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Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

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Pot Kettle BlackPot Kettle Black

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 159
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of joecast
4.6/5  rDev +24%
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!

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Photo of ADZA
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a nice dark cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a cappicino laced two finger head and some clingy lacing,it has a very unique smell to it with aromas of smokey wood,coffee,strong herbal hops and dark berries,it has a nice medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel which makes it very sessionable and has beautiful tastes of light mocha,strong pungent herbal hops,blackberries,a tinge of light expresso and finishes with a nice herbal hoppy bitterness that leaves your palette wanting another sip straight away and makes the drinkability of this brew very high,overall it is truly an exceptional brew that i highly recommend not only is it enjoyable it is very sessionable too as its 6.0% ABV doesnt even show up on taste and i really cant wait to sample more from this brewery.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy crap! This looks like Coca-Cola poured into a glass!

Bready on the nose, a touch of fruit. Smells rich, dangerous.

My wife sips and says, "Tastes like rye bread dipped in au jus". Yeah, kinda, rich saltiness with dark bread overtones.

Very much porter-like, in fact, despite it's IBA label it's the best one of the best porters I've had in awhile. A mellow hop balance keeps this just outta normal porter range and into something "different".

It's exactly what I like about "the beer formerly known as black IPA"; a full flavored dark & rich ale with a twist of hops & a sassy-bitter finish.

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Photo of AllForAugust
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Poured from a 330mL bottle into a spiffy glass.
Fellas, we need to figure out what we are going to call this style. Is it an ABA, BIPA, IBA, or a Caucasian whosawhatsit? Somebody figure this shit out.

A: The beer has more head than a hooker reference that somebody more clever than myself would be able to make up. It holds together beautifully, too. So soapy... Like a fucking root beer float. It's dark, yes, but I'd hardly call it black. Dark brown, possibly with an amberish hue would be more accurate. Aw, fuck it. It's beautiful.

S: The piney aroma of west coast IPAs and pales is very clearly present. Sweetness of caramel and toffee replaces the usual malty sweetness of the traditional IPA, but I certainly wouldn't go as far as to call the aroma 'toasty' or 'coffee like'. It's a chewy sweetness, that's for sure.

T: Tastes like an IPA! There's definitely the dark, roasted malt taste on the back end, but there should be, shouldn't there? I'm picking up a tad bit of dark fruit, but it's more of a tannin flavor. Like the skins of the fruit with a little nit of pulp still attached. I'm seeing a lot of reviews saying that this fruit flavor hides the floral taste of the hops. Not for me, it doesn't. But then again, most of the reviews are coming from the states and I'm drinking this in the city it was brewed in.

M: Medium bodied with a light, but appropriate amount of carbonation. The hop bitterness is more prevalent in the aftertaste, giving it a waxy mouthfeel later on.

O: With black IPAs becoming more and more of a serious style, each brewer production one wishes for it to become one of the primary examples of the style. Pot Kettle Black, for me, has that exact potential. Black IPAs , in my opinion, should have the same qualities as an IPA apart from two things: color and malt profile. The malty, bready sweetness should become darker along with the SRM/Lovibond, moving from the familiar pale sweetness into caramel/chocolaty sweets while keeping the same hop profile, body, and head. This does just that. Awesome, awesome beer.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

note: 12 oz bottle aged for approximately 2 months (not likely a huge difference, but must be noted)

A- dark brown with a nice lacing head, about two fingers high poured delicately from a bottle

S- dark berries! some malt as well.

T- actually much smokier and maltier than i remember it being fresh (dunno if that's my memory being faulty or due to the moderate aging this bottle has accrued). still light, but with more pronounced chocolate notes, maybe some coffee.

M- light, slightly fizzy actually, which is a bit surprising.

O- better than i recall. again, not sure how much is due to the slight aging and how much is due to memory. but a totally fine beer regardless. now i kinda want a fresh one, and another to cellar for a year, just for fun. certainly recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn near foams out of the glass with an average pour, gives you about a finger of LIQUID below the head, excellent retention not helping matters, it’s a very deep brown color, quite airy with hardly any larger bubbles, lots of cratering as it does finally dissolve, the lacing is thick and above average. The liquid likewise is a dark brown, clean but mostly opaque, with a brightening orange cast at the glass bottom. Heavy roast to the nose, coffee beans, dark chocolate, baguette, hard toffee, at times leafy with pungent white citrus and also pine sap notes, too much toast for much fruit to come through, lots of kick and energy. Medium-bodied, dry with an almost dusty texture to it. The carbonation acts like sandpaper gently scrubbing the tongue, doesn’t really provide lift. The coffee roast knit back into a larger and milkier chocolate base, more caramel than toffee. The white grapefruit citrus remains comfortably in second place. Pine, licorice and some cherry pit next, the more you sip the hoppier it seems. Might actually benefit from additional smokiness. Does not strive for crazy complexity, chooses an interesting array of flavors and keeps the recipe simple.

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4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
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!!

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep-brown with dark-red tinge. Head is beige, lovely and dense but dissipates before too long, leaving gorgeous but sparse lace ring around the glass. Pretty damn fine.

Nose is predominantly roasty. Nice dark chocolate notes giving sweet and toasty in equal measure. Slight floral hop notes lend it a mild sour touch, and the back is all caramel grain. Very nice.

Taste starts out all hoppy, with enjoyable floral notes, touch of pine and mint. Lasts until the mid where the roasty grain takes hold and gives it a mildly sour cocoa throttle. Rich chocolatey notes on the finish for a decent roast that doesn't quite fill the palate with its goodness. The nice hops return on the very back with more of a fresh, lighter bitterness than one might have expected from the rest of the palate, but it leaves me wanting more of a robust portery finish. Still, the hoppy/roasty balance overall is definitely a winner.

A bit too much fizz, but it's not harsh, nicely padded by the decent body.

Good take on the porter/IBA trade-off here. Very drinkable and enjoyable, makes for a great session beer or a transition beer for dark ale skeptics. One to remember.

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Photo of brendan13
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a 2cm beige head a top a very dark brown beer. The head slowly falls to a thin whisp leaving nice even lacing.
S - Floral and fruity hoppiness with slight chocolate hints.
T - Not too dissimilar to the smell; floral and fruity hop flavours with some subtle chocolate and vauge roastiness.
M - Medium bodied, low carbonation and a noticeable but not overpowering bitterness.
O - Another great American Black Ale from a Southern Hemisphere brewery.

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Photo of frlrv1020
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why this beer doesn't get higher ratings. It's an outstanding porter, in my opinion. Perfect body, not watery. Notes of roasted malt, hops, and caramel in the aroma and palate. Great bitter finish. Dark ruby color, almost black. Produces a beige head, which dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves good lacing. The hops come forward as it warms.

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Photo of JaredKent
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, smoky aroma has roast coffee, chocolate and licorice hints. It pours a deep sable with a thick, almost Guinness-like tan head that hangs around for a bit and leaves some decent lacing. Earthy flavor has notes of burnt wood, malt and licorice and just a hint of caramel. Smooth texture has above-average body and fizz, leaving a nice smoky tingle. I look forward to more brews from the Yeastie Boys.

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Photo of dgilks
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark brown when held up to light with a creamy, dense tan head. Nice head retention.

Mild chocolate, coffee, citrusy hops and resin.

Smooth crystal malt, black malt, resinous hops, moderate bitterness. Earthy. Nice.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

A really good porter with plenty of hops. Some call this a Black IPA but I don't think it has enough hop character.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nearly black once it settles in the glass, with a huge sandy head that takes quite a while to go down.

S: Powdery cocoa, dark chocolate fudge, blackberry, a touch of bread dough and maybe just a touch of leafy hops.

T: Dark chocolate, some lightly roasted malt, cracked black pepper, anise, and some faint grassy hops. Finish brings a touch of roasted malt husk and powdery yeast. Pretty nicely done. One of the better black IPAs I've had. Not one of the hoppier offerings out there, presumably due to the time between when this was probably bottled and now, but very well balanced. A touch overcarbonated for me, but this is very nice.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a minimalist black-and-white label. Looks good.

Appearance: pours out a very dark reddish-brown with limited visible carbonation. A one-finger tan head hangs about for a good while before dropping to a creamy half-finger. Amazing, thick lacing.

Aroma: definite roast malts - some coffee and chocolate, but with a degree of tobacco also. Smells good.

Taste: a certain amount of bitterness accompanies the roasted malts on the palate. Very smooth.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger for a good time, with that bitterness stepping it up.

Mouth feel: heavier in body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth in feel.

Overall: quite a nice porter-style beer. Nothing amazing, but a really nice example of the standard style. The price is completely prohibitive however - at AU$150 a case, the price is a bit of a joke.

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Photo of Samp01
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of an order from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Yep, it pours black, at least, living up to its name, a deep black with just hints of translucent brown at the edges. Head is fine and filmy, leaving sheets of lacing down the inside of the glass. Moderate body. Looks very decent.

Nose. Oh wow, what a nose. In some respects, this epitomises what I imagine of the style. Lovely fresh, slightly fruity, but slightly sharp hops, above a perfectly pitched basis of crushed dark biscuits and grainy malt. It feels like they've struck the perfect balance here. Om nom nom.

Taste is a little more chaotic, giving the grainy, roasted notes without much body to back them up. Hop character is slightly muted as well, but provides a decent green vector of bitterness through the centre. Around the outside, the slightly toasty bread-grain notes rattle about the place, giving a robust portery character. Feel is loose, but pleasant.

A nice beer, and a very good example of the style. I'm still coming to terms with what this style should be, but I feel as though if they were all as good as this, the world would be a happy place.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice deep black with a hint of dark brown around the edges when held to the light.... A semi gentle pour but not much head at all here... Maybe half a finger.... Dissapates quickly.... A few touches of lacing... But nothing impressive.

S: sort of dry musty aroma to me... Dry roasty chocolate with a touch earthy hop... Honestly I was expecting more hops in the aroma.... A bit of black licorice and a kiss of dark fruit ... As the beer warms the roasty character really comes out.

T: taste... Deffinatly steps it up from the aroma... Nice and roasty, with notes of chocolate and black licorice and coffee... Very tasty... Not much hops... But delicious overall.

M: light medium body and dry.... Creamy with nice medium/high carbonation... Perfect for this brew

O: a very good very tasty brew, creamy, roasty and delicious.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Alan.

A: A rich chocolate brown with a one finger tan head that settled down to a solid ring. Decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, bready malts, light hops.

T: Follows nose. Like drinking a dark lager. A strong, dark start with a lighter finish.

M: Medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this import from New Zealand. Xena and The Hobbit aren't the only good things to come from there.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas ofroastiness, earthiness,citrus, light charcoal and light bakers cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, light grapefruit, light pine and a hint of bakers cocoa with a smooth dry bitter lingering earthy finish.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with dark brown highlights in a Dogfish Head snifter. The head is explosive and glistens chestnut brown as it ranges from creamy to rocky and quickly overwhelms the glass. The head slowly turns completely rocky and barely diminishes.

The aroma is reminiscent of dark berries with a light, but distinctive, pine and faint roasted malt. Additionally, one may find some baker’s chocolate.

The flavor is surprisingly light with bitterness and sweetness. Roasted malt is varely noticeable in the mild finish. As it warms, some coffee and chocolate is released.

This one has a medium to light body with a watery texture and surprisingly light, fizzy carbonation. The alcohol is as expected.

Pot Kettle Black is easily consumable once the head tames a bit. Overall it is okay on its own, but better when accompanied by food.

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Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.