Cold Press Black Ale
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #12
Ranked #2,503
4.18 | pDev: 7.66%
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
Cold Press Black AleCold Press Black Ale
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davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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
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Truegent2004 from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev -5%
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
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Lucular from Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
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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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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
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melitameister from New York

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

Sep 02, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

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.

May 31, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

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.

Apr 16, 2019
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JackieTH from Minnesota

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.

Jul 27, 2018
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Strix from Wisconsin

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.

Mar 16, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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.

Mar 13, 2018
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omahawk from Nebraska

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.

Feb 02, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

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.

Jan 26, 2018
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

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.

Sep 02, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

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

an extravel from some trade at some point...

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.

Aug 17, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

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.

Aug 06, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 10, 2017
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NorthernLightsMN from Minnesota

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!

Jul 06, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

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.

Apr 26, 2017
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ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

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.

Feb 08, 2017
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ThickNStout from Georgia

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.

Feb 01, 2017
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jakecattleco from California

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!

Jan 16, 2017
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

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.

Dec 21, 2016
Cold Press Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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