Cold Press Black Ale - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 267
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 35
Gots: 43 | FT: 4
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Bent Paddle Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: XmnwildX12 on 11-22-2013

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint ale glass. Pours a very dark black with a tan 1 1/2 in. head with moderate retention and slight lacing. Very chocolatey/coffee taste with a slight bitterness that is gone before before you swallow, leaving a wonderful taste behind. One of the best black ales I've had.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 oz can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark (almost thick) black with 1 inch dark tan head with decent retention. Faint lacing.
S: One can smell the medium roast coffee from at least a foot away. Upon closer inspection, dark bitter chocolate and tobacco notes are present. Strong aroma!
T: Nice medium roast coffee, hint of cream, dark chocolate, tobacco, and a hint of leather. The coffee note is spot on...and mingles perfectly with the rest of the notes.
M: Medium body and oh so smooth. Some sweetness up front, then turns more toward bitterness which becomes even more apparent in the finish. Mildly dry. Love the feel, especially for the style.
D: Wow! For 6% ABV, this is one dangerous brew. It one-ups their black ale, which is one of my favorite beers. It doesn't overextend itself or become too complicated. It brings a lot of nice elements to the table and executes them to near perfection. Well done, Bent Paddle!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottom of can says 238-15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Excellent iced coffee aroma with some chocolate and caramel thrown in the mix as well.

T- Coffee's a bit more toned down than in the aroma with more chocolate coming through plus some vanilla. Smooth, flavorful and straightforward.

M- Somewhat thick and slightly creamy. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A very well done coffee beer that has a near-perfect ratio of sweet-to-roasty-coffee taste. I agree with the label of American Black Ale since it doesn't have the viscosity of a stout, nor the flavor profile of a porter and it's too dark to be a brown. Great stuff.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bent paddle cold press black ale
Mainly coffee the nose but high quality and quite appealing. Fortunately it is very fine coffee as the flavor confirms.
Very smooth. Mild bitterness.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells exactly like fresh-roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and cocoa powder. Taste is a rich cold brew and milk chocolate, with a slight coffee acid bitterness up front and a creamy finish.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark but the head want as pronounced as I expected. Smells like straight cold press coffee. Taste is smooth not hoppy heavily coffee. Solid go to coffee brew

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Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12oz can from @Ridder, no date code

A — Pours a dark and rich brown, almost black unless you hold it up to the light, fairly tall mocha colored head forms and leaves behind some nice enough lacing.

S — Smells of bitter coffee and chocolate, coffee notes are note fresh, very much bitter and acrid.

T — Tastes of rich darkly roasted coffee beans and dark fruits, plums, raisins, slightly sweet.

M — Medium bodied, long finish.

O — Nice overall, would have enjoyed some more coffee, this is a little thin and sweet though.

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Photo of cvm4
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours very black, watery like coffee and a medium tan one finger head.

S - Roasted malts and bready yeast. The coffee is not in your face. It's not a strong black cup or a bag full of coffee beans. Instead, the coffee is hiding in the background.

T - Light black coffee, cream, smokiness and chocolate.

F - Perfect... Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Such a creamy and smooth body.

O - Solid all around. I just wished for a little more coffee to peak through on the smell and taste, as the main aspect of the beer is somewhat hidden.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a snifter.

Pours like coffee. Forms a chewy, khaki-colored head a finger and a half thick and it persists for ages. Lace remains as it recedes in walls and streaks. Pitch black body suggests coffee and has me concerned I made a bad decision cracking this at 9PM on a work night.

Quite a nose here. There's coffee but it's not that stiff black coffee or coffee beans or anything like many other coffee beers I've grown accustomed too. I'm getting raisin and tobacco and fruitiness here. It kind of smells like an unlit cigarette. Faint roasted malt and roasted coffee are behind this menagerie. It's interesting and intriguing. 3.75

I taste something maybe a little soapy and off, but I also taste some rich coffee. This coffee in here seems legit to my amateur tastes. Very fruit and berry-like while still chocolatey and a tad caramel-like. Maybe that's the beer offering those flavors but it seems like the coffee. The front end seems a tad dominated by either yeast or hops that are imparting some odd vegetal and floral flavors, but once past that, this beer tastes pretty phenomenal. From mid-palate onwards, it's a lovely damn beer. 3.5

Some people hate on these lighter-bodied coffee beers but I love them. This think drinks more like a coffee from a tap than a beer, but I get down. It's still rich and flavorful and has a creamy mouthfeel. 4

A few oddities drag this beer down and I'm curious if it's the batch I had or some other factor because this beer feels like it has everything to be awesome. I enjoyed.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours deep, dark and rich but not completely black.

Smell: The strong malt aroma with the bready, smoky small with a hint of coffee.

Taste: A strong smoky, bready flavor that starts out smooth and finishes smooth. An a pleasant note of coffee and hint of chocolate add texture to the taste profile.

Mouthfeel: Very lightly carbonated and strong yet balanced malt.

Overall: This is by far my favorite beer in this beer style for a black coffee ale, I have not tasted a better one yet.

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Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours very black but not a motor oils viscous black with a black cherry head streaky lacing thru-out
roasted malts coffee chocolate and a hint of vanilla malt
yum fresh coffee meet mellow roasted malts and chocolate very tasty
nice coffee infusion in this black ale its velvet smooth
Tasty highly recommended if you like cofee infused black ale brews

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from the can into a Prairie teku glass. There's a bit of a mocha head, but it fades quickly. The aroma of rich chocolate and coffee reminds me of fudge. The coffee carries the taste, and does it well. No grounds here. There's also some dark chocolate, with just a hint of dryness. Medium mouth with a fair amount of carbonation. This is one of the better coffee stouts.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bent Paddle Cold Press Black, Coffee Ale featuring Duluth Coffee Company, Craft brewed in Duluth, MN. Contains: water, hops, yeast, malt, coffee. 6.0% alc./vol.

Utter blackness fills the glass. Rich, roasted tan head holds court above.

Aroma: Ah! Dense, intense espresso notes combine with cocoa, minor hop notes just below.

Taste: Mmm. Smooth. Glides on the palate effortlessly, spreading the coffee goodness. Mild hop bitterness makes perfect peace with the forward coffee component. Long finish, full body, terrifically tasty. My favorite coffee-infused "black ale" so far.

Hey, what do they say? "A local infusion of flavor--Bent Paddle Black combined with Duluth Coffee Company's cold press coffee. Smoother than campfire coffee without the mess of the grounds."

I like all the beers from Bent Paddle, but all the camping references do as much for me as sports metaphors and boat puns. Now, when beer labels mention biking in the city and collecting jazz records or obscure cartoonists, that's when they're talking my language.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the hops in this beer, though they were minimal. Coffee stouts can often be overly sweet, that was not the case here. Nice coffee and toasted malt bitterness. It was crisp and dry. Smell was much more coffee than taste.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour from 12 oz can into snifter. Big, creamy, frothy ,khaki brown head.

Aroma is not real intense, but is predominantly coffee. Also sweet chocolate candy and some roasted malt in the background.

The flavors are much more significant than it smelled. Still not intense. The coffe is definitely at the forefront, but is more of a creamer type. It blends very well wih the roasted barley and not as sweet as I expected chocolate flavors. Not much bitterness in this one. Aftertaste is much more sweet than bitter. No noticeable alcohol.

Body is not quite as creamy as the poor led me to believe. A nice solid medium body though. Seems to have a "cotton mouth" dryness to it though.

Overall, this doesn't say black ale to me. No real noticeable hops. I think this is wonderfully balanced for a coffee stout. Even though the beans are on full display, I would recommend this to another fellow non-coffee drinker. It is an excellent, easy drinking beer with ample amounts of quality flavors that I would love to have again.

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Photo of danh53
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from in person trade with Dan. Its a dark brown, coffee forward beer. The coffee is strong, but blends well with dark roasted malt, liquorice, leather, and breadiness on the nose and taste. It has good carbonation, a medium mouth feel that seems a little more full that most brown ales, and just the right touch of sweetness.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with an ample khaki head. Thick collar and nice lacing.

Smell - Coffee. Roasted malt. Slightly sweet aroma.

Taste - Coffee is the most dominant. Starts bright and gets a little bit richer. Roasted malts behind it, but never quite enough to overwhelm it.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Not as creamy as regular Black. Well carbonated.

Overall - Heavy on the coffee. Tastes good, but not quite the beer that regular Black is.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served on tap at Republic at Seven Corners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a dark Tootsie Pop brown. A one finger head of chocolate mousse colored bubbles retained well, leaving sheets of lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be minimal. The aroma gave red wine vinegar, dusty dark chocolate and black malts, Tootsie Rolls, char roasted espresso beans, wet tobacco leafiness, campfire smokiness, cooked chestnuts, red cherries, tannic black tea, bubblegum esters, and mild plastic phenols. Flavors included darkly charred malts brown and chocolate malts, dusty cacao nibs, sugary and toasty creme brûlée sweetness, bitter grasses and florals of distant hoppiness, bold coffee beans, oily soy sauciness, dark fig and cherry flash, pulverized cement, mineral earthiness, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, and cold snowy metallics. The body was on the full side, while the carbonation was medium. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were all hearty, with excellent finishing pop to round things out. Mouthfeel was otherwise chewy, drying, and dusty of chalkiness and tannins. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks well, disappearing quickly.

Overall, this was an impressive local find!! Actually, it hails from north of Minneapolis, in Duluth, but a new brewery is always welcomed. The bartender recommended this one as well, explaining that this brewery, and many of the northern Minnesotan breweries, tend to build heavier, hotter beers. To that end we were certainly not disappointed. There was enough coffee here to wake someone up from a deep grogginess, but with just enough sweetness to counterbalance nicely. Excellent balance all around. Most remarkable, however, was drinkability. You just want to wash each sip down with another sip, making us wish the pour was into larger, more generous glassware.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extremely smooth coffee in both the aroma and flavor. Not too intense or overwhelming.
Very dark to black and capped with a tan head. Also smooth dark malt with a soft bitterness that lingers nicely. A touch of sweetness up front.
Did I say this is smooth? Almost clean it's so smooth. Softly carbonated

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Photo of maedhros09
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black with brown edges, 1/2 in of fine tan head that leaves lacing and a very thin film.

Smell: Coffee with chocolate, somewhat muted.

Taste: Again a marriage of coffee and chocolate with caramelly sweetness and some very mild bitterness or astringency

Feel: Thick body, very fine carbonation resulting in extremely smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A very well-balanced and blended, extremely smooth coffee stout. Undoubtedly caffeinated, for those like me who are sensitive to caffeine. The coffee flavors are of a very high quality with very little bitterness.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, topped by a sizable dark beige head. Fantastic retention, slowly sliding down the glass, leaving thick chunks of lacing behind.

Tart dark fruit and lightly roasted barley come through on the nose first. Slightly sharp. Coffee starts to come through on deep breaths as the head continues its slow descent.

Flavor is a huge blast of coffee, supplemented by semi-sweet chocolate and a very subtle roasted barley. Touch of cream and tartness up front and on the backend. Hops are earthy and slightly herbal.

Smooth, cloying feel with a large dose of bitterness; drying, nearly effervescent feel to the aftertaste.

This is an excellent, well-balanced, and very smooth coffee stout/black ale. Nothing big or amazing, but extremely smooth and unbelievably drinkable; this beer keeps disappearing from my glass every time I look!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz can into a Founders snifter.

Pours a rich, .5 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is stringy with good stick. Solid.

Nose is mocha, chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. Delicious. This is what I want my coffee to smell like. Aromatic, deep and very robust.

Opens coffee, mocha, chocolate, liquorice and cocoa. Some roastiness in the middle but for the most part, the same flavor profile throughout. Great balance of coffee bean bitterness and a bit of chocolatey sweentness. Finishes a touch grainy with big coffee bean notes. Holy moly, this is fantastic!

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly prickly in the mouth and dry and a bit resiny going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Super drinkable.

If you like iced coffee and coffee beers... and I don't mind beers brewed with coffee, I mean beers that taste like straight up morning Joe, then this is a can't miss. Really outstanding!

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Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A fudge brown color with ruby highlights; the tannish head was somewhat smaller than expected but still left a lot of lacing behind

Smell: Not sure that I have ever smelled coffee aromatics on a beer like this one - really nice

Taste: A touch of roast and a hint of chocolate and then the coffee takes over, relentlessly; the finish has a touch of bitterness and smoke that adds complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit lighter in the body than I would expect from a stout and the brewery doesn't call this a stout on their webpage, either; it's more of an American Black minus the hops and plus the coffee

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

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Photo of Mdog
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, huge head.

Smell: Coffee, mocha, sweetness.

Taste: Rich coffee flavor, not too bitter, full mouth feel, very good.

Overall: I tried this at the brewery where I would have probably given it a 4.75, so when cans showed up in the Twin Cities I reviewed it. It's an excellent beer, the coffee is not quite as bitter as I've had in other coffee-infused beers which rates it higher in my mind. At the brewery the feel and taste are even better.

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Photo of MNAle
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with creamy 2 finger tan head that lingers a while with nice clinging / lacing. Obvious coffee aroma plus toasty malts. Porter-style malt initial taste followed quickly by the coffee. Very nice. The coffee is definitely there in the taste, but not as dominant as the aroma might lead you to expect, but still quite strongly coffee-tasting. Mouth feel is smooth, creamy, but not too thick, as you might expect from a beer labeled as a Black Ale. Taste then transitions to a malt-dominated taste with the hop bitterness coming through at the end and continuing in the aftertaste. The hop bitterness lingers awhile in the aftertaste. A bit pricey @ $11 for a 12 oz 4-pack. Note: as the beer warms, it becomes a bit more unpleasant in the aftertaste. Not too bad; just a bit.

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Cold Press Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.