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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

250 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: casemw on 11-10-2009)
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Reviews by Hopswagger:
Photo of Hopswagger
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: A choppy billowing sea of midnight and crowned with crashing waves of thick bubbly espresso tinted foam.

S: Loads of roasted malts, baking chocolate, cocoa powder, oak, vanilla, sweet prunes, figs, barley and coffee. Aroma is similar to a chocolate forward porter with a tickle on the nose.

T/M: Taste follows the nose but brings more bitterness to the party. Bitter cocoa and spices flow over the roasted malts. Velvety feel that coats the tongue and lingers bitter cocoa and natural spices.

O: Super lush and flavorful. Love the rich chocolate and bitterness orchestrated into a well balanced brew. This is a must try. Cheers!

Hopswagger, Feb 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

SkiBum22, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Is a new beer style emerging? The Black IPA, known by some as Cascadian Dark Ale, and most seem to be double in strength. Hoppy dark beers? We are down with that.

Dark and heady, not nearly pitch black but pretty damn dark, and the lacing does a great jump, staying on the glass. Minty, piney and mildly orangey hop nose runs up against a wall of toasted grain and brown bread aromas. Smooth, with a well-rounded medium body. Very light-roasted maltiness throughout; carob powder and mild roasted coffee comes to mind. Hops keep on coming back around with pungent waves of pine, citrus and herbal hop oil. Bitterness is clear in its intention and cuts through the beer quite easily, yet the malt base does not fall apart ... balance is present. Hoppy and choco- laty make for a bittersweet finish.

"New style" debate aside, this is an amazing beer--heavy on malt and hops with a whole lot of balance for the taste buds to be pleased with.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to mntlover. Pours a dark mahogany body with a medium sized tan head. Lots of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is grapefruit hops and dark roasted coffee beans.

Medium body and carbonation with a mild chewiness.

Tastes like an ultrahopped porter. Coffee and dark chocolate malty notes are balanced by citrusy grapefruit hops. Alcohol is concealed very well. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.

More like a hoppy porter, as many have noted, but quite enjoyable.

merlin48, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.25/5  rDev +11%

ImFlyerThanYou, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of far333
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights and a full inch of frothy rocky beige foam, and some particulate matter in suspension.

Low aroma of toasty malt.

Flavor starts off mild toasty malt, quickly becomes dark and roasty, with notes of sharp espresso and cocoa, some wood and leather. Maltiness is well balanced against a hop bitter made up of pine and grapefruit, some orange rind. Well-balanced beer with lots of flavor nuances, but all of them are fairly tame.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, finishes slightly tannic. Tasty, but could be more bold.

far333, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of chinchill
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).

chinchill, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JMS1512, Apr 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

InfernoBoss, May 22, 2013
Photo of bensbeers
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting brew for sure. Pours out a huge, fluffy tan head over a pitch black body; minimal lacing. Smells rich and warm - notes of bourbon, vanilla. Even a little bit of oak. Taste is bitter, mostly smoky at first. The bourbon and vanilla sweeten it, but still mostly bitter. Feels medium bodied, but still light on the tongue.

Not sure where the IPA name comes from. Didnt get any hop taste or smell, the quintessence of an IPA. I would definitely classify this as an imperial stout - boozy, malty and smoky. Still a great brew though. And a killer bottle - love the wax. Just not what I was looking for on a warm day. Cheers!

bensbeers, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

WTF??? Just peeled the wax off, and the bottle cap looks corroded and rusted, like something you'd find in a 50-year-old unopened bottle. Also worriesome is a feeble "ziss" when popping the cap. Makes me fear this cap wasn't tight and oxidation has set in.

It looks healthy enough: a light tan head, half an inch thick and super-creamy, but it thins to a bubbly skim in about a minute. It's dark indeed, a deep milk-chocolate brown.

Smells healthy enough too: prickly hops are smoothed by a cream/milk-like sweetness, subtle nuttiness, rich toffee and a bit of roast.

Flavor is where Black Perle starts to weaken. There's a good bit of creamy flavor and especially feel here, but it's overtaken by total burnt popcorn char. The hops are bitter and leafy, and along with that burnt flavor, any sweetness and creaminess is severely diminished. Something metallic lingers in the finish, making it even more difficult to enjoy. Some good news is that the alcohol is well-hidden, hardly even detected. But maybe it's just that the uber-roast is so distracting. There's something really nice here, flavor-wise, but it's being oppressed.

The "Black IPA" style is an exciting one, if so new that it's hard to define just yet. But I like the idea, and I like that a fairly under-hyped, even unremarkable brewery like RJ Rockers are at least delving into such wide-open territory. They've failed to truly put their mark on the style, but it's a decent stab worth trying once. Unfortunately for them and every other brewer, Southern Tier threw their hat in the Black IPA ring with Iniquity, which will be incredibly difficult for anyone to match. Let the games begin...

Metalmonk, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of drinking12many
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

drinking12many, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, blue wax - hard as hell to get off

sent by a man who once bonged a bakers dozen beers before lunch, on a weekday

appearance: poured into hopleaf tulip - not black really, more like a dark cola body, bubbly beige head

smell: grapefruit hops, creamy caramel malt, earthy, black pepper

taste: a twisted dipa - spicy rye loaf, black pepper, creamy caramel, tobacco, bitter grapefruit rind. interesting enough

mouthfeel: starts bright and hoppy and finishes spicy, dry, with a light booze linger

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler served in a goblet.
A-Deep brown, fluffy tan head, excellent lacing
S-Roasted malts, coffee and alcohol
T- dark chocolate/roasted malts with a bitter taste of hop, coffee
M-creamy,medium body, moderate carb.
O- Great beer, thought it was more of a bitter hopped porter than a black IPA but would get again.

Damian74Shensky, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

qcbrewer, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

HuntDaddy540, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev +4.4%

bconsidine, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown tinged mahogany with a sliver or 2 of mocha head. Sheets of lacing cling to the glass in a vortex pattern with fairly decent head retention

S: Brown bread, spicy rye & not near enough hops in the nose

T: Brown bread, earthy, herbal & woody hops, brown sugar sweetness & dryness, plus charred grains up front. Leafy hops & brown bread dance as this warms, along with earthy hops, a touch of black pepper & toasty malt, plus a touch of boozey coffee. Finishes with toasty malt, burnt coffee grounds & a touch of grainyness

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & fairly nice balance

Drinks fairly easy for the style & abv. A good stab at a black IPA, hops weren't perfect, but were still well done in this one. A touch pricey @ $8 a bomber, but unique enough that I shall buy it again. Exceeded by expectations & then some!

russpowell, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black with 1 ½ fingers of mocha colored frothy head. This stays foamy and rich, leaving a big sticky latticework of lace behind. The aroma is hoppy and roasty all at once, with it being hard to pinpoint exactly which dynamic really takes full control of the nose here. The hops are floral and resinous with a big blast of citric grapefruit juice. Roast and coffee are equally big here, giving off dark and smoky textures that give this a crunchy feel in the nose. Maybe just a smidge of warmth is detectable but the strength of the flavors appear to cover it up nicely.

The hops are in full force in the taste and are loaded up with resins, spice, and an immense burst of bitter grapefruit. But man, does this get roasty and toasty underneath with a dark bitterness that has a bit of a smoky edge to it. Luckily, there is also a decent amount of sweetness present from the chocolate malts and even some from the citrus. Lingering spice and pine really add some intenseness to the finish, along with some extra notes of dark roast on the tailend. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a prickly feel towards the back of the swallow but for the most part, this has a big bubbly creaminess to the carbonation that helps smooth out a lot of the alocohol beef that is present. There really isn't much of an alcohol taste to this per se but just the overall thickness of this starts to wear on thee ole' palate after a full bomber of this.

Nice. Not shortage of hops or roast at all here, as this came off to me as one of the better Black IPAs that I've had recently. The higher ABV got to me after a while but it in no way stood in front of those bold flavors. It's nice to see RJ Rockers raising the bar on their offerings here.

Kegatron, Jan 12, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

PaBeerLover, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. Served from tap at the brewery release party into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a massively dark brown almost black with a one and a half finger light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and subtle bitter hops. The flavor was of roasted malt, subtle bitter hop that intensified upon swallowing, and very slight chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nicely balanced Black IPA. With this one being as fresh as possible the hop character is in full bloom right now. The aroma on this one was quite nice and had a good flavor to follow it up. This one is a must try if you are a fan of the style.

thagr81us, Nov 12, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

cannabanaceae, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

kwayne, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color that is brown around the edges. The mocha colored head is frothy and reminds me of chocolate milk.

The aroma is quite chocolatey and has a brownie batter note. I pick up some wood notes here and there but not much roast. I don't really pick up any hop aromas either. I like the chocolate aroma but feel that the beer should have some roast and hop aromas to be true to the style.

The taste has the roasted malt notes. Not super strong but does bring a ground coffee flavor. This is coupled with both a semi-sweet and milk chocolate flavor. Some light wood and char notes as well. However, not much of a hop presence, perhaps some grassy/earthy notes. Maybe light pine, hard to tell with the roasted malt.

Moderate to full feel with soft carbonation, which leads to a nice silky feel. Fairly sweet on the palate but does finish with a mostly roast bitterness but does have a hop bitterness as well. Not a bitter attack on the palate like most from this style.

I like the flavors in this beer. It has really nice chocolate notes to go along with a medium roast. There really isn't much of a hop presence so it takes some style point hits.

Gmann, Jan 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

GRG1313, Mar 08, 2013
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Black Perle Dark IPA from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.