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Bête Noire - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 49
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Paddock Wood Brewing Co. visit their website
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: elricorico on 01-29-2007

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this lovely offering because the beer guy at Co-op wasn't kidding when he said he was going to whip the place into shape and bring in more good stuff. Thanks dude. This "black ale" (oatmeal stout) pours inky black with a moderate amount of latte head that at least in my exemplar settled quickly. Aroma was a tad subtle for such a dark beer but appropriately chocolate malt, coffee, a touch of herbs and sweet overtones. Taste was silky smooth and rather thin bodied but one does get some chalky bitter chocolate, coffee and cola but less of the former than the aroma might suggest. Ample wood char and burnt notes and a bitter dry and smooth finish. Not a sweet beer. Not laden with complexity but a decent dose of classic dark malt flavor that ends with burnt wood and a crisp bitterness. As usual Paddock Wood doesn't disappoint even though I prefer their cosmically good pilsener and pale ale selections. (912 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bonus from kjyost. Thanks.

A - A little bit of leakage in the plastic bag it was sent in leads me to believe this sprung a leak somewhere along the way. Pours black with slight red notes around the edges. Great fluffy light brown head at three fingers.Good one finger retention and thick lace.

S - Lot's of coffee and roasted malts. Smells very nice.

T - More roasted, a little cola, no coffee. Not too bad.

M - Carbonation is good and body is medium to full. A little dry in the finish.

O/D - Not a bad stout. Not great but flavourful and easy to drink. Good. (567 characters)

Photo of IllNate
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice dark black with just a hit of amber highlights around the edges. With mountain of tan head. Seriously a lot of head, but I did let it warm up a bit too much (15c)

S - Somewhat subdued chocolate and burt malt aroma. A bit of fresh grassy hop as well.

T - Here the coffee and chocolate are well up front. Must be a lot of really high roast in here.

M - Nice and smooth. A bit of that slick oatmeal character. Not a ton of body, but it's nice.

D - Good. (472 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to joemcgrath27 for the hook up on the Paddock Wood selections.

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha head, decent retention and some fine sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by espresso and coffee malts, a bit of a chalky dark chocolate comes through and a bit of burnt wood.

T - Taste is a bit musty and smokey, but the chocolate and espresso malts are present with a bit of burnt wood and charcoal that lingers.

M - Nothing overly offensive here, but it finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

D - Overall a very tasty offering with some unique attributes. I would've preferred something a little sweeter. I've had better Oatmeal Stouts, but it's definitely still worth a try. (700 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 (497 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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+. (1,147 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (514 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought at the MLCC, bottled Aug 2009. Yes, this is (quite sadly ) old, and even an email to the brewmaster told me to stay away from it...

Pours into a tulip and it is a beautiful opaque black (is that redundant?) with a tall mocha head that lasts and lasts and laces. Why not a perfect score? I don't actually know. The aroma is delectable, with molasses and hints of chocolate and licorice playing with your nose. The head feels creamy to the mouth although the carbonation is much more prickly than I would expect from a beer of this sort. The beer is lacking a bit in bitterness (age perchance?) and tastes a little thin and watery with hints of the licorice from the nose and not nearly enough roasted malt character. I know this is an old bottle, but until the MLCC clears out their old stock this is the best I can do to sample this fresh... I look forward to it when it is as it was meant to be. (904 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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. (592 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle:

Black murky and light defying in the glass. Nice sticky mocha colored cap with great retention, laces well.

Aroma: wow! Dark fruits and double fudge with a wisp of grass....nice;

Profile is a bit of a letdown from the aroma. Rather a weak body for an oatmeal stout, but the malts in the front side are toasty-roast with coffee and bitter cocoa tastes then the finish goes dry with astringency from charred grain hulls and the hopping...very metallic lingering bitterness.

A very good approximation of a London stout although a tad thin for an Oatmeal stout, it is very decent. (592 characters)

Photo of nokes
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whoa! Down boy! Whew...had a hard time keeping the head down on this one...lots of loose foamy tan head on top of a very dark and somewhat fizzy body. Held up to the light, it's opaque for sure, but around the edges when you look through less beer you can see some reddish brown hues that are quite attractive as well. Head is dying back relatively quickly, but getting more dense as it does so, and it never dies back completely. Leaves a bubbly foam on top that's just fine, thank you. Quite a nice beer...seems quite heavily carbonated for the style.

Lots of roasted grainy smells on the nose, and some dark molasses. Nice.

Taste is quite good. Coffee, roasted grains, barely-sweetened chocolate, and a mildly sour/bitter finish. Very much a stout.

Mouthfeel is where this falls down in my opinion. It's a little thin, and I was wondering how the fizziness would work with the oatmeal creaminess. I was hoping it would work better, but unfortunately for me it just didn't. Ultimately it felt unbalanced in that respect. One nice thing is the alcohol, which comes out a bit at the end for a mild warming effect which is quite welcome.

This is a tasty and beautiful beer that is enjoyable to drink. I like it. I have 5 more of these (good friend brought me a 6er from the home stomping grounds...brewery is about a kilometre from where I used to live) and I look forward to the rest of them. I'll try to share at least some. (1,432 characters)

Photo of Sharkbitten
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (271 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and ink black with a strong tan head, good retention, and lacing.

Slightly grainy with some decent roast coffee kick in there.

Roast coffee wuth a decent milky sweetness that is nice & smooth. Slight dark chocolate and mixs in with grassy hop for a dryish finish.

Bit watery in the front, smooth & fuller in the back.

A nice session oatmeal stout. (357 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (842 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah Bete Noire, The Black Beast!

Poured into a pint glass.

Color is a deep brown/black. Pours a tan head leaving splattered lace. Good retention.

Smell is of dark coffee and dark chocolate. Very malty. Taste is very malty with grassy hops. Complex coffee and dark chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is kind of bitter, but goes down very creamy. Leaves a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty easy to drink stout. At 5.4% abv I was able to enjoy a few of these. I definitely recommend this one. (500 characters)

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of Graham5161986
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a a deep black with a nice, three finger dark tan head has decent retention but reduces to a brownish film on the top of the beer. Smell is of rich chocolate malts with some decent hopping in the background. Taste is chocolaty with a touch of java and some sugary fruit on the mid-palate - good amount of complexity. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, has just a touch of tingly carbonation and a creamy, but quite dry finish. I was very pleased with this beer. I think it has a lot of different flavours to offer and makes a great cold day beer. I would definitely buy it again. (596 characters)

Photo of harley101
1.88/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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. (359 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,404 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,252 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (370 characters)

Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (723 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for cracking this bottle.

Pours an inky black/dark brown edges, medium light tan head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, drops some nice lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, some caramel, oatmeal smoothness, light roast coffee and chocolate, brown sugar and some fruity alcohol, not bad. Taste is light, smooth oatmeal, some caramel, a bit milky, some licorice, light chocolate roast, bit of sourness, very smooth. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, very drinkable. Thanks Russ! (522 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very yummy stout from Paddock Wood. Jet-black colour with dark ruby highlights; very nice khaki head.

Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hints of oatmeal. Buttery sweetness to it.

The taste is a little bit underdeveloped and just a tad one dimensional. Roasted malts, with hints of diacetyl (sp?).

Good body, decent mouthfeel to it. Nice and thick like it should be. A good beer for dessert. (395 characters)

Photo of MAB
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps the smoothest oatmeal stout that I've ever had. I generally prefer Imperial stout for whatever reason.
I've had some sour oatmeal stouts so this was a nice surprise. There is a hint of sour but the roasted barley and malt grains come through in the end with a drier finish.
I thought that the London Porter from Paddock Wood had more aroma, but this was a better rounded beer. More balance, very drinkable. Top marks for this effort. I haven't found a better Saskatchewan brewery than Paddock Wood. (506 characters)

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