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Cold Press Black Ale - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Cold Press Black AleCold Press Black Ale

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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 281
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 36
Gots: 44 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 281
Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -23.7%
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 Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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 cvm4
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
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 CraftFan5
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks for the extra. Cracking this open at the office at the start of Game 3 of the NLCS #LGM. 12 oz. can into the work snifter.

A - Looks like a stout to me, right down to the mocha head. Just a slight reddish color at the very bottom of the glass.

N - Strangely enough, I get coffee and hops. More coffee, but it's not overwhelming. For how it looks, it's deceptively light on the nose.

T - Lots of coffee. It's not overwhelming, but I don't get much else. Maybe some hop bitterness on the very back end. Quite tasty.

M - Pretty thin on the mouth, but plenty of carbonation. Not unpleasant.

O - A very solid offering. Looking forward to others from Steel Toe.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
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 chinchill
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
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 danh53
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
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 WesMantooth
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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 gatornation
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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 OmahaKF
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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 garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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 jera1350
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%

Great cold press coffee flavor with a moderate amount of malt sweetness backing it up. Thinner bodied, but wonderful coffee beer in a drinkable style that's not too heavy or high in ABV.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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 Bluegrass49
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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 bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Black with good sized tan head and nice lacing rings.

Smell: Mostly cold press espresso but also with dark chocolate, molasses and smoke.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, with loads of espresso and dark chocolate. Some bite at the end from the roasted malts and coffee.

Feel: Smooth and creamy with moderately low carbonation. The body is lighter than expected. Dry finish.

Overall: The easiest drinking Coffee Stout I have had, and it is also flat out delicious.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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 MNAle
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of hardy008
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a two finger tan head. The aroma has coffee, dark roasted malt, and a little cocoa. The coffee smells very nice.

The taste has more of the great coffee found in the aroma, along with dark roasted malt, cocoa, and maybe a little lactose too.

Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Very easy to drink. If you like a good cup of coffee, and a good beer. This combination should work nicely.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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 StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is darn good coffee beer. seems like everyone has figured it out at the same time. it used to be that to find a coffee beer this good was a one in a hundred proposition, now, its like every other one is amazing. something has changed in the science, and i dont know what it is, but i am thankful for it. this is cool beer though, different from the crowd for a couple reasons. first, its not a stout or a porter, so its more drinkable with a lighter body and a lot less of the bitter roast. the coffee is also no real bitter, so the beer sort of stays neutral on the bitter/sweet spectrum. i like that, allows me to drink a lot of it. it also warms up really favorably where more chocolate malt than roasted barley can be tasted, and a hint of hazelnut comes in. the only real bitterness here comes from hops, which i think is the genius of black ale versus stout or porter with coffee. it has similarities in flavor (not anything else) to the beer hop breakfast from mikkeller. really smooth but still pleasantly carbonated. this was my favorite of the bent paddle beers i got to enjoy on my minnesota trip.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two finger tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty coffee and dark malt forward aroma with good hints of coffee beans, chocolate, and earthy hops. Big upfront scent of cold press coffee along with good hints of dark chocolate, toast, biscuit, oats, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Light hints of sugar and cream. Also some hints of earthy and spicy hops in the background. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a nicely roasty coffee dark malt forward taste with big notes of coffee and chocolate along with some earthy hops. Big taste of cold press coffee beans upfront. Dark roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, nuts, oats, and yeast. Nice notes of cream and light sugar. Background notes of earthy hops with some pine. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good coffee ale. Big taste of fresh coffee with some good dark malt and subtle hop notes.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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 gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown body, nice coffee bean and vanilla aromas, the taste is coffee, dark chocolate, mocha, and vanilla. Nice body , medium with medium carbonation, but velvety and smooth. Overall very delicious.

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Cold Press Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.