Cold Press Black Ale | Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Cold Press Black AleCold Press Black Ale

Brewed by:
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mwilbur
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 oz can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark (almost thick) black with 1 inch dark tan head with decent retention. Faint lacing.
S: One can smell the medium roast coffee from at least a foot away. Upon closer inspection, dark bitter chocolate and tobacco notes are present. Strong aroma!
T: Nice medium roast coffee, hint of cream, dark chocolate, tobacco, and a hint of leather. The coffee note is spot on...and mingles perfectly with the rest of the notes.
M: Medium body and oh so smooth. Some sweetness up front, then turns more toward bitterness which becomes even more apparent in the finish. Mildly dry. Love the feel, especially for the style.
D: Wow! For 6% ABV, this is one dangerous brew. It one-ups their black ale, which is one of my favorite beers. It doesn't overextend itself or become too complicated. It brings a lot of nice elements to the table and executes them to near perfection. Well done, Bent Paddle!

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Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A fudge brown color with ruby highlights; the tannish head was somewhat smaller than expected but still left a lot of lacing behind

Smell: Not sure that I have ever smelled coffee aromatics on a beer like this one - really nice

Taste: A touch of roast and a hint of chocolate and then the coffee takes over, relentlessly; the finish has a touch of bitterness and smoke that adds complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit lighter in the body than I would expect from a stout and the brewery doesn't call this a stout on their webpage, either; it's more of an American Black minus the hops and plus the coffee

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark brown to bright black under a rocky persistent 1” light tan clingy foam cap with a very fine bead.
S: coffee, dark malts
T: the coffee is rich but not aggressive and is well highlighted by a touch of sweet dark malt and grain spice. The sweetness is mild – suggests a light brown sugar. Not molasses, nothing harsh or burnt. Clean and smooth.
F: Medium body and medium but very soft carbonation.
O: Very nice and well balanced. The coffee is just enough to match the malt ut does not over power it.

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Photo of AnalogErik
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

This was absolutely fantastic. Bent Paddle is killing it right now folks. Up front coffee notes, but extremely drinkable.

I would describe this as well-carbonated but still very smooth.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold Press Black pours a frosty black color, with a big long lasting lacing head. Big coffee aroma. Taste has big fresh coffee flavors, with a nice subtle bitterness to end. A little too fizzy, but nice flavors. Overall its a strong full flavorful coffee ale.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz can into a Founders snifter.

Pours a rich, .5 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is stringy with good stick. Solid.

Nose is mocha, chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. Delicious. This is what I want my coffee to smell like. Aromatic, deep and very robust.

Opens coffee, mocha, chocolate, liquorice and cocoa. Some roastiness in the middle but for the most part, the same flavor profile throughout. Great balance of coffee bean bitterness and a bit of chocolatey sweentness. Finishes a touch grainy with big coffee bean notes. Holy moly, this is fantastic!

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly prickly in the mouth and dry and a bit resiny going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Super drinkable.

If you like iced coffee and coffee beers... and I don't mind beers brewed with coffee, I mean beers that taste like straight up morning Joe, then this is a can't miss. Really outstanding!

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from this brewery and I was quite impressed. Lots of fresh coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy and just generally of the charts.

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Photo of Mdog
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, huge head.

Smell: Coffee, mocha, sweetness.

Taste: Rich coffee flavor, not too bitter, full mouth feel, very good.

Overall: I tried this at the brewery where I would have probably given it a 4.75, so when cans showed up in the Twin Cities I reviewed it. It's an excellent beer, the coffee is not quite as bitter as I've had in other coffee-infused beers which rates it higher in my mind. At the brewery the feel and taste are even better.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark but the head want as pronounced as I expected. Smells like straight cold press coffee. Taste is smooth not hoppy heavily coffee. Solid go to coffee brew

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours deep, dark and rich but not completely black.

Smell: The strong malt aroma with the bready, smoky small with a hint of coffee.

Taste: A strong smoky, bready flavor that starts out smooth and finishes smooth. An a pleasant note of coffee and hint of chocolate add texture to the taste profile.

Mouthfeel: Very lightly carbonated and strong yet balanced malt.

Overall: This is by far my favorite beer in this beer style for a black coffee ale, I have not tasted a better one yet.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black with brown edges, 1/2 in of fine tan head that leaves lacing and a very thin film.

Smell: Coffee with chocolate, somewhat muted.

Taste: Again a marriage of coffee and chocolate with caramelly sweetness and some very mild bitterness or astringency

Feel: Thick body, very fine carbonation resulting in extremely smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A very well-balanced and blended, extremely smooth coffee stout. Undoubtedly caffeinated, for those like me who are sensitive to caffeine. The coffee flavors are of a very high quality with very little bitterness.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +5.3%
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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Photo of MartzMimic
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from the can into a Prairie teku glass. There's a bit of a mocha head, but it fades quickly. The aroma of rich chocolate and coffee reminds me of fudge. The coffee carries the taste, and does it well. No grounds here. There's also some dark chocolate, with just a hint of dryness. Medium mouth with a fair amount of carbonation. This is wonderful.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown body, nice coffee bean and vanilla aromas, the taste is coffee, dark chocolate, mocha, and vanilla. Nice body , medium with medium carbonation, but velvety and smooth. Overall very delicious.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nearly black with a thin, tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells strongly of coffee, with a bit of chocolate and roasty malts. Taste is mostly coffee, unsurprisingly, with some bittersweet chocolate and caramel showing up in the finish. Some bitterness lingers in the finish as well from the coffee. Thin and carbonated, not heavy at all and easy drinking. Absolutely exceptional.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two finger tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty coffee and dark malt forward aroma with good hints of coffee beans, chocolate, and earthy hops. Big upfront scent of cold press coffee along with good hints of dark chocolate, toast, biscuit, oats, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Light hints of sugar and cream. Also some hints of earthy and spicy hops in the background. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a nicely roasty coffee dark malt forward taste with big notes of coffee and chocolate along with some earthy hops. Big taste of cold press coffee beans upfront. Dark roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, nuts, oats, and yeast. Nice notes of cream and light sugar. Background notes of earthy hops with some pine. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good coffee ale. Big taste of fresh coffee with some good dark malt and subtle hop notes.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottom of can says 238-15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Excellent iced coffee aroma with some chocolate and caramel thrown in the mix as well.

T- Coffee's a bit more toned down than in the aroma with more chocolate coming through plus some vanilla. Smooth, flavorful and straightforward.

M- Somewhat thick and slightly creamy. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A very well done coffee beer that has a near-perfect ratio of sweet-to-roasty-coffee taste. I agree with the label of American Black Ale since it doesn't have the viscosity of a stout, nor the flavor profile of a porter and it's too dark to be a brown. Great stuff.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is darn good coffee beer. seems like everyone has figured it out at the same time. it used to be that to find a coffee beer this good was a one in a hundred proposition, now, its like every other one is amazing. something has changed in the science, and i dont know what it is, but i am thankful for it. this is cool beer though, different from the crowd for a couple reasons. first, its not a stout or a porter, so its more drinkable with a lighter body and a lot less of the bitter roast. the coffee is also no real bitter, so the beer sort of stays neutral on the bitter/sweet spectrum. i like that, allows me to drink a lot of it. it also warms up really favorably where more chocolate malt than roasted barley can be tasted, and a hint of hazelnut comes in. the only real bitterness here comes from hops, which i think is the genius of black ale versus stout or porter with coffee. it has similarities in flavor (not anything else) to the beer hop breakfast from mikkeller. really smooth but still pleasantly carbonated. this was my favorite of the bent paddle beers i got to enjoy on my minnesota trip.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed nitro version on tap at 7West Taphouse.
Pours virtually black with a dense and creamy tan head that persists.
Aroma is coffee and chocolate with a hint of dark fruit.
Coffee is up front on the taste but it is very good coffee, not overly bitter nor acrid. Some sweet chocolate and little bitter hops as well.
Mouthfeel is medium and super smooth and creamy.
Excellent coffee beer.

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Photo of MNAle
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with creamy 2 finger tan head that lingers a while with nice clinging / lacing. Obvious coffee aroma plus toasty malts. Porter-style malt initial taste followed quickly by the coffee. Very nice. The coffee is definitely there in the taste, but not as dominant as the aroma might lead you to expect, but still quite strongly coffee-tasting. Mouth feel is smooth, creamy, but not too thick, as you might expect from a beer labeled as a Black Ale. Taste then transitions to a malt-dominated taste with the hop bitterness coming through at the end and continuing in the aftertaste. The hop bitterness lingers awhile in the aftertaste. A bit pricey @ $11 for a 12 oz 4-pack. Note: as the beer warms, it becomes a bit more unpleasant in the aftertaste. Not too bad; just a bit.

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Photo of hardy008
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a two finger tan head. The aroma has coffee, dark roasted malt, and a little cocoa. The coffee smells very nice.

The taste has more of the great coffee found in the aroma, along with dark roasted malt, cocoa, and maybe a little lactose too.

Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Very easy to drink. If you like a good cup of coffee, and a good beer. This combination should work nicely.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served on tap at Republic at Seven Corners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a dark Tootsie Pop brown. A one finger head of chocolate mousse colored bubbles retained well, leaving sheets of lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be minimal. The aroma gave red wine vinegar, dusty dark chocolate and black malts, Tootsie Rolls, char roasted espresso beans, wet tobacco leafiness, campfire smokiness, cooked chestnuts, red cherries, tannic black tea, bubblegum esters, and mild plastic phenols. Flavors included darkly charred malts brown and chocolate malts, dusty cacao nibs, sugary and toasty creme brûlée sweetness, bitter grasses and florals of distant hoppiness, bold coffee beans, oily soy sauciness, dark fig and cherry flash, pulverized cement, mineral earthiness, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, and cold snowy metallics. The body was on the full side, while the carbonation was medium. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were all hearty, with excellent finishing pop to round things out. Mouthfeel was otherwise chewy, drying, and dusty of chalkiness and tannins. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks well, disappearing quickly.

Overall, this was an impressive local find!! Actually, it hails from north of Minneapolis, in Duluth, but a new brewery is always welcomed. The bartender recommended this one as well, explaining that this brewery, and many of the northern Minnesotan breweries, tend to build heavier, hotter beers. To that end we were certainly not disappointed. There was enough coffee here to wake someone up from a deep grogginess, but with just enough sweetness to counterbalance nicely. Excellent balance all around. Most remarkable, however, was drinkability. You just want to wash each sip down with another sip, making us wish the pour was into larger, more generous glassware.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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 bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Black with good sized tan head and nice lacing rings.

Smell: Mostly cold press espresso but also with dark chocolate, molasses and smoke.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, with loads of espresso and dark chocolate. Some bite at the end from the roasted malts and coffee.

Feel: Smooth and creamy with moderately low carbonation. The body is lighter than expected. Dry finish.

Overall: The easiest drinking Coffee Stout I have had, and it is also flat out delicious.

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