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Black Ale - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
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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drewfull

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-09-2013 15:05:18 | More by drewfull
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

12-01-2013 04:14:48 | More by GeezLynn
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MCImes

Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-25-2013 14:24:52 | More by ShanePB
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-24-2013 04:42:43 | More by mmulebarn
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-23-2013 04:30:58 | More by jera1350
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-22-2013 03:11:20 | More by XmnwildX12
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WallE89

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-19-2013 19:47:28 | More by WallE89
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anteater

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-19-2013 00:50:47 | More by anteater
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plsmanx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-24-2013 17:26:37 | More by plsmanx
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-10-2013 17:15:42 | More by doucmehu
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-17-2013 03:51:46 | More by DaveAnderson
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-16-2013 00:31:50 | More by FeelinSurley
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

09-05-2013 01:38:44 | More by mothman
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Cooper

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-01-2013 23:03:40 | More by Cooper
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herman77

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-30-2013 20:08:18 | More by maDUECEgunner
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elcrawl

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-26-2013 17:35:50 | More by elcrawl
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-26-2013 15:44:40 | More by AnalogErik
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-25-2013 00:27:00 | More by MN_Beerticker
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-19-2013 23:30:57 | More by andrenaline
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-11-2013 01:58:20 | More by bigbeers84
Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.