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Black Rajah | The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States
thebrewkettle.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mjw1200 on 10-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,939
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
404
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
88
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 404 |  Reviews: 59
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2/5  rDev -51.7%

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2.56/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid black IPA. Hoppy and roasty

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Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had an older bottle - very malty.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Herky21
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Ian_B
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.09/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

not one of the better cascadian blacks Ive had. look was perfect smell was a little lacking in the hop but the malts were a nice yeasty bitterness.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] Gave it an aggressive pour that yielded 1 1/2 fingers of head. The head is dense and creamy. The head is khaki colored. I get very little light penetration through the beer. It is dark brown to completely black. The bottle lists the ABV (6.8%). There are no visible date codes...

S: [3.00] Thick pine with molasses on it.

T: [3.25] Some pine and caramelized sugars. There is really late finish that imparts a slight bitter and hint of alcohol.

M: [3.00] A little thinner than I anticipated. It is not overly dry.

O: [3.25] I am a little underwhelmed. I was hoping for more with this one. The killer is no date so it could be old and I am grading an old beer. The late finish was the highlight of the beer. It is really pleasant. I think this beer improves as it warms. This is not a Black IPA I'd search out again.

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3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. No Date. Pokal. Graded to taste, as there is no category for this.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown that light penetrates when held to the light; some lazy effervescence; two finger khaki head. Retention is fair, lacing is great.

Smell: Smells a lot like White Rajah; citrus and fruit bomb. In the interest of full disclosure, White Rajah is probably my favorite or second favorite IPA.

Taste: Hmmm. The bitterness from the malt is restrained. Slightly sweet and fruity, hoppy arrival, moderate sweetness across mid palate; less sweet overall than the White Rajah. The bitterness form the malt picks up toward the end, and lingers on the finish. The darker malt accentuates the pine aspects of this hop profile, and perhaps it subdues the fruit a bit.

Mouthfeel: Solidly midweight. Modest carbonation. Not overly slick, but not what I'd call clean-finishing.

Overall: For my first black IPA, I'd say its decent. It is pretty much just an IPA to me, albeit one with a more roasty bitterness on the finish. What I love about White Rajah is its light refreshing fruity character. This is heavier, slicker, and piney-er.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Aroma is sharp hops and a tad bit of roasted malt. The flavor is almost all citrusy hops. I would not have known this was a black IPA if I hadn't seen the color. Unlike offerings from, say, 21st Amendment (Back in Black IPA), there is no caramel malt sweetness to counterpoint the hops. The dark roasted malt is additional bitterness rather than a contrast. That said, the flavor is clean, and this is pretty drinkable if you're looking for a fairly assertive IPA. I would have rated this higher as an amber IPA, which is basically what it tastes like.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jratt79
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of jordanimal
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Jstonerock24
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of dannyfayy
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nrbw23
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a black color with a nice brown head. Head doesn't have a lot of retention, but does leave quite a bit of lacing.

S- Is mostly dominated by roasted and faint chocolate malts. Tropical hops are here but are on the back burner.

T- Taste is a lot like the nose. Not nearly as hoppy as I hoped or expected.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Being that White Rajah is one of my favorite and go to IPA's I found this one to be a little disappointing. I was really excited to try this one too.

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3.6/5  rDev -13%

Photo of crewfan1952
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Snooprobirob
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davemathews68
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: jet black, with a tan head
S: it smells warm, malty and some hops
T: some roast, some hop bitterness
F: medium body, well balanced
O: very good example of the style

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3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

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Black Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 404 ratings
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