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Black Ale - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gatornation on 06-25-2013)
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Reviews by TCMike:
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3.76/5  rDev -4.8%

Produced a one finger beige head. The beer color is an ultra deep brown, (appears black at first glance).

Smell is nice, but could be bolder. It's of roasted malts, light caramel, and peppery hops.

The taste is very similar. Not as much hop bite as most black ales i've had. It is easier drinking in that aspect. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation.

Good stuff!

03-23-2014 21:53:59 | More by TCMike
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-17-2014 23:56:45 | More by DaftPatrick
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-22-2014 02:44:41 | More by ryancl
Photo of bsp77


4.09/5  rDev +3.5%

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Pint.

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

Smell: Heavy roasted aroma, with dark chocolate, bitter coffee and smoke. Definite oat aroma as well.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, with very dry, roasted notes of chocolate, coffee and smoke. Some bite at the end from the roasted malts as well as spicy hoppiness.

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

Overall: The Black Ale name is a bit of a misnomer, as everyone assumes that means Black IPA. This is really an Oatmeal Stout but with a lighter body than expected for the style. This is really good stuff; I just hope people aren't disappointed that this is not a hop bomb.

04-23-2014 15:22:04 | More by bsp77
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%

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

Appearance: Pours dark black with a hint of brownish amber. Lots of bubbles and a huge four finger tan head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and very roasty stout like aroma with big hints of chocolate, oats, and caramel malt. Upfront roasted malts with big hints of chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toasted bread, oats, grains, caramel, toffee, nuts, yeast, vanilla, and cream. Sweet hints of molasses and brown sugar. Background presence of earthy and grassy hops along with light hints of citrus orange. A very good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a very roasty and fairly sweet and creamy stout like taste with good notes of chocolate and light hops. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, biscuit, toasted bread, grains, caramel, toffee, nuts, yeast, vanilla, and cream. Sweet notes of brown sugar and molasses. Solid backing presence of hops with earthy notes and some subtle citrus notes of orange. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A pretty solid dark brew. More like a small stout than black ale. Very good notes of chocolate and oatmeal.

12-01-2013 07:52:52 | More by MattyG85
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

09-22-2013 05:13:40 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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New Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

Small light tan head slowly settles into a nice lacing above all clear very dark brown to black colored beer.

Rich dark roasted grain malt aroma with a light coffee hint.

RIch and creamy taste with a lot of the dark roasted malts with a light coffee hint.

Lasting Rich roasted malts and light dryish aftertaste on this full bodied beer.

A very worthy beer.

07-25-2013 20:42:48 | More by LXIXME
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-27-2014 02:00:33 | More by socon67
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

09-01-2013 23:03:40 | More by Cooper
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-23-2014 22:36:47 | More by SeanaldDriver
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-13-2013 01:25:21 | More by Bunuelian
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

07-20-2014 15:41:52 | More by runwild99
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-27-2014 16:24:30 | More by fanboy77
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North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to Zeledonia for this can.

A: Pours black with two fingers of light tan head that fades into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: Roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate and dry, piney hops following. The finish is a little sweeter with a touch of vanilla.

T: Roasted malts here as well with cacao nibs, slight char and smoke, and piney hops. The finish is dry and lightly bitter.

M: Body is on the thicker end of moderate with medium carbonation, this beer is nicely drinkable.

O: An enjoyable beer, overall. It has a good mixture of stout and IPA characteristics and is quite drinkable for the style.

02-08-2014 22:24:43 | More by n2185
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-07-2014 17:08:37 | More by ddavison
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-13-2014 12:29:09 | More by TooGood
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-11-2013 01:58:20 | More by bigbeers84
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-18-2014 01:54:17 | More by Hopsiam14
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4.34/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured on-tap into mason jar.
A: Pours an extremely dark black with 1/4 inch light tan head. Decent retention and lacing. (4)
S: Dark chocolate and caramel malts. Whiff of root beer and molasses. (3.5)
T: Dark dried fruit, plum, dark chocolate and caramel malts. (3.75)
M: Light-medium body but drinks heavier than the ABV would suggest. (3.75)
D: This brew has excellent sessionability. Nicely crafted especially for style. (4)

Early July 2014:
Had on nitro-tap and was even better (4.25/4/4.5/4.5/4.25). More sweet, smooth, and chocolate. Really worked well with the nitro.

07-19-2013 00:38:46 | More by mwilbur
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-25-2013 00:27:00 | More by MN_Beerticker
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-25-2013 14:24:52 | More by ShanePB
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Appearance: Dark-tan head sits calmly above the dark depths of this beer. After consuming the black liquid, a nice lacing is left behind to tell the tale. Even nearing the end of the glass a nice creamy layer sits afloat.

Smell: Immediately some sweet chocolate is carried up to my nose, pulling with it a nice roast-toasty note. Caramel sits there with a subtle citrus hop aroma.

Taste: Chocolate roasty character. Caramel and nuttiness shelters the hop presences.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body with good carbonation. Smooth, very smooth.

Overall: This is a very drinkable dark beer with very nice chocolate presence hiding the deeper characters that run deeper down. For a beer with so much in common with stout, I could easily drink many in one sitting with out thinking about it.

12-11-2013 03:31:44 | More by drop6301
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-06-2014 02:17:52 | More by northcoastwolf
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

Label uses each of the following “black ale, stout, and porter”, so will review with an open mind.

A: Body is black, with a pillow of tan head. Nice retention.
S: Bready and musty with some roasted malt (and lactose maybe?). Smells like an oatmeal stout.
T: Flavor is slightly sweet and strongly roasted with some chocolate flavor and a heavy black malt contribution. Finishes with bitter roasted notes.
M: Body is not thick but is full and pretty smooth. Carbonation is medium to plus, depending on style.

Nice beer. I’d like it even better if they reduced the bittering hops a tad, but this has been growing on me over a couple 6 packs and is a good option if you want to pack a canned stout.

12-01-2013 04:14:48 | More by GeezLynn
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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

08-17-2014 18:04:12 | More by jstark
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Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.