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Black Ale - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

nibbish, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Josh012012, Feb 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

unclekeith, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of n2185
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

n2185, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

fuzzcherry, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

karlt, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

architects, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

fanboy77, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

stealth, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of zeledonia
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

zeledonia, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Pug, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

zestar, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

akang, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

zeff80, Dec 29, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - As close to black as I've seen from this style. A really nice head of 3 fingers and a pillow of foam stuck around for a long time. This is a great looking beer.

Smell - Roasted malt and hints of chocolate.

Taste - Roasted malt with some bitterness on the finish. Touch of milk chocolate.

Mouth feel - medium body and Dry finish

Overall - Pretty good black ale that you could drink several of in one session and not tire of it.

shadetree67, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

zenwatts, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Bunuelian, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of drop6301
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

drop6301, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

drewfull, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

GeezLynn, Dec 01, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

MCImes, Nov 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

ShanePB, Nov 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mmulebarn, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jera1350, Nov 23, 2013
Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.