Barrel Aged Double Shot Double Black
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
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Ranked #290
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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Reviews by cavedave:
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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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MCImes from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Tried this at Autumn Beer Review

This was a good beer, but not as good as I had hoped. I thought the coffee (and the beer in general) was overwhelmed by the vanilla. This beer is their double black ale with double coffee and vanilla aged for 5 months in barrels. I think they should keep the recipe but only do a single strength vanilla. The Bourbon barrels naturally add vanilla flavor, so when that was combined with the additional 2x vanilla I thought it was too much for me. The body was there, the small was amazing, but vanilla just dominated over the malt, coffee, or barrel flavors, so it was a bit of a miss for me. However, it did take 'best beer of ABR', so apparently im in the minority...

Sep 29, 2014
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Josh012012 from Minnesota

4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap and from bottle. Enjoyed from bottle a bit more. Liked this warmer than most similar beers. The mouthfeel got much more substantial and silky smooth at the warmer temp. The flavor is rich and decadent very full flavored. With the finish having the most intense coffee I have tasted. Awesome.

Feb 10, 2016
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Black.

Smell - Hint of vanilla. Hint of coffee.

Taste - Hint of vanilla. Hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carb.

Overall - Decent Black Ale...

Grade (B+)


Jan 19, 2018
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Connortripp from Minnesota

4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What I LOVED about this beer was the mouthfeel. Light without being thin. It drank very smooth. The other impressive thing to note was the flavor. You can pick up individual things but it all comes together so well. As it warmed up in my glass, I got a lot more coffee flavor. Fantastic brew all around.

Feb 10, 2016
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docoman from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jul 27, 2016
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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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ktr5010 from Illinois

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

Jan 06, 2020
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Mar 05, 2016
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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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FreshZ from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 16, 2018
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Powderhornphil from Minnesota

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

May 21, 2016
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SaxmanRick from Minnesota

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

Nov 24, 2016
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durlta from Iowa

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

Jan 01, 2018
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josephwa from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

Sep 28, 2014
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 31, 2017
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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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hollywood_15063 from Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

May 03, 2016
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HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aug 11, 2018
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Dicers from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sep 20, 2017
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fossage78 from Massachusetts

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

Mar 05, 2018
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ChicagoNick from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jun 15, 2020
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Houser from Pennsylvania

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

Dec 31, 2016
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aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Feb 23, 2017
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

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

Oct 08, 2016
Barrel Aged Double Shot Double Black from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 337 ratings