Bête Noire - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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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
3.35/5 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
3.43/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
06-28-2010 04:56:07 | More by kjyost
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
3.45/5 rDev -7.3%
Black in colour with light-to-medium carbonation. Strong coffee aromas to start, with some dark chocolate and a touch of fruit as well. More coffee and chocolate in the mouth, along with some charred grains, flint, and mild smoke. Some sweeter caramel notes come through as it warms, along with plums. There's a bit of acidity on the palate, along with the drying effect of the dark roasted grains. It's a bit thin, which is probably amplified by the fact that there are some caramel flavor notes which I'd normally associate with a thicker body. A solid brew. All of the components for a very good beer are there, the balance just needs to be re-adjusted slightly.
02-02-2008 00:15:02 | More by fisherman34
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
05-01-2008 20:34:53 | More by MAB
3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
11-27-2010 17:56:36 | More by andrenaline
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
11-30-2009 04:11:47 | More by Shadman
3.59/5 rDev -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.
08-10-2013 04:03:46 | More by CalgaryFMC
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
3.63/5 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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
07-18-2008 04:10:20 | More by BDTyre
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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
01-12-2011 02:06:55 | More by IllNate
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
10-06-2011 01:37:12 | More by tbeckett
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
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
05-03-2010 01:00:17 | More by pootz
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-05-2010 03:31:09 | More by nokes
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
Bête Noire from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.