Pot Kettle Black
Yeastie Boys

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Yeastie Boys
New Zealand
Black IPA
Ranked #121
Ranked #22,802
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Nov 21, 2022
Mar 02, 2011
Very Good
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Notes: "Black IPA"
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Rated: 3.86 by 5EKF from Illinois

Nov 21, 2022
Rated: 3.76 by Eltrandos from France

Jul 24, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by samEBC from Belgium

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Dazka from Italy

Jul 24, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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
Rated: 3.79 by Trueprinceofgotham from California

Aug 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Rated: 4.21 by tottel from Netherlands

Jun 29, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by NeoClassicist from New York

May 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Reviewed by vinicole from England

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Rated: 3.75 by RMW66 from Australia

Oct 18, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by 911CROFT from England

Sep 25, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by bb-magic from Florida

Sep 24, 2017
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Reviewed by DJ-Hophead from England

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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
Rated: 4.34 by sephyrott from Spain

May 06, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by Giangio from Italy

May 06, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by louislouis91 from Ireland

Apr 21, 2017
Rated: 3.43 by Vader444 from Scotland

Apr 03, 2017
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Reviewed by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Rated: 4 by Hip_Hop_Hooray from Wales

Dec 24, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by shelby415 from Oregon

Nov 01, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Oct 01, 2016
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3/5  rDev -20%
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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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

May 08, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by Tdenham from England

Apr 29, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by stephenlee from England

Apr 07, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by Andrea_Netherlands from Netherlands

Apr 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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
Rated: 4.5 by OregonGrown7 from Oregon

Feb 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Marius from Netherlands

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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
Rated: 3.9 by simonreadmusic from England

Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by mdagnew from Northern Ireland

Dec 29, 2015
Rated: 3.91 by hdtrice from England

Dec 07, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by chickenm from Canada (BC)

Nov 08, 2015
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