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Black Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 339
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 6.54%
Wants: 16
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mjw1200 on 10-16-2012

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Photo of Roguer
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, solidly black brew, topped by a dark tan head. Excellent retention and tons of lacing.

Roasty, spicy note at first; closer inspection brings the hops cleanly to the front. Ruby red grapefruit, a hint of pine, tangerine, some floral; perfect balance to the roasty malt lingering in the background. Exactly where I want a Cascadian Dark Ale to fall.

Flavor hits all the right notes, as well. Juicy, sweet, and hoppy up front; milky and pale malt backbone along for the ride; then a bitter, roasty finish.

Hop flavors follow the nose, although far less juicy overall. More pine and leafy green hops, more citrus peel.

Nice dry finish, cleansing the palate for the next sip. Silky but medium-light body; very drinkable.

This is as good a Black IPA as I've had. It's smoother and more accessible than most. I could quibble with the hop flavor (I'd like it juicier) or the roast quality (almost too subdued), but those are minor deviations from my own preferences rather than flaws. (992 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no bottle date. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours very dark brown with a couple inch frothy light tan head. The head stayed around a long time, and there's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops (tropical fruit, grapefruit), pine hops, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some grassiness and coffee noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, definitely worth a try if you come across some. $11.99 a 6-pack. (605 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

L - It is a very dark beer. It looks similar to a porter. It is topped with three inches of tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - I smell a nice combination of citrus and roasted malt. The citrus is a little more aggressive.

T - The taste mirrors the smell. This beer achieves a nice balance between hops and roasted malt. It starts out with some citrus which gives way to roasted malt. The finish is a combination of grapefruit bitterness and black coffee.

F - Medium

O - This is a well crafted black IPA. I enjoy the balance. It is not overly hoppy as many Cascadian dark ales are. I enjoy this beer immensely. (668 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Brew Kettle in Strongsville, Ohio

Pours black with some auburn hues; one finger off-white head that leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are awesome. Lots of sticky grapefruit with hints of pineapple. Subtle garlic notes, which are enjoyable. Decent amount of cocoa malts. Flavors are very sharp and earthy. Lots of grass and pine needles. Lots of citrus. More grapefruit and hints of tangerines. Hop vine and hop leaves in the mix. Hints of dark chocolate. More bitter than sweet. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; creamy and silky with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's fun and easy to drink.

This is an awesome Black IPA. It's been awhile since I've had it, and I was very happy to revisit it. It does a great job of doing White Rajah justice. I wouldn't mind seeing this in bottles. Great stuff. Recomended if given the opportunity. (870 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from a $11 6 pack

A - Dark pour. Looks like a thin porter, but the foaminess of the tan head gives it away.

S - When cold, very hoppy, with faint roasted malts. Citrus hops. Grapefruit/pineapple. As it warms, the balance becomes much more evident.

T - Same as the aroma for the most part. On the colder side, it is much more ipa like (White Rajah). However, as it warms a bit, it is perfectly balanced. The hops and bitterness are up front, with a nice roasted, slightly charred taste on the back courtesy of some coffee.

F - Nice body. Medium to light. A tad too carbonated possibly. It has a bit of a fizzy cola feel early on.

O - Easily one of the best black ipas I have had. A near perfect balance. It is like an easy drinking, hoppy porter. (767 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @WesMantooth for the chance to try this one.

Pours like dark roast coffee. Citrusy hops notes leap from the swirling tan froth, immediately followed by a subtle roasty smell.
Taste follows the same path. Starts with citrusy hops, lemony and maybe a bit tropical. But then the roasted malt comes in right away.
Finishes with the roast and the hops, but the hops take the driver’s seat.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the fuller side.
Overall, I think the Brew Kettle executes this style well. They definitely get a melding of both the hop characteristics and the roasted malt to be evident in the profile. Probably the best I’ve had of this style, although I must admit, I still find this style a little perplexing. The mix of hops and roast is still not my thing. Having said this, this one is pretty good. Fans of this style take this review with a grain of salt. (873 characters)

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doomrain
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmcurran
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JC333
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of cnagle28
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of HeyYoMar
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jminch
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rwilde
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Dark pitch black body, but when held toward the light it has ruby highlights and forms at least 3 fingers worth of light beige head labeled as an India Black Ale the description reports this is Simcoe and Citra hopped.

Aroma has dark herbal tea dank qualities and citrus pith to me the complement of the dark roasts gives it a mint/herbal tea note that really is characteristic of this style for me. Dark roasted malts give enough dry dark chocolate notes but there's no chocolate or sweetness really. After it warms a bit and give the glass some swirling I can get a bit of the tropical fruit maybe pineapple or passionfruit.

Flavor very well constructed dark hopped beer with character, the best Black IPA I've had thus far very easy to drink. Dark dry chocolate still lets the herbal mint notes come through in addition there's a keen dankness to the hops here, along with faint tropical fruit notes. Dry finish from both hop additions and darker roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is juicy in the middle dry in the finish evenly carbonated resinous with hop oils everything is in cohesion this beer is firing on all cylinders.

Overall impressions for me are that I'm really getting into this beer for sure, I'm glad I picked up a six...White Rajah is the most drinkable go to IPA I have access...I'm hoping they bottle this one year round as well. Those guys know their hops up there in Strongsville, OH! (1,413 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of richkrull
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hugony
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional Black IPA. Smooth and well balanced. (48 characters)

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Black Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.