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Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of ltdantheman


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-26-2012 17:52:10 | More by ltdantheman
Photo of DoubleJ


2.98/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

02-03-2012 05:34:42 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Texasfan549


4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-01-2012 18:50:46 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of kjkinsey


4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-01-2012 17:40:41 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of aasher


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

02-01-2012 00:39:56 | More by aasher
Photo of metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-24-2012 04:37:39 | More by metter98
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-24-2012 04:10:31 | More by Sammy
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

01-23-2012 23:18:53 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of kaelingirl


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-13-2012 05:00:33 | More by kaelingirl
Photo of jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-27-2011 03:43:30 | More by jrohrbacher
Photo of GRG1313


4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-26-2011 19:39:11 | More by GRG1313
Photo of champ103


3.43/5  rDev -8%

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.

12-17-2011 21:59:58 | More by champ103
Photo of tsauce2


3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Head is light tan, puffy, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium/light carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Rich dark roasted malt base with chocolate notes, hop presence comes through pronounced yet smooth on the nose.

T: Roasted malt with light touches of chocolate. Hops come through more as a bittering agent but still lend flavor. Slight booziness. Aftertaste is light maltiness.

M: Medium/light body. Contrasting sensations from the malt and hop components give at first a creamy feel that is then cut by mild bitterness of the hops, resulting in a final feel that is very clean and dry. Alcohol emparts another level to the mf.

O: A nice beer. When I read the label, I though I might not like this beer being a hoppy black ale. The flavors go together very nicely and are an excellent balance of malt and hop. I will drink this beer again.

12-16-2011 02:11:18 | More by tsauce2
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.03/5  rDev +8%

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.

12-15-2011 03:18:13 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Ratman197


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

12-07-2011 00:03:50 | More by Ratman197
Photo of kevo237


5/5  rDev +34%

12-03-2011 19:58:15 | More by kevo237
Photo of dansmcd


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

A - Deep, dark molasses colour with glowing red tints in the light. A bubbly tan head and then some blobby lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. It has a faint fruitiness and some tea tree character.

T - Smoke, chocolate and big roasty flavours. Finishes with a strong bitter coffee taste and pepper.

M - Thin to moderate body, decent carbonation and dry in the end.

O - A bit light on hops and heavy on the coffee for my taste, but certainly a decent beer from another exciting NZ craft brewery.

11-02-2011 05:47:44 | More by dansmcd
Photo of crusian


2.08/5  rDev -44.2%

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.

10-21-2011 11:09:45 | More by crusian
Photo of laituegonflable


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

07-12-2011 06:16:06 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of dgilks


4.03/5  rDev +8%

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.

06-27-2011 13:04:27 | More by dgilks
Photo of trappistlover


3.33/5  rDev -10.7%

(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.

06-27-2011 03:24:53 | More by trappistlover
Photo of eric5bellies


3.6/5  rDev -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.

06-12-2011 13:01:52 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of joecast


4.6/5  rDev +23.3%

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!

06-04-2011 10:41:40 | More by joecast
Photo of TheDudeImbibes


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

05-07-2011 10:12:08 | More by TheDudeImbibes
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.73/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-01-2011 01:52:51 | More by CrazyDavros
Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.