Barrel Aged Double Shot Double Black
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
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Ranked #324
4.46 | pDev: 6.73%
Apr 12, 2022
Sep 28, 2014
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Notes: Barrel-Aged Double Shot Double Black Ale is an amped up version of the Duluth brewery’s Cold Press Black Ale with twice the cold press and two doses of whole Madagascar vanilla beans. If that wasn’t enough, Bent Paddle aged the beer for 15 months in bourbon barrels. Keep an eye for more information on when and where to find bottles.
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4.55 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Apr 12, 2022
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4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by sauvintipper from Minnesota

Rich espresso flavor up front which surprised me for a coffee beer. Reason I chose not to hold this beer longer was because of coffee component, but this barrel-aged beer has held up well after 4-5 years. Fresh vanilla bean behind the espresso followed up with oak in the background. Very nice!

Jan 01, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

2019 Vintage, consumed on 12-28-2021

This beer pours pitch black. There's a good 2 finger tan head that forms in this beer as I pour. The bubbles are pretty small, for what it's worth. The head retention is quite good for this ABV, and there's some lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.
The nose has a nice coffee aroma. I also get some vanilla, as well as notes from the barrel used to age it.
The flavor starts out coffee, and it's a nice smooth coffee flavor. This beer is aged, but there's no green pepper flavor that happens when some coffee beers age. The vanilla hits in the middle. The flavor profile is rounded out by the flavors that the barrels put into this beer. Some caramel and toffee notes.
The body is pretty good. Not too thick and chewy. There's a bit of heat from the ABV that hits on the back. It's quite warming feeling, but not overpowering.
This is solid, and I can't wait to try the 2020 vintage.

Dec 28, 2021
4.25 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 20, 2021
4.59 by Burgy from Minnesota on Apr 06, 2021
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4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75
by Bigbens42 from Alabama

Not a subtle beer at all. Smell is heavy oak, vanilla, coffee. Taste matches nose on the front end as oak, vanilla and coffee heavily present. Finish leaves it obvious this is BBA, and the coffee lingers. Dry.

11.2 ABV but you'd be hard pressed to know it it's so smooth.

Body is its only glaring weakness IMO. A bit thin there.

Overall an excellent beer.

Nov 18, 2020
4.31 by DvdP from Netherlands on Oct 11, 2020
4.63 by MJSFS from Florida on Jul 18, 2020
4.37 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Jul 03, 2020
3.63 by ChicagoNick from Illinois on Jun 15, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TheGent from New Jersey

From the bottle this beer pours translucent and dark drown, filling the glass black, opaque with no visible carbonation. A thick, densely packed light brown head weaves curtains of lace that drape the glass.

The aroma is soft vanilla, creating a sweet and creamy impression of coffee, along with roasted malts, toasted dark bread and oak.

This beer offers a wonderful array of flavors that all meld nicely. Woody, nutty and smooth coffee. Up front, a flash of sweet coffee and milk chocolate that quickly goes cocoa and dark chocolate. Mildly sweet malts up front turn dry, toasty and moderately bitter.

The feel is medium bodied, very smooth, with a medium level of carbonation. Semi-dry.

The base black ale is described as a “smooth, chocolatey and semi-roasted ale.” That’s what we have here, plus more depth of flavor from tasteful additions of coffee and vanilla, with pleasant warmth from the nearly double ABV. I’ve never had the base beer. It’s description suggests this beer does justice, keeps the essence in tact, while elevating it to a whole other level

May 03, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ZAP from Minnesota

I was worried this would be too coffee forward as I am not a fan of the flavor. Glad for me that the coffee is very subtle but others who may want that will be disappointed.

Drinks pretty smooth. Sure it has more booziness than a Bud but compared to others in the genre it never comes across as sharp or alcohol laden.

Aroma carries some oak and vanilla....milk chocolate characteristics are noticeable...also a touch of raisins..

Flavor is similar but not as vibrant...

The body falls short to many in this style but at the same time makes it pretty drinkable.

This is very good. Not elite in my book.

Mar 08, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beer_banse from Wisconsin

Easy beer to sip - subtle on the coffee tones - vanilla came out more for me. Lighter mouthful with the alcohol aroma prevalent. Poured in a tulip glass with a short foam head. Enjoyable beer on a cold evening

Feb 17, 2020
4.48 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Jan 20, 2020
4.3 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 19, 2020
4 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Jan 17, 2020
4.41 by ktr5010 from Illinois on Jan 06, 2020
4.28 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Jan 05, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by zeff80 from Missouri

On tap. 2017 version. Poured a jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Boozy taste with oak, vanilla bean and rich chocolate.

Jan 01, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BeerKing123

Dark dark brown. Excellent, complex taste. Must drink slowly to optimize. Good choice if you feel like a heavier sipping beer.

Dec 07, 2019
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 04, 2019
4.48 by gardner254 from Ohio on Nov 30, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle at RBSG 17 grand tasting.Normal pour for the style, nothing unusual here. Aroma is the requisite roast grains with hints of chocolate and vanilla, and some boozy bourbon barrel notes. Taste follows with more RIS goodness. Silky smooth.

Nov 05, 2019
4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Aug 19, 2019
4.39 by nmann08 from Virginia on Jun 01, 2019
4.36 by crobinso from Colorado on May 09, 2019
4.32 by nruhlig from Minnesota on Apr 27, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

Pours an inky black with a mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates into a dollop and then a swirl of foam. Nose expresses subtle notes of cocoa and coffee. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also a hint of something metallic. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, tasty but thin.

Mar 31, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Curtw from Arkansas

I rarely enjoy eight point or higher beers, but this is that exception. Incredible flavor, no harsh bite like some strong beers. One sip says coffee. The next calls out the vanilla. Every sip teases bourbon, but never offensibly. This could never be my every day beer, but I feel the need to say, "I don't normally sip beer, but when I do, I sip Barrel Aged Double Shot Double Black." Not refreshing. Not Chuggable. But flipping incredibly sippable.

Mar 31, 2019
4.26 by cgwami from Canada (MB) on Jan 04, 2019
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4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by OompaMentor from Georgia

DLD - botle share 5/19/2018

Jan 02, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MNAle from Minnesota

Aroma is wine-like booze, vanilla, chocolate. Not getting any coffee. Tall tan head from a fairly vigorous pour, leisurely sinking, leaving a thick, creamy lacing. Black, opaque black, even with a back-light. Nothing visible beyond the black. Very smooth initial taste, substantial body, transitions to alcohol and bitter hops. Only the faintest hints of coffee, some vanilla, but plenty of alcohol. Very nice sipping beer. But, not much coffee.

Jan 02, 2019
4.34 by Travitten from Iowa on Dec 31, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VashonGuy from Washington

Good looking beer, very black with a modest head and a ton of lacing. Surprisingly modest aroma, maybe because it was served fairly cold, but that didn't change a whole lot as it warmed up. The taste is big - lots of coffee, some vanilla, and medium bourbon, as BA beers go. It's a bit sweet. It's not very smooth, just a bit rough.

Overall, this is quite good, but it is not at all in the same neighborhood as the world class barrel aged masterpieces.

Dec 28, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Double Shot pours a black color, with a small, but long lasting and lacing head. Big creamy aroma, roasted sweet vanilla. Flavor is also very creamy and smooth, sweet roasted vanilla, creamy coffee notes blend in perfectly. Good body and feel. Overall, very creamy, great mix of vanilla and coffee, very "real" flavors.

Dec 27, 2018
4.15 by tylerstravis from Colorado on Dec 27, 2018
4.5 by epercuoco from Minnesota on Dec 24, 2018
4.6 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Dec 14, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop from Wyoming

Pours deep dark brown/pretty-much-black with a faint tan head that leaves modest lacing. Aroma of vanilla and espresso as advertised, but also a hint of walnuts or almonds, all coalescing into a fudginess. Taste is even better. Reminds me of a really good cold brew with the adjuncts a bit more understated than the nose would lead you to believe (in a good way!). Burnt nuts, baker’s chocolate and tree bark all balanced by the vanilla. The bourbon barrels, which you can detect on the nose, really hit at the back end and linger here. A wonderful soft creamy mouthfeel. A superb sipper, especially for those frigid Minnesota winter evenings.

Dec 10, 2018
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