Cold Press Black Ale | Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Cold Press Black AleCold Press Black Ale
BA SCORE
95.2%
Liked This Beer
4.19 w/ 392 ratings
Cold Press Black AleCold Press Black Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by XmnwildX12 on 11-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,451
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
392
Liked:
373
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
6.92%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
65
Trade:
4
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Photo of acurtis
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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 kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
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 zeff80
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Strong coffee/espresso flavors. Roasted malts. Smooth and creamy. Chocolate. Very well done. The coffee is so fresh!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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 PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BMart
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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 feloniousmonk
3.94/5  rDev -6%
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 Dicers
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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Cold Press Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95.2% out of 100 with 392 ratings
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