Black Ale | Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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242 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed to be smooth, chocolatey, semi-roasted ale that bridges the islands of porter and stout. And if you aren’t a fan of bridges, there’s always the canoe. This Black Ale drinks like a porter but is opaque like a stout. Brewed with a generous amount of oats to round out the flavor.

Added by gatornation on 06-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
242
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
8.19%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
50
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 242 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, date stamped 227-17; thanks to my friend, Ken, for splitting his 6 pack with me after his trip to MN
A - tall creamy tan head holds good retention atop a near black colored ale
S - roasted barley, dark baker's chocolate, faint dark roast coffee, earthy hops
T - big bold flavors of roasted barley, dark chocolate, caramel, grain, with piney and earthy hops
M - medium to full body, ample carbonation, finishes semi-bitter and dry with roast and pine lingering on the palate
O - definitely drinks like a stout [porter]. Very good beer. Glad to try it.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lelampp
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Haybeerman
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Black Ale pours a black color, with a big. long lasting tan head. Big rich malty aroma, with big hints of sweet smoke. Flavor is big, sweeter, dry, lots of smoke hints of chocolate. Good body and feel. Overall, a fantastic no frills porter.

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Photo of jmh21
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustinSparks
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice bubble show produces a two finger beige head that caps the translucent coffee colored liquid; fair retention and a splattering of lace

Smell: Roast, chocolate and caramel tones

Taste: Roast forward, with burgeoning chocolate and caramel; some coffee, through the middle; the finish is roasty, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice porter that drinks easily

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Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving decent lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate, French roast coffee, and some roasted malt. The taste more roast than the aroma with cocoa powder, and hints of graham cracker. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture. The carbonation is a touch too high for the style. Overall, this is a decent beer in its own right, but I think it functions much better as the base for Bent Paddles Cold Press Black Ale.

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Photo of Dspader1
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slarson7
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hegg4345
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpt_splding
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PMarcy78
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Peepskp
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice chocolate and roasted malt flavors, a bit of coffee and vanilla. Nicely carbonated and very drinkable. I could easily have a couple of these in a row unlike other beers in this category.

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Photo of Beerisnomnom
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm biased. This is my favorite beer.

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Among porters this is both brighter and smoother (that part likely thanks to oats). The roast is there, but doesn't dominate. And I get more caramel sweetness than chocolate. But this is still a tasty porter and I appreciate that it's a bit different.

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Photo of dbrown199
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth.

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Photo of MrUse
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 242 ratings.
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