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Black Cat Lager - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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86
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 19:28:36 | More by Jeffo
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 23:14:33 | More by pootz
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  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

Serving type: bottle

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

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Manitoba (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired at the MLCC. Poured into a Duvel tulip at ~4C.

Pours deep rich brown to black with a nice tan head that leaves too little lacing. Nice nose with a spicy molasses feel. Bdy continues with a bit of molasses, but also notes of light liquorice and hint of cocoa powder come across. Hardly any roasted grain flavour for the colour. Coats the mouth nicely with appropriate carbonation and a clean finish. Much nicer than I was expecting. Worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 00:14:33 | More by kjyost
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 00:00:13 | More by DaftCaskBC
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:49:37 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 04:35:00 | More by Noxious26
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 21:04:07 | More by demcorhip
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle at Bar Volo in Toronto, ON. This schwarzbier surpassed my expectations, and I can see why it's ranked as one of Canada's Top 100 beers. Pours a blackish ruby brown with three fingers of bone white head and globs of lacing on the flute glass. Smell and taste are black liquorish, burnt grains, dark chocolate, roasted malt, mild hop bitterness, and a toasted, chalky finish with hints of flaked oat. The hops impart floral and herbal aromas but are not prominent in the flavour. There's a bit of plasticy smoke as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, almost velvety, smooth and chocolaty, parched and grainy dryness to end. An excellent quaffer that I could drink all night long. I'll be seeking out more from Paddock Wood!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 01:27:18 | More by cratez
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Manitoba (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle given to me by demcorhip, poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a nearly opaque cola brown with a full inch of creamy head off a fairly vigorous pour. Leaves some nice sticky lace all the way down. Carbonation appears to be quite low. Aroma is husky and grainy with a hint of pepper, grass, hay, earth, caramel, cocoa and juicy apples. Clean and delicious, style wise it's a super solid aroma.

Flavour is all grains off the top, then turns nutty with hints of cocoa, caramel and fruit offset by a light, almost lactic sourness. Very pleasant and uncomplicated flavour, this is a session beer to be sure. Dries nicely in the finish, fairly soft in the mouth and carbonation is medium-low. Body is a bit heavier than I expected. That would not stop me from drinking a few of these on an evening though.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 03:22:34 | More by trevorwideman
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 00:01:55 | More by markaberrant
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-16-2013 00:02:39 | More by KeeganRohovich
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Douglas88

Utah

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 03:54:48 | More by Douglas88
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 01:03:40 | More by IllNate
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Black Cat Lager from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.