Xocolatl | Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Noxious26 on 01-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Darkness glass (thanks coworkers, even if it was empty). Black body is pretty dark, doesnt seem to want to let any light through. Thin tan coloured head on a very gentle pour. Mildly and finely carbonated.

Whole grain breadiness, a touch of toffee, milk chocolate, and the mild earthiness of decaying leaves.

Taste is much like the nose, malts emphasize the breadiness and the milk chocolate. A mild nuttiness also in there. Just a hint of deeper roastiness and a whiff of smoke. Hops are light, and provide more depth with their earthiness.

Almost medium bodied, yet feels somewhat watery. Almost seems like something is missing, or was left out to leave this smooth, almost creamy chocolaty porter. Malts and hops nicely balanced, and clean milk chocolate flavour that almost drifts towards more bitter dark chocolate.

This is a very approachable, drinkable, and sessionable porter. Recommended for those looking to get into porters and stouts. For those more used to these styles and looking for something from Paddock Wood I would highly recommend their London Porter, to be reviewed at a later date.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Room temperature as suggested. Dark chocolate with white head, and chocolate in aroma. Middling mouthfeel, malty, but overall bittersweet chocolate taste with drying finish. A tad of roast in there, coffee quite in the background. Minimal carbonation. Quite good porter that I could have many times over the winter.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a beer that invokes the ancient origins of chocolate — and name-checks the Mayan word for it — there isn't a lot of it here.

The label implores drinkers to serve this beer at the proper temperature so the chocolate aromas aren't smothered, but it made little difference in my case. Quaffing this beer slowly while working in front of the computer for an hour did little to reveal much chocolately goodness.

This beer poured dark and opaque as any I've seen: holding it up to a fluorescent desk lamp revealed only the faintest hint of ruby highlights amid the blackness. A bubbly tan head quickly reduced to a ring in the meantime.

The aroma, as stated, possessed only muted whiffs of dark chocolate, coffee grounds and roasted barley. The taste was much more in keeping with a traditional porter and not altogether bad: subdued dark chocolate, slightly bitter coffee and a dry finish. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery. Nothing here that made me want to run out and get more.

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Photo of elricorico
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, appears black in the glass, and almost no light can find its way through. The head is thick and creamy, the colour of chocolate milk. As it fades there is plenty of lacing.

The smell is dominated by dark chocolate and chocolatey roasted malt. A faint burnt smell is in there, but not much.

The flavour is full of roasted malt. Real chocolate is faintly notable, but mostly noticed is a roasted and bitter flavour that carries almost from front to back of the mouth. Smokey, burnt taste rises up into the nose at the very end.

A pretty decent porter mouthfeel, it has some body to it, though I find the carbonation almost too low.

Not quite what I expected, I was hoping for a little more chocolate in the taste. A good porter, but not an exceptional chocolate beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last to sample from my Paddock Wood sampler pack.

Pours out pitch black, absolutely impermeable to light, even sunlight. Dense tall spongy tan head with good retention.

Aroma of rich roasted malt, soft chocolate notes, and some light woody tones. Even a touch of smokiness.

The flavour is predominantly roasted malts, some coffee grounds in there as well, with intense cocoa rounding out the finish. Intense bitter chocolate on the aftertaste. Burnt wood appears well along the aftertaste.

As biting as the flavour is, the mouthfeel is soft and rounded and full in its creaminess.

This porter is intense with its roasted malt and the bitterness from the cocoa and coffee notes, it leaves the top of my palate puckering like a hop-heavy IPA would. Yet even the dryness of it soft and not sharp, making it a decently quaffable English porter with a couple of surprises.

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Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paddock Wood Variety 6 Pack with 2 Xocolatl, 2 Bock, 2 Rye IPA. Brown 355 ml bottle, with a Mayan Temple on the label.
Very dark, basically black color, almost no light comes through when held to the light. The head is thick and creamy, the color of chocolate milk (reminded me of Rogue Chocolate Stout). Foams shrinks, but never disappears and leaves thick lacing. The smell has lots of dark chocolate and chocolate roasted malt. The taste is more of the same - roasted malt, bitter chocolate. There is a bit of a smokey, burnt bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Good mouthfeel and body, thick creamy without being cloying or sticky. Well balanced, not overly sweet or choclately. Very well balanced and flavorful. Another good one.

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Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark chocolate with a light tan head, awesome retention, hints of lace.

S: Floral hops, chocolate & roasted grains.

T: Chocolate, floral hops, light roasted coffee, hints of nuts & brown sugar, modest bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body (a little thin); carbonation is on the high side; finishes very dry.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Shared with a buddy who brought over some homebrew for me to try. Thanx Gord! Xocolatl is the Mayan word for chocolate.

Black, opaque. Light brown head is thick and 1/4 head on the pour. Good head retention as it's present all the way to the end of the glass.

Aroma is enchanting! Blissful dark chocolate, rich and sweet. Hints of roasted malt.

The best part about this beer is that the taste isn't as strongly chocolate as the aroma. This makes it a delight for the senses as the sweet nose mixes with the smooth, rich roasted malt with chocolate background and hints of char on the palate.

Rich and velvety mouthfeel is full and round with minimal carbonation.

This is a great beer. Certainly one of the best dessert beers I've ever had. I couldn't see me drinking this all the time, or more than one or two in a sitting, but what an enchanting way to kick back and relax. Perfect for cuddling up with a loved one by a fireplace on a cold winter night.

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Photo of pootz
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


The serve: As requested by the brewer this 3 week old sample was stored at 39 degreesF and served at 50 degreesF

The Pour: a deep opaque black that defies light to pass through the glass...lots of suspended protiens and cocoa. Lovely mocha colored parfait cap last and laces the glass.

Aromas: wow! Cocoa in spades..some coffee and roast tones...light sweetness...very pungent.

The Quaff: Big chewy front side thick and rich in body and creamy punctuated with cocoa coffee much like a milk stout but with intense chocolate flavors...nid palate the wonderfully executed hopping shows up to complicate the flavor profile with herbal-botanical bittering which carries into the long drying finish to leave a charred-metallic after taste.

Post indulgent imprint: This beer could easily pass for a chocolate stout because of the body and character, but the outstanding trait is the marvellous balancing act the brewer did in getting the cocoa, black malt char and hops to do a perfect 3 way balance creating one of the best balanced chocolate ales I have ever tasted.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Guinness pint glass.

Pours black with a hint of red shining through the bottom of the glass when held to a light. Large creamy tan head forms.which recedes to a decent cap. No lacing.

Smells of chocolate... high quality dark chocolate, but I wish it was a little stronger.

Some roastiness and hop bitterness show up in the taste.. again I wish there was a little more chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full.

Drinkability is high for me. I'd love to drink a few of these during a weekend afternoon of watching football.

A very good beer that didn't quite meet my high expectations of what a "chocolate" porter should be. If it was just called a porter, I wouldn't have had the preconcieved notions that I did. That being said, this is one of the best session strength porters I've ever had, right up there with the Fullers London Porter and Boulevard Bully Porter which I enjoy very much.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me by demcorhip. Thanks man! poured into a pint glass.

Poured (a little too vigorously) with about 2 inches of head, lots of fluffy lace follows it as it recedes. Black as the night, as it should be. Aromas of dark chocolate, brown sugar, heavily roasted coffee and sharp acidity.

Taste is fairly light really, the roasted malt is in front, nice and bitter, with a light sugary sweetness balancing it out. Lactic acidity, light nuttiness and roasted coffee. Not that complex but quaffable, and even what I might call sessionable. Sticks nicely to the throat and makes you want more. Carbonation is just right. An enjoyable brew to be sure.

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Photo of aychbomb
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this beer stored for about a year. bought it from brewery last holiday season. stored it in my beer fridge in regina, carefuly moved it with me to ottawa, now drinking it.

appearance: black, foamy light brown/beige head w/ nice tight bubbles. deacent retetion.

smell: rich malty aroma w/ coffee and chocolate (mocachino) very little hop aroma.

taste: moderatly high malt flavor. subtle chocolate/coffee undertones. assertive bitterness, unshure if this is from hops or bitter chocolate.

mouthfeel: medium body, midly creamy. very litte carbonation. very dry bitter finish.

drinkability:an interesting beer, coffee/chocolate "cap-beer-chino"


ps. this beer comes with drinking instructions:
"do not serve cold...under 12c smothers chocolate aromatics"
i brought it up to 13c befoer drinking.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Xocolatl from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 13 ratings