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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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Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by XmnwildX12 on 11-22-2013

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Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -23.3%
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 -17.1%
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 -11.1%
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 -9.4%
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 hardysf
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin beer with good flavors. A tad on the sweet and milky side. Coffee is present, but not in your face. Good beer for the style and very drinkable.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear black with a solid mocha colored head. The aroma is of freshly brewed coffee, as one might expect, with hints of dark chocolate and mild smoke. The flavor follows the same way, the primary flavoring coming from the coffee, with the smoke coming out a bit more powerfully in the flavor, and dark chocolate and some oakiness staying in the background. The feel is light and refreshing, whocjh is a nioce chage for a coffee beer. Overall this is a very enjoyable and well done coffee beer.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Woah! A coffee beer that isn't a stout? And isn't imperial?? But this flies in the face of everything I've learned about the modern craft beer movement! I thought if it's beer with coffee, it has to be thick, black, and chock full o' booze. Oh well, I suppose we can make an exception...

Indeed, I hadn't really read the can before I poured and was amazed at how light the body appeared compared to something like BCBCS or Big Bad Baptist, like I was expecting. But it still gave a thick, sudsy head and had some good carbonation with thick bubbles. Good texture for a black ale - well, not pitch black, more like cola, but who cares?

Now this is very much a coffee ale, but again, not the rich, bitter, chalky punishment you might be expecting if you're used to heavier types of coffee ales. The bitterness is very mellow, true to it's descriptor as a "cold press" coffee beer; I notice that cold-brew coffee tends to have mellow bitterness and a gentler, more aromatic and less abrasive flavor. This is the same, with the lightly bitter coffee mixing with slight milk chocolate notes, chicory root, and a bit of tootsie roll at the end of the glass as it's warmed up.

Overall, this is a relatively mellow, very flavorful brew for those who like the coffee/beer marriage but don't want a knockout stout. Well-made and worth having for any fan of dark ales.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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 buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of tan head that recedes to leave some decent lacing.

I expected a huge coffee imperial stout aroma based on the pour. Then I realized that it was a black ale, and I am a dumb-ass. The smell was like a coffee with cream and sugar. It was sweet smelling but not in your face like a stout would be.

The taste is much like the smell. It tastes like milky, sweetened coffee which is not a bad thing.

Medium mouthfeel

Once I realized what I was drinking I appreciated it a lot more. I enjoyed it, but the flavor and aroma were almost candy-like sweet to me. Again, not a bad thing, but a little on the sweet end for me. I did enjoy this as a dessert nightcap, so it worked well for me.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -3.8%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -1.4%
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 Taybeh
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Acadia, into a shaker, pours a dark dark brown black with a nice khaki head that leaves some decent lacing. Dark chocolate, espresso, a little campfire smoke, more espresso. The nose is good, but the combination of the taste and the feel is what makes this one particularly nice: lots of coffee flavor but none of the drama from either hoppy or roasted bitterness, though there is definitely roasted barley there and some faint earthy hops...just really mellow and mild which really works well. It leaves you with a very full and smooth mouthful, a little on the thin and light side and not exactly creamy, but almost: quite satisfying and flavorful.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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%
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%

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 sjccmd
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big aroma of coffee and cocoa. Rich roasted malt and slightly burnt bread. Some sweetness and a hint of dark fruits. Hops are piney but in the background.

Pours nearly black with dark brown highlights. Dark tan head, decent retention and lacing.

Coffee is strong in the flavor. Perhaps overwhelms the beer flavor, but for me, it's balanced enough given the name. Sometimes coffee beers make it difficult to pinpoint what is coffee and what is roasted malt. Coffee is quite easy to discern. Cocoa and dark fruits creep up. Firm piney bitterness without being on the forefront.

The coffee seems to thin the body a bit, but it still doesn't seem watery. Medium carbonation. Finish is mostly dry. Roasty bitterness lingers on the palate.

Not a "black IPA" but enjoyable as a coffee beer. Definitely one of the more coffee forward beers out there.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 Umdrunner
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of the darkest beers I've had, rich dark pour with moderate tan head. Bold coffee scent that mimics a fresh coffee house. Coffee dominates the taste but it's a very smooth, non harsh coffee flavor. If you enjoy coffee, you MUST try this beer!

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Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +1.7%
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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Cold Press Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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