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Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

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84
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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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mdanberg

Delaware

5/5  rDev +33.7%

08-13-2013 05:11:44 | More by mdanberg
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kevo237

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +33.7%

12-03-2011 19:58:15 | More by kevo237
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SkaJenny


4.75/5  rDev +27%

09-27-2012 08:46:28 | More by SkaJenny
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joecast

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +23%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 10:41:40 | More by joecast
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

08-09-2013 23:00:59 | More by Rwalford74
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

01-13-2012 05:00:33 | More by kaelingirl
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Hail_to_the_Beers

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

02-25-2014 14:12:23 | More by Hail_to_the_Beers
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IRONRakkasan

California

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

12-12-2012 00:07:11 | More by IRONRakkasan
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jkermitj

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

03-10-2013 22:47:49 | More by jkermitj
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ADZA

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 12:25:54 | More by ADZA
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 08:33:22 | More by burnheartsMKE
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BS-

Singapore

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

12-05-2012 15:50:15 | More by BS-
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-11-2013 01:15:56 | More by Thomas_Picton
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Noodleboyg

Hong Kong

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-01-2014 07:45:18 | More by Noodleboyg
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sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

11-21-2012 19:08:37 | More by sneaks2210
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tykechandler

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 07:20:41 | More by tykechandler
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AllForAugust

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 06:33:38 | More by AllForAugust
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.15/5  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!!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 09:40:49 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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farrago

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 23:59:23 | More by farrago
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aasher

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:39:56 | More by aasher
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 06:16:06 | More by laituegonflable
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brendan13

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 11:09:42 | More by brendan13
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frlrv1020

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 00:16:01 | More by frlrv1020
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JaredKent

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 22:25:29 | More by JaredKent
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dgilks

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 13:04:27 | More by dgilks
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Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.