Black Ale | Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
225
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
22.39%
 
 
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7
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44
For Trade:
2
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Photo of GeezLynn
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Label uses each of the following “black ale, stout, and porter”, so will review with an open mind.

A: Body is black, with a pillow of tan head. Nice retention.
S: Bready and musty with some roasted malt (and lactose maybe?). Smells like an oatmeal stout.
T: Flavor is slightly sweet and strongly roasted with some chocolate flavor and a heavy black malt contribution. Finishes with bitter roasted notes.
M: Body is not thick but is full and pretty smooth. Carbonation is medium to plus, depending on style.

Nice beer. I’d like it even better if they reduced the bittering hops a tad, but this has been growing on me over a couple 6 packs and is a good option if you want to pack a canned stout.

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Photo of MCImes
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite dark beers. The can is correct in that it rides the line between aporter and stout. Its fairly dry but not overly, which I like. I find many porters and stouts either too sweet or too roasted. This is niether. Its perfectly roasty without being 'burnt' tasting. It has enough residual sugar to have some body, but its not sweet. It has a nice hoppy bitterness without being over the top. I hate black IPA's! I drink dark beet to be malty and smooth. Bent Paddle Balack Ale nails it. It deserves higher than the 88 that it has right now and is my go to dark beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tan head. Dark brown nearing black in color. Nice look to it.

Flavor profile is mainly stout like. Roasted malts with some coffee. Chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla. Has a bit of a hop presence.

Mouthfeel: dry and roasted. Medium bodied.

Overall, this is a nice beer with a lot of flavor. Easy to drink and a decent abv.

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Photo of herman77
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, near black with a light tan head that sticks around for awhile. Nice lacing.

S: Semi sweet chocolate with roasted malts, oats and a bit of citrus hops coming through. A bit of carmel sweetness as well as a coffee.

T: Nice and malty with a bit of citrus hop bitterness at the end. Bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasted dark malts, a touch of coffee and carmel malts. Nice balance between malty, sweet and some mild hops at the end.

M: Medium to slightly fuller body. Fairly creamy, average carbonation.

O: Good drinkability. A really solid beer. When I think of black ale, I think of a black IPA, but this is not that. It is way more malty and not that hoppy. More of a porter than a stout in my mind.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bent PAddle Black, Black Ale, Craft Brewed in Duluth, MN, 6% ABV. Some information at the bottom of the label: "Lake Superior is about 1.300 feet deep. At that depth, it is about as dark as our stout, er, porter."

Utter darkness, totally black, roasty/toasty tan head, looking good.

Aroma: roasty malts, cocoa, coffee, a hint of anise. some hops. little bit creamy.

Taste: creamy, smooth, malty. Mmmm. hops rise up and bite in the end. An interesting trip, this one, and hard to pin down. By calling this a black ale, you might think it should be hoppier, as many "black IPAs" are being called "black ales," now.
But that's not what it is, because that's not what it is, and it seems to be not quite a porter, not quite a stout. Certainly no brown ale. Black ale, but avoiding whatever style constraints would be called into issue by giving it a style.

Good and malty, great balance between bitter and sweet, swivering between both, landing on neither. But, damn, it's definitely drinkable, luscious and lovable. Easy consumption. Not too heavy, yet very substantial. Fairly constant delivery of deliciousness.

I wonder what they want to tell us on the label? "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."

More of that outdoorsy, North woods stuff. Guess I'd better get used to it. But, seriously, love this one. So far, too excellent initial offering from BP. Can't wait for more.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small light tan head slowly settles into a nice lacing above all clear very dark brown to black colored beer.

Rich dark roasted grain malt aroma with a light coffee hint.

RIch and creamy taste with a lot of the dark roasted malts with a light coffee hint.

Lasting Rich roasted malts and light dryish aftertaste on this full bodied beer.

A very worthy beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap into mason jar.
A: Pours an extremely dark black with 1/4 inch light tan head. Decent retention and lacing. (4)
S: Dark chocolate and caramel malts. Whiff of root beer and molasses. (3.5)
T: Dark dried fruit, plum, dark chocolate and caramel malts. (3.75)
M: Light-medium body but drinks heavier than the ABV would suggest. (3.75)
D: This brew has excellent sessionability. Nicely crafted especially for style. (4)

Early July 2014:
Had on nitro-tap and was even better (4.25/4/4.5/4.5/4.25). More sweet, smooth, and chocolate. Really worked well with the nitro.

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Photo of gatornation
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

8 oz pour @ Taphouse

A- pours a dark black color with a nice tan head a nice lacing
S- roasted malts semi-sweet chocolate rolled oates some citrus
T- chocolate with roasted malts wheat and oates with a small amount of hops
M- smooth with a fair amount of roasted flavors touch of chocolate and vanilla
O- tastes like a porter or an oatmeal stout but on the watery side its a little light but still ok

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Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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