Black Perle Dark IPA - RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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Reviews by portia99:
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz blue wax sealed bottle received in trade with beernerd81. Thanks for this one Ben! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.
A - Described on the bottle as a Dark IPA...pours a dark, dark brown with hints of amber when held up to a light. Nice finger of cream colored head tha drops quickly to an uneven layer of various bubble sizes with some eratic lacing left on the sides of the glass. Not bad for a 9.5% beer.
S - Hmm, dark IPA...smells kinda like a thin, hoppy imperial stout. Lots of dark roasted malts and some coffee like bitterness. Not much for hop aroma just a small amount of earthy hop varieties. Smells good...as a brewery described IPA, it is lacking (but I don't really know what a dark IPA is anyway?) hop aroma for sure. Blind pour - this is a light, somewhat bland impy stout.
T - Dark and roasted flavors dominate...lots of burnt malt and coffee. Hops are subtle yielding only a modicum of fruity, citrusy hop flavor. At any rate, it doesn't stand up to the heavily roasted malt flavors - just sits neatly in the background. I like the flavor of this beer, but I really don't know how to judge this...IPA - NO...Imperial stout - maybe...just a hoppy, thin version. Anyway, the brewery says its an IPA, so I'm rating it that way...but I think I like this beer more than the rating would suggest.
M - A bit thin in body, carbonation is tame but adequate...plenty of life but I wouldn't be upset if there was a little more either. Hoppiness is felt more in the aftertaste, a fruity and somewhat grassy flavor is left behind after the swallow and this lingers for a long time...not a bad thing. Definitely in line with an IPA in this category.
D - So...I'm liking this beer quite a bit, but I'm not sure I agree with the style here. Blind tasting, I'd call this a weak Impy Stout. As an IPA it falls short in hop character...kinda defies definition. Blend half IPA and half Impy Stout and blend together well and this is what you get. More of a hoppy, thin Impy Stout than anything...in that regard it is a pretty easy drinker. More than anything, I'd say disregard the style, drink it for pure enjoyment, and don't worry about the rating. Good beer...enjoyable...I'd have another anytime.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2010 23:51:44 | More by portia99
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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.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 21:23:23 | More by bubseymour
2.99/5 rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Picked up this one on a clearance from Butler's. Guess I should have known that it was a dark IPA with the name. Decent looking beer with not a lot of head. Not a fan at all, had a lot of maltiness but then way to much bitter that seemed out of balance and had the taste of an ash tray on the end, the roast with the bitter finish just did not work. A little bonus overall due to ABV. I was disappointed.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 01:44:47 | More by JamieDuncan
Black Perle Dark IPA from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.