Black Ale - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-27-2013 03:02:37 | More by shadetree67
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
12-11-2013 03:31:44 | More by drop6301
4.21/5 rDev +6.6%
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
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-01-2013 04:14:48 | More by GeezLynn
4.29/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
11-28-2013 02:11:01 | More by MCImes
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.65/5 rDev -7.6%
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
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
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 95 ratings.