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Bête Noire - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co. visit their website
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: elricorico on 01-29-2007)
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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.59/5  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.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

tbeckett, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of IllNate
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

IllNate, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

andrenaline, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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

joemcgrath27, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of papat444
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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+.

papat444, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

kjyost, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

DoctorStrangiato, May 13, 2010
Photo of pootz
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

pootz, May 03, 2010
Photo of nokes
3.8/5  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.

nokes, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Sharkbitten
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Sharkbitten, Dec 03, 2009
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Bête Noire from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.