Black Cat Lager | Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
Saskatchewan, Canada
paddockwood.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Mlkluther
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJT
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThomasT
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown appearance, very similar to cola. Pours with a small, rapidly fading head and just a touch of lacing.
Smell: Sweet chocolate and a nice roastiness. Slight off chemical smell, however.
Taste: The front is met with a rich chocolate flavour which builds and combines with coffee in the middle. The finish hits hard, with a combination of floral hops and deep roast.
Feel: Carbonation provides a nice crispness, without overpowering the flavour too much. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of Saskadan
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of pharmerdoc
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of LDuke
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of WKyle
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of KeeganRohovich
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jcubz
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brownish black with decent cola colored foam. Aroma of dark coffee and roasty malts, perhaps Postum or some other barley based coffee substitute. Tastes of the same, coffee, dark malt, burnt notes with perhaps a little bicarbonate of soda mild bitterness and sanguine tang. Hints of root beer sweetness. Rather thin body with creamy mouthfeel. Tiny amount of old world fruit (date or fig) as the sweetness accumulates but not a complex foray by any means. A nutty bitterness settles on the palate that makes me think rancid walnut. Not hoppy but what is there is earthy. Decent example of the style and a good session beer if you dig dark malt.

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Photo of Tom_Servo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Idrankthat
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml poured into tulip.

A - very opaque, dark brown. Very little head, tiny bit of lacing remains around edge of glass.
S - smokey, bit of molasses, roasted malt. Nothing too potent though.
T - smokey again, bit nutty, bitter in a burnt toasty kind of way.
M - watery, somewhat flat.
O - The beer masks the 6.1% well, but something about it was off to me. A little too burnt tasting, and maybe seemed a little flat. It was a fresh beer though, I swear. I'd drink it again, but probably wouldn't pay for it. Not that I'd steal it either...

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver

A: 1/4" tan head over Cola colored liquid.

S: Smoke and clean yeast.

T: Smoke, toasted malt, pine, grass and clean yeast.

M: medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Tasty, dry and complex this beer almost makes session territory

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Photo of Jeffo
2.49/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from kjyost this past summer. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, looser looking, white head with good retention. A transparent bistre brown in color with lover levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end leaving some nice lacing down the glass. Head is a little loose, but this looks pretty nice going down.

SMELL: Milder nose on this one. Some dark malts, a touch of caramel sweetness and some vanilla cream. This is really mild and relatively boring though. Not impressive.

TASTE: Dark malts an a hint of sweet cream. Not much else really. The aftertaste is mild with more dark malts, sweet cream and some light notes of roasted bitterness. The flavors come out a little more as it sits, but this is generally boring and mild. Not much going on here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes relatively dry. A touch light for the style perhaps.

OVERALL: Not offensive or anything, but there's just not much to talk about. In a world of top class, interesting craft beer, this is one of the more boring, mundane examples. Certainly a beer that won't hurt you, but there are lots of better choices than this. Thanks again for the trade kjyost.

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Photo of TheBeermin
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kjyost
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired at the MLCC. Poured into a Duvel tulip at ~4C.

Pours deep rich brown to black with a nice tan head that leaves too little lacing. Nice nose with a spicy molasses feel. Bdy continues with a bit of molasses, but also notes of light liquorice and hint of cocoa powder come across. Hardly any roasted grain flavour for the colour. Coats the mouth nicely with appropriate carbonation and a clean finish. Much nicer than I was expecting. Worth having again.

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Photo of Edgerrin32
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 9/10/11

A clear cola with a dense finger of tan head that quickly falls to a thin film that leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S a little smoked meat with some milk chocolate and coffee

T not far from the smell really, pretty decent blend of flavors though nothing dominating

M light and full of bubbles, aftertaste lingers and tastes a little burnt

O not a bad black lager pretty good in all areas, I could drink a few of these with no problem

another good beer from Paddock Wood, not mind blowing but a solid well made beer from the flat-landers

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Photo of Converge
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - About a finger-and-a-half of bubbly tan head puffs up off the pour. Deep brown-black with lots of ruby highlights. The settles to a nice foamy cap. Weaves a nice web of sticky lacing for a bit, but doesn't stick around.

S - Earthy hops, roasted malt, and plastic upfront. Caramel, cereal grains, and slight coffee edge. Light chocolate notes too. A little more tame than I had hoped. Something odd in here I don't really enjoy.

T - Lots of caramel malt, clean grains, and a light kick of hops. Surprisingly light on the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors for such a dark beer. Really creamy, with smokey and nutty notes as well.

M - Light carbonation, with a medium viscosity body. Really creamy and smooth.

D - My first Schwarzbier, and it was alright. There was definitely something a little off-putting in the aroma and flavor for me though. Decent dark lager.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, thin layer of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Mild, but tangy licorice malts with a touch of coffee on the finish.

T - Bitter coffee and some dark chocolate notes off the top, with light grassy hops coming through on the finish. Interesting balance of flavours that are uniquely jiving.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - A very drinkable dark ale with a good flavour balance that isn`t overpowering and won`t overload the tastebuds. Definitely impressed by this offering from Paddock Wood and would highly recommend trying it if you can get your hands on a bottle.

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Black Cat Lager from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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