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Black Cat Lager - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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86
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co. visit their website
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005)
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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!

08-19-2008 03:03:41 | More by Shadman
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

01-22-2011 17:53:00 | More by andrenaline
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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

12-07-2010 04:39:24 | More by joemcgrath27
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

01-16-2006 20:44:56 | More by Phyl21ca
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-28-2013 02:48:21 | More by FadetoBock
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LDuke

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-22-2014 15:46:26 | More by LDuke
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KeeganRohovich

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-16-2013 00:02:39 | More by KeeganRohovich
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-10-2014 17:57:24 | More by rogerdandy
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WKyle

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-17-2014 01:12:47 | More by WKyle
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

01-06-2007 05:18:59 | More by elricorico
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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!

07-19-2008 00:43:35 | More by Viggo
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

10-31-2009 00:06:20 | More by Dawkfan
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

02-02-2007 18:59:28 | More by vanrassel
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

02-06-2010 03:46:54 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - About a finger-and-a-half of bubbly tan head puffs up off the pour. Deep brown-black with lots of ruby highlights. The settles to a nice foamy cap. Weaves a nice web of sticky lacing for a bit, but doesn't stick around.

S - Earthy hops, roasted malt, and plastic upfront. Caramel, cereal grains, and slight coffee edge. Light chocolate notes too. A little more tame than I had hoped. Something odd in here I don't really enjoy.

T - Lots of caramel malt, clean grains, and a light kick of hops. Surprisingly light on the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors for such a dark beer. Really creamy, with smokey and nutty notes as well.

M - Light carbonation, with a medium viscosity body. Really creamy and smooth.

D - My first Schwarzbier, and it was alright. There was definitely something a little off-putting in the aroma and flavor for me though. Decent dark lager.

09-03-2011 00:55:51 | More by Converge
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Edgerrin32

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-28-2012 03:32:18 | More by Edgerrin32
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-29-2014 18:49:29 | More by YamagamiTravis
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

03-11-2007 20:05:20 | More by IronDjinn
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours dark brownish black with decent cola colored foam. Aroma of dark coffee and roasty malts, perhaps Postum or some other barley based coffee substitute. Tastes of the same, coffee, dark malt, burnt notes with perhaps a little bicarbonate of soda mild bitterness and sanguine tang. Hints of root beer sweetness. Rather thin body with creamy mouthfeel. Tiny amount of old world fruit (date or fig) as the sweetness accumulates but not a complex foray by any means. A nutty bitterness settles on the palate that makes me think rancid walnut. Not hoppy but what is there is earthy. Decent example of the style and a good session beer if you dig dark malt.

08-13-2013 01:49:37 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

05-25-2013 23:18:42 | More by Idrankthat
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pharmerdoc

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-20-2014 02:42:18 | More by pharmerdoc
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.81/5  rDev -26.6%

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...

02-16-2013 02:32:53 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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.

09-13-2012 19:28:36 | More by Jeffo
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Black Cat Lager from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.