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:
57
Ratings:
373
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
7.25%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
60
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 373
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 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 chinchill
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bent paddle cold press black ale
6.0%
Mainly coffee the nose but high quality and quite appealing. Fortunately it is very fine coffee as the flavor confirms.
Very smooth. Mild bitterness.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with an ample khaki head. Thick collar and nice lacing.

Smell - Coffee. Roasted malt. Slightly sweet aroma.

Taste - Coffee is the most dominant. Starts bright and gets a little bit richer. Roasted malts behind it, but never quite enough to overwhelm it.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Not as creamy as regular Black. Well carbonated.

Overall - Heavy on the coffee. Tastes good, but not quite the beer that regular Black is.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bent Paddle Cold Press Black, Coffee Ale featuring Duluth Coffee Company, Craft brewed in Duluth, MN. Contains: water, hops, yeast, malt, coffee. 6.0% alc./vol.

Utter blackness fills the glass. Rich, roasted tan head holds court above.

Aroma: Ah! Dense, intense espresso notes combine with cocoa, minor hop notes just below.

Taste: Mmm. Smooth. Glides on the palate effortlessly, spreading the coffee goodness. Mild hop bitterness makes perfect peace with the forward coffee component. Long finish, full body, terrifically tasty. My favorite coffee-infused "black ale" so far.

Hey, what do they say? "A local infusion of flavor--Bent Paddle Black combined with Duluth Coffee Company's cold press coffee. Smoother than campfire coffee without the mess of the grounds."

I like all the beers from Bent Paddle, but all the camping references do as much for me as sports metaphors and boat puns. Now, when beer labels mention biking in the city and collecting jazz records or obscure cartoonists, that's when they're talking my language.

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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 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 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 jera1350
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%

Great cold press coffee flavor with a moderate amount of malt sweetness backing it up. Thinner bodied, but wonderful coffee beer in a drinkable style that's not too heavy or high in ABV.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Re-reviewed 2/12/17, original score 4.61)

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is very coffee forward. So coffee forward that none of the base beer comes through leaving it one dimensional. It does that dimension well though. The tastes has some roasted malt, and some cocoa, but it is still predominantly coffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodies with a velvety texture. The carbonation is a touch too high for the style. Overall, this is a nice coffee porter. It isn't the most complex beer in its style, but it is pleasing.

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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 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 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 garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extremely smooth coffee in both the aroma and flavor. Not too intense or overwhelming.
Very dark to black and capped with a tan head. Also smooth dark malt with a soft bitterness that lingers nicely. A touch of sweetness up front.
Did I say this is smooth? Almost clean it's so smooth. Softly carbonated

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a snifter.

Pours like coffee. Forms a chewy, khaki-colored head a finger and a half thick and it persists for ages. Lace remains as it recedes in walls and streaks. Pitch black body suggests coffee and has me concerned I made a bad decision cracking this at 9PM on a work night.
5

Quite a nose here. There's coffee but it's not that stiff black coffee or coffee beans or anything like many other coffee beers I've grown accustomed too. I'm getting raisin and tobacco and fruitiness here. It kind of smells like an unlit cigarette. Faint roasted malt and roasted coffee are behind this menagerie. It's interesting and intriguing. 3.75

I taste something maybe a little soapy and off, but I also taste some rich coffee. This coffee in here seems legit to my amateur tastes. Very fruit and berry-like while still chocolatey and a tad caramel-like. Maybe that's the beer offering those flavors but it seems like the coffee. The front end seems a tad dominated by either yeast or hops that are imparting some odd vegetal and floral flavors, but once past that, this beer tastes pretty phenomenal. From mid-palate onwards, it's a lovely damn beer. 3.5

Some people hate on these lighter-bodied coffee beers but I love them. This think drinks more like a coffee from a tap than a beer, but I get down. It's still rich and flavorful and has a creamy mouthfeel. 4

A few oddities drag this beer down and I'm curious if it's the batch I had or some other factor because this beer feels like it has everything to be awesome. I enjoyed.

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Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12oz can from @Ridder, no date code

A — Pours a dark and rich brown, almost black unless you hold it up to the light, fairly tall mocha colored head forms and leaves behind some nice enough lacing.

S — Smells of bitter coffee and chocolate, coffee notes are note fresh, very much bitter and acrid.

T — Tastes of rich darkly roasted coffee beans and dark fruits, plums, raisins, slightly sweet.

M — Medium bodied, long finish.

O — Nice overall, would have enjoyed some more coffee, this is a little thin and sweet though.

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Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours very black but not a motor oils viscous black with a black cherry head streaky lacing thru-out
roasted malts coffee chocolate and a hint of vanilla malt
yum fresh coffee meet mellow roasted malts and chocolate very tasty
nice coffee infusion in this black ale its velvet smooth
Tasty highly recommended if you like cofee infused black ale brews

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, topped by a sizable dark beige head. Fantastic retention, slowly sliding down the glass, leaving thick chunks of lacing behind.

Tart dark fruit and lightly roasted barley come through on the nose first. Slightly sharp. Coffee starts to come through on deep breaths as the head continues its slow descent.

Flavor is a huge blast of coffee, supplemented by semi-sweet chocolate and a very subtle roasted barley. Touch of cream and tartness up front and on the backend. Hops are earthy and slightly herbal.

Smooth, cloying feel with a large dose of bitterness; drying, nearly effervescent feel to the aftertaste.

This is an excellent, well-balanced, and very smooth coffee stout/black ale. Nothing big or amazing, but extremely smooth and unbelievably drinkable; this beer keeps disappearing from my glass every time I look!

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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 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 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 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 WesMantooth
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour from 12 oz can into snifter. Big, creamy, frothy ,khaki brown head.

Aroma is not real intense, but is predominantly coffee. Also sweet chocolate candy and some roasted malt in the background.

The flavors are much more significant than it smelled. Still not intense. The coffe is definitely at the forefront, but is more of a creamer type. It blends very well wih the roasted barley and not as sweet as I expected chocolate flavors. Not much bitterness in this one. Aftertaste is much more sweet than bitter. No noticeable alcohol.

Body is not quite as creamy as the poor led me to believe. A nice solid medium body though. Seems to have a "cotton mouth" dryness to it though.

Overall, this doesn't say black ale to me. No real noticeable hops. I think this is wonderfully balanced for a coffee stout. Even though the beans are on full display, I would recommend this to another fellow non-coffee drinker. It is an excellent, easy drinking beer with ample amounts of quality flavors that I would love to have 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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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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Cold Press Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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