Black Ale - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
Bent PAddle Black, Black Ale, Craft Brewed in Duluth, MN, 6% ABV. Some information at the bottom of the label: "Lake Superior is about 1.300 feet deep. At that depth, it is about as dark as our stout, er, porter."
Utter darkness, totally black, roasty/toasty tan head, looking good.
Aroma: roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, a hint of anise. some hops. little bit creamy.
Taste: creamy, smooth, malty. Mmmm. hops rise up and bite in the end. An interesting trip, this one, and hard to pin down. By calling this a black ale, you might think it should be hoppier, as many "black IPAs" are being called "black ales," now.
But that's not what it is, because that's not what it is, and it seems to be not quite a porter, not quite a stout. Certainly no brown ale. Black ale, but avoiding whatever style constraints would be called into issue by giving it a style.
Good and malty, great balance between bitter and sweet, swivering between both, landing on neither. But, damn, it's definitely drinkable, luscious and lovable. Easy consumption. Not too heavy, yet very substantial. Fairly constant delivery of deliciousness.
I wonder what they want to tell us on the label? "Brewed to be smooth, chocolatey, semi-roasted ale that bridges the islands of porter and stout. And if you aren't a fan of bridges, there's always the canoe."
More of that outdoorsy, North woods stuff. Guess I'd better get used to it. But, seriously, love this one. So far, too excellent initial offering from BP. Can't wait for more.
08-01-2013 01:11:22 | More by feloniousmonk
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
Tan head. Dark brown nearing black in color. Nice look to it.
Flavor profile is mainly stout like. Roasted malts with some coffee. Chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla. Has a bit of a hop presence.
Mouthfeel: dry and roasted. Medium bodied.
Overall, this is a nice beer with a lot of flavor. Easy to drink and a decent abv.
09-05-2013 01:38:44 | More by mothman
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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
3.69/5 rDev -6.3%
8 oz pour @ Taphouse
A- pours a dark black color with a nice tan head a nice lacing
S- roasted malts semi-sweet chocolate rolled oates some citrus
T- chocolate with roasted malts wheat and oates with a small amount of hops
M- smooth with a fair amount of roasted flavors touch of chocolate and vanilla
O- tastes like a porter or an oatmeal stout but on the watery side its a little light but still ok
06-25-2013 21:49:43 | More by gatornation
4.21/5 rDev +6.9%
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
3.84/5 rDev -2.5%
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
4.09/5 rDev +3.8%
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
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
08-31-2013 22:26:21 | More by herman77
Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.