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Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

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BA SCORE
84
good

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
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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bleeps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

12-12-2013 05:08:42 | More by bleeps
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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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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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Dicers

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-11-2013 04:37:48 | More by Dicers
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djtomain

Florida

4/5  rDev +7%

10-29-2013 22:06:34 | More by djtomain
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark black with just a thin layer of head with pretty good lacing as expected since its old and discounted.
S - Among the roast and chalky malts (reminding be of a porter in a way) their is a solid bit of hops but at this point in the age it's hard to distinguish. I sip.
T - Smooth and malty with a touch of herbal hops. Nothing really sticks out... chocolate? Coffee roast? In a way it just a balanced black ale.
M - Smooth, slick, and creamy with a light to medium body.

Overall for 5 bucks it was a decent ale but nothing really stood out for me. If local for you it's worth picking up but I can think of many american Black ales that have more taste at half the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 02:45:30 | More by DrDemento456
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

09-12-2013 02:21:31 | More by Agentveba
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JohnnyRay

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a dark brown body, and a hint of orange at the bottom of the glass. There was about one finger of light brown head with low retention. There was moderate lacing on the sides of the glass, with almost no carbonation.

There wasn't much smell - a bit of roast and hops.

I liked the taste of this beer, there was some malt and hops and a bit of coffee and chocolate flavour as well.

I feel like the bottle I drank had been sitting on the shelf for a while, but still overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 11:04:08 | More by JohnnyRay
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mdanberg

Delaware

5/5  rDev +33.7%

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

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-12-2013 21:34:51 | More by VinsanityDiesel
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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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stcules

Italy

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black color, with one finger of light brown colored foam.
At the smell a strong toastiness, resin, citrus fruit, and a light background coffee. Lighlty smoked.
In the mouth an explosion of fullness, with coffee, hazelnut, a strong toasted, and then a resinous and citrus hop.
Well balanced, not a useless IBU bomb.
Light to average body, quite long aftertaste, good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 18:15:03 | More by stcules
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trotnixon

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-18-2013 19:22:54 | More by trotnixon
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-18-2013 03:26:45 | More by DonFrap
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olfolxholme

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-13-2013 02:49:02 | More by olfolxholme
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

07-06-2013 23:09:47 | More by smartassboiler
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lisagirl

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4/5  rDev +7%

05-12-2013 08:20:55 | More by lisagirl
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TheBadger0289

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-11-2013 01:16:34 | More by TheBadger0289
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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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DukeX13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-01-2013 00:08:14 | More by DukeX13
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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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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle, no date

pours a very dark brown, almost black. ruby colored highlights when held up to the light. thin off-white head, good head retention. smells of slight mild roast and nice earthy hops. pleasant. the taste starts slightly sweet, but finishes more balanced with dank herbal-like hop flavors. none of the roastiness that I picked up the aroma. medium to full bodied, medium level of carbonation, it works.

I have a feeling that the hops may have faded a bit on the journey half-way around the world. but still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:41:37 | More by jmdrpi
Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.