Cold Press Black Ale | Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by XmnwildX12 on 11-22-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
368
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
7.25%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
62
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 368
Photo of ThickNStout
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +0.2%
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 +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 GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -8.9%
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 -2.4%
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 -12.6%
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 Karl_12welveEyes
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
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 +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 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 Taybeh
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Acadia, into a shaker, pours a dark dark brown black with a nice khaki head that leaves some decent lacing. Dark chocolate, espresso, a little campfire smoke, more espresso. The nose is good, but the combination of the taste and the feel is what makes this one particularly nice: lots of coffee flavor but none of the drama from either hoppy or roasted bitterness, though there is definitely roasted barley there and some faint earthy hops...just really mellow and mild which really works well. It leaves you with a very full and smooth mouthful, a little on the thin and light side and not exactly creamy, but almost: quite satisfying and flavorful.

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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 hardysf
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin beer with good flavors. A tad on the sweet and milky side. Coffee is present, but not in your face. Good beer for the style and very drinkable.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of tan head that recedes to leave some decent lacing.

I expected a huge coffee imperial stout aroma based on the pour. Then I realized that it was a black ale, and I am a dumb-ass. The smell was like a coffee with cream and sugar. It was sweet smelling but not in your face like a stout would be.

The taste is much like the smell. It tastes like milky, sweetened coffee which is not a bad thing.

Medium mouthfeel

Once I realized what I was drinking I appreciated it a lot more. I enjoyed it, but the flavor and aroma were almost candy-like sweet to me. Again, not a bad thing, but a little on the sweet end for me. I did enjoy this as a dessert nightcap, so it worked well for me.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Woah! A coffee beer that isn't a stout? And isn't imperial?? But this flies in the face of everything I've learned about the modern craft beer movement! I thought if it's beer with coffee, it has to be thick, black, and chock full o' booze. Oh well, I suppose we can make an exception...

Indeed, I hadn't really read the can before I poured and was amazed at how light the body appeared compared to something like BCBCS or Big Bad Baptist, like I was expecting. But it still gave a thick, sudsy head and had some good carbonation with thick bubbles. Good texture for a black ale - well, not pitch black, more like cola, but who cares?

Now this is very much a coffee ale, but again, not the rich, bitter, chalky punishment you might be expecting if you're used to heavier types of coffee ales. The bitterness is very mellow, true to it's descriptor as a "cold press" coffee beer; I notice that cold-brew coffee tends to have mellow bitterness and a gentler, more aromatic and less abrasive flavor. This is the same, with the lightly bitter coffee mixing with slight milk chocolate notes, chicory root, and a bit of tootsie roll at the end of the glass as it's warmed up.

Overall, this is a relatively mellow, very flavorful brew for those who like the coffee/beer marriage but don't want a knockout stout. Well-made and worth having for any fan of dark ales.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear black with a solid mocha colored head. The aroma is of freshly brewed coffee, as one might expect, with hints of dark chocolate and mild smoke. The flavor follows the same way, the primary flavoring coming from the coffee, with the smoke coming out a bit more powerfully in the flavor, and dark chocolate and some oakiness staying in the background. The feel is light and refreshing, whocjh is a nioce chage for a coffee beer. Overall this is a very enjoyable and well done coffee beer.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of the darkest beers I've had, rich dark pour with moderate tan head. Bold coffee scent that mimics a fresh coffee house. Coffee dominates the taste but it's a very smooth, non harsh coffee flavor. If you enjoy coffee, you MUST try this beer!

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Photo of sjccmd
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big aroma of coffee and cocoa. Rich roasted malt and slightly burnt bread. Some sweetness and a hint of dark fruits. Hops are piney but in the background.

Pours nearly black with dark brown highlights. Dark tan head, decent retention and lacing.

Coffee is strong in the flavor. Perhaps overwhelms the beer flavor, but for me, it's balanced enough given the name. Sometimes coffee beers make it difficult to pinpoint what is coffee and what is roasted malt. Coffee is quite easy to discern. Cocoa and dark fruits creep up. Firm piney bitterness without being on the forefront.

The coffee seems to thin the body a bit, but it still doesn't seem watery. Medium carbonation. Finish is mostly dry. Roasty bitterness lingers on the palate.

Not a "black IPA" but enjoyable as a coffee beer. Definitely one of the more coffee forward beers out there.

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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 CraftFan5
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks for the extra. Cracking this open at the office at the start of Game 3 of the NLCS #LGM. 12 oz. can into the work snifter.

A - Looks like a stout to me, right down to the mocha head. Just a slight reddish color at the very bottom of the glass.

N - Strangely enough, I get coffee and hops. More coffee, but it's not overwhelming. For how it looks, it's deceptively light on the nose.

T - Lots of coffee. It's not overwhelming, but I don't get much else. Maybe some hop bitterness on the very back end. Quite tasty.

M - Pretty thin on the mouth, but plenty of carbonation. Not unpleasant.

O - A very solid offering. Looking forward to others from Steel Toe.

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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 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 Bluegrass49
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint ale glass. Pours a very dark black with a tan 1 1/2 in. head with moderate retention and slight lacing. Very chocolatey/coffee taste with a slight bitterness that is gone before before you swallow, leaving a wonderful taste behind. One of the best black ales I've had.

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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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