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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12
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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass nearly pitch black except for a tinge of reddish brown,a one finger tan colored head atop.Earth and roast with some green leafy hop notes,not overly complex and on the dryer side.Flavors of roast and bitter unsweetened chocolate and charred fruit with low handed leafy hops in the finish.A lighter hopped ABA in my mind,a decent amount of char and pretty dry,pretty average for the style.

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chunky lace from the lumpy and frothy beige head. The broth is deep ruby brown where bright light will shine through the center of the glass.

This smells like a fudge brownie--sweet and rich with double dark chocolate. There's a bit of oatmeal to the nose as well.

More burnt malt than the nose suggests. Comes across like a cross between a dry porter and a stout. There's notable hop in the swallow. Short aftertaste because of the dryness of the liquid. Thin bodied in an appropriate way. The low carbonation helps.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JaredKent
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a dark beer. It is black and even when a light is held to it, not much gets through. The head pours softly, about half a heads worth. It lingers though, providing a "crema" like appearance throughout drinking.

Scent: Right up front a get quite a bit of rich chocolate and coffee. This is followed up by a hint of smokey ash. The hops come through a bit, but nothing too overpowering. Lots of roasted malt coming through. Definitely stands in the forefront.

Taste: Once again the roasted flavors come through strong. Definitely get a coffee taste with minimal chocolate. The hops come through a bit more on the palate, but really their contribution is in the bitterness, which there is plenty of on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The carbonation is well balanced, what you would come to expect from your average beer.

Overall: Before purchasing this I wasn't sure what style it was. Some legitimate sources called it a black IPA, some called it a Porter. Yeastie Boys' website officially calls it a Black IPA, while acknowledging the "Hoppy Porter" title as well. I would definitely describe it as the latter. The roasted barley is the strongest flavor in this beer. The hops are fairly mild. In my own experience I like the reverse for Black IPAs; Hops upfront and roasted barley as a support. Still a very enjoyable beer though. I'd mark it down as a hybrid between a Black IPA and a Porter. If a Black IPA is halfway between IPA and Porter than this is about 3/4 of the way, leaning towards the Porter end of the scale.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice deep black with a hint of dark brown around the edges when held to the light.... A semi gentle pour but not much head at all here... Maybe half a finger.... Dissapates quickly.... A few touches of lacing... But nothing impressive.

S: sort of dry musty aroma to me... Dry roasty chocolate with a touch earthy hop... Honestly I was expecting more hops in the aroma.... A bit of black licorice and a kiss of dark fruit ... As the beer warms the roasty character really comes out.

T: taste... Deffinatly steps it up from the aroma... Nice and roasty, with notes of chocolate and black licorice and coffee... Very tasty... Not much hops... But delicious overall.

M: light medium body and dry.... Creamy with nice medium/high carbonation... Perfect for this brew

O: a very good very tasty brew, creamy, roasty and delicious.

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Photo of Psychmusic
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mcss
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of raythealeman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking black color with a large brown foamy head. The lacing was pretty good on this brew as well as the retention on it. The smell of the beer was hoppy and roasted. More along the lines of a porter in my opinion. The taste of the beer had a nice burn flavor to it as well as the hoppy crisp finish. The mouthfeel of it wasn't too bad, rather drinkable with a dry finish. Overall this was a pretty good brew I thought. Looking forward to having more from this brewery.

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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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of danieelol
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with good head and lacing.

Nose is that of a high quality, rich stout. Toasted, roasted caramel and chocolate. Slight bit of hoppiness following through. Bit of soy and barleywine-malt, marshmallows. Almond nuttiness.

Taste is weak and kind of watery. Bit of bitter soot.

Mouthfeel is similarly thin and kind of lacking.

Overall an OK beer which kind of falls apart with wateriness and astringency when it gets to the taste buds.

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Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've heard the Beastie Boys and the Yeastie Girlz. This is my first introduction to Yeastie Boys brewery straight outta Wellington!

Pours a pitch black with reddish undertones and a huge head that is quick to fade.

Lots of citrusy hops that mingle with dark malts. There's a bit of cream too.

Interesting textures. The malt seems unusual for some reason (it's grainy?) but there's enough pine resin, caramel and light cocoa for the enthusiast.

Very little lingers in the mouth. Dry and bitter. Nothing else.

Middle of the road. Very drinkable regardless of rating.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, near black body with a huge, slowly creeping, light beige head.

Smell: Faint roast, a little hint of green hops, but not much slipping out past this unyielding, headstrong head.

Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness with a sliver of chilled coffee and a faint dusting of cocoa. Modestly sweet. Lightly spiced. Hint of dark fruitiness, also some underlying earthiness. Touch of hops, bitterness. Sweetish and aggravatingly foamy on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. High, pesky carbonation.

Overall: I think Joaquin Phoenix said it best: It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed.

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Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a large off white head.

Aromas are malty, vegetal, and creamy sweet.  Smells pretty good, but not like the black IPA / hoppy porter this claims to be.

Taste is very roasty, nice dark burnt malt sweetness, hints of smoke, coffee, and a lightly bitter, with an earthy hoppiness on the finish. While the hoppiness wasn't very strong in the nose, it showed up nicely in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, a touch thin though.

Overall a nice beer, that doesn't fit the style (Black IPA) as well to me.  I like it, but this is much more like a hoppy porter than an American Black Ale.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Purvis. From notes.

A - Poured a root beer colour with one finger of beige head. Good carbonation with good lace drapes and half a finger of retention.

S - Milk chocolate, roasty, very light hop. I wouldn't expect this to be a black IPA if this was a blind tasting, but it smells pretty nice.

T - Milk chocolate, a little coffee and roastiness with a French Vanilla kinda flavour. Light hop there as well.

M - Medium carbonation, rich silky body and some sweet chocolate in the finish and a light hop bitterness.

O/D - Much closer to a porter of sorts. Hops are very light to nonexistent. As a porter or stout it's great but as a black IPA it's weak. I enjoyed it but it misses the style.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pretty darn dark, black as i can tell with maybe some deep brown highlights; sticky, foamy, smooth, cinnamon colored head that left lots of lacing

S - some rubber tire, raw nuts, cream, toast - unique...

T - roasted malt, nuts, then some bitterness that starts very mild and then increases a bit ending in a dry, moderately bitter aftertaste

M - very, creamy mouthfeel on a medium body; light, smooth carbonation not unlike nitro

O - different take on the style; not sure if the hops were faded or just very light to begin with but the flavors were actually pretty balaced; i enjoyed the nuttiness and creamy texture; the smell is weird though

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Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
3.72 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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