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Black Ale - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 2
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

mwilbur, Jul 19, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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.

MattyG85, Dec 01, 2013
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Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.