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Black Perle Dark IPA - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

Black Perle Dark IPABlack Perle Dark IPA

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very good

224 Ratings

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%

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.

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Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz waxed bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with a thick finger of frothy dark tan foam. Good lookin'!

Smell: big, rich coffee, toffee and malt aromas with a little bit of vegetal hops. I'd think imperial stout before American Black Ale. Still, the aroma is smooth and enticing, if not particularly hoppy.

Taste: malt starts off with a light fruitiness, possibly due to the alcohol or to fruity hops. It then segues into a rich coffee roast flavor which is smooth all the way through. See my style comments above.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a lightly creamy silkiness. Pretty good, although more in line with a black ale than an imperial stout.

Overall: this beer doesn't really fall into an established category. It is technically an ale which is black which is made in America, but that's about as much as you can say for putting it in this style category. Still, it is a yummy beer I'd be glad to quaff again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:44:17 | More by flagmantho
Photo of FosterJM


3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1228th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

Thanks to Cliffbrake for this one

App- Poured out more like a deep crimson/garnet into the glass. Looked brown in the glass. Had a very large three finger khaki head. Decent lace and cling.

Smell-  Really a fine line between a coffee stout and a malty brown ale. A bit of earthiness behind the nose.

Taste- A creamier malty beer with a bit of the abv being upfront and a touch over roasted. Pretty smooth for as large as it is. Pretty standard profile.

Mouth- A touch thick bodied but mostly thin. A medium creamy carbonation with residual malts and coffee.

Drink- A welcome extra with some good layers of flavor and big boozy background. Dont think I would have again but still good.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 20:08:12 | More by FosterJM
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty bland with some roasty malt and herbal hop aromas. Taste is the same but seems quite watery tasting. There is a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with noting that really stands out in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:07:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of bigbluebeerguy


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Deep, dark brown, almost black, with no light penetration. Voluminous sand colored head, with a smooth and creamy texture. Moderate lacing through the glass.

Nose is just a touch disappointing, I was expecting more in the way of hops. As it stands, I get mostly sweet malts and some slightly charred bread crust.

On the tongue, things pick up quite nicely. Smooth, bitter chocolates and the charred bread come through, some ghostly coffee undertones linger in the mid-palate, while a nice pine and ever so slight citrus hop bite steps in to finish things off. The malt backbone holds up nicely throughout.

Mouthfeel is slightly above average, not too thin, with a fairly decent astringency lingering. Medium body and carbonation, hides the alcohol very well. Would not have guessed 9.5%.

Overall the best offering I've had from this brewery. Would definitely pick it up on my next trip to SC.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:46:43 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Photo of cvm4


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured black and had a nice one finger tan head.

S - Malts, dark chocolate and coffee.

T - Roasted malts and coffee on the front. In the end you get some dark chocolate and bitterness. The abv is well hidden.

M - Perfect mouthfeel that just coats and medium carbonation.

O - Easy to drink. Flavors meld together. More porter or stout than a black IPA though. On its on, not judging by its category, it's a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 03:41:22 | More by cvm4
Photo of 4thelvofbeer


4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Pleasantly surprised by this brew! Enjoyed my first 22oz bottle on 17 Feb 12, poured at about 55 degrees or so. Nite quite room temp, slightly chilled. Really nice black IPA. This is the first beer I had from this brewery and it is pretty good. A little unhoppy for an IPA, and tastes more of a really good porter of mild stout. Deep malts and sugars are dominant in this ale. I am actually surprised that it only has a 87 rating (at this current time), and think that it deserves quite bit of a better score.

A: Deep black pour...
S: Malts, sugars, and more malts! really nice..
T: The best part of this beer..like I said, has flavoring more of a porter or stout...
M: Really smooth
O: One of the better Black IPAs...itza nice!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 23:11:48 | More by 4thelvofbeer
Photo of adrock7309


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First let me point out that I am reviewing this beer more as a cascadian or even a porter/stout or black ale despite the bottle claiming that it is indeed a black IPA - which it most definitely is not.

Poured a jet black body with a nice mocha tan head which lingered.

The smell was full of roasty malts, burnt sugar and slight coffee but absolutley no hops.

No idea when it was bottled so if it was an IPA at one point - it has surely evolved.

The flavors were also very dark with some rich smoky and roasted malts, a nice sweetness and an overall pleasingly full mouthfeel.

Although we were all perplexed by the style indicated on the bottle - we fully enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 15:53:22 | More by adrock7309
Photo of TechTriumph


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/17/11:
Bottle dipped in blue wax; No freshness date; Poured in a snifter.

A - Lives up to its name - pitch black in color; One inch of creamy, frothy, khaki colored head that leaves a decent amount of lacing

S - Nice inviting aroma; Notes of molasses, dark chocolate, leather, and woody tones

T - Flavors of sweet, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, woody/leathery tones, and tobacco; Very subtle earthy hops step forward at the end of the taste, accompanied by coffee flavors; A little bitterness present from mid-taste to the finish; No hints of alcohol

M - A little carbonation; A shade under full bodied; Dry finish

O - Overall, this was a pretty solid beer. I was hoping for a bigger showing of hops to fit the Black IPA mold, but got a much bigger showing of Imperial Stout type characteristics. That said, I think I'll try this beer again if I see it, as this newly developing "Black IPA" style really intrigues me.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:31:13 | More by TechTriumph
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:52:13 | More by Gmann
Photo of coldriver


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours a near opaque black with lots of suspended hop particles. Very good head and lacing. Aroma of roasted bready malts, alcohol and carrots. Hops and roasted malt give a nicely balanced taste as neither dominates. Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel, but dry finish. This is a tasty and mellow version of an American Black Ale. Alcohol is well hidden for 9.5%!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:25:04 | More by coldriver
Photo of henskejk


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A - Beer is a deep dark brown, not quite black. small amount of light brown head.

S - smells a little bit sweet and roasted/toasted with a distinct hop character as well

T - Good balance between the bitter hop character and roasted malt. the two sets of flavors seemed to complement each other fairly well. Also, no distinct boozy flavor was present for this 9.5% offering

M - medium body and pleasantly carbonated.

O - overall this was a very good beer, drinkable despite being 9.5%, flavors not too overwhelming. a balanced and tasty drink. would recommend to others and will likely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 20:26:42 | More by henskejk
Photo of Florida9


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer is very dark brown, almost black, depending on the lighting. Does appear to have a slight translucency to it. Forms a moderate sized deep tan head. Decent retention and lots of lacing. There is some fine sediment on the second pour.

S: Nose is a blend of roasted malts, chocolate, herbal hops, and light coffee.

T: Taste starts off with a fairly strong blend of coffee and chocolate. Light sweetness that fades away gradually to piney hops and a mild bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. Smooth yet dry.

O: Another good black ale with a nice balance between the hops and the darker malts. Nothing is overdone; nothing is missing. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:39:43 | More by Florida9
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although the bottling and labeling is stunning the wax encased top annoyed me. It's hard to dig through and you can't wedge a standard bottle opener on it to pop the top. An example of style over function.

Poured a 2" tan head with reasonable lifespan. Body is indeed dark, but not black, just a very deep brown with some red tinges when held to strong light. Smell is not particularly complex beyond malt and medium hops. Taste is pretty good - if this were a porter. There's malt, coffee, and cocoa, and a mild amount of hops. My issue with it is it's supposed to be a black IPA and there is nowhere near enough hops in this thing to be more than a subaverage IPA.

I'd call this a B+/A- porter but only a B- IPA, so I'll split the difference and give overall a B.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 09:44:27 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of jmdrpi


4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date. cap is sealed with blue wax. looks nice, but this style of beer is meant to drink fresh, so not very functional.

pours black, with just some brown highlights around the edge of the glass. light tan colored head, decent lacing and retention. aroma is both toasty and hoppy, kinda piney.

taste of mild roasted malt, finishes with strong hop presence, earthy. flavors are nice and complementary. on the thicker side, but it's smooth. nice mouthfeel.

solid example of this "new" style. I recommend!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 03:30:55 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of doughanson78


4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to 67couple for this.

A: Very black. No light getting through. One and a half finger mocha colored head, with some bigger bubbles. Great retention and lacing.

S: Very malty. Roasted caramel and chocolate. A decent floral and piney hop aroma coming through. Some very light citrus hops and some light coffee.

T: Sweet chocolate and caramel upfront. A roasted piney coffee bitterness comes through well. Some citrusy floral notes in the aftertaste. Very nice taste on this one. I think I like the taste better than Stone's 15th.

M: Medium to full bodied. Good mouth coating. Higher carbonation makes it very crisp. Nice dry finish.

O: I don't know... IMO this is giving Stone's release a run for it's money. Would like to try side by side. This might be a tad better blended. Would like to know a bottled on date to know if this had sat a bit. Definitely one you should want to try if your a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 19:10:25 | More by doughanson78
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle brought out by Jon, 650ml into a few glasses. Nice wax dipped cap, but as others have mentioned, super thick and more than a bitch to cut through.

Pours a dark brow, with some deep burgundy highlights. Not black (listed as a Dark IPA) so I'm not docking any marks. A few fingers of a brown tinged khaki head. Great retention and lacing. nose is less impressive, some muddled and certainly not outstanding hopping, sweet dark fruits, burnt brown sugar. Not alot of IPA character to be found. Taste starts with the dark fruits again, and finishes roasty with some faint coffee flavour. Mouthfeel is too thin and roasty for my liking, with a bitterness that's just as undesirable. Medium carbonation. Moderately interesting overall, but I'm not picking up any real "IPA" qualities per say. Leans towards more of a moderately hopped English porter than anything. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 21:42:29 | More by liamt07
Photo of dmbsteve


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all this is a damn cool bottle, but it was a bitch getting the wax off.

Lighter in color than I expected (but then they call it a "dark" IPA, not "black", so it's OK). Pours dark brown with amber highlights, light brown/tan head. Thin head recedes quickly. Light lacing.

Smells is very malty. Caramel is dominant. Very little hop aroma, compared to others of this style.

Taste is roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. Good bittering hops to balance, but again the flavoring hops just aren't there for this style.

Mouthfeel is medium and drying. Beer has a sticky and syrupy quality that is more prominant as it warms.

Overall a good quaff. Very drinkable for 9.5%. The alcohol is well hidden by the heavy malts. I would buy this again and recommend it to others...if nothing else for the cool bottle. But it happens to taste good too.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 04:24:29 | More by dmbsteve
Photo of Beer4Baltimore


3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes
bomber bottle.
A - dark but not opaque with a small head.
S - light malts and distinct hops.
T - not as hoppy as I expected and even the malts fall short.
M - moderate body with carbonation a little low.
D - not greatly appealing but can certainly finish it.
Guess I expected something more extreme.
The best single word to describe it is


Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 02:10:30 | More by Beer4Baltimore
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into an oversized snifter. Pretty badass looking- near black with a huge blanket of uneven foamy tan head that slowly reduces into a thick skim. Great retention with a crazy amount of sticky lace rings.

Nose is exceedingly heavy on the roast, to the point of somewhat muffling. A fair amount of chocolate. Rather stoutlike.

Tastes pretty damned good, but is this really a CDA? I say no, but it's a heckuva imperial stout. Thick, creamy and loaded with chocolate, roast and hoppy goodness. Booze is alarmingly well-hidden. Sticky, coating mouthfeel is equal parts sticky chocolate and burnt malts. In the interest of rating 'to style', I have to dock some points here (too thick/sweet/chocolatey for the CDA style), but this is well worth seeking out, style be damned. Picture a thicker, more chocolatey Smuttynose Imperial Stout. I'm tempted to cellar a few bottles of this to enjoy down the road.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2011 01:31:32 | More by PDXHops
Photo of GSmithBeer

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: good dark black ipa appearance. nice color.
S: didn't pick up too much aroma from the sample i received.
T: good taste. but not sure it belongs in the black ipa category.
M: mouthfeel was nice. good carbonation.
O: after having the abita black ipa at the event i think this one fell a little short to that one. it's not bad by any means. the people serving didn't really know all that much about it. it hid the alcohol well, but it's just not memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 22:28:37 | More by GSmithBeer
Photo of csiewert


3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark chocolate color with a finger of tan head that leaves no lacing as you drink. The aroma is strong with chocolate roasted malt. The taste starts with chocolate malt and then moves to some slight bitterness... But there is no hop flavor to speak of, which is what i would have expected from how the beer was described on the bottle. The mouthfeel is ok with slight overcarbonation. Overall I would give this a try if you are more of a porter fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 23:08:48 | More by csiewert
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a moderate light tan head. Hoppy nose. I'm not really an IPA guy, but this doesn't really taste like an IPA. It's almost like a hoppy Imperial Stout. Distinct roasted malts, maybe some chocolate or cocoa. Hops are robust but not overwhelming, and are tempered by the malts. Enjoyed it a lot. I'll buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:32:13 | More by raszputini
Photo of cichief


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle.

A-Pours jet-black, nice brown head.

S- Hints of coffee, good floral hops nose.

T- Coffee and sweet malt, but nice hops finish.

M- Medium bodied, lots of flavor, no alcohol burn.

D- Not too heavy, but with the alcohol level it would not be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:17:58 | More by cichief
Photo of EgadBananas


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JM03 for this treat!

Pours a very dark, muddied brown color. Head is minimal (less than a finger) and light tan in color. Doesn't stick around for long, but does leave some spots behind.

Aroma, though pleasant, would be wonderful if just more pronounced. Roasted malts, some sweet chocolate, and hints of pine and citrus.

The taste is were its at. Big roasted malt taste, with bits of toasted bread, chocolate, and a splash of coffee. Afterwards, you get the hops of citrus and pine with a pleasant lingering bitter bite at the end. Very nice.

Feels creamy, medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is solid. The bomber will be a breeze; this goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:34:39 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Fairly opaque black pour, nice finer of frothy off white head. Marginal sticking to the glass but descent retention.

Aroma, toasted malt and light chocolates. Herbal hops, very light citrus hops. kind of mild.

Taste, more here. Excellent blend of roast malt, herbal and citrus hop flavors. Hint of pine blends into cocoa. Finishes pretty dry with the roast, cocoa and anise.

Don't get the heat, though it is a big beer. Lighter side of medium bodied, coats well though. Carbonation keeps it just a bit livelier than creamy.

No problem drinking this one. The best from RJ's I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 03:40:14 | More by Bung
Black Perle Dark IPA from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.