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Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

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BA SCORE
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 04:10:31 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 03:29:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 04:37:39 | More by metter98
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

11-30-2013 05:33:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

02-01-2012 17:40:41 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, near black body with a huge, slowly creeping, light beige head.

Smell: Faint roast, a little hint of green hops, but not much slipping out past this unyielding, headstrong head.

Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness with a sliver of chilled coffee and a faint dusting of cocoa. Modestly sweet. Lightly spiced. Hint of dark fruitiness, also some underlying earthiness. Touch of hops, bitterness. Sweetish and aggravatingly foamy on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. High, pesky carbonation.

Overall: I think Joaquin Phoenix said it best: It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 17:07:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

02-01-2012 18:50:46 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +7%

02-04-2014 14:58:05 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-01-2013 03:27:31 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 18:05:53 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +7%

12-26-2011 19:39:11 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking black color with a large brown foamy head. The lacing was pretty good on this brew as well as the retention on it. The smell of the beer was hoppy and roasted. More along the lines of a porter in my opinion. The taste of the beer had a nice burn flavor to it as well as the hoppy crisp finish. The mouthfeel of it wasn't too bad, rather drinkable with a dry finish. Overall this was a pretty good brew I thought. Looking forward to having more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 23:37:41 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

2.41/5  rDev -35.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:09:14 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-26-2012 22:31:02 | More by JAHMUR
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 01:43:01 | More by smcolw
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 08:37:29 | More by lacqueredmouse
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering served in a mug at the Trapp Door. I never had an offering from the Yeasty Boys before so I had to try this. It appears dark brown in color with ruby clarity through the body. A rich finger of khaki head sits atop and slowly fades leaving a wall of lace on the glassware.

The aroma is fruity with a mixture of alcohol esters and fruity to floral hop quality. A hint of licorice root and something almost like root beer fills the nose midway. Some roasty grain is the last scent noted.

The flavor is roasty with a solid inclusion of fruity and floral hops blending with fruity esters of alcohol. Like the nose suggested, a flavor of licorice and root beer is noted mid-palate which is a bit strange.

This is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation visually and a bit thinner in the feel. It is smooth, easy drinking and quite unique. I had no problems finishing my glass but style-wise it made me scratch my head. Think something along the lines of a weak porter blended with root beer. The hop additions seem to come all late in the process providing plenty of aroma and flavor but little bitterness. Strange but decent.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 19:25:38 | More by stakem
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 23:18:53 | More by dbrauneis
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DoubleJ

California

2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Yeastie Boys has a certain ring to it that I can't resist. It must be the fact I used to listen to the Beastie Boys years back. I did not expect to find this when I was shopping at Palm springs Liquor in La Mesa, CA. So, from a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

There's a big billowy head sitting on top of this black beer. It does fade to a dark brownish color towards the smaller part of the chalice, so it's not black as black can be. Admirable head retention to this stuff, and it leaves glops of lacing around the glass. There's a little dose of roastiness, a touch of tangerine, and unfortunately some amount of a phenol problem (plastic band aids).

Damn you plastic band aids. You wreck what tastes like a good beer. A little chocolate brownie, a dose of sweet citrus, pine, lingering chocolate roast. Hmmm, even with an infection, this doesn't tastes horrible. Its medium body and smoothness seem to help too.

After smelling it, I though it would taste worse. Still, meh. Don't say you were warned American geeks.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 05:34:42 | More by DoubleJ
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 03:04:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-06-2013 06:15:12 | More by sendbeer
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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-22-2014 23:28:32 | More by afsdan
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-14-2013 00:32:07 | More by dmorgan310
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Brad007

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've heard the Beastie Boys and the Yeastie Girlz. This is my first introduction to Yeastie Boys brewery straight outta Wellington!

Pours a pitch black with reddish undertones and a huge head that is quick to fade.

Lots of citrusy hops that mingle with dark malts. There's a bit of cream too.

Interesting textures. The malt seems unusual for some reason (it's grainy?) but there's enough pine resin, caramel and light cocoa for the enthusiast.

Very little lingers in the mouth. Dry and bitter. Nothing else.

Middle of the road. Very drinkable regardless of rating.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:49:08 | More by Brad007
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-22-2012 00:44:47 | More by rolltide8425
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Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.