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Black Cat Lager - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005)
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Photo of cratez
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Dawkfan
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +5.2%
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 bobsy
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle comes from Shadman (thanks Mark!). I've been holding on to this for a suitable occasion, and because of the wonderful picture of the scary black cat on the front, I decided Halloween fit the bill.

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, although there are also some red highlights when held up against the light. A small tan head leaves a few patches of lace on the glass. Light coffee aroma, along with some chocolate. Although this makes very little sense, I would say it smelled smooth. The taste is a satisfying mix of breadiness and roasted malts, with good hints of coffee, smoke and caramel, before leading through to a modest leafy bitterness. Medium body, and medium to low carb, with a nice smoothness on the palate.

Overall, I think this is one of the better schwarbiers I've had, and it certainly holds its only against Kostritzer, which is the most readily available rendition in Ontario. I'd definitely recommend this to all lovers of the style!

Photo of Shadman
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Derek
4.03/5  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 Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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 grub
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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 demcorhip
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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 trevorwideman
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of ablaze
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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 markaberrant
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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 pootz
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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 IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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 vanrassel
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -3.9%
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 Noxious26
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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