatmeal stout. This gives way to some roasted malts, smokiness, chocolate, coffee and a somewhat bitter finish.

M- a fairly heavy body and it really coates the mouth for a lager, but it works here. Low- medium carbonation.

D- this is a good beer definitely worth buying again.

Photo of Douglas88
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Presario. Pours a dark brown color with shades of red showing through and a nice thick light brown head. Aromas of sweet milk coffee, fruits, and rich earthy malts. Very nice. The taste is also very good; initially sweet nutty and malty chocolate flavors, later more of a bitter roasted and coffee flavor. Leaves very milky and creamy. A very nice creamy mouthfeel. Very nice overall.

Photo of Derek
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cola-coloured with a light tan head, very little retention, slight leg/lacing.

S: Initial hit of smokiness subsides to a roasted grain & bready aroma with a hint of spicing.

T: Good breadyness, roasted grain, grassy spicing, slight caramel & hints of licorice. Modest bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth with a dry finish. Bang on for the style.

D: Quite drinkable.

Photo of Noxious26
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Black, opaque and cola looking. Light brown head is 1/2 inch on the pour, but quickly reduces to a thin ring around the edge. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, burnt and a touch of sweetness.

Nice combination of roasted malt with a burnt tinge and a light hop bitterness. The malt/burnt and hops play in and out with one another appearing at different times from one sip to the next. Finish is mildly bitter with a light burnt background. Aftertaste is roasted malt with a light sweetness.

Light-medium bodied with little carbonation. You would think this would be a heavier feeling beer just by looking at it, but this body is more typical of the style.

A nice, light and refreshing beer with plenty of flavour and a good deal of complexity. Just right for the stout drinker that's looking for something lighter with similar flavour.

Photo of demcorhip
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice schwarzbier, glad i picked some up my last trip west. Looks decent, almost a one finger pale tan coloured head formed on the pour then dissipated to leave a thin collar. Deep brown body with chestnut highlights, and mild level of finely bubbling carbonation. No lacings.

Clean malt aroma, hint of stewed veggies, and dark chocolate and espresso. A mild Noble hop herbalness also present. Smell is pretty inviting!

But now to the tasting, and this is where this beer truly shines. Clean malty flavour upfront gives way to the roasted malts with a nice, clean dark chocolate flavour that lingers into the finish and beyond. A mild touch of stewed veggies appear just before the hops appear with a mild bitterness and herbal character. Then the roasted malts and hops linger long into the finish.

Almost medium bodied, somewhat mildly carbonated, dry, slightly creamy and very smooth lager with just the slightest hint of astringency.

This is an excellent lager, and is quite drinkable and sessionable. A great brew for introducing newbies to dark ales and lagers, and this is a must try for fans of schwarzbiers. The guys at Paddock Wood know how to brew their dark ales and lager. I easily prefer this offering to the more renowned Kostritzer and Black Barvarian, and will gladly get and drink more my next trip west.

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for cracking this bottle.

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, thin off white head forms, drops to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots. Smell is light, some iron and chocolate, fruits, caramel, oats, not much else. Taste is light as well, oats, some sweet malt, honey, bready malt, light bit of bitter chocolate, floral fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, not a whole lot going on but certainly drinkable. Thanks Russ!

Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, thin layer of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Mild, but tangy licorice malts with a touch of coffee on the finish.

T - Bitter coffee and some dark chocolate notes off the top, with light grassy hops coming through on the finish. Interesting balance of flavours that are uniquely jiving.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - A very drinkable dark ale with a good flavour balance that isn`t overpowering and won`t overload the tastebuds. Definitely impressed by this offering from Paddock Wood and would highly recommend trying it if you can get your hands on a bottle.

Photo of IllNate
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear brown with a ruby hue and highlights. I didn't get much head in the poor, but a little warming and swirling coaxed it out. Low retention however.

S - Smells of roasted malt, mostly caramel and coffee. A bit of herbal and spice, but not much in the way of hop aroma.

T - I like it. Dark toasted malt flavor, caramel and coffee again, with a nice bready backbone. Bit of herbal/grassy hop character. A bit of bitterness to balance. Nice dry finish.

M - Little thin, but it's expected in this style. Otherwise nice and smooth. Nice dry/bitter finish.

D - High

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 9/10/11

A clear cola with a dense finger of tan head that quickly falls to a thin film that leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S a little smoked meat with some milk chocolate and coffee

T not far from the smell really, pretty decent blend of flavors though nothing dominating

M light and full of bubbles, aftertaste lingers and tastes a little burnt

O not a bad black lager pretty good in all areas, I could drink a few of these with no problem

another good beer from Paddock Wood, not mind blowing but a solid well made beer from the flat-landers

Photo of pootz
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 12 oz

The pour: Puts a deep dark brown lager in the glass with a pleasing 2 finger rocky cap which lasts and laces well.

The Nose: detects bready malts and a distinct "burnt toast char" also a coffee-like roast tone with some woody notes.

The delivery: Big chewy malts laced with roast coffee warmth and some sharp spicy Saaz hopping. Mid palate we get a nice mix of dark toasted rye bread, some bitter-chocolate tastes, creamy mouth feel, weedy hop tastes... then the clean finish which tends to dry out slowly and linger, light hop bitterness with a complementary but subtle roastiness in the background. Some light residual sweetness in the after taste.

The Verdict: A first class Canadian Schwarzbier which I much prefer to the Kostritzer from Thuringa.. ..This Paddock Wood brew is true to west Thuringia style..certainly a dryer cousin of a Munich dunkel.

Black Cat was very fresh and flavourful compared to the commercial imported German blackbeers available. The 5.4%ABV makes it a soothing and satisfying beer as well as a natural to pair up with Pumpernickel, german mustard, cold cuts and munster cheese...wonderful stuff to wash a big sandwich down with ...wish I lived in Calgary I'd have a fridge full of this stuff!

Photo of Shadman
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well they got the schwartz part done pat as this is one black beer. Looks like the coffee I drink in the morning. Nice tan head and great webs of lacing.

Nice roasted malt aroma with some sweet gingerbread-like spiciness tones.

Lioght and sweetish at the front end. Hint of bitterness and then the fun begins. The roasted malt comes alive with a slight hint of smokiness. Finishes dry, but in a balanced way.

For a lager this one has great smoothness and body. Tends to be a bit sticky the longer I took between sips.

If this is Schwarzbier Gimme more please!

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml poured into tulip.

A - very opaque, dark brown. Very little head, tiny bit of lacing remains around edge of glass.
S - smokey, bit of molasses, roasted malt. Nothing too potent though.
T - smokey again, bit nutty, bitter in a burnt toasty kind of way.
M - watery, somewhat flat.
O - The beer masks the 6.1% well, but something about it was off to me. A little too burnt tasting, and maybe seemed a little flat. It was a fresh beer though, I swear. I'd drink it again, but probably wouldn't pay for it. Not that I'd steal it either...

Photo of Jeffo
2.49/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from kjyost this past summer. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, looser looking, white head with good retention. A transparent bistre brown in color with lover levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end leaving some nice lacing down the glass. Head is a little loose, but this looks pretty nice going down.

SMELL: Milder nose on this one. Some dark malts, a touch of caramel sweetness and some vanilla cream. This is really mild and relatively boring though. Not impressive.

TASTE: Dark malts an a hint of sweet cream. Not much else really. The aftertaste is mild with more dark malts, sweet cream and some light notes of roasted bitterness. The flavors come out a little more as it sits, but this is generally boring and mild. Not much going on here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes relatively dry. A touch light for the style perhaps.

OVERALL: Not offensive or anything, but there's just not much to talk about. In a world of top class, interesting craft beer, this is one of the more boring, mundane examples. Certainly a beer that won't hurt you, but there are lots of better choices than this. Thanks again for the trade kjyost.

Photo of markaberrant
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear, not quite black, shows brown at bottom of glass and red flashes when held to a light. Small but tight tan head holds up for awhile, eventually dropping to a thin cap. Excellent lacing.

S - smooth coffee and chocolate, with an underlying sweetness

T - Magnificent mocha cream, some noble hop flavour kicks in, then some sweet malt. Aftertaste is roasted coffee.

M - Crisp and dry finish (wow, I didn't even read the label before typing this, but it says "crisp dry finish"). Overall body is light and refreshing, but not thin, it's enough to carry the excellent flavour.

D - moderate alcohol beer with tons of interesting flavours always do the trick for me!

If you'll see my review below, I must have had a bad bottle, because this is the Black Cat I originally remember enjoying. Splendid!

Photo of ThomasT
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown appearance, very similar to cola. Pours with a small, rapidly fading head and just a touch of lacing.
Smell: Sweet chocolate and a nice roastiness. Slight off chemical smell, however.
Taste: The front is met with a rich chocolate flavour which builds and combines with coffee in the middle. The finish hits hard, with a combination of floral hops and deep roast.
Feel: Carbonation provides a nice crispness, without overpowering the flavour too much. Medium-bodied.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver

A: 1/4" tan head over Cola colored liquid.

S: Smoke and clean yeast.

T: Smoke, toasted malt, pine, grass and clean yeast.

M: medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Tasty, dry and complex this beer almost makes session territory

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Black Cat Lager from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.