Cold Press Black Ale
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Cold Press Black AleCold Press Black Ale
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Style:
American Black Ale
Ranked #12
ABV:
6%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,155
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 7.42%
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
425
From:
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
93
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 425
Photo of melitameister
2.66/5  rDev -36.4%
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

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Photo of Parmesan
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown black with a thinnish mocha foam. Smells roasty, chocolate, coffee, lactose. Taste is cold press coffee, coffee bean bitterness, light chocolate notes, malt, lactose, very tasty. Nice dry finish with late citric hop notes on a medium body. This is a solid coffee ale. Very good.

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Photo of Strix
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with brown edges

Smells primarily of coffee, some malt

Caramel malt, hint of dark chocolate, fading into just a cup of coffee. All pleasant flavors, works nice.

Medium-light mouthfeel.

Goes down easy, pleasant flavor, could get used to this one.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a pitch black color. The head, when poured from the tap, was minimal. What head was there was off white.
The nose is rich with coffee.
Taste is coffee. That flavor really makes this beer. Any hop or malt flavors are hidden. At the same time, it isn't a strong, overpowering flavor. It has mellow tones.
The feel is decent. There's a slight watery feel, but slight.
Not a bad coffee beer overall.

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Photo of omahawk
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at an airport bar in Minneapolis. Dark black poured in a tulip glass. Little to no head retention. Very little nose, hint of roast. Taste is well balanced: some smooth chocolate notes in the background, a mild sweetness is present that I can’t quite place (oats or caramel malt?) with a firm but restrained roast flavor. This is a nice drinkable stout.

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Photo of darktronica
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An exceptional use of cold-brew coffee to complement a black ale. Still strong roasted malt notes with an earthy coffee that does not add bitterness, allowing the subtle hop character of the base beer to come through in a complementary way.

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Photo of stevepat
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice full black/brown with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. The smell is big coffee with a nice little roasty malt backstop. Taste has a very little bit of that big coffee nose and a lot of the 'coffee malt' or 'chocolate malt' dark roast goodness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and bubbly. Very nice, it's the hottest day of the year for us here and this is still a fine brew for this afternoon. Refreshing really. Very nice beer, has a lot of the lovable character of the normal black ale with a delightful coffee aroma that makes my weary, caffeine addled, new parent soul sour.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an extravel from some trade at some point...

black.
khaki head.
nose of coffee and oxodation (I have had this can for a while)
little metallic.
good not great but nice beer for the coffee lover. not super intense...little prickly. winner for a black ale...kinda porter without the char.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, date stamped 268-17; thanks to my friend, Ken, for splitting his 4 pack of these with me after his trip to MN
A - towering light brown head holds impressive retention atop a near black colored ale
S - coffee, roasted barley, dark baker's chocolate, earthy hops
T - bold dark roast coffee with cream, bitter dark cocoa, toasty/nutty grain, caramel, earthy & piney hops
M - medium to full body, ample carbonation, finishes semi-bitter and semi-dry with coffee, roast and pine lingering on the palate
O - really good addition of coffee to the base beer. It really transforms it into something special. I'd drink this anyday.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean, roasty, crisp. Scored a can as a trade-extra; nice gesture, for sure, and it's a great beer. The coffee ale moniker caught me off guard as I've been seeing nothing but coffee IPAs, coffee stouts and coffee porters. I thought perhaps this is more like the former, but I didn't pick out any IPA characteristics (pine, citrus, etc.). Rather it's a nice, quaffable coffee beer that drinks lighter than a stout or porter.

Color is more of a deeper brown than black. Solid one-finger head lasts for a while. Aroma is roasted malt, cold press coffee and cream. Taste is right there - cold press dark coffee, French roast beans, light chocolate and a hint of sweet cream. Real crisp and clean and finishes with a nice pop as opposed to a smoother, thicker finish that a stout would leave behind. Real easy drinker.

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Photo of NorthernLightsMN
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my first coffee beer and I was very impressed! Being a daily black coffee drinker, this beer really hit the spot. A perfect beer for anytime of the day. It has that great bitter taste of coffee with hints of both vanilla and dark chocolate. I've tried it straight from the can and poured into a pint glass, and I actually preferred it in the glass - the flavors seemed to mix together better, and it didn't taste as tinny. Overall a great beer that I'll have to try again!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours deep dark mahogany with thick tan head that lasts for quite a bit. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Lots of cold coffee and roasted malts. There is also a hint of vanilla and dark chocolate.

Taste - The taste is like cold brewed coffee with just a touch of vanilla. Roasted malts little nutty flavor and just a hint of bitterness.

Feel - Medium bodied creamy and smooth, much less bitterness than expected.

Overall - A very well done beer, great flavors very smooth.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A deep brown, nearly black, with a thin, tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells balanced between coffee, chocolate, and roasty malts. Taste is mostly coffee, unsurprisingly, with some bittersweet chocolate and caramel showing up in the finish. Burnt notes come through. Some bitterness lingers in the finish as well from the coffee. Medium and lightly carbonated, smooth but not heavy at all and very easy drinking. Absolutely exceptional.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from Justdoit1234 (thanks man). No discernible canning date. Served in my trusty Phish snifter.

Pours near black with almost two fingers of pale khaki head. The splotchy haze reaches across the surface towards an ample collar, leaving several small patches of lace.

Coffee aplenty in the nose, along with some roasted malt and burnt sugar. Not much other than that coffee but it smells good.

Taste follows the nose. Coffee, burnt caramel and overdone toast. Not much else gets past the coffee but it's still pretty good.

Fairly light body with moderate carbonation. That coffee continues its dominance in the finish.

Cold Press Black is a solid coffee beer. I don't get much beyond that coffee but that is just fine for what this is.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can, smeared dating seems to read 2-17, at Stone Arch into a shaker pint. Pours opaque black with dark brown hues depending on the light, 1 finger of tan variable density head that had moderate retention and left partial windshield and ringed lacing. Nose is very pleasant roasty goodness, both coffee and malt. Taste follows nose to a 'T', very enjoyable post-meal beer, or possibly a breakfast beer. Finishes slightly chalky. Mouthfeel is moderate body and low carbonation. A really nice coffee black ale. It'd be my Midwest Modern Times Black House substitute if I lived in MN, though the coffee in the BH is more in-your-face, I feel this beer is superior. Well done!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Black with thin off-white head, fades to a lasting ring. Aroma and taste filled with coffee. Semi sweet chocolate with mild burnt notes. Very taste coffee brew. Mouthfeel on the thin side but slippery. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Can received as an extra in a recent trade.

This one pours a pretty dark brown, nearly black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells pretty wonderful- roasty, earthy, and chocolatey coffee all on the nose, with some light smoke, and lots of roasted malt.

The taste is not quite as good as the aroma, but it's still a fun beer. The coffee flavor is really nice- they clearly are using a good roaster here. The finish is a bit watery, which detracts from the beer, but it remains super drinkable. There's a hint of smokiness that's very welcome. There's a bit of roasted malt, too.

This is light bodied, and as mentioned above, a bit watery. It has a slightly lower level of carbonation.

This is a beer that's definitely worth seeking out, but I wish it was a bit more full bodied.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received from @Josholson666 in NBS BIF #4
Can marked 271-16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – coffee
Head large (Maximum 5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, creamy, diminishing to an irregular three to five mm ring and thin layer
Lacing – poor. Some drag marks as the level recedes.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – bitter black coffee. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – light to medium, oily, soft carbonation.

If it wasn’t for the soft carbonation, I’d have thought I was drinking cold coffee.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3

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Photo of joe1510
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Can
$9.99 4-Pack
Star Liquors - Ashland, WI

Cold Press Black is one handsome beer. It's the darkest of browns, bordering on black. A couple faint leathery brown highlights run the bottom and edges of the glass when backlit. The khaki head forms easily on the pour rising to a finger in height with a picturesque creaminess. The foam has some staying power but when it does fall leaves behind a sticky patchwork of lace.

The nose i clean and to the point. Big notes of softly roasted barley make up the core of this beer. A splash of cream and cocoa powder. The coffee is soft and nondescript but adds a touch of earthiness. Walnut pith runs the periphery. A bit of a spicy hop profile runs the backend. This beer is all about the roasted barley while the coffee adds some extra oomph.

The roast is a little boosted compared to the nose and that hits first, pushing all the way through the finish. That spicy hop character I mentioned above flashes through the middle while a splash of cream and walnut pith walk through shortly thereafter. Again, the coffee is subdued but brings with it a touch of earthiness. The roast is right on point and the sweetness is minimal to say the least.

The body falls in the middle of the spectrum, weight wise. It's nice and roasty which rings with it a welcomed bitterness and a pleasingly dry finish. The bubbles are enough to keep things moving at a rather quick pace. It's an easy one to put away and each drink leaves you wanting another.

Bent Paddle puts out some good beer. Cold Press hits all the right points. It's easy drinker, roasty bitter, and packed with flavor in a 6% jobber. The lingering bitterness and dry finish is what keeps me coming back. I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up again in the future.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid black with a large, soft tan frothy head with raised creamy edges spreading out into an arm or two.

Smell is bitter, nutty roast coffee, with a little toffee and chocolate covered raisin.

Taste is bitter, large batch ground coffee, chocolate, and rounding brown sugar.

Pretty wet, medium body.

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Photo of Koral
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: black, with thick brown head, head faded quickly
Smell: coffee, roast malt, chocolate
Taste: a blast of coffee followed by notes of dark chocolate from the roast malt
Feel: dryer than I thought it would be, very pleasant, not thick like a sweet stout

One of the better coffee beers in MN if you can get it fresh.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is all coffee. Tastes of coffee, cocoa, hint of toffee. Super dark and super rich. comes in a can, use a glass so you can deconstruct it and pick out the nuances.

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Photo of jhavs
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking brew. Near opaque black with a tan creamy head. Head settles to thin cap.

Aroma is bold black coffee with roasted malts.

Flavor is black coffee, high quality, not burnt coffee. Hint of bitter chocolate and hops.

Super smooth, creamy. Great body and carbonation level.

Overall a very tasty and rich coffee ale. Nails the mouthfeel. Not over bitter or burnt like how some coffee brews end up tasting.

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Cold Press Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 425 ratings