Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

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BA SCORE
84
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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | 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 danieelol
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with good head and lacing.

Nose is that of a high quality, rich stout. Toasted, roasted caramel and chocolate. Slight bit of hoppiness following through. Bit of soy and barleywine-malt, marshmallows. Almond nuttiness.

Taste is weak and kind of watery. Bit of bitter soot.

Mouthfeel is similarly thin and kind of lacking.

Overall an OK beer which kind of falls apart with wateriness and astringency when it gets to the taste buds.

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a large off white head.

Aromas are malty, vegetal, and creamy sweet.  Smells pretty good, but not like the black IPA / hoppy porter this claims to be.

Taste is very roasty, nice dark burnt malt sweetness, hints of smoke, coffee, and a lightly bitter, with an earthy hoppiness on the finish. While the hoppiness wasn't very strong in the nose, it showed up nicely in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, a touch thin though.

Overall a nice beer, that doesn't fit the style (Black IPA) as well to me.  I like it, but this is much more like a hoppy porter than an American Black Ale.

Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Purvis. From notes.

A - Poured a root beer colour with one finger of beige head. Good carbonation with good lace drapes and half a finger of retention.

S - Milk chocolate, roasty, very light hop. I wouldn't expect this to be a black IPA if this was a blind tasting, but it smells pretty nice.

T - Milk chocolate, a little coffee and roastiness with a French Vanilla kinda flavour. Light hop there as well.

M - Medium carbonation, rich silky body and some sweet chocolate in the finish and a light hop bitterness.

O/D - Much closer to a porter of sorts. Hops are very light to nonexistent. As a porter or stout it's great but as a black IPA it's weak. I enjoyed it but it misses the style.

Photo of cwguy5
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pretty darn dark, black as i can tell with maybe some deep brown highlights; sticky, foamy, smooth, cinnamon colored head that left lots of lacing

S - some rubber tire, raw nuts, cream, toast - unique...

T - roasted malt, nuts, then some bitterness that starts very mild and then increases a bit ending in a dry, moderately bitter aftertaste

M - very, creamy mouthfeel on a medium body; light, smooth carbonation not unlike nitro

O - different take on the style; not sure if the hops were faded or just very light to begin with but the flavors were actually pretty balaced; i enjoyed the nuttiness and creamy texture; the smell is weird though

Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tsauce2
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Ratman197
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of kevo237
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of dansmcd
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.