Pot Kettle Black | Yeastie Boys

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3.74/5
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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

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Ranking:
#25,856
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
186
pDev:
11.76%
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of kiya
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this part of my monthly beer club from Plumpjack SF.

Opening the bottle the brew bubbled up and out of the bottle. Pours a very dark chocolate brown with an extremely milk shake thick head. Head retention is extreme on this guy, even through the entire glass it still remained thick and heavy.

Smells of roasted walnuts with a strong campfire mustiness that becomes more pronounced as it comes up to room temp.

I'm expecting more than what i got from the flavors here considering the smell and look of the beer. There's a roasted malt flavor in the front mixed with a very smokey flavor creeping up. A sourness that seems like it doesn't really belong lingers even minutes after the last sip.

The brew stays heavily carbonated through the session to the point of almost being too bubbly.
A fine beer for it's style for me.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cherry cola color. Very large, light, bubbly, sticky, frothy, ecru head. Very nice retention leaving plenty of sticky lace.

S - Loads of roasted/earthy malt. A good amount of dark chocolate/cocoa with some stale dark coffee. A bit of a fruitiness as it warms (both dark fruit and a sweet citrus). Some licorice as well. Not overly hoppy.

T - Again, not overly hoppy. A good amount of general roasted flavor. Fair amount of licorice and dark fruit that probably pairs and slightly hides the fruity hop flavors. Strong dark coffee and chocolate flavors with that roasted malt.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Slight dryness on the finish but not too dry.

D - Easy to drink with a smooth body and flavors that compliment each other. Tasty but not overly tempting.

Notes: Decent Black Ale (not my favorite style). Not too hoppy but it seems to go along with the licorice/dark fruit. Light hoppy porter, roasty black ale, something in between; not sure what to classify it. Overall it's good but not great or worth the price. But the brewery name is fun, right?

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Photo of nycwinter
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of JaredKent
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +10.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of danieelol
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 186 ratings