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Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

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BA SCORE
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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 03-02-2011

"Black IPA"
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Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by bobhits:
Photo of bobhits
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours is a black IPA, dark and some nice creamy looking head. It really leaves a lot of lacing. Very nice look.

The aroma is ripe grape fruit and dark chocolate malts with hints of coffee.

A nice mellow black IPA with plenty of citrus hops and plenty of roasted dark malts. I'm digging this.

A bit more bite than expected in 6% beer. Though like a 6% beer it is nice and creamy with good carbonated body.

I really like this. It's over priced due to shipping and the sheltbon brother mark up, but a nice beer I'd want more from these guys if on draft.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of trappistlover
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of Samp01
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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!

Photo of TheDudeImbibes
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Sail and Anchor Fremantle.

A - Pours a dqark MAhogany colour with a decent Beige coloured head that retains well.

S - Some roasted malt a sweet molasses

T - Plenty of roastiness, caramel and a little expresso coffee. Not too many hops.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Not a bad drop but a little thin on the body.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12.Very dark amber in color & deep ruby to the light. Beige, creamy & copious, lasting crown. Rocky collars. Head lasts on to top ´til the end. Roasted malt, floral, citric aromas with oat hints. Flavorful malt, viscous taste of subtle roasted cereal flavor. Dry bitterness & earthy touch to the palate followed by a soft velvet sensation. No esters. Slightly grainy in the middle. Hops show their personality in a perfect balance with such an intense malty profile where malts provide creamy viscosity. May be chewed it up! Full body, soft carbonation. Dry finish & earthy hops on the aftertaste. Amazing beer not as refreshing as usual Brown Porters but much more pleasant in flavor. Gentle mouthfeel & more delicious than regular Robust Porters. Highly recommended for malt lovers. Outstanding job, Kiwis!!

Photo of FreshHawk
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cherry cola color. Very large, light, bubbly, sticky, frothy, ecru head. Very nice retention leaving plenty of sticky lace.

S - Loads of roasted/earthy malt. A good amount of dark chocolate/cocoa with some stale dark coffee. A bit of a fruitiness as it warms (both dark fruit and a sweet citrus). Some licorice as well. Not overly hoppy.

T - Again, not overly hoppy. A good amount of general roasted flavor. Fair amount of licorice and dark fruit that probably pairs and slightly hides the fruity hop flavors. Strong dark coffee and chocolate flavors with that roasted malt.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Slight dryness on the finish but not too dry.

D - Easy to drink with a smooth body and flavors that compliment each other. Tasty but not overly tempting.

Notes: Decent Black Ale (not my favorite style). Not too hoppy but it seems to go along with the licorice/dark fruit. Light hoppy porter, roasty black ale, something in between; not sure what to classify it. Overall it's good but not great or worth the price. But the brewery name is fun, right?

Photo of cwguy5
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pretty darn dark, black as i can tell with maybe some deep brown highlights; sticky, foamy, smooth, cinnamon colored head that left lots of lacing

S - some rubber tire, raw nuts, cream, toast - unique...

T - roasted malt, nuts, then some bitterness that starts very mild and then increases a bit ending in a dry, moderately bitter aftertaste

M - very, creamy mouthfeel on a medium body; light, smooth carbonation not unlike nitro

O - different take on the style; not sure if the hops were faded or just very light to begin with but the flavors were actually pretty balaced; i enjoyed the nuttiness and creamy texture; the smell is weird though

Photo of joecast
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

straight from the pour its obvious this beer is serious. looks quite thick without being unappealing. nice tan foamy head with good lacing. quite dark while still showing some reddish highlights when held to light. head settles low but shows excellent stability.

amazingly smooth aroma. like a cold beer version of hot chocolate. a light floral honey aspect makes this quite enticing.

yummy. its all there. some dry roastiness, mellow chocolate, and quite a hefty amount of bitterness. finish leaves the mouth with a drying roast character but doesnt dominate the other flavors.

super smooth mouthfeel which keeps everything in balance: alcohol, dark malts, and hop bitterness.

another style bending beer. sort of a cross between the new american black ale and classic porter. and the execution of which has been handled masterfully. unbelievably good!

Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark black with just a thin layer of head with pretty good lacing as expected since its old and discounted.
S - Among the roast and chalky malts (reminding be of a porter in a way) their is a solid bit of hops but at this point in the age it's hard to distinguish. I sip.
T - Smooth and malty with a touch of herbal hops. Nothing really sticks out... chocolate? Coffee roast? In a way it just a balanced black ale.
M - Smooth, slick, and creamy with a light to medium body.

Overall for 5 bucks it was a decent ale but nothing really stood out for me. If local for you it's worth picking up but I can think of many american Black ales that have more taste at half the price.

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just arrived this past Friday. It pours a light to medium bodied chestnut brown in color with a beige lacing around the glass. The nose is really nice. It features soft and smooth light chocolate, coffee with cream, a mild malty sweetness with just a touch of hop bitterness. Very complex for the style. The flavors are dry and hoppy with a moderate amount of bitterness. It begins dry and finishes with a nice slightly sweet chocolate maltiness. It's very approachable and has great drinkability. I like it. It's worth a try.

Photo of JohnnyRay
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a dark brown body, and a hint of orange at the bottom of the glass. There was about one finger of light brown head with low retention. There was moderate lacing on the sides of the glass, with almost no carbonation.

There wasn't much smell - a bit of roast and hops.

I liked the taste of this beer, there was some malt and hops and a bit of coffee and chocolate flavour as well.

I feel like the bottle I drank had been sitting on the shelf for a while, but still overall a good beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours dark amber to light black in color with a quickly dissipating tan head. Very little lacing is exhibited.

S: The aromas in this beer are malty with hints of chocolate.

T: The beer tastes of chocolate malts, bitterness, charcoal, and coffee with a lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight creaminess.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable with the rich but not overpowering malty flavors.

Photo of crusian
2.12/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

bottle from a bottle shop in auckland.
pours a nice black darkness with a bit of head and some decent lacing...
Nose has a lot of smoke on it, and an odd vegetable smell. Hops are subdued, which may be the odd vegetable smell, more along the lines of a pea smell...
Taste is not so good, i am looking for a date on this bottle, and it is one of the few i have seen that does not have a best by date... seems old. Hops are not really there, though they dont really taste stale either.... just seems like they are missing. possibly some english style hops in there, but the American Black Ale is wrong. A bit of coal, and some smoke on the palate as well, but the main thing this is supposed to have, it is completely lacking.
mouthfeel is medium, well carbed, nice on all fronts but where it needs to be. Big failure, in my opinion.

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chunky lace from the lumpy and frothy beige head. The broth is deep ruby brown where bright light will shine through the center of the glass.

This smells like a fudge brownie--sweet and rich with double dark chocolate. There's a bit of oatmeal to the nose as well.

More burnt malt than the nose suggests. Comes across like a cross between a dry porter and a stout. There's notable hop in the swallow. Short aftertaste because of the dryness of the liquid. Thin bodied in an appropriate way. The low carbonation helps.

Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a large off white head.

Aromas are malty, vegetal, and creamy sweet.  Smells pretty good, but not like the black IPA / hoppy porter this claims to be.

Taste is very roasty, nice dark burnt malt sweetness, hints of smoke, coffee, and a lightly bitter, with an earthy hoppiness on the finish. While the hoppiness wasn't very strong in the nose, it showed up nicely in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, a touch thin though.

Overall a nice beer, that doesn't fit the style (Black IPA) as well to me.  I like it, but this is much more like a hoppy porter than an American Black Ale.

Photo of champ103
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Kind of neutral in the nose. Some nondescript hops and nondescript malt. Kind of citrusy, kind of toasted. No real identity here.
T: Grassy, citrusy hops up front. Kind of a slick/oily hop flavor. Toasted malt, bread, light chocolate come in next. Nothing lingers though.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Slick and oily, but not overly so. Easy enough to drink. I will finish the bottle without a problem.

Not bad at all. I am still not a big fan of this style. I don't think the hops and malt flavors mix well together, but for the style it fits t he bill.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head and lace. Aroma of roasted malts and floral hop. In the taste, roasted malts and a tea like, piney hop character. Nice earthy character and fair bitterness. The hop bite and acrid smoke are a nice compliment to the finish. Medium bodied, well carbonated black ipa. Overall, this is quite drinkable and enjoyable. Cheers!

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Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.