Pot Kettle Black
Yeastie Boys

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #415
Ranked #32,755
3.77 | pDev: 11.41%
Yeastie Boys
New Zealand
Very Good
Pot Kettle BlackPot Kettle Black
Notes: "Black IPA"
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I popped the can and from 20Cm away got a waft of Citra-like hops... unexpected for a porter!
L- Extremely dark, no light gets through the glass (held up to a halogen lamp). Pours with 3mm pale tan head.
S- I get the Citra-like waft again! With some toasty cinders following. I'm intrigued what this will taste like.
T- The Taste follows^. But the brief intial Citra-like flourish is fast over-taken and dominated by a smokey toastiness.
F- It packs a punch of Feel for 6.0%, don't plan on tasting any more subtle brews after one of these. It somehow combines punchy/gutsy (ideal in winter) with a bright and mildly citrus edge (refreshing in summer).
O- Unusual, combines a punchy trad porter with a twist of contemporary hopping. Might especially appeal to younger fans of black beers. I like it, it's clearly something different, though am not quite enough of a fan of black beers to pay it's price on a repeat buy.
Bought from Wholefoods London W8. £2.89/330ml can. BBE: 12/2020

Jan 14, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seem more like a porter. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with nice beige head and beautiful curtain lacing. Rich dark chocolate smell and taste. A bit smokey with a smooth feel. Pleasant beer!

Oct 11, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If anyone were to suggest it, I'd vote for this being cast into the porter style; preferably an English porter as American renditions tend to have more hops.

Pot Kettle Black Looks the part of a good porter, nice foam and lace. Smells are blander, just dark malt making subdued aromas. Tastes are perfectly balanced, mostly malt and just enough tang. Sits in my mouth very softly. Good recipe and well-crafted. I also just had this after loading my wife's luggage at Paddington, so the entire experience fits. Thanks.

I somehow did not try Yeastie Boys during my ten days in NZ. But I am glad to find them in London; cooperating with a contract brewer in Berkshire. The Boys website was difficult to get on and was not too informative. But with a brew this good, their beer probably speaks for itself. Good job, lads.

May 23, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 37.

Pours dark brown, aboot an inch of off white foam with a vigorous pour. Does well with the lacing.

Milk chocolate, cocoa, hoppy nose. Deep whiffs reveal more sweet notes than bitter.

The taste is cocoa, less sweetness than what I gathered from the smell with a roasted malt injection and some dark chocolate and hop bitterness. Pleasing the way the flavours seem to evolve after almost every sip.

High end of medium bodied adequate carbonation.

Feels stronger than 6% abv but nonetheless, enjoyable.

May 12, 2018
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Home Bargains (£0.89):
This one was a beer that definitely started well, pouring with quite a nice body & head before the nose came through with some subtle hops, pine & even some light tropical notes towards the end; there was a few darker malts & earthy touches at this point to though. Come the taste the beer decided to go in a different direction with cocoa & chocolate flavours dominating alongside some coffee & a few hints of sweetness nearer the end.

Dec 21, 2017
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vinicole from England

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Very dark auburn. Dense tan head.
Cocoa, hops and a bit of smoke on the nose.
A vibrant flavour of coffee and hops. Light bitter finish.
Quite soft carbonation. The malt and hops balance out quite nicely.
A refreshing porter.

Dec 15, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2017. Given to me a while back as a gift. Contract-brewed in the UK by Brewdog. The label doesn't give much away, but I'm going to presume that this is a porter brewed with NZ hop varieties.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Good carbonation can be seen when held to the light. Yields a large head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a minute or so before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of resinous hops with hints of pine, weed, citrus peel, roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, a touch of molasses and earthy yeast. Rather nice.

T: Tastes of bitter aromatic hops with notes of pine resin, dank weed, citrus peel, subtle grapefruit, roasted malt, burnt grain, coffee, cocoa, mild molasses and earthy yeast. A strident, hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and a somewhat insubstantial body for the strength. Could be a shade thicker. Hop oils tickle the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine, roasted malt, coffee and earthy yeast.

O: Pretty good - a black IPA in all but name. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour deliver a hefty dose of resinous hops and dark malt. Decent body but could be a tad thicker given the ABV. Also wouldn't hurt to have a slightly sweeter malt bill to round it out, but this is splitting hairs. A solid brew - if you like dark hoppy things then give it a whirl.

Oct 21, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, M and S, Bristol - Pours jet black with a medium tanned head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - coffee, lactose, caramel/toffee notes, nutty overtones. Taste - Sweetish at the front, coffee notes, roasted malty layers, caramel, dry bitter finish. Very well balanced porter.

Jul 15, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruby black with ivory legs. 4
Kronik!!! 4.5
Thread of carob + licorice, crazy weed, tar, caramelized onion, hints of fig, and clean end. 4.25
Medium, chewy, sticky. 4

Pacifica, Nelson Sauvin, Styrian Goldings

(Note: contract brewed in the UK by Brewdog.)

Dank tank! BIPA, not “South Pacific porter,” with mad resin at the end. More, please. 4.25

Feb 22, 2017
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Honestly some pretty great chocolate/char/bitter grapefruit+pine hop presence here. Mouthfeel is an issue though, seems really heavy for only 6% and between the big carbonation, bitterness and heft it gets a bit tiresome. Definitely a black IPA-worthy amount of hops here but has the body and drinkability of an imperial stout.

Jan 13, 2017
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janubio from Spain

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black colour, medium off white head, great lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, licorice, coffee. Medium body, creamy palate.Medium carbonation. Taste of licorice, coffee, chocolate. OK.

Aug 19, 2016
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EmperorBevis from England

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jet Black body with decent enough tan head
Smells like opening a bag of midget gems where the black ones are liquorice
Coffee burnt toast melon cinder toffee
Nicely balanced alrounder

Aug 04, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, black color. 1/5 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and good lacing. Smells of english hops, euro yeast, alcohol, strong sweet malt, slight roasted malt, syrup, and hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of english hops, euro yeast, alcohol, strong sweet malt, slight roasted malt, syrup, and hops. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

Mar 23, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Jet black pour with a bit of beige head that gives way to a sticky lacing. Smells of roasted malts, caramel and cherries. More sweet that I expected, with notes of artificial flavouring, vanilla and dark cherries. Watery.

Jan 26, 2016
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consciouspilot from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yeastie Boys' own Pot Kettle Black was awarded Champion Beer at the 2012 Asia Beer Awards. Light & hoppy yet dark & malty, it's pretty well balanced. I can see this being a great introduction to darker beers for anyone who has yet to partake, but pass on this if you're a heady elitist. This beer may not be a loser, but it's definitely not a champion in my eyes.

Jun 24, 2015
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Alan.

A: A rich chocolate brown with a one finger tan head that settled down to a solid ring. Decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, bready malts, light hops.

T: Follows nose. Like drinking a dark lager. A strong, dark start with a lighter finish.

M: Medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this import from New Zealand. Xena and The Hobbit aren't the only good things to come from there.

May 05, 2015
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notchucknorris from California

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nearly black once it settles in the glass, with a huge sandy head that takes quite a while to go down.

S: Powdery cocoa, dark chocolate fudge, blackberry, a touch of bread dough and maybe just a touch of leafy hops.

T: Dark chocolate, some lightly roasted malt, cracked black pepper, anise, and some faint grassy hops. Finish brings a touch of roasted malt husk and powdery yeast. Pretty nicely done. One of the better black IPAs I've had. Not one of the hoppier offerings out there, presumably due to the time between when this was probably bottled and now, but very well balanced. A touch overcarbonated for me, but this is very nice.

Feb 12, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

interesting brew here, not sure if its meant to be a black ipa or not. if it is, i think it fails to deliver enough hops for that, minimal bitterness and flavor from them, especially given the verbiage on the label, but the beer tastes good. its got a slightly smokey mineral tinge to it in the smell, but i still get chocolate malt in here, as much a brown ale to me as a black one, as the roast is a little less than expected from the color of the beer. the flavor is nice too, holding on to that little bit of smoke, bringing an almost raisin flavor into the fold, and having just enough bitter roast to balance the finish. fuller bodied, lower carbonation, but pleasing in a cool weather context for sure, and interesting enough to keep my attention. i have liked beer from these guys, but i suspect that freshness is often an issue with them here in the states. hops may have faded a lot. slight metallics as it swallows, but a good beer on the whole.

Feb 04, 2015
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SmashPants from Australia

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a minimalist black-and-white label. Looks good.

Appearance: pours out a very dark reddish-brown with limited visible carbonation. A one-finger tan head hangs about for a good while before dropping to a creamy half-finger. Amazing, thick lacing.

Aroma: definite roast malts - some coffee and chocolate, but with a degree of tobacco also. Smells good.

Taste: a certain amount of bitterness accompanies the roasted malts on the palate. Very smooth.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger for a good time, with that bitterness stepping it up.

Mouth feel: heavier in body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth in feel.

Overall: quite a nice porter-style beer. Nothing amazing, but a really nice example of the standard style. The price is completely prohibitive however - at AU$150 a case, the price is a bit of a joke.

Sep 18, 2014
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AllForAugust from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Poured from a 330mL bottle into a spiffy glass.
Fellas, we need to figure out what we are going to call this style. Is it an ABA, BIPA, IBA, or a Caucasian whosawhatsit? Somebody figure this shit out.

A: The beer has more head than a hooker reference that somebody more clever than myself would be able to make up. It holds together beautifully, too. So soapy... Like a fucking root beer float. It's dark, yes, but I'd hardly call it black. Dark brown, possibly with an amberish hue would be more accurate. Aw, fuck it. It's beautiful.

S: The piney aroma of west coast IPAs and pales is very clearly present. Sweetness of caramel and toffee replaces the usual malty sweetness of the traditional IPA, but I certainly wouldn't go as far as to call the aroma 'toasty' or 'coffee like'. It's a chewy sweetness, that's for sure.

T: Tastes like an IPA! There's definitely the dark, roasted malt taste on the back end, but there should be, shouldn't there? I'm picking up a tad bit of dark fruit, but it's more of a tannin flavor. Like the skins of the fruit with a little nit of pulp still attached. I'm seeing a lot of reviews saying that this fruit flavor hides the floral taste of the hops. Not for me, it doesn't. But then again, most of the reviews are coming from the states and I'm drinking this in the city it was brewed in.

M: Medium bodied with a light, but appropriate amount of carbonation. The hop bitterness is more prevalent in the aftertaste, giving it a waxy mouthfeel later on.

O: With black IPAs becoming more and more of a serious style, each brewer production one wishes for it to become one of the primary examples of the style. Pot Kettle Black, for me, has that exact potential. Black IPAs , in my opinion, should have the same qualities as an IPA apart from two things: color and malt profile. The malty, bready sweetness should become darker along with the SRM/Lovibond, moving from the familiar pale sweetness into caramel/chocolaty sweets while keeping the same hop profile, body, and head. This does just that. Awesome, awesome beer.

Jun 04, 2014
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frlrv1020 from Florida

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why this beer doesn't get higher ratings. It's an outstanding porter, in my opinion. Perfect body, not watery. Notes of roasted malt, hops, and caramel in the aroma and palate. Great bitter finish. Dark ruby color, almost black. Produces a beige head, which dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves good lacing. The hops come forward as it warms.

May 25, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown color, this beer seems black to the eye yet shines brown all the way through rather than just at the edges in the light. The medium brown head doesn't rise higher than half a finger, though it does stay at its height for most of the session and leaves bubbly lace on the glass.
The smell is plenty roasty with a bit of cocoa and more mineral than the flavor, the smoke present but also not as strong as in the flavor.
The taste mimics that of a Schwarzbier more than a porter, maybe a rauch but not quite. It's more mineral and earthy, but I appreciate that the roast and cocoa notes do come through and that the smoke has a persistence in the taste but doesn't build up and adds no harshness whatsoever.
The feel is bright, and this is on the light side of medium if the body does reach medium, and I'm not sure it does. It's got the same mineral aspect I detect as a character in the mouthfeel also.

May 17, 2014
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a long lasting creamy tan head. Very good head retention and lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate roasted malt essence. Taste same as aroma with a bit of roasted malt bitterness. A medium body, slightly creamy on the palate. A rich roasted chocolate malt flavor with some mild roasted malt and light hops bitterness. A very good and tasty brew.

Apr 12, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with cocoa and char qualities that are a bit more refined in the taste in my opinion.

Apr 03, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a very dark ruddy brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Nice aroma of caramel and dark toasted malt, chocolate and nuts. Flavor is dark toasted malt, faint coffee, light milk chocolate, nuts; finishes with toasted, lightly charred malt and a lingering grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nicely made and toasty brown ale with good, but slightly faded grassy hops. I'm guessing that this is a lot better fresh and would be very impressive with brighter hop flavor. A flavorful and satisfying black ale that is worth a try.

Mar 30, 2014
Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 196 ratings