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Black Cat Lager | Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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3.81/5
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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

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Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,368
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
48
pDev:
9.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jcubz
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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 +11.5%

Photo of Idrankthat
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.82/5  rDev -26%
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 +15%
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 -34.6%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of kjyost
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +5%
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%
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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3.85/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of IllNate
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear brown with a ruby hue and highlights. I didn't get much head in the poor, but a little warming and swirling coaxed it out. Low retention however.

S - Smells of roasted malt, mostly caramel and coffee. A bit of herbal and spice, but not much in the way of hop aroma.

T - I like it. Dark toasted malt flavor, caramel and coffee again, with a nice bready backbone. Bit of herbal/grassy hop character. A bit of bitterness to balance. Nice dry finish.

M - Little thin, but it's expected in this style. Otherwise nice and smooth. Nice dry/bitter finish.

D - High

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear very dark brown, almost black, creamy white head retained very well
S - roasty and nutty malt, earthy herbal hop note, just a touch of coffee
T - nutty bready malt with some roasted coffee bean, herbal hops, hint of sweetness
M - light carbonation, thin smooth, finishes dry bitter
D - lager characteristics with some nuttiness and a coffee hint make this an interesting and tasty brew, goes down very easy, could make a tasty session option

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, a single procured from the broken case remainder bin at Keg 'n Cork on a quick lunchtime drop-by.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish cola amber hue, with a half finger's worth of sudsy, bubbly tan head, which leaves some sparse instances of paramecia lace around the glass as things quickly fall away.

It smells of lightly toasted, nutty doughy and caramel malt, creamy vanilla, stale brown sugar, a hint of mocha, and mild, yet drying earthy, leafy hops. The taste is roasted, somewhat meaty caramel malt, wet brown bread, dry coffee grounds, faint bittersweet cocoa, fading oily nuts, and earthy, herbal, and floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a pleasantly lilting frothiness abounding, the body a stocky medium weight, fairly smooth, and clean, with a nascent creaminess burgeoning as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the lingering singed caramel malt, disjointed sugar, and now ethereal chocolate countered by a biscuity crispness, origins duly obfuscated.

I was a little surprised by this one - it's a style that usually leaves me wanting more - but not here, my initial wonder misplaced, of course. A nice, even, solid, and flavourful black lager. Something tells me I'll be perhaps be revisiting this one in larger quantities come the onset of winter.

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Photo of cratez
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle at Bar Volo in Toronto, ON. This schwarzbier surpassed my expectations, and I can see why it's ranked as one of Canada's Top 100 beers. Pours a blackish ruby brown with three fingers of bone white head and globs of lacing on the flute glass. Smell and taste are black liquorish, burnt grains, dark chocolate, roasted malt, mild hop bitterness, and a toasted, chalky finish with hints of flaked oat. The hops impart floral and herbal aromas but are not prominent in the flavour. There's a bit of plasticy smoke as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, almost velvety, smooth and chocolaty, parched and grainy dryness to end. An excellent quaffer that I could drink all night long. I'll be seeking out more from Paddock Wood!

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a long tulip glass.

Apparance - gorgeous dark beer, black indeed, with a beige foam head that fluffs above the rim of my glass. Very sensational - a great pour.

Smell - a mixture of sweet malty aromas but I also detect liquorice in the smell and maybe some dark caramel also. I can't wait to taste it.

Taste - a balanced start with mostly neutral malts with a wave of coffee and caramel coming up suddenly and intensely toward the end. There is also what I would characterize as a woody and somewhat smoky element to this beer. Not unpleasant overall but unexpected for never having tried the style.

Mouthfeel - not really smooth as the finish is watery after the intense flavours. Definitely a wavy kind of beer.

Drinkability - not bad at all in any way but I'm glad I tried this beer but would not likely seek it out intentionally.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark cola brown almost opaque, I didn't get much of a head, but I get some average lacing as I swirl it around.

S- roasted malts, some coffee notes, and I'm getting a bit of sweetness in here as well.

T- I get a lot of sweetness upfront, kind of reminds me of an oatmeal stout. This gives way to some roasted malts, smokiness, chocolate, coffee and a somewhat bitter finish.

M- a fairly heavy body and it really coates the mouth for a lager, but it works here. Low- medium carbonation.

D- this is a good beer definitely worth buying again.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Presario. Pours a dark brown color with shades of red showing through and a nice thick light brown head. Aromas of sweet milk coffee, fruits, and rich earthy malts. Very nice. The taste is also very good; initially sweet nutty and malty chocolate flavors, later more of a bitter roasted and coffee flavor. Leaves very milky and creamy. A very nice creamy mouthfeel. Very nice overall.

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Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle comes from Shadman (thanks Mark!). I've been holding on to this for a suitable occasion, and because of the wonderful picture of the scary black cat on the front, I decided Halloween fit the bill.

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, although there are also some red highlights when held up against the light. A small tan head leaves a few patches of lace on the glass. Light coffee aroma, along with some chocolate. Although this makes very little sense, I would say it smelled smooth. The taste is a satisfying mix of breadiness and roasted malts, with good hints of coffee, smoke and caramel, before leading through to a modest leafy bitterness. Medium body, and medium to low carb, with a nice smoothness on the palate.

Overall, I think this is one of the better schwarbiers I've had, and it certainly holds its only against Kostritzer, which is the most readily available rendition in Ontario. I'd definitely recommend this to all lovers of the style!

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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well they got the schwartz part done pat as this is one black beer. Looks like the coffee I drink in the morning. Nice tan head and great webs of lacing.

Nice roasted malt aroma with some sweet gingerbread-like spiciness tones.

Lioght and sweetish at the front end. Hint of bitterness and then the fun begins. The roasted malt comes alive with a slight hint of smokiness. Finishes dry, but in a balanced way.

For a lager this one has great smoothness and body. Tends to be a bit sticky the longer I took between sips.

If this is Schwarzbier Gimme more please!

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Photo of Derek
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cola-coloured with a light tan head, very little retention, slight leg/lacing.

S: Initial hit of smokiness subsides to a roasted grain & bready aroma with a hint of spicing.

T: Good breadyness, roasted grain, grassy spicing, slight caramel & hints of licorice. Modest bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth with a dry finish. Bang on for the style.

D: Quite drinkable.

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