Black Cat Lager - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
04-01-2006 04:35:00 | More by Noxious26
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
05-23-2008 21:04:07 | More by demcorhip
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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!
04-05-2010 01:27:18 | More by cratez
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
03-10-2008 03:22:34 | More by trevorwideman
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
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
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!
06-08-2007 00:01:55 | More by markaberrant
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
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
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +7%
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
01-08-2011 01:03:40 | More by IllNate
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
12-02-2008 03:54:48 | More by Douglas88
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
Dark cola brown with decent clarity, tan creamy head and superb lacing.
Clean and nutty scent, pistachios? Faintly roasted with a light, leafy hop edge and some chocolate. Slightly floral...
Nice blend of juicy, green hops and roasted maltiness. Refreshing and very easy to drink session beer. Bittersweet baking cocoa...creamy with lively carbonation and light, crisp body. Very tasty with a nice European lager character and leafy hops...like a warm summer night.
Very affordable Saskatchewan brew...and so tasty. Will come back to this one a lot as I went through the six pack pretty fast.
01-08-2008 03:07:13 | More by ablaze
Black Cat Lager from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.