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

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 55 | 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 buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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!

Photo of Hugony
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional Black IPA. Smooth and well balanced.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Nice black in the glass with a tight whitish head

S: All peaches apricots and mangoes

T: not as fruity as the nose but it has the roasted malt taste in spades it's pretty balanced

M: medium to full carbonation it fills the mouth but is a little watery

O: This nose goes on for days but the taste backs it off a tad I would say for a black IPA this is pretty good but it's not a style I see anyone in. I'd rather ave the sweet clinging finish then the bitter harshness and roast from the end of this.

Photo of Roguer
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.09/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

not one of the better cascadian blacks Ive had. look was perfect smell was a little lacking in the hop but the malts were a nice yeasty bitterness.

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid black IPA. Hoppy and roasty

Photo of dvmin98
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better BIPAs out there

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Brew Kettle Black Rajah

Look 8/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

Very nice and refreshing Black IPA. Has a solid taste, yet doesn't overpower. if anything it might lack body in some regards. I also have been crushing huge stouts this week. So maybe it just appears light. the tropical fruit shines through. I suppose it has more IPA than 'Black' to me. Still a very well rounded easy drinking beer~

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some roasted malt and slight coffee. Earthy, pine, dirt notes come through with the bitterness at a nice level.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. I could smell this beer the moment I started pouring it. Big citrusy notes practically filled the room. Kind of surprised I didn't get any roasty notes on the nose, but the hops are so prevalent perhaps I shouldn't be. Appearance is extremely dark reddish-brown with ruby highlights (practically black) and it sports a really impressive foamy head.

Medium body with a firm feel and a nice citrusy flavor. I get some mild burnt toast flavors up front, then the hops just wash away the roastiness and provide their delightful bitterness. For me, many black ales feature roasty bitterness with just a touch of hops and remind me of espresso and lemon. This one is quite different. The citrusy hops are front and center and the roastiness plays a secondary road (like lemon juice with espresso???). The finish is all grapefruit and lemon with a hint of coffee. Very enjoyable.

I'm not sure if this beer uses the same hop blend as White Rajah, but I certainly enjoyed it just as much. Easily the most IPA-like Black Ale I've had. It lacks the complexity that Stone's SSRA has, but it is highly enjoyable. Kind of strikes me as a non-imperial version of Blakkr with less roastiness.

Photo of Ri0
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Obsidian, pitch black with a thin 1 finger tan head and some spotty lacing.

S - Hello Citra hops! Resinous, grapefruit and pine hop aroma sitting on top of a roasty malts. The scent is quite pleasing.

T - Yes, Citra hops jump out right away with citrus bitterness, pine, and earthy tones. They yield to the darker roasty malts on the palette along with bitter chocolate and some sweet caramel. The bitterness and hop flavors that are noticeable in the beginning make another appearance in the finish.

M - Medium and creamy mouthfeel with very nice carbonation.

O - A very nice BIPA that is similar to a local favorite of mine, Silk Scorpion.

Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - black with a great tannish head and the beer is moving
Smell - toasty but lots of citrus hops
Taste - more toasty then the smell and less citrus but still lots of bitter hops
Feel - medium body with medium carbs. Slightly creamy.
Overall - fantastic black ipa.

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%

A-Pours a very dark brown with a respectable off white head.

S- Smells very hoppy, tropical fruity hops, slight malty sweetness on the end.

T- The taste mirrors the smell pretty well, although the malt is stronger and provides a nice roasty taste to compliment the hops.

M- Nice medium body, not too much carbonation there's just the right amount to go with the maltiness.

O- Great black IPA, very hop-forward with a strong roasty back-end. Very well-done.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of DeFaz
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap (and enjoyed in a growler) from Spinoza's in Beavercreek, Ohio. This poured a very dark brown with a two inch head that left splotchy lacing. The smell is malty and hoppy, with roasted malt and toffee but there's not much that stands out (while White Rajah has an amazing smell that rivals the best IPAs). The taste consists of a 40/40 balance between chocolate and pine from the hops with caramel and coffee rounding things out. As for the mouthfeel, this is fairly smooth and minimally carbonated with bitterness that seems to come more from the coffee than the hops and that is moderately thick. Overall, I'm not a big fan of black IPAs, and so I expected to enjoy this less than White Rajah. Still, I think there's some room for improvement here. This is more difficult to find than the White, probably because (I believe) this is only available on tap and tends to go quick.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a slightly off white head and plenty of lacing. Free from sediment and pretty much opaque looking. The aroma is piney, almost spicy, herbal, and perhaps a faint citrus.

In the taste, piney, fresh tasting hops and a firm roasted malt backing. The hops are heavier on the palate then the malt, lending this beer to be known truly as a Black IPA or American Black Ale and not a stout. The bitterness is solid and this reminds me of an IPA, only dark,

Overall, the black rajah is just as impressive as the White Rajah, which I truly love as well. The Brew Kettle kicks out some damn tasty beers. This is a very good beer.

Photo of HeightsEats
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Aroma is sharp hops and a tad bit of roasted malt. The flavor is almost all citrusy hops. I would not have known this was a black IPA if I hadn't seen the color. Unlike offerings from, say, 21st Amendment (Back in Black IPA), there is no caramel malt sweetness to counterpoint the hops. The dark roasted malt is additional bitterness rather than a contrast. That said, the flavor is clean, and this is pretty drinkable if you're looking for a fairly assertive IPA. I would have rated this higher as an amber IPA, which is basically what it tastes like.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate roasted malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange zest, pine, chocolate, cocoa, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate roasted malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate roasted malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of STBbrewing
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Over all a solid black ipa good and hoppy with a light roasty finish.

Photo of Yettie911
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer was exactly what I like in a black IPA. The aroma was citrusy and west coast hoppy, but carried a good toasty backbone. Tough style to nail and they did a great job and dodo not kill the IPA portion with over toasty notes. Good try for you black IPA lovers.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a very dark brown ale with off-white frothy head that left glass-coating lace.

S- Huge peach, pungent grapefruit, some pineapple, and other big tropical hop notes.

T- Lots of peach, tropical fruit, and pungent grapefruit hops with a light roasted malt backbone and bready notes.

M- Prickly carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish, and moderate warming.

O- The hop character on this beer is huge and very reminiscent of White Rajah. The dark malt bill doesn't add a lot of other character to differentiate it from White Rajah, but this is still another great hoppy beer from the Brew Kettle.

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Black Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
93 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.