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Black Ale - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | 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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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.6%

07-05-2014 19:35:46 | More by Arrowhead_MN
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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

09-22-2013 05:13:40 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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runwild99

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

07-20-2014 15:41:52 | More by runwild99
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fanboy77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-07-2014 17:08:37 | More by ddavison
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-21-2013 23:38:47 | More by cofeeguru
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ekimmel

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-03-2014 00:20:17 | More by ekimmel
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JoshNLFTW

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-03-2014 04:49:05 | More by JoshNLFTW
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phishterrrrrrr88

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-18-2014 19:55:04 | More by phishterrrrrrr88
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Pug

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-06-2014 21:34:02 | More by Pug
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MCImes

Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite dark beers. The can is correct in that it rides the line between aporter and stout. Its fairly dry but not overly, which I like. I find many porters and stouts either too sweet or too roasted. This is niether. Its perfectly roasty without being 'burnt' tasting. It has enough residual sugar to have some body, but its not sweet. It has a nice hoppy bitterness without being over the top. I hate black IPA's! I drink dark beet to be malty and smooth. Bent Paddle Balack Ale nails it. It deserves higher than the 88 that it has right now and is my go to dark beer.

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 02:11:01 | More by MCImes
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Cooper

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-01-2013 23:03:40 | More by Cooper
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-11-2013 01:58:20 | More by bigbeers84
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-18-2014 01:54:17 | More by Hopsiam14
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MetricOcean

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-01-2013 13:05:58 | More by MetricOcean
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-12-2014 02:45:53 | More by zeledonia
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ImagenSeinfeld

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-21-2014 18:42:23 | More by ImagenSeinfeld
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nogophers

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-17-2013 13:37:49 | More by nogophers
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: can

12-01-2013 07:52:52 | More by MattyG85
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drop6301

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

12-11-2013 03:31:44 | More by drop6301
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herman77

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, near black with a light tan head that sticks around for awhile. Nice lacing.

S: Semi sweet chocolate with roasted malts, oats and a bit of citrus hops coming through. A bit of carmel sweetness as well as a coffee.

T: Nice and malty with a bit of citrus hop bitterness at the end. Bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasted dark malts, a touch of coffee and carmel malts. Nice balance between malty, sweet and some mild hops at the end.

M: Medium to slightly fuller body. Fairly creamy, average carbonation.

O: Good drinkability. A really solid beer. When I think of black ale, I think of a black IPA, but this is not that. It is way more malty and not that hoppy. More of a porter than a stout in my mind.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 22:26:21 | More by herman77
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown, good initial head that gradually fades.

Roasty notes in the nose.

Classic porter/stout notes: roasted malt, caramel, cola, chocolate, oatmeal.

Medium thick mouthfeel, goes down easy.

This was well balanced and tasty. Doesn't fit the mold of the typical hoppy black IPA but I'm very impressed with the first I've had from Bent Paddle.

Serving type: can

06-14-2014 02:04:33 | More by Strix
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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: 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.

Serving type: can

04-23-2014 15:22:04 | More by bsp77
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2%

12-13-2013 01:25:21 | More by Bunuelian
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Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.