Pot Kettle Black | Yeastie Boys

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Pot Kettle BlackPot Kettle Black

Brewed by:
Yeastie Boys
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

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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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 175
Photo of tsauce2
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Head is light tan, puffy, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium/light carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Rich dark roasted malt base with chocolate notes, hop presence comes through pronounced yet smooth on the nose.

T: Roasted malt with light touches of chocolate. Hops come through more as a bittering agent but still lend flavor. Slight booziness. Aftertaste is light maltiness.

M: Medium/light body. Contrasting sensations from the malt and hop components give at first a creamy feel that is then cut by mild bitterness of the hops, resulting in a final feel that is very clean and dry. Alcohol emparts another level to the mf.

O: A nice beer. When I read the label, I though I might not like this beer being a hoppy black ale. The flavors go together very nicely and are an excellent balance of malt and hop. I will drink this beer again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, smoky aroma has roast coffee, chocolate and licorice hints. It pours a deep sable with a thick, almost Guinness-like tan head that hangs around for a bit and leaves some decent lacing. Earthy flavor has notes of burnt wood, malt and licorice and just a hint of caramel. Smooth texture has above-average body and fizz, leaving a nice smoky tingle. I look forward to more brews from the Yeastie Boys.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas ofroastiness, earthiness,citrus, light charcoal and light bakers cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, light grapefruit, light pine and a hint of bakers cocoa with a smooth dry bitter lingering earthy finish.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, dark molasses colour with glowing red tints in the light. A bubbly tan head and then some blobby lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. It has a faint fruitiness and some tea tree character.

T - Smoke, chocolate and big roasty flavours. Finishes with a strong bitter coffee taste and pepper.

M - Thin to moderate body, decent carbonation and dry in the end.

O - A bit light on hops and heavy on the coffee for my taste, but certainly a decent beer from another exciting NZ craft brewery.

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Photo of crusian
2.12/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

bottle from a bottle shop in auckland.
pours a nice black darkness with a bit of head and some decent lacing...
Nose has a lot of smoke on it, and an odd vegetable smell. Hops are subdued, which may be the odd vegetable smell, more along the lines of a pea smell...
Taste is not so good, i am looking for a date on this bottle, and it is one of the few i have seen that does not have a best by date... seems old. Hops are not really there, though they dont really taste stale either.... just seems like they are missing. possibly some english style hops in there, but the American Black Ale is wrong. A bit of coal, and some smoke on the palate as well, but the main thing this is supposed to have, it is completely lacking.
mouthfeel is medium, well carbed, nice on all fronts but where it needs to be. Big failure, in my opinion.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep-brown with dark-red tinge. Head is beige, lovely and dense but dissipates before too long, leaving gorgeous but sparse lace ring around the glass. Pretty damn fine.

Nose is predominantly roasty. Nice dark chocolate notes giving sweet and toasty in equal measure. Slight floral hop notes lend it a mild sour touch, and the back is all caramel grain. Very nice.

Taste starts out all hoppy, with enjoyable floral notes, touch of pine and mint. Lasts until the mid where the roasty grain takes hold and gives it a mildly sour cocoa throttle. Rich chocolatey notes on the finish for a decent roast that doesn't quite fill the palate with its goodness. The nice hops return on the very back with more of a fresh, lighter bitterness than one might have expected from the rest of the palate, but it leaves me wanting more of a robust portery finish. Still, the hoppy/roasty balance overall is definitely a winner.

A bit too much fizz, but it's not harsh, nicely padded by the decent body.

Good take on the porter/IBA trade-off here. Very drinkable and enjoyable, makes for a great session beer or a transition beer for dark ale skeptics. One to remember.

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Photo of dgilks
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark brown when held up to light with a creamy, dense tan head. Nice head retention.

Mild chocolate, coffee, citrusy hops and resin.

Smooth crystal malt, black malt, resinous hops, moderate bitterness. Earthy. Nice.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

A really good porter with plenty of hops. Some call this a Black IPA but I don't think it has enough hop character.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(shared by friends who picked this up in New Zealand). Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, and some dark pit fruit. Taste follow suit for the most part with the roasty bitterness noticeable follow by some sweet malts. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad, but hopped-up dark beers are generally not my thing.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Sail and Anchor Fremantle.

A - Pours a dqark MAhogany colour with a decent Beige coloured head that retains well.

S - Some roasted malt a sweet molasses

T - Plenty of roastiness, caramel and a little expresso coffee. Not too many hops.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Not a bad drop but a little thin on the body.

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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 TheDudeImbibes
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alright folks, finally getting around to posting a review.
Bought a growler of this from warners at the bay bottlo on Monday, finally cracking it on Saturday. Poured into a gouden Carolus chalice.

A: Pours a 1 finger head that settles swiftly to a fine film. Splodges of lacing. Not terrible considering it's been in the growler so long (that's what she said). Black with chocolatey tan edges when held to the light.

S: Burnt toast, roast malt. Might be some hops in there but the toastiness dominates. Smells like a porter.

T: Porter roastiness to begin and then, ah, there's the hops I'm looking for. Could use a bit more in my opinion. Bittersweet finish. Quite dry and kind of refreshing to begin with, but the bitterness is more prominent as it warms. Overall quite a balanced flavour though. Not too bad.

M: Pretty on par for a porter. Maybe a bit thin.

Overall this is better than I was expecting, considering yeastie boys tend to hype up their beers to a ridiculous degree. A decent 'new world porter'. A bit too much for a whole growler maybe, time for some of Headlessclown's home brew to refresh myself.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, roasted malt, coffee and resinous and piney hops. Pretty amazing.
Very roasty flavours, much less sweet than the aroma suggests. Some piney hops show through, but this is definitely more like a hoppy stout/porter than a black IPA.
Finishes with a big roasty bitterness. Body seems a bit watery and the carbonation is too high.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of an order from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Yep, it pours black, at least, living up to its name, a deep black with just hints of translucent brown at the edges. Head is fine and filmy, leaving sheets of lacing down the inside of the glass. Moderate body. Looks very decent.

Nose. Oh wow, what a nose. In some respects, this epitomises what I imagine of the style. Lovely fresh, slightly fruity, but slightly sharp hops, above a perfectly pitched basis of crushed dark biscuits and grainy malt. It feels like they've struck the perfect balance here. Om nom nom.

Taste is a little more chaotic, giving the grainy, roasted notes without much body to back them up. Hop character is slightly muted as well, but provides a decent green vector of bitterness through the centre. Around the outside, the slightly toasty bread-grain notes rattle about the place, giving a robust portery character. Feel is loose, but pleasant.

A nice beer, and a very good example of the style. I'm still coming to terms with what this style should be, but I feel as though if they were all as good as this, the world would be a happy place.

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Photo of brendan13
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a 2cm beige head a top a very dark brown beer. The head slowly falls to a thin whisp leaving nice even lacing.
S - Floral and fruity hoppiness with slight chocolate hints.
T - Not too dissimilar to the smell; floral and fruity hop flavours with some subtle chocolate and vauge roastiness.
M - Medium bodied, low carbonation and a noticeable but not overpowering bitterness.
O - Another great American Black Ale from a Southern Hemisphere brewery.

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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 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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