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Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

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BA SCORE
84
good

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 11
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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

MadScientist, Aug 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

leprechaunandfatman, Jul 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

afsdan, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Mersh, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

bigbluebeerguy, Jul 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bruindre, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of AllForAugust
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%

*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.

AllForAugust, Jun 04, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

frlrv1020, May 25, 2014
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

craft_shannie, May 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Gasc0igne, Apr 28, 2014
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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
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3.71/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours an almost opaque crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with cocoa and char qualities that are a bit more refined in the taste in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 03, 2014
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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
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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

cjgator3, Mar 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

miffsudd, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Noodleboyg, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Hail_to_the_Beers, Feb 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

JSOBB, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

jaydoc, Feb 04, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -0.3%

11.2oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Best before date of August 27, 2014.

A: Black in color. Creamy tan head retains well at a quarter inch. Webs of lacing hand loosely on the glass.

S: Caramel, brown molasses, perhaps some toffee. Hints of milk chocolate and faint nutty coffee. Bit of raisin. Touch of charcoal. Green hop aromas, vague hints of exotic tropical fruits.

T: Hops are much more influential than the nose suggested. Very oily with an aggressive wet, herbal bitterness. Heavy pine resin. Toasted hemp seeds. Guava, mango, and many other exotic tropical fruits that I can't put my finger on. Bitter dark chocolate. Black coffee. Moderately acidic. Touch of brown molasses. Chocolate caramel chews. Toasted grain. Espresso in the background. Faint char and smoke. Drying finish of charcoal, smoke, and fruity hops.

M: Sits rather lightly in the mouth. Thin creamy texture. Light and airy. Gently carbonation fluffs it up a bit.

O: An enjoyable black IPA style beer. Easily drinkable, and a little more complex than average. The aroma gets a little lost though.

ryan1788a5, Feb 02, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -1.6%

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!

Stinkypuss, Feb 02, 2014
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Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.