Black Perle Dark India Pale Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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289 Ratings
Black Perle Dark India Pale AleBlack Perle Dark India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
rjrockers.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first release in the "Ales from the Dark Side" series...A dark, roasted twist on the traditional IPA that uses an absurd amount of malt and is "octo-hopped" with the German Perle hop. The biggest beer in the RJ Rockers linup to date.

Added by casemw on 11-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
289
Reviews:
123
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
16
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35
For Trade:
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There are some in the bottle backlog that I am just very happy to finally be drinking & reviewing. This is one of them, due to its not having an approved pic in place previously, it got shunted to the side. I have been diligent in my winnowing down process to ensure that a pic is taken, resized, submitted and approved before I open the bottle. The process is MUCH more streamlined than in the past!

From the bottle: "Stop by & visit us in Spartansburg, SC"; "90 min OCTOhopped IPA"; "Drink Smart"; "Handcrafted Every Bottle/Drop/Time"; "Know Your Beer Black Perle Dark IPA [-] A dark, roasted twist on the traditional IPA, this octo-hopped beer packs the punch of eight malts. Big and balanced, it walks the line between a Black IPA and an imperial stout. Surprising hints of sweetness followed by a smooth, complex finish make it a hidden treasure."

Upon Pop!ping the cap, I gave it a gentle pour as a nod to its age. No sense stirring settled lees unnecessarily. It took a pretty vigorous in-glass swirl, however, to raise even a finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head which quickly fell back to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), but it had garnet highlights at the edges. Nose smelled of dark chocolate and deeply roasted coffee. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was much like the Peppermint Patties that I grudgingly distributed at Hallowe'en a couple of weeks ago. Why "grudgingly"? Because I like them & wanted them for my greedy self! This tasted of semi-sweet dark chocolate and cool mint, cool breeze! 9 %?!? Coulda fooled me! This was eminently drinkable. Finish was semi-dry, but it left a really cool, minty flavor as an aftertaste. I am not usually a fan of the style, but this one worked for me.

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4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a nonic glass. Pours dark with some ruby notes. Good lacing lingers.
Aroma is of roasted malt and mild, almost floral, hops.
Taste is interesting. I agree with the other reviewer that this IPA is a little more like a stout for flavor. The flavor really comes out when the beer warms a little. Mildly sweet not bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium carbonation.
Overall, an interesting beer. I like it for a cold night.

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4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A really tasty black ipa. Definitely a good contender among Dark IPAs in my opinion.

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3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"A dark, roasted twist on the traditional IPA, this octo-hopped beer packs the punch of eight malts. Big and balanced, it walks the line between a black IPA and an imperial stout. Surprising hints of sweetness followed by a smooth, complex finish make it a hidden treasure." Brewed in the style of an American Black Ale, available originally in 22 oz. bottles, rereleased in 2013 in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft. Vertical review alongside the 22 oz. bottled original ale.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 56 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a caramel mocha colored head of a creamy frothed consistency over a dark brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Light earthy roasted barley, a touch of chocolate and caramel grain with a moderate sweetness and a lightly bitter hop profile of piney and herbal hop notes. Smells more of a hoppy porter or even a stout as the ale comes off more malt-centered. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Medium roasted grain, chocolate syrup and caramel candy creates a moderate but highly drinkable dark ale base, only slightly giving way to soft dank, citrusy and piney hop resins, which provide slightly more bitterness than flavor. Finishes on a note of mild roast and light chocolate sweetness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, silky, lightly chewy and moderately dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is about evenly sweet to bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This is a fairly respectable, if not too simple Black Ale. Lots of accessibility with a mildly mannered hop profile, bitterness and a simple but enjoyable malt character. Based on the label, I expected a bit more hop and malt complexity but am not necessarily disappointed by what we have here. At a reasonable price, this is a fairly enjoyable ale. 3.5

Vertical Notes:
2009 (6 Years Aged):
Pours a frothy foam head of a caramel tan complexion, a touch lighter than the 2013 batch, but with more staying power, but an equally dark body. Distinctively apple sour and funky body, sudsy and sharp hop oils, cold roast and mellow graininess, a considerably out-of-date ale could deliver no worse. The flavor is about identical to the aroma, with bold green apple flavor, light tartness and faded roast and chocolate characteristics, hops are nowhere to be found. The texture is slick, oily, lightly chewy, moderately dry with a slightly more buzzy carbonation. Alcohol presence is low. Still fairly drinkable even though most of the flavors that define this beer have faded into obscurity, there is a remaining light sweetness and a soured fruit flavor, likely nowhere near the original beer's intent. I forgot about this long-lost bottle, but you probably shouldn't go out of your way to intentionally age a black IPA as the end result isn't pretty.

RJ Rockers Brewing Company's
Black Perle Dark India Pale Ale
/5.00

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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with off white head. Smells pleasantly of flowery, fruit (citrus) and piney hops, bready, toasted malts. Tastes malty sweet up front before hop bite of flavor, hint of coffee, unsweetened cocoa, hint of smoke and leather and clean, bitter sweet finish. Medium bodied with the barest carbonation,.
Overall a tasty, complex beer combining some great features of a dark malty beer with the pungent bite of hops. Well balanced, and ABV well hidden amidst the flavors.

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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow, not like any black ipa ive been around.
More like a mild hoppy stout with some nice dark flavors.
Has a reallllly good taste, for whatever it is.

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Black Perle Dark India Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 289 ratings.
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