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

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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

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Added by mjw1200 on 10-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
403
Reviews:
59
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
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21
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87
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Texasfan549
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate roasted malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange zest, pine, chocolate, cocoa, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate roasted malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate roasted malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Black Rajah is not as good as the white....but still quite tasty. I bought a bottle of this at Andersons in Reynoldsburg, OH. It poured an opaque black with ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has some roast and slight pine. The taste starts sweeter with roast then finishes slightly bitter. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's quite nice.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Dark pitch black body, but when held toward the light it has ruby highlights and forms at least 3 fingers worth of light beige head labeled as an India Black Ale the description reports this is Simcoe and Citra hopped.

Aroma has dark herbal tea dank qualities and citrus pith to me the complement of the dark roasts gives it a mint/herbal tea note that really is characteristic of this style for me. Dark roasted malts give enough dry dark chocolate notes but there's no chocolate or sweetness really. After it warms a bit and give the glass some swirling I can get a bit of the tropical fruit maybe pineapple or passionfruit.

Flavor very well constructed dark hopped beer with character, the best Black IPA I've had thus far very easy to drink. Dark dry chocolate still lets the herbal mint notes come through in addition there's a keen dankness to the hops here, along with faint tropical fruit notes. Dry finish from both hop additions and darker roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is juicy in the middle dry in the finish evenly carbonated resinous with hop oils everything is in cohesion this beer is firing on all cylinders.

Overall impressions for me are that I'm really getting into this beer for sure, I'm glad I picked up a six...White Rajah is the most drinkable go to IPA I have access...I'm hoping they bottle this one year round as well. Those guys know their hops up there in Strongsville, OH!

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Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dvmin98
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better BIPAs out there

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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great color on this one. Nice tan head. Pretty good amount of lacing. Nose is that sticky sweet hoppy thing. Flavor carries a bit of the same with that oddly woody fruity character that so many black ales possess. This is a very good example of the style and quite nice to drink. I dig it. And I highly suggest it.

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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of aasher
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of dar482
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color.

The aroma hits of peach, mango, light roasted malt, chocolate, some caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows with more of that light tropical fruit flavor with peach, mango candy, candy caramel, with some milk chocolate, medium roasted malts, medium roasted coffee, onto an earthy bitterness with touches of green pine.

The mouthfeel is medium, but creamy. The beer has a bit restrained hoppiness, which makes the beer more drinkable and balanced.

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Black Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
4.12 out of 5 based on 403 ratings.
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