scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark molasses and papery aroma, spicy noble hops too. Jet black, lasting sticky white head. Dark in roast, light in body, thin overall and seems a bit weak for the style, though itís without flaw.
cfrancis (2024) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to paco for this. Pours a dark brown with a big frothy off white head. Aroma is wood smoke, malt and slight coffee. Taste is medium body, very malty. Some smoke and coffee but both are very faint. Nice beer with no real "big" qualities.
VertBaconStrips (1953) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out a good sized light brown cap that left really nice lacing and rings leaving my glass filthy. Super dark brown brew. Needs a bit more aroma but what is there decent enough - maybe I chose my sampling glass poorly. Roasted malts and a hint of overthick coffee that is barely noticable. Itís a good thing I like tons of malts because there is no shortage here. Rich and thick, the malts are roasted. In the first couple of sips I noticed a healthy ammount of bitterness, but now the malts have taken over. Coffee is there as well but just enough to compliment this tasty brew. I can notice the smokiness (thanks Phil B for pointing that out). Mouthfeel is quite smooth....thereís those hops I noticed! They are blended with a burnt taste that dominated the aftertaste which lasts for quite awhile. Believe it or not, my breath smells awsome! Iím going to drink the rest of the bottles I got now and then buy some more. How is this beer comming out of Saskatoon??????? Party on, farmers.***note to self - compare with Yukon Lead Dog Ale***
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a dark maroon/brown, with a small off white head. Smells of sweet dark fruits, purple grapes, plums, and light candy sugar. The flavor is on the mild side, the fruits arent overwhelming at all, but more subtle, while the bitterness in the finish is more prfound. A little woodsy in its characters, but lacking that nice sweetness you get in most quality schwarzbiers. I htought this was very average.
piscator34 (1843) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample via paco. Dark brown in colour with hints of red. Medium-to-strong carbonation. Great aromas of roasted malt (chocolate, coffee, etc), along with a subtle herbal hop note. Great chocolate-coffee malt flavors dominate, with some elements of wood, nuts, and a bit of toffee. Moderate bitterness with the dryness of the roasted malt and the woody hops both coming into play. Very impressive.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown with red tints. Off-white/light-brown head is initially large but mostly diminishing, leaving spotty lacing. Rather robust aroma with interesting ripened plum and date notes over the top of toasted biscuits, mild roasted coffee and cinnamon. Lightly astringent flavor, mildly sweet with moderate bitter coffee undertones. Toasty, pumpernickel finish. Pretty solid, and surprisingly satisfying. Carbonation level is moderate with a slightly dry mouthfeel. Thanks to Narnad for the bottle.
northropfrye (1722) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an excellent example of this style. Dark brown in colour with brown head. Aroma is sweet and malty, some roasted notes. Taste is roasted malts, hops, chocolate, coffee. Excellent creamy texture.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lovely rich medium brown with a thick, fluffy tan head with great lacing. Nice roasty character, along with that classic soapy characteristic you always get with Schwartzbier. Mild hops and a hint of coffee in the nose. Palate is big and smooth, and surprisingly rich for a black lager, with coffee, roasteed barley, and a nice bitterness coming through. Long, bitter, coffeeish finish. Very good for a dark lager.
pootzboy (1569) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 12 oz
The pour: Puts a deep dark brown lager in the glass with a pleasing 2 finger rocky cap which lasts and laces well.
The Nose: detects bready malts and a distinct "burnt toast char" also a coffee-like roast tone with some woody notes.
The delivery: Big chewy malts laced with roast coffee warmth and some sharp spicy Saaz hopping. Mid palate we get a nice mix of dark toasted rye bread, some bitter-chocolate tastes, creamy mouth feel, weedy hop tastes... then the clean finish which tends to dry out slowly and linger, light hop bitterness with a complementary but subtle roastiness in the background. Some light residual sweetness in the after taste.
The Verdict: A first class Canadian Schwarzbier which I much prefer to the Kostritzer from Thuringa.. ..This Paddock Wood brew is true to west Thuringia style..certainly a dryer cousin of a Munich dunkel.
Black Cat was very fresh and flavourful compared to the commercial imported German blackbeers available. The 5.4%ABV makes it a soothing and satisfying beer as well as a natural to pair up with Pumpernickel, german mustard, cold cuts and munster cheese...wonderful stuff to wash a big sandwich down with ...wish I lived in Calgary Iíd have a fridge full of this stuff!
patricks110 (1487) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had in a bottle from Bottlescrew Bills, Calgary, AB. Aroma of yeast, malty spice hints. Pour is dark brown with a thin tan head. Taste is very grassy, espresso hints and a small taste of smoked wood of some type. A great schwarzbier. I will definately have this beer again.