Bête Noire - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
12oz bottle brought to me by demcorhip. Thanks man!
Pours an inky black, nearly opaque colour with a 1/4 inch of head, even off a hard pour. The minimal head recedes quickly and leaves just a little wet lace. Not much in the way of retention, just a few bubbles. Carbonation seems minimal. Aroma is lightly sweet with a bit of molasses, chocolate, nuts, some generic juicy fruitiness, cocoa, and roasted coffee bitterness. Great aroma.
Taste starts out rich with tons of milk chocolate flavour. There's some lactic sourness and tons of roasted coffee. A little brown sugar and herbal hops in the background. Simple but well balanced and very flavourful. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild carbonation, herbal finish and nice dryness. This is a great flavourful session brew, smooth and keeps you sipping.
02-01-2008 03:17:06 | More by trevorwideman
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
Bete Noire is from a local micro brewery in town so I felt compelled to buy it again to write a review. My benchmark for these types of stouts is St. Ambroise, though not perfect, I've yet to find a perfect beer as I'd likely be enjoying it too much to write a decent review. I will say, most of Paddock Wood's products are good and definitely worth a try.
Appearance: Pretty good, little bit lighter in color than the benchmark, pours an initial light brown fluffy head that dissipates pretty fast. Lacing is good throughout an entire drink.
Smell: A tad bitter, with Coffee and Brown Sugar tones. Obviously a roasted smell to it as well.
Taste: Likely its strongest side, and in my mind most important. Nice coffee tones and the blackstrap molasses (dark, dark) taste is there and I absolutely love it! It has a bitter bite at the end.
Mouth feel: it's smooth, but thin compared to other stouts, it definitely doesn't 'stick' to your mouth like some stouts. I personally would like a bit more mouth feel, but it's not a deterrent to not get this product.
Drink: good, I love dark stouts so I could drink this anytime and enjoy it.
This is another great local product that I'd suggest to try.
02-15-2009 06:04:33 | More by EsoxLucius
4.13/5 rDev +11%
355ml bottle. Picked up a single of this "Black Beast", thinking I needed to try some other Paddock Wood offerings beyond the 606 IPA.
The beer pours, as advertised, an inky black; held up to the light, it exhibits some subtle basal cola streaks, and makes the two eyes on my Alley Kat pint glass practically glow in comparison. There are a few fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and eventually creamy pale brown head, which melts away rather slowly, leaving some bleeding sandstone arch lacing around the glass.
The smell - the smell is mouth-watering (nose-watering? Nah) - lots of bittersweet chocolate, roasted caramel malt, milky coffee, and some faint earthy, herbal hops. The flavour has less chocolate, and more of the toasted caramel malt, with some additional toffee sweetness, steady bitter coffee notes, a touch of cola syrup, and very little earthy hoppiness.
What got me from the get-go is the weight of this beer - it's much heavier than I'd been led to believe; chewy; this sensation is lessened somewhat by the soft carbonation, which distracts a bit from the otherwise luxuriant, creamy mouthfeel. It finishes well off-dry, the cocoa and caramel ebbing somewhat, and the alcohol exposing itself a bit as things warm up.
A pleasantly plump oatmeal stout, the sweetness factor making for quite a decent sipper on a cold late fall evening. I'm gonna have to get more of this next time.
10-18-2008 01:33:05 | More by biboergosum
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
This is a dry stout/shwartzbier porterish. It was drinkable licorice, excells as a whwartzbier, but sourness and astringency in finish detracted from enjoyment. Worth having but not the best PWB by a longshot. Black with generous head, medium mouthfeel.
12-23-2007 01:37:29 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
Part of the Paddock Wood "Big Box O Beer" mixer pack
A - pitch black with one finger of tan head that dissipated to a few random islands
S - molasses and chocolate, sweet licorice burnt grains
T - cocoa and molasses burnt malt, subtle milky oatmeal, and bitter tobacco and coffee bean finish
M - chewy with a somewhat surprising amount of carbonation, finishing a little dry and bitter
D - a nice offering with a focus on burnt and bitter flavours, not a session beer IMO, but fairly easy drinking
11-14-2010 02:09:19 | More by joemcgrath27
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
Appearance This one is basically opaque with a small amount of light tan head. Some lacing is left on the glass.
Smell First impressions are strong of oats and roasted malt. There is a trace of coffee bean as well.
Taste Up front the coffee makes a nice impression with a small touch of chocolate. I can definitely taste the oatmeal in there as well and it is complimented by a nice smokey flavor. Its nice.
Mouthfeel A touch thin for how I like my Stouts but it still carries some body. The carbonation is pretty easy on the mouth.
Drinkability Good here. I have no troubles with this beer as its flavors are enjoyable and it has no unpleasant characteristics.
This is a decent Stout all around. Makes me look forward to trying more Paddock Wood brews.
02-23-2007 08:08:28 | More by Orrshow
3.83/5 rDev +3%
I'm glad to see the Paddock Wood beers available in Alberta and looking forward to more coming our way.
Bete Noire poured into my pint glass virtually opaque, with almost indetectable ruby highlights when held to the light. A bubbly head quickly dwindled to a soapy ring and left sporadic lace on the side of my glass.
The aroma was definitely malty, with lightly roasted coffee and chocolate. The taste followed in the same vein, but the roasted coffee flavour was nicely done and never tipped over into burnt. The oatmeal provided the smooth body it was supposed to. The finish was dry and the carbonation a tad on the low side, but overall a pleasant enough oatmeal stout.
02-05-2007 04:45:45 | More by vanrassel
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
Opaque in the glass, looks nearly black. A thin tan head formed during a slow pour and faded to a thin ring around the glass.
Smokey coffee aroma of roasted barley. Mostly bitter in aroma and just faintly sour. Fairly full smelling, lots of aroma.
Up front is a faint milk chocolate sweetness. Coffee like taste fills the middle and leads to a mokey roasted flavour in the finish, that lingers for quite a while. Pretty nice.
A smooth chewy body and light but somewhat prickly carbonation work well for this beer. Altogether it is quite good, certainly not a quaffer for me but quite pleasant to sip on.
01-29-2007 02:47:34 | More by elricorico
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of coffee and light roasted malt is quite enticing. Taste is dry with some light bitter notes from the coffee and roasted malt. Body is quite full for the style with some generous carbonation. Very well done overall and a beer that I wouldnt mind having another glass of.
05-15-2007 17:17:23 | More by Phyl21ca
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
Thanks to kjyost for this one.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.
A - Dark black with a lot (3 fingers) of thick foamy light brown head.
S - Dark roasted malts with a noticeable sweetness. Some light chocolate notes and some slight hop bitterness.
T - Nice roasted malt flavour with some chocolate and coffee notes coming through along with a nice bitterness.
M - Light to medium body, heavily carbonated (too much carbonation for me)
D - A very nice palate but the heavy carbonation really ruined this one for me.
10-24-2010 15:08:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
Another fine sample from Paddockwood's Big Box O' Beer, along with their pilsner, black lager and IPA. One of the few variety packs out there where there are no duds included.
Ah, yes now, pours out an opaque pitch black, the faintest of a thin garnet nimbus when held to direct lighgt, tall beige head that starts out spongy and turns creamy as it slowly settle.
Nice rounded roasted malt up front on the nose, some coffee and milky sweetness, dry cocoa appears later.
Mild coffee up front in the flavour, clean dry middle, with a robust roasted malt building on the finish and coming to a crescendo in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, hardly any carbonation, however remains smooth, and even a bit slick on the finish.
A decent oatmeal stout, and would sit well as a session stout, the dryness continues to clear the palate.
09-28-2009 02:19:31 | More by IronDjinn
3.35/5 rDev -9.9%
Thanks to kjyost for this one. Paired with my supper last night, apple & raisin salad and a T-bone steak.
Poured from a 341ml. bottle.
Appearance: Overwhelming foam (color of cappuccino foam) fills a lot of the glass. Looks black in the light but actually pours a dark brown. I would have rated it lower but the retention was quite great and the head was nice with pockmarks and everything.
Smell: Charcoal, roasted notes, maybe a coffee twang and some slight bitterness.
Taste: I glean some roasted malt, some coffee bitterness, a nice oatmeal presence and i dig the subdued charcoal. Still, this could be better if not for the excessive carbonation.
Mouthfeel: Way too much carbonation which impedes the flavor. Hurts the palate a little. After about half an hour, creaminess comes out and feels better. Feel like i should score it lower but a 3 seems right.
Drinkability: Alright i guess though i struggled through the carbonation. Not something i would get on a regular basis.
Overall: It left me a bit bloated which is too bad because the flavor was good. If the carbonation could have been reined in, this would easily have been a B+.
10-28-2010 11:53:39 | More by papat444
3.45/5 rDev -7.3%
Poured a 355-ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance - jet black brew with a brown head. Light carbonation, but nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell - right off the bat the chocolate and heavily roasted oats aroma hits me. Right below that is a delicate malt riding under this burnt offering.
Taste - a very light flavour, roasted and grainy. Finish is very wet with minimal aftertaste. Not much hop presence.
Mouthfeel - smooth as silk, unmatched in this attribute.
Drinkability - not bad at all although this style is not my first choice. Not what I would put several away of.
05-12-2010 23:39:48 | More by DoctorStrangiato
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
got this one from CBA. thanks chris!
12oz bottle. sampled july 18/08.
pours opaque inky black with a small very fine dark brown head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a few spots of lace.
aroma is nice. caramel. dark and milk chocolate. bit of coffee. light roast. a little more alcohol presence than i'd expect for 5.4%. touch of smoke. some dark fruit. biscuit and bread.
taste is good. roast. big bread and biscuit malt. anise. some dark fruit. espresso. bittersweet chocolate. bit of alcohol. medium-low bitterness level.
mouthfeel is ok. seems a bit thin at under medium body. very fine fairly low carbonation level.
drinkability is good. pretty well balanced and fairly nice overall.
07-18-2008 23:29:09 | More by grub
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours well with a decent amount of foamy head which swiftly subsides.
The smell is a tad underdeveloped and a little more aroma might be nice to bring out more flavors.
Good taste slightly lighter that what one would expect based on the color but still quite drinkable.
12-03-2009 06:50:21 | More by Sharkbitten
British Columbia (Canada)
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
A: Black with a light tan head, not a lot of retention for a stout, but a nice lace.
S: Coffee, brown sugar, bread & nuts.
T: Pleasantly smooth coffee flavour, molasses, dark bread, hints of nut, good bitterness. Taste is a little better than a '4', but it's not quite the '4.5'.
M: Moderate to full body is smooth & creamy.
D: Very drinkable, thoroughly enjoyed it.
08-30-2008 16:31:29 | More by Derek
1.85/5 rDev -50.3%
i bought this beer after reading the reviews hoping i would really enjoy it but i was disappointed. I usually like the coffee chocolate types but the flavor was muddled by too much foam and carbonation. It felt terrible and tasted awful. The only upside to this ale was the color and appearance. I could not get through one of them, i wont be buying it again.
11-08-2008 05:29:24 | More by harley101
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
A nice sound of a lively brew as i opened this one. Gave me a big, loose head on a regular pour, quickly subsided to give a much smaller, and tighter head much like espresso crema. Already some sticky gobs of lace.
Aroma of roasted malts, leafy hops, some fruity esters of dark pitted fruits (plum, cherry) and creamy oatmeal greet the nose.
Wow, wasnt overly impressed with the nose, but this brew really opened up and reveals its true character and flavours upon tasting. Espresso flavoured roasted malts that give way to smooth cocoa meet creamy oatmeal, the estery character is much less pronounced, a hint of caramel segues into a touch of anise and leafy hops which give way to a smoky and very slightly acrid roastiness. Good stuff.
A nice feel to this brew. Medium bodied, somewhat lively with a persistent, finely bubbling carbonation. Somewhat smooth and creamy, though not quite velvety from the oats.
A very drinkable and rich and tasty brew from my hometown. Would make for a great session brew on a -40 saskatoon midwinter's night. Also a tasty brew to sample here and there throughout the year. A solid oatmeal stout, and well worth trying for fans of the style, definitely recommended. This sample was cellared for approx 9 months.
09-13-2008 21:15:52 | More by demcorhip
Bête Noire from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.