Cold Press Black Ale
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Cold Press Black AleCold Press Black Ale
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Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
Black IPA
Ranked #12
Ranked #3,831
4.17 | pDev: 7.67%
Nov 13, 2022
Nov 22, 2013
Cold Press Black AleCold Press Black Ale
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from a grocery store near UW LaCrosse. It poured an opaque dark with ecru ring head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had coffee and roast notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bright coffee presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.
Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by KatieGregBeers from New Mexico

Oct 09, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Sep 23, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by craigbelly from Iowa

Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a dark brown almost black with about a finger of light brown foam.
Smell: I love these collaborations with local coffee shops because they make for some lovely beers with great coffee flavor and depth. Roasty and earthy malts with chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit.

Taste: Taste follows the nose and has a lovely coffee flavor. Roasty, nutty, and chocolate malts without being overly reliant on sweetness. Coffee bitterness is the perfect amount, not overbearing but also not watered down. In addition to the malt flavors vanilla and dark fruit are abundantly present and very enjoyable.

Feel: Medium bodied with correct amount of carbonation. Beer is smooth and despite the dark ale its fairly light.

Overall: This beer is great! I would certainly buy this beer and the brewery again. Often there is so many beers out there, its difficult to know which beer/brewery to choose but this beer and brewery are worth trying again. I hope to see more coffee collaborations in the future.
Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Aug 28, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin

Aug 15, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by gardner254 from Ohio

Jul 18, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jul 17, 2021
Rated: 4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

May 04, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Mar 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a nonic.

Pours dark as night with a spectacular rootbeer-float four fingered head that lingers quite well. Good lacing. Outstanding look.

Solid but nuanced coffee flavors blended with chocolate and earthy hops.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with plenty of sweetness--cake-batter chocolate and creamy lactose. Then--the roasty roasted roastedness takes over with a vengeance. Coffee. And Coffee. And. Hm. Sweet, roasty, and bitter coffee. Just a touch of earthy hop, smoke, and astringency at the finish. Did I mention coffee? This isn't just coffee-influenced. This is coffee that apparently has beer in it.

The brew is smooth and somewhat creamy but very drinkable.

As tasty a coffee-centered brew as I can recall. Yet it's still definitely a Cascadian, as the earthy hops are all over the finish on this. Is it complex? Not so much. Do I care? Not a bit. This delivers on what it claims to be in every way.
Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 2.5 by Demi from Minnesota

Jan 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Truegent2004 from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Strong hints of coffee but very drinkable. I just wish Bent Paddle didn't charge a king's ransom for this beer otherwise it would be a staple product in my fridge.
Dec 26, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Nov 20, 2020
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
12 oz can poured into a tulip pint glass. Looks and smells great, but the taste has a slightly sour/astringent note that doesn't totally ruin the beer but definitely makes it a one-and-done for me.
Oct 19, 2020
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5
16oz pour at Whisky Inferno. Cool spot

Black, almost no head. Smells like roasted coffee beans and the taste very much follows. Coffee forward with a sweet malty backend and a bitter hop/bean finish. COFFEE BOMB

A tasty black ale, would be delicious on a cool fall night by the fire
Aug 15, 2020
Rated: 3.82 by Allurex from Kansas

Aug 10, 2020
Rated: 4.7 by Gkguliani from Minnesota

Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by Kmkapalka from Delaware

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 4.48 by MeLoynes from Missouri

Feb 23, 2020
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Brought out from a recent visit to Minneapolis. A very dark, almost black pour. Light head which settles quickly to a skim coat. Definite coffee aroma, a little less pronounced than some others. Taste is dry, malty and enjoyable with only a touch of bitterness. If I was doing a blind tasting, I'd say this is a Porter as it drinks exactly that way. Alltogether, a fine beer.
Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring

S- smells of chocolate, roasted malt, char, and herbal coffee, hint of green pepper skin

T- herbal and earthy coffee, with low acidity, followed by chocolate, charred malt, vanilla & a hint of caramel. The finish gives more smooth coffee with a hint of mocha on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly creamy finish, high drinkability

O- tastes pretty much like a high quality cold press coffee, good stuff
Nov 18, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by EdFed from Illinois

Oct 13, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Stengelfoot from California

Oct 03, 2019
Rated: 4.76 by Wilcox39 from Illinois

Sep 10, 2019
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Reviewed by melitameister from New York

2.66/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pretty stout-porter thang but pretty plain beer. In Minnesota trying tgeir beers they need some time to catc GB up with the rest of the nation. Looks like a fine stout but tastes like an overly bitter home made porter. Continued tasting reveals a bit of porter character, but pretty much bitter coffee not much else going on
Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

Aug 21, 2019
Rated: 4 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Jul 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours a dark brown, with a creamy large white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some thin fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: A very nice earthy coffee, with a hint of green pepper, and a note of berry, mixes with some nice roasted malt, and a bit of vanilla and a little bit of chocolate.

T: Nice earthy coffee, that has very little bitterness to it, some berries and a hint of green pepper, some smoke, a bit of vanilla and chocolate.

F: Medium body, a bit of cola like carbonation.

O: This is a very nice coffee beer, the cold press coffee comes out very well in it.
May 31, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

May 07, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Apr 23, 2019
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had on Nitro at MSP airport. Very tasty coffee ale. Flavor stand outs are (as promised) cold press coffee, but also a rich medium dark chocolate. Lighter body even with nitro. Might be too thin without.
Appearance is black with some red/brown to light. Brief tan head but decent lacing. Beer was very cold; not much nose.
Overall a good beer, and glad I tried it.
Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 3.97 by MrJesseACohn from Minnesota

Mar 29, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Feb 21, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jan 18, 2019
Rated: 3 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Nov 25, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by Kfreunds from Minnesota

Nov 17, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by TheGent from New Jersey

Oct 22, 2018
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