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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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very good

251 Ratings

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Ratings: 251
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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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.

bubseymour, Jun 20, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Argh, maties! The Black Perle has set sail! Captain Barbosa here to give a review. . . .

This beer has no true style under the BJCP guidelines, unless and Imperial IPA, Category 14C. It's pretty close to that, only better. This beer is outstanding!

Aroma: intense hop aroma with a mild malty background. Hops are slightly citrus-like.

Appearance: Very clear, but dark. I would wager that there is a load of black patent and roasted barley. Sustained head.

Flavor: Wow. HUGE. immediate delivery of hops and malts, with the warming of the high alcohol to follow. The bitterness is well-balanced by residual sweetness (probably from dark cystal malts) and the lingering heat of alcohol. This ship is balanced on the rolling sea of beer. No Diacetyl or off-flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and drinkable. The carbonation is full and fitting for the size of this beer.

I love this beer. Brew it again. Can't wait for the next installment of the Ales from the Dark Side (make it a Belgian . . . .).

anexetastos, Dec 11, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Rockers review in a while after trying this on tap at The Tap Room beside the brewery. Poured into a pint glass, this one was an almost-black brown color and had a 1/2 inch tan head. The smell is a roasted-coffe-hoppy trio and quite nice. I was really surprised that this beer wasn't over-the-top hoppy in terms of taste. The sweetness of the malt really balances out this beer making it a fairly easy drinking beer. It is quite filling and I wasn't able to drink more than a pint of this, but it was a very tasty beer and I hope they brew it again next year!

southernbelle09, Nov 30, 2009
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cannabanaceae, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an oversized wine glass. Very dark brown with a hslf finger head leaving decent lacing.

Sweet dark chocolate in the nose. Doughy bread.

Moderately sweet creamy dark chocolate all the way through to the lasting bitterness in the end. It seems sweeter as the beer warms. Warming alcohol in the throat from the 9.5% ABV.

Medium thick body gives long lasting flavor. Smooth and creamy.

Very drinkable for a dark beer. The only thing slowing you down is the ABV

obywan59, Jan 12, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a 22 oz bottle with blue wax sealing. A really cool looking bottle. Pours a thick, dark color with big, sticky tan/off-white head. Smells of malt, mild hops, and alcohol. With this being an imperial IPA I expected a stronger hop aroma. This is a full flavored beer with the sweetness of the malt dominating on the front end while the finish is predominatly a roasted, hoppy combo. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, it leaves a layer inside your mouth. Drinkability is the best thing about this beer. For such a big beer, it is an easy drink and one you have to be carful with. Outstanding!

woodjm, Nov 30, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- An aggressive pour yielded a 1/2" light beige head, which slowly receded to reveal some nice edge lacing. The body was an opaque deep garnet color, with no visible carbonation. Intriguing.

S- Smells of sweet caramel malts and molasses, nicely balanced with earthy hops. Aromas are big and well-balanced... like an imperial English IPA (rather than an Imperial American IPA). The anticipation is building.

T- Up-front are the sweet caramel and molasses flavors, which are slowly overtaken by some high-alpha hop bitterness in the middle and into the finish. The finish itself features a strong quinine-like bitterness. Lots of beautiful nuances throughout: dark chocolate, bitter orange and marshmallow. Simply wonderful!

M- BIG silky body; textured with unattenuated sugar and a fine carbonation. Coats the mouth for extended gratification!

D- Dangerously drinkable. Delicious. And the alcohol is exceptionally well-hidden!

jgasparine, Dec 28, 2009
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4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Malty, Roasty, Hoppy! Cant ask for much better. Great Beer, one of the finest in the RJ Rockers collection. Get ready for a ride to the Dark side of IPA brews. Very dark appearance , great smell and tastes awesome! Try it and you wont soon forget the Black Perle.

jwill303, Feb 03, 2014
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Black Perle Dark IPA from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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