Barrel Aged Double Shot Double Black | Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Barrel Aged Double Shot Double BlackBarrel Aged Double Shot Double Black

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by josephwa on 09-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 151
Photo of don1481
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage poured into shifted.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a mocha colored head that sits and lingers. Small amount of bubbles that are almost imperceptible in the liquid slowly float up.

Smell: Oh, so much vanilla! A little bit of coffee, but this is a vanilla bomb for sure. Heavenly.

Taste: holy cow. This is vanilla with a splash of booze and coffee. I think I'm in love.

Mouthfeel: not thin at all. Slight coffee aftertaste. Vanilla too.

Overall: Clean up in aisle # my pants. Amazing.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2016.
Pours opaque black with a big beige head that quickly fades and leaves faint spots of lace. The smell is of cocoa, vanilla and oak. The taste dark chocolate, vanilla, faint coffee and oak. Full texture, rich and balanced with medium carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 into a snifter, 2016 bottling sampled January 2017. Thanks Aaron!

A: opaque black body in the glass. Huge three fingers of light brown head dissipates quickly.

S: Aromas of the barrel, vanilla and caramel sweetness, a touch of that earthy, maybe slightly spicy fresh coffee aroma that's really nice, very little perceivable alcohol which is nice.

T: Leads with same oak barrel vanilla sweetness, sweetened coffee and caramel, ghostly dark fruit tartness (cherry cordial and raisin), big milk chocolate as it warms, a bit of oaky alcohol dryness on the back of the throat.

MF: Medium full mouthfeel, very smooth with spot-on carbonation.

O: Really great stuff - the barrel shines and doesn't overwhelm the dark malty beer. Not sure why this is classified as a Black Ale, unless this is brewed super hoppy and the hops have all faded at this point. Small complaint - would love more coffee flavors.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml waxed bottle, 2016 vintage. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark brown body, nearly black, one finger offwhite head, fair retention, no lacing. Smell is rich bourbon, chocolate fudge and brownies, a small amount of coffee that is there but doesn't overwhelm everything else, a bit of chocolate cake, light roast, touch of freshly cut vanilla bean as well. Flavour is heavy on the chocolate and bourbon flavours; light oak, lots of fudge and brownies. Coffee contributes more of a bitterness than anything else; and the vanilla adds a slickness on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, good carbonation, smooth and decadent. Really tasty barrel-aged beer with lots of chocolate and bourbon taking front stage.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours brown with a light tan head, but looks black in the glass
S: big chocolate, rich coffee and smooth bourbon. Smells sweet and delicious. Awesome aroma!
T: very well balanced. It starts sweet, and coffee throughout. It finishes with a great blend of coffee and bourbon. Very good.
F: very smooth, but only medium thickness.

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Photo of bsp77
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic aroma of Bourbon, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Good God, the taste is even better and this is one of the smoother, creamiest beers ever. Flavors are balanced and subdued, yet assertive (that makes sense to my taste buds, even if it sounds contradictory). Complex flavors of Bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Nothing bitter here, nothing heavily roasted. One of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Karl_12welveEyes
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: light tan head, black as night underneath
Smell: Bourbon, with the characteristic vanilla aroma, except amplified up to 11 with that added vanilla bean. light coffee in the backdrop, but not overwhelming and isnt the first thing i smell
Taste: this is where the coffee kicks in hard, first thing i taste along with a sharp roast from the darker malts. next layer that hits is that vanilla/bourbon/oak combo that smoothes the edges. finished with intense notes of dark chocolate and more coffee on the backside
Feel: velvety smooth, perfect texture for a beer this heavy. makes much easier sipping

Overall one of the best bourbon stouts i have had in quite some time. Didn't mind that it was super fresh, i bought two and ended up drinking both because it was so good (usually i drink one, cellar the other). Bent Paddle is one of the best MN breweries and they consistently back me up with great product. Job (very) well done here boys. Cheers!

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Photo of morimech
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A visually appealing black ale that ticks all the boxes for a big beer. Aroma is strong with bourbon and oak, then vanilla with coffee playing minor role. The flavor balances out a bit with vanilla and booze coming in stronger. Still a barrel dominated beer with bourbon, oak with more vanilla, and booze. The coffee is a bit of a letdown and inferior to fresh Bourbon County Coffee Stout in that department. A bit sweet as well but it tastes well attenuated. Thick and creamy body which is nice for a big beer.

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Photo of eggsurplus
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For the coffee and sweet lovers, this is the perfect beer. Visually appealing with a dark body and caramel head. The smell is sweet. The feel is what I imagine drinking a cloud would be like. The 3 beer I have ever had. The barrel age is subtle, but just enough. The vanilla will become muted if aged too long based on comparing some aged a year vs the latest batch. It's still good a year later, but I recommend drinking within the first 6 months.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Black body with a bit of transparency. Nose is bourbon, lots of brown sugar, and coffee. Nice, but worryingly intense. Tastes of bourbon up front, coffee, and then a variety of sugars. Sweet with some chocolate, but mostly just sweet. Nutty and oaky in the back end. Medium heavy and very boozy. A little bit of a struggle. The coffee helps, but it's still enormous.

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Photo of docoman
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really enjoyed this beer (thanks Ben M.) great bourbon smell, taste and slight chewy mouth feel. I would definitely recommend trying this is right up there with any of the great bourbon barrel aged stouts in my opinion.

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Photo of Gables
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome. Tried a sample about 2 months after release and was very impressed. Full glass now, and this is a very well done beer. Only gripe is that it is a little sweet, but very flavorful coffee/vanilla with a good dose of barrel. Happy I have another to age for a bit

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from bottle with about 2 months of age on it. This stout is smoooooooth. Very easy drinking. Lots of vanilla notes as well. Nice thick smooth velvety mouthfeel. Great beer.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really impressed by this one. Incredible mix of coffee and vanilla for days that blends so well with the barrel presence. Body is more substantial than I expected as it drinks like a stout.

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Photo of jbjorhus
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have really enjoyed the emergence of barrel aged beers. This version by bent paddle is probably my favorite barrel aged beer because it is such a well balanced and complete beer. I scored a 16 oz draft pour at a bent paddle promotional event. The aroma is of strong coffee and chocolate. The flavor has these same notes along with vanilla and a nice amount of boosy hotness (more balanced than many other BA beers). I also really enjoyed the color ( dark black with tan head) and mouth feel (very well carbonated). The only thing that I would knock this beer on is that it was a bit too sweet. Overall it was a world class beer that I look forward to having again.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black. Smell is vanilla, oak, coffee. Tastes reflect the same with coffee coming through nicely, acidic balanced with sweet. Smooth, sticky mouthfeel. Great beer from these guys

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Photo of Hootie159
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From bottle. Nice dark head. Midnight brown. Thick-looking. Smells like oaked chocolate. Coffee punch comes in as it warms. Taste like it smells in the best way. A bitterness from the coffee pairs nicely with the chocolate. Vanilla picks up as it warms and a nice bourbon shine. Feel is nice and smooth, just not as creamy as the elites.

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Photo of deebo
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at THL
A-served in a mini pint glass-a slight ringing of a mocha lace atop a pitch black concoction.
S-cold aromas of vanilla, chocolate, dark roasted coffee and bourbon are evident
T-deep roasted dark flavors (heavily roasted malt, cocoa powder) abound. Plenty of vanilla, oaky bourbon in here to round it out.
M-fairly heavy bodied with a nice smoothness and a fair amount of slick. Warming in the Finish with a slight booziness.
O-first time trying this. It's a solid BB black ale. Lots of flavors, not too boozy. The vanilla and oak balances out the deep roasted dark chocolate, coffee and dark malts. I'd gladly have this again.

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Photo of Crubbsy
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: poured dark brown out of the bottle, turned black in the glass. thin head that quickly disappeared. opaque.

Smell: lots of bitter smells, and a lot of coffee notes. can also smell some of the creamy vanilla-ness as well. Cant smell the barrels at all. Overall, the aroma is fantastic.

Taste: The flavor is very complex. A medley of sweet, bitter, creamy, and boozy. Can pick out the bitter black ale notes, lots of creamy vanilla flavors, and sweetness to balance out the boozy barrell notes. the coffee doesnt come through in the taste as much as it does in the aroma. absolutely fantastic flavors. one of my new favorites.

Mouthfeel: heavy feel, but not too chewy. laeves a thick residual on the pallate that makes me taste the beer for a long time after swallowing. not a teribly thick beer, but the presence after swallowing is very prominent. very pleasant sipper.

Overall: I had very high expectations for this one, and they were exceded. this very well could be my favorite beer that i've ever tasted. very complex flavor proifile that is difficult to pin down. The beer seems hard to pin down from moment to moment, but always pleasant througout the tasting.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml waxed bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and rich dark malt driven aroma with a scent of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Good barrel presence with a scent of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla sweetness, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with a big scent of coffee beans and dark chocolate along with hints of biscuit, toast, oats, caramel, and toffee along with yeast. Some sweet hints of molasses and candied sugar along with the vanilla. Also some earthy hop hints. A very good rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Nicely boozy barrel notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast, biscuit, smoke, oats, toffee, and caramel with some yeast. Sweet notes of molasses, candied sugar, and more vanilla. Subtle notes of earthy hop bitterness. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Creamy, chewy, and somewhat syrupy. Alcohol heat is moderate.

Overall: A very good Barrel Aged Black Ale. Good balance of bourbon barrel, coffee, and dark malt flavors.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was an exceptional beer! Maybe my favorite! I've had quite a few barrel aged beers that have flavor additives such a peppers, coffee, vanilla, honey, and I have always enjoyed the complexity of those beers. Often times, those beers taste really good, but miss a certain level of balance or uniformity. This beer tastes like the combination was meant to be!

Poured pitch black with tan head that had limited retention. Scent was sweet chocolate and vanilla with a boozy bourbon finish. Flavor was very complex, yet balanced. Noticeable coffee flavor that is balanced by the sweet vanilla and chocolate. Bourbon and oak character round the beer out. The beer tastes a bit thin, though it is a black ale so this is expected. The carbonation level is spot on and provides that perfect mouthfeel that could have been lost with a thin beer. Since this is round one, I'm excited and curious to see how it tastes next year. I was lucky enough to grab one more for aging! I'm torn though, I enjoy it so much now, why risk aging one?

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Photo of Morey
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and oak. Taste follows suit with tons of each flavor. It gets to be just a touch sweet for me as it warms though (which is my only knock on this beer).

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Photo of Beerlover
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aromas in this pig are overwhelming and complex. Chocolate and roast coffee are in the forefront, a bit of vanilla some sweet booziness, more chocolate, and roasted notes the aromas are glorious here!

The flavors are over the top, very very rich! This will be perfect in about 3 to 6 months. The aromas are all there in the flavor, the bourbon is there but lurking in the background dangerously waiting to pounce out from its 11.2 % shadow and devour me. The vanilla is faint but there, the chocolate is very forward which is what confuses me because there is nothing chocolatey about the normal black ale or the normal cold press. Could use a little more roastyness in the flavor but other than that it's great. As it warms the booziness come out ALOT more...and the coffee...ahh hell it ALL comes out more, its to be expected obviously, but man this is rich.

Feel is amazing as well, not as carbonated as i was thinking it was gonna be, not heavy like a stout - cuz its not, goes down very easy beside a lil bit of burn on the aftertase.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Craft Beer & Kitchen in Woodbury, been looking forward to this one, Bent Paddle rocks & some version of this was killer at last fall's ABR. 10 oz. pour.

The pour is dark black. The taste follows suit. Muted espresso, lactose, wood slivers, & zero bourbon presence at all. I would blame bad tap lines except for the lack of barrel; my money would have been better spent on a discounted four pack of Dark Penance.

Glad I didn't hunt down a bottle. Disappointment from a really good brewery, this is straight mediocre.

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Photo of Metalsnota
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely incredible. Jet black, with aroma of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste has each elements beautifully blended together to create a complex and fantastic flavor. This may be my new favorite Minnesota beer.

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