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Black Ale | Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#4,560
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
246
pDev:
8.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
53
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into glass. Bottom of can is stamped '360-17'.
Black coffee color, opaque. Fluffy tan head upon pouring settles to covering cap, Tentacles of lacing.
Smells of smoked, roasted malt, dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee.
Tastes of 60% cacao, dark roasted malt, a little black coffee, with sweeter toffee and hops at the end.
Feel is silky smooth, moderate fullness, minimal bitterness.
An easy drinking hybrid with the look of a stout and the taste of a porter. Very pleasant lingering aftertaste with the sweetness lightening the dark chocolate.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown/nearly black with a solid though quickly-dissipating head. Excellent lacing. A fine looking beer.

The nose is strong coffee and toasted--nearly charred--malt, which imparts a touch of smokiness, and perhaps a bit of bitter chocolate.

The flavor is an interesting straddle of porter and stout. Big coffee flavors with char and astringency of an RIS, but melded with a deceptive sweet smoothness of the porter persuasion. Just enough hops arrive at the finish to take it out of either arena. A very simple, yet deceptively nuanced, flavor.

The mouthfeel is excellent. The carbonation, astringency, and touch of hops provide a crisp finish. Medium-full bodied, and definitely a notch closer to "porter" than "stout" in that department. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is an excellent chameleon porter. Recommended.

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Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevepat
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't say this is the fairest review I've ever posted. When I got around to this new brew I was a little drunk and it was real late and I drank it on the back porch while some friends I was hanging with smoked and we looked at the red moon from the wildfire smoke. All that said, this was a great little brew. Like a brown ale but darker, as the name implies, it was rich and malty and smooth as a baby's bottom. Was great as a cap to a wonderful hot summer night with good friends, would surely be great on a cold Minnesota winter night. Certainly an all around loveable beer that gives you that rich roasty malt flavor without the weight of a stout. Fuller than a typical porter. Truly lovely.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lelampp
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Haybeerman
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev 0%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slarson7
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hegg4345
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpt_splding
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PMarcy78
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Peepskp
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +25%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 246 ratings
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