Bête Noire - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
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
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
02-17-2009 01:36:19 | More by mothman
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
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!
07-18-2008 23:23:41 | More by Viggo
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
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%
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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.98/5 rDev +7%
Jet black with a big nice head. This is real big tasting beer that comes on like a tasty porter. There is a bright finish to this beer with a roasted malt flavour on the tongue. Impressive beer from this brewery and I hope to try more of there beers soon
07-11-2007 02:29:31 | More by canucklehead
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
3.65/5 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
3.85/5 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
3.93/5 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
3.78/5 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
3.35/5 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
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
3.43/5 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
3.9/5 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
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
3.9/5 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.