Barrel Aged Double Shot Double Black
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
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4.48 | pDev: 6.7%
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
Barrel Aged Double Shot Double BlackBarrel Aged Double Shot Double Black
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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Bigbens42 from Alabama

4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

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
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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ZAP from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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beer_banse from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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stevoj from Idaho

3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Curtw from Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop from Wyoming

4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Benish from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a muddy looking black color with very minimal head. Presentation-wise...nothing really spectacular. At the nose was slight mocha coffee, chocolate, and sweet vanilla. Very fragrant and delectable. Not really any bourbon. Then at first sip, there were gentle notes of coffee, not as heavy as I expected. It was mocha forward with sweet vanilla and underlying sweet malty chocolate goodness. The bourbon came in gently as the beer warmed up. It wasn't heavy, instead it was smooth as silk that you could just appreciate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. An exceptional brew, maybe it's not an over the top pastry stout that everyone is hunting for, but its an easy to drink, kick-back and enjoy barrel aged coffee stout!

Nov 27, 2018
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John_M from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing all around. On the nose, the coffee clearly dominates, but with considerable vanilla and dark chocolate as well. There's a hint of bourbon on the nose, but no more than that. The beer smells ptetty good. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, although the soft and somewhat creamy mouthfeel is impressive and a bonus. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the beer is fairly light on its feet for such a sizeable beer. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and the finish is long and smooth.

Very nice beer from this new to me brrwery. The $25 for a bomber price tag was a tad high, but otherwise, this is a pretty impressive effort.

Nov 20, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

'16 vintage.

This one pours a fairly dark black, deep and rich looking, with a small white head, and not much lacing.

This smells like vanilla, tobacco, light smoke, roasty and earthy coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and bourbon.

This is really quite good. It's a much less sweet "pastry stout," as there's a big earthy, smokey, and bitter character to this one, with an intriguing and complex bitterness. The coffee flavor is still very present, even in a 2016 bottle. It's roasty, a little bit caramelly, smokey, and chocolatey. There's lots of oak too, and a light bourbon character. It's all very well integrated.

This is medium bodied, silky and smooth, with a typical level of carbonation.

This is really great- there's a lot going on, it aged really well, and it's a treat to drink.

Aug 20, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sat in my fridge for awhile before I finally got to it on a cool night - one of those big-ass beers that mood and the amount of free time you have the next morning needs to be aligned. Great brew that really hits the barrel, coffee, vanilla, malty mix on the head.

Black Ale? Not entirely sure how a beer of this size with as many additives and flavors differs from a stout or porter or strong ale. It's all an exercise in beer-academia to me. For what it's worth, under poor lighting conditions, the beer was dark black-ish brown with a decent head that I wish stuck around for a little longer.

Aroma, like the taste, morphed with time as the beer warmed - coffee kept the top seed but the aroma switched from boozy barrel and roasted malt to more light coconut and vanilla. Wonderful.

Taste is dark roasted coffee beans, fudge, bitter chocolate, oak and vanilla with a toasted coconut kicker. Appropriate alcohol heat adds to the mix but doesn't detract.

Smooth as heck; silky even. Nothing astringent, acidic or overly boozy. Slick but not a mouthful. Highest marks in that lingering taste and the liquid velvet makes its way down into the belly to fight the evening chill.

May 22, 2018
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cavedave from New York

4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour, a thick gloppy sound accompanies. Thin half finger of light brown head relaxes to a lasting thick skim. A swirl leaves oily legs of slithering bubbles.

Med. strength aroma, heavy on vanilla, booze, thick dark caramel, burnt sugars, and as it warms darkest roast coffee comes into the bouquet. Very nice.

A sorta sharp aroma, in a great way, doesn't prepare for the thick immensity of flavor awaiting the tongue. It is a rolling ooze of incredible depth of roasty goodness and dark coffee intensity. Vanilla and dark caramel flavors try to contain the onslaught, but it is a relentless beast that has no intention of being caged. Coffee notes end the sip, but this sip doesn't end. On the way to room temperature the alcohol relaxes a little, which allows the roasty notes of bitter chocolate smoke and sweet burnt sugar sharp to explode.

Thick, but not so thick it doesn't match the flavor profile, low carb.,, full bodied, highly viscous, killer finish. what young Imp. stouts aspire to be when they grow up.

Not a beer, this is an experience. Highest recommendation, it is making me sad to think I have only this one. Get it if you see it for sure!

May 12, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don’t know what it is but there’s beer tastes fantastic. Seems like it’s a stout. Tons of coffee and some vanilla when pouring. Taste follows the nose and get a lot of vanilla as it warms up.

Apr 07, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ryan for sharing. 750ml into a tulip.

Pours deep brown. Aromas are sweet toasted malt, toffee. Taste is sweet milk chocolate Barrel aged roasty Vanilla. Some spices, charred aftertaste. Light body and medium carb.

Apr 07, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Those long Minnesota winters have beer drinkers needing a little extra incentive to get out of the house and the Bent Paddle Brewing Company does just with that with an imperial stout that invites a smooth creaminess from vanilla and a jolt of energy from a double coffee spicing regimen.

Fresh out of the pot, Double Shot Double Black pours a doubly black darkness with a frothy tan head that rises to the rim. Bold coffee aromatics fuse with aspects of char, smoke, cocoa and burnt cream. Rich with malt flavor, the stout's first introductions come with the roastiness of burnt marshmallow, seared cream, molasses and toast.

As the ale unapologetically seeps into the tastebuds with a host of burnt sugars carrying a brazen espresso, cocoa and black walnut earthy maltiness. Hints of charred fruit come with a berry and vinous character while the barrel provides its own campfire whimsy with the nuttiness and wood spices of oak playing balancing role to the lingering sweetness and sharp roast. A firmly bittered late palate seems coffee and cocoa-like with hints of roast derived astringency adding as much intrigue as complication.

Hot and spicy, the beer's full body offers a roundness in taste and texture to keep the beer from any fusel nature. Its soothing nature of vanilla adds a velvety softness that becomes more noticable as the stout warms. A long linger of sweet char continues to play on the aftertaste in much the same burnt marshmallow way that the stout began.

Mar 20, 2018
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2017 vintage (released about 4 months ago).

A: Pours black with a dense cap of medium brown head. Pretty good retention for what’s there. A few swaths and dots of lacing.

S: Bourbon, oak, deep almost black roastiness, sweet vanilla cream, and dark roast espresso.

T: Rich bourbon, barrel, moderate roastiness bordering on char, a bit of coffee and vanilla, and finishing dry and somewhat tannic (from roasted grains, I suppose).

M: Medium-full body and medium-light carbonation. Moderate alcohol heat.

O: Very barrel forward, fairly light on coffee. Like CW BBBW with a light coffee addition. It’d be decent as a shelf beer, but not something I’d seek out.

Mar 12, 2018
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage drank on 3/5/2018

Overall this was a really enjoyable beer. It did not have the lacing or thickness of your typical 11% beer, although this is a black ale and not a stout. I need to figure out the key differences in the style because the flavors were on point for a stout. The coffee in this is spectacular. Espresso, dark roast boldness coming through really strong but also really balanced with the bitter dark chocolate. An overall delight to taste. If you want vanilla, it has to fully warm up and even then it's fairly subtle. Told the vanilla opens up with age, so I may need to try an older one. Great beer by a brewery I've never had anything beer.

Mar 06, 2018
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an oily dark black viscous consistency with a small thin tan head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Nice thick mouth feel with a really smooth coffee and vanilla taste. Really awesome beer.

Feb 04, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black, but moderately thin and not nearly as syrupy as many BBA beers aged for over a year. The aroma and flavor profile are both exquisite, with the cold-press coffee presenting not just coffee, but also a fine dark chocolate that manages to be simultaneously rich and bittersweet. This is particularly evident on the nose as it warms, with the chocolate mingling with woody barrel oak and lighter notes of vanilla. The vanilla comes through more clearly on the midpalate, joined by a healthy dose of malted grains. A staggeringly smooth mouthfeel and moderately full body complete the experience. Lovely.

Feb 01, 2018
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ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a khaki colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smell is very chocolatey, with coffee and vanilla notes. Slightly boozy. Tastes faintly of coffee with wood notes, a perfect amount of vanilla, roasted malts, and chocolate. Slightly sweet and boozy. Feel is amazingly rich with a slightly sticky finish. Absolutely phenomenal.

Jan 23, 2018
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