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Black Perle Dark IPA - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Black Perle Dark IPABlack Perle Dark IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

261 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: casemw on 11-10-2009

The first release in the "Ales from the Dark Side" series...A dark, roasted twist on the traditional IPA that uses an absurd amount of malt and is "octo-hopped" with the German Perle hop. The biggest beer in the RJ Rockers linup to date.
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3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Westover Market in Arlington, VA. Poured in a stemmed tulip.

Looks like a black IPA, but that is where comparisons stop.

Very low bitterness and the hop aroma is almost non-existent.

There is an odd fruitiness to the taste and aroma - almost like RJ used some fruit.

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3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

This beer has a dual personality. It doesn't know if it wants to be an imperial stout or an imperial IPA. In the meantime, it is one enjoyable beer.

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.9/5  rDev -24.3%

On tap at the brewery.
Black and opaque with an excellent tan head.
Aroma has both medium and dark roasted malts, clearly leaning to the dark side.
Flavor is a way more hoppy and has notably more earthy/herbal flavor. Medium-high bitterness (IBU = 80).

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Provided in a trade from my eager young beer drinking cadet whom is far surpassing my beer snobbery talents now. Bottled on date 12-4-13 and drinking it on 6/20/14, so the hops may have faded some for a black IPA.

Appearance is that of an imperial stout. There is a trace of a head about 1/2 finger thick and surprisingly it holds for quite a long time as carbonation rised from the glass to sustain it. After 3-4 minutes, its actually getting bigger.

Smell - This beer smells delicious. A perfect balance of roasted coffee and chocolate IMO.

Taste - if there were hops in here to make it a dark IPA, the age has faded the freshness of it. It really does taste more like an RIS to me. And an excellent one at that. Nice sweetness up front, with chocolate notes, slight coffee flavor and a hop crispness in the finish but not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Very buttery and creamy.

Overall - my expectations were low, but this one was quite the diamond in the rough. I highly recommend this beer for RIS / Black Ale lovers.

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Black Perle Dark IPA from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.