Bête Noire
Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #383
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
85
Ranked #31,771
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 10.34%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
48
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Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
 
Saskatchewan, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Aug 30, 2008
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MAB from Canada (AB)

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

May 01, 2008
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle:

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.

May 03, 2010
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Jul 11, 2007
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sep 28, 2009
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 wouldn’t mind having another glass of.

May 15, 2007
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dec 23, 2007
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Jul 19, 2008
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trevorwideman from Canada (MB)

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle brought to me by demcorhip. Thanks man!

Pours an inky black, nearly opaque colour with a 1/4 inch of head, even off a hard pour. The minimal head recedes quickly and leaves just a little wet lace. Not much in the way of retention, just a few bubbles. Carbonation seems minimal. Aroma is lightly sweet with a bit of molasses, chocolate, nuts, some generic juicy fruitiness, cocoa, and roasted coffee bitterness. Great aroma.

Taste starts out rich with tons of milk chocolate flavour. There's some lactic sourness and tons of roasted coffee. A little brown sugar and herbal hops in the background. Simple but well balanced and very flavourful. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild carbonation, herbal finish and nice dryness. This is a great flavourful session brew, smooth and keeps you sipping.

Feb 01, 2008
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elricorico from Canada (AB)

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jan 29, 2007
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BDTyre from Canada (BC)

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jul 18, 2008
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fisherman34 from Canada (MB)

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Feb 02, 2008
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Orrshow from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is basically opaque with a small amount of light tan head. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Smell – First impressions are strong of oats and roasted malt. There is a trace of coffee bean as well.

Taste – Up front the coffee makes a nice impression with a small touch of chocolate. I can definitely taste the oatmeal in there as well and it is complimented by a nice smokey flavor. It’s nice.

Mouthfeel – A touch thin for how I like my Stouts but it still carries some body. The carbonation is pretty easy on the mouth.

Drinkability – Good here. I have no troubles with this beer as its flavors are enjoyable and it has no unpleasant characteristics.

This is a decent Stout all around. Makes me look forward to trying more Paddock Wood brews.

Feb 23, 2007
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grub from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jul 19, 2008
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nokes from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Mar 05, 2010
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markaberrant from Canada (SK)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black; small head recedes to a ring almost instantly.

Aroma reminds me of fresh baked chocolate oatmeal cookies, I just wish it was a little stonger.

Taste is magnificent. Big roasty flavours upfront, smooth malt and oatmeal with a hint of sweetness in the middle, and a trace of hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth thanks to the oatmeal, it really helps to carry the flavours. Carbonation is low which is just right.

Drinkability is high. The alcohol level is average with tons of flavour. What more do you want?

A very enjoyable brew. This was my first taste of it in bottle form after enjoying it several times on tap. This beer deserves a wider audience. I would love to do a side by side tasting with St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, I think it would definitely hold its own.

Mar 16, 2007
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vanrassel from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Feb 05, 2007
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ablaze from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown head with thick lacing on an ink-black brew.

Smells a bit like fish oil and soy sauce...molasses and smoked oysters. A bit woody and charred.

Thick and sticky with average carbonation. Dry with a bold but soft roasted flavour, smoky...woody and rich. A bit tart at first but mellows out nicely with a light black licorice in the finish. Could use another element in the flavour.

I sort of like this one and it delivers, but not the best out there. Decent offer by Paddock Wood.

Jan 09, 2008
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demcorhip from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sep 13, 2008
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Shadman from Canada (AB)

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Nov 30, 2009
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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+.

Oct 28, 2010
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Graham5161986 from Canada (BC)

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a a deep black with a nice, three finger dark tan head has decent retention but reduces to a brownish film on the top of the beer. Smell is of rich chocolate malts with some decent hopping in the background. Taste is chocolaty with a touch of java and some sugary fruit on the mid-palate - good amount of complexity. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, has just a touch of tingly carbonation and a creamy, but quite dry finish. I was very pleased with this beer. I think it has a lot of different flavours to offer and makes a great cold day beer. I would definitely buy it again.

Nov 24, 2008
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mothman from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Feb 17, 2009
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Oct 18, 2008
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kjyost from Canada (MB)

3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Jun 28, 2010
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 48 ratings