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Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

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BA SCORE
84
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Black IPA"

(Beer added by: ADZA on 03-02-2011)
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Reviews by JaredKent:
Photo of JaredKent
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

Appearance: This is a dark beer. It is black and even when a light is held to it, not much gets through. The head pours softly, about half a heads worth. It lingers though, providing a "crema" like appearance throughout drinking.

Scent: Right up front a get quite a bit of rich chocolate and coffee. This is followed up by a hint of smokey ash. The hops come through a bit, but nothing too overpowering. Lots of roasted malt coming through. Definitely stands in the forefront.

Taste: Once again the roasted flavors come through strong. Definitely get a coffee taste with minimal chocolate. The hops come through a bit more on the palate, but really their contribution is in the bitterness, which there is plenty of on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The carbonation is well balanced, what you would come to expect from your average beer.

Overall: Before purchasing this I wasn't sure what style it was. Some legitimate sources called it a black IPA, some called it a Porter. Yeastie Boys' website officially calls it a Black IPA, while acknowledging the "Hoppy Porter" title as well. I would definitely describe it as the latter. The roasted barley is the strongest flavor in this beer. The hops are fairly mild. In my own experience I like the reverse for Black IPAs; Hops upfront and roasted barley as a support. Still a very enjoyable beer though. I'd mark it down as a hybrid between a Black IPA and a Porter. If a Black IPA is halfway between IPA and Porter than this is about 3/4 of the way, leaning towards the Porter end of the scale.

JaredKent, Jul 31, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into a standard pint glass nearly pitch black except for a tinge of reddish brown,a one finger tan colored head atop.Earth and roast with some green leafy hop notes,not overly complex and on the dryer side.Flavors of roast and bitter unsweetened chocolate and charred fruit with low handed leafy hops in the finish.A lighter hopped ABA in my mind,a decent amount of char and pretty dry,pretty average for the style.

oberon, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
3/5  rDev -19.4%

MadScientist, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

A dark brown color, this beer seems black to the eye yet shines brown all the way through rather than just at the edges in the light. The medium brown head doesn't rise higher than half a finger, though it does stay at its height for most of the session and leaves bubbly lace on the glass.
The smell is plenty roasty with a bit of cocoa and more mineral than the flavor, the smoke present but also not as strong as in the flavor.
The taste mimics that of a Schwarzbier more than a porter, maybe a rauch but not quite. It's more mineral and earthy, but I appreciate that the roast and cocoa notes do come through and that the smoke has a persistence in the taste but doesn't build up and adds no harshness whatsoever.
The feel is bright, and this is on the light side of medium if the body does reach medium, and I'm not sure it does. It's got the same mineral aspect I detect as a character in the mouthfeel also.

Brenden, May 17, 2014
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ltdantheman, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +7.5%

weonfire, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Roasty, but thought it was a shwartzbier, which it is posted correctly as I thought on our Dear BA. Satisfying though carbonation right there and not complex. Good drinkability, smooth, not an off-note. Black as night with a little mocha coloured head and lace.

Sammy, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Snow81
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Snow81, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

cjgator3, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev +7.5%

cwd, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of mdanberg
5/5  rDev +34.4%

mdanberg, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.5%

GRG1313, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of BS-
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

BS-, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Backlash209
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Backlash209, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of trappistlover
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

(shared by friends who picked this up in New Zealand). Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, and some dark pit fruit. Taste follow suit for the most part with the roasty bitterness noticeable follow by some sweet malts. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad, but hopped-up dark beers are generally not my thing.

trappistlover, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Samp01
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a deep black with a long lasting creamy tan head. Very good head retention and lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate roasted malt essence. Taste same as aroma with a bit of roasted malt bitterness. A medium body, slightly creamy on the palate. A rich roasted chocolate malt flavor with some mild roasted malt and light hops bitterness. A very good and tasty brew.

Samp01, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours black with a large lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, roasted malt, coffee and resinous and piney hops. Pretty amazing.
Very roasty flavours, much less sweet than the aroma suggests. Some piney hops show through, but this is definitely more like a hoppy stout/porter than a black IPA.
Finishes with a big roasty bitterness. Body seems a bit watery and the carbonation is too high.

CrazyDavros, May 01, 2011
Photo of emerge077
2.41/5  rDev -35.2%

Barely an ounce of beer hits the glass and it's instantly full of foam. Uh oh. Had to pour it off over the sink, still got a relatively full 25cl glass.

The tan foam looks like a melted milkshake, and forms irregular craggy peaks above the rim of the glass. Color is a dark brown with some mahogany highlights in the light, displaying some clarity also. Super long lasting head, it has a creamy surface texture and maintains its irregular topography.

Aroma is mildly roasty, no off notes are perceptible, it's just relatively mild and certainly not at all hoppy. A little carob or cocoa nib comes through as it warms.

Taste is a letdown, ashy and astringent, overly foamy and then a little watery in feel.
Decent aftertaste of cocoa and ashy roast malt, but the initial impression is too jarring. It feels almost like club soda, and that ain't right. Some porterish notes linger behind, earthy roast and bitterness. Overall this seems as if a slight infection has taken hold over time, but no way to know how old it is without a date on it.

Thanks to Julie & Ryan for this one!

emerge077, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Psychmusic
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Psychmusic, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of TheDudeImbibes
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Alright folks, finally getting around to posting a review.
Bought a growler of this from warners at the bay bottlo on Monday, finally cracking it on Saturday. Poured into a gouden Carolus chalice.

A: Pours a 1 finger head that settles swiftly to a fine film. Splodges of lacing. Not terrible considering it's been in the growler so long (that's what she said). Black with chocolatey tan edges when held to the light.

S: Burnt toast, roast malt. Might be some hops in there but the toastiness dominates. Smells like a porter.

T: Porter roastiness to begin and then, ah, there's the hops I'm looking for. Could use a bit more in my opinion. Bittersweet finish. Quite dry and kind of refreshing to begin with, but the bitterness is more prominent as it warms. Overall quite a balanced flavour though. Not too bad.

M: Pretty on par for a porter. Maybe a bit thin.

Overall this is better than I was expecting, considering yeastie boys tend to hype up their beers to a ridiculous degree. A decent 'new world porter'. A bit too much for a whole growler maybe, time for some of Headlessclown's home brew to refresh myself.

TheDudeImbibes, May 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

jaydoc, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a very dark ruddy brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Nice aroma of caramel and dark toasted malt, chocolate and nuts. Flavor is dark toasted malt, faint coffee, light milk chocolate, nuts; finishes with toasted, lightly charred malt and a lingering grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nicely made and toasty brown ale with good, but slightly faded grassy hops. I'm guessing that this is a lot better fresh and would be very impressive with brighter hop flavor. A flavorful and satisfying black ale that is worth a try.

LiquidAmber, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with an off white head that didn’t last all that long.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between an English IPA and an English Porter as it has a good balance of a light amount of bitterness and roasted flavors.

metter98, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Rwalford74, Aug 09, 2013
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Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
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