Pot Kettle Black | Yeastie Boys

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yeastie Boys
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
yeastieboys.co.nz

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Black IPA"

Added by ADZA on 03-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of mdanberg
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of kevo237
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of SkaJenny
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of joecast
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

straight from the pour its obvious this beer is serious. looks quite thick without being unappealing. nice tan foamy head with good lacing. quite dark while still showing some reddish highlights when held to light. head settles low but shows excellent stability.

amazingly smooth aroma. like a cold beer version of hot chocolate. a light floral honey aspect makes this quite enticing.

yummy. its all there. some dry roastiness, mellow chocolate, and quite a hefty amount of bitterness. finish leaves the mouth with a drying roast character but doesnt dominate the other flavors.

super smooth mouthfeel which keeps everything in balance: alcohol, dark malts, and hop bitterness.

another style bending beer. sort of a cross between the new american black ale and classic porter. and the execution of which has been handled masterfully. unbelievably good!

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Hail_to_the_Beers
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of jkermitj
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of ADZA
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a nice dark cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a cappicino laced two finger head and some clingy lacing,it has a very unique smell to it with aromas of smokey wood,coffee,strong herbal hops and dark berries,it has a nice medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel which makes it very sessionable and has beautiful tastes of light mocha,strong pungent herbal hops,blackberries,a tinge of light expresso and finishes with a nice herbal hoppy bitterness that leaves your palette wanting another sip straight away and makes the drinkability of this brew very high,overall it is truly an exceptional brew that i highly recommend not only is it enjoyable it is very sessionable too as its 6.0% ABV doesnt even show up on taste and i really cant wait to sample more from this brewery.

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Photo of sephyrott
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy crap! This looks like Coca-Cola poured into a glass!

Bready on the nose, a touch of fruit. Smells rich, dangerous.

My wife sips and says, "Tastes like rye bread dipped in au jus". Yeah, kinda, rich saltiness with dark bread overtones.

Very much porter-like, in fact, despite it's IBA label it's the best one of the best porters I've had in awhile. A mellow hop balance keeps this just outta normal porter range and into something "different".

It's exactly what I like about "the beer formerly known as black IPA"; a full flavored dark & rich ale with a twist of hops & a sassy-bitter finish.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CAN
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

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Photo of BS-
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Noodleboyg
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of AllForAugust
4.24/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

note: 12 oz bottle aged for approximately 2 months (not likely a huge difference, but must be noted)

A- dark brown with a nice lacing head, about two fingers high poured delicately from a bottle

S- dark berries! some malt as well.

T- actually much smokier and maltier than i remember it being fresh (dunno if that's my memory being faulty or due to the moderate aging this bottle has accrued). still light, but with more pronounced chocolate notes, maybe some coffee.

M- light, slightly fizzy actually, which is a bit surprising.

O- better than i recall. again, not sure how much is due to the slight aging and how much is due to memory. but a totally fine beer regardless. now i kinda want a fresh one, and another to cellar for a year, just for fun. certainly recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of wattersmike90
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngusGibbins
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of risenz
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn near foams out of the glass with an average pour, gives you about a finger of LIQUID below the head, excellent retention not helping matters, it’s a very deep brown color, quite airy with hardly any larger bubbles, lots of cratering as it does finally dissolve, the lacing is thick and above average. The liquid likewise is a dark brown, clean but mostly opaque, with a brightening orange cast at the glass bottom. Heavy roast to the nose, coffee beans, dark chocolate, baguette, hard toffee, at times leafy with pungent white citrus and also pine sap notes, too much toast for much fruit to come through, lots of kick and energy. Medium-bodied, dry with an almost dusty texture to it. The carbonation acts like sandpaper gently scrubbing the tongue, doesn’t really provide lift. The coffee roast knit back into a larger and milkier chocolate base, more caramel than toffee. The white grapefruit citrus remains comfortably in second place. Pine, licorice and some cherry pit next, the more you sip the hoppier it seems. Might actually benefit from additional smokiness. Does not strive for crazy complexity, chooses an interesting array of flavors and keeps the recipe simple.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12.Very dark amber in color & deep ruby to the light. Beige, creamy & copious, lasting crown. Rocky collars. Head lasts on to top ´til the end. Roasted malt, floral, citric aromas with oat hints. Flavorful malt, viscous taste of subtle roasted cereal flavor. Dry bitterness & earthy touch to the palate followed by a soft velvet sensation. No esters. Slightly grainy in the middle. Hops show their personality in a perfect balance with such an intense malty profile where malts provide creamy viscosity. May be chewed it up! Full body, soft carbonation. Dry finish & earthy hops on the aftertaste. Amazing beer not as refreshing as usual Brown Porters but much more pleasant in flavor. Gentle mouthfeel & more delicious than regular Robust Porters. Highly recommended for malt lovers. Outstanding job, Kiwis!!

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