Black Perle Dark India Pale Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
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
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to jet black in color (traces of red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light) and also has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high tan head that only died down a little, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts in the nose along with some notes of roasted malts; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the strength of the flavors is reversed with the roasted malts being more prominent. There are also some hints of burnt malts and slight amounts of pine resin hops, the latter of which contributes a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and both smooth and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Dryness from the roasted malts lingers through the finish. The beer also coats your mouth a little.
O: This is a very enjoyable and flavorful black IPA that is also remarkably drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of stonequarrywest
2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very large tan foam head with scattered lacing on a deep dark brown body.

S: nice chocolate and roasted malts. Hops are a little mild and mostly earthy.

T: very nice combination of roasted malts and coffee with earthy and slightly sweet citrus hops. These balance each other out well which is rare for this beer style in my experience.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nicely balanced beer in both malt/hop mix as well as coffee bitternes and chocolate/citrus sweetness. Very good.

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Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a massive head of medium tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace, but leaves a thick, rocky layer of lace on the glass.

S - Bready notes of chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar.

T - Dark malt and burnt sugar up front with some chocolate notes creeping in. Brown sugar and burnt caramel in the middle with a finish of pine, bitter hops, and roasty malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, but the hop character is a bit lacking, especially in the aroma. Still, the malt is handled rather well and I like that there is an assertive level of roast character but it is not heavy enough to be confused with a stout.

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Photo of PalmettoPyrat
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of katan
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown color, with just a little bit of black highlights. Head formation is about nil, mocha in color.

S - Very sweet, huge amounts of sugar - comes across as chocolate, raisins, perhaps prunes. Hopping is pretty low - perhaps a little bit of citrus.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, nutty, oatmeal. Gets much stronger with hard hits of chocolate and raisins. Mid-stream gets a big alcohol burn, finishes with lots of retained sticky sweetness. The aftertaste finally brings the bitterness.

M - Full bodied, very thick and creamy, lacking in carbonation. Sticky, hot from the alcohol.

O/D - An okay beer, seems to have a tough time getting an identity. A bit filling and a pretty potent alcohol punch makes a 22oz bomber a bit hard to get down.

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Photo of Maseitz
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.5% ABV, 2314 on back of label.

A - RJ Rockers Black Perle is as dark as the depths the label depicts, pouring a midnight black with a tall, dense foam head. After the minute off aspect of the nose, the thick, quickly rising foam isn't so shocking. Slow to fall, tan fingers of lace are left gnarled on the glass.

S - Heavy dry cocoa and mustiness give off an earthiness that's reminiscent of a wood-paneled basement. Strong earthy hops come through in waves, trying to balance the roasted malt nose that's predominant. It smells good, but something...unusual still seems off about it, lingering in the background.

T - Bittersweet chocolate and coffee splash in and out like waves lapping the shore. Earthy hop attributes add subtle pine resin notes, but are relatively muted in the presence of all the malt. After swallowing, the finish lingers with a milk chocolate-like thickness and flavor on the tongue.

M - Tight carbonation dances on the tongue with extreme effervescent, once again, pointing to an infection issue hiding behind the bold malt and hop. Besides the champagne-like feel, it's stout-like thick with a smooth, milky feel and acrid bitter finish. Dry from the hops, but definitely not bitter from them.

O - Black Pearle showed some real potential, but this American Black Ale from RJ Rockers has an issue. It's very faint in the aroma and almost undetectable in flavor, but the abundant and unnecessary carbonation is a telltale sign of problems (I should know, with all the homebrew I keep botching). Beyond that, I'd ask for more hop bitterness and flavor to combat the assertive malt profile in this Black Ale, but it's definitely drinkable and not offensive.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DCon
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 650mL bottle of this from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO for $7.49. Poured from the Blue Waxed topped bottle w/ a Ship on the front of the label into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has no freshness date but definitely from 2011.

Aroma- A rich and roast nose. Tons of light coffee like attribute with hops wanting to come out on the nose but surely can't because of this malt character. Good overall.

Appearance- Pours a .5, dark tan colored head that dies fairly quick. Has a deep brown colored body with no clarity. Leaves a few suds behind on the glass.

Flavor- Once again, tons of malt, roast, and light coffee flavors. The hop is tough to find out but judging by the medium-high bitterness level, I suppose it is in here. Slight burnt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Sticky, and has tons of hop in the finish mixed with roast.

Overall Impression- Once again, this style ALWAYS makes my head hurt, wondering what I should be looking for... This one was drinkable with malt covering up most of the hop flavors. Good all around and starting to enjoy RJ Rockers and their beer portfolio.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature.

A - Pours black with a thin almond head. Shows great lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a large amount of oak. The smoke, booze, and oak contribute a lot of whiskey elements. I don't get many hops for a Black IPA.

T - Just as roasty as the nose indicated. Sweetens a bit as it warms with chocolate and macadamia nut. Somewhat bitter finish, although more from the char than the hops, I think. Alcohol isn't prominent and this one drinks easily.

M - Carbonation is light and the body is medium-thick. Smooth.

O - Pretty good beer, although not the best example of the style. Dark and roasty malt flavors are fantastic, but it lacks the hop complexity that I love in Black IPA. Not bad for the price, but there are better options out there.

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Photo of superspak
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 9/23/2011 bottle code on the bottom. Pours pitch black color with a dense 2 finger tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some good spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big apple skin, roasted malt, chocolate, biscuit, and toast. Aromas are very off balanced, way too much apple aromas. Something went wrong here. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, char, coffee, herbal, pine, and earthy spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, char, pine, and herbal spiciness for a good bit. Nice balance of roasted flavors with hop bitterness; with a very robust amount of roasted flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9.5%; with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is a nice black IPA that is quite robust with roasted flavors. Other than the obvious fermentation flaws in aromas with this particular bottle, it was still quite enjoyable. I will have to revisit this again and hope I get a better bottle.

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Photo of Strix
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, frothy tan head, decent lacing.

Primarily roasted malt, a smoky note, a bit of pine but not getting much in the hops department.

Very earthy, malt, sugar, murky chewy hop notes blend together. Dark chocolate/pine finish. Notable lack of particularly IPA-like flavors.

Medium-thick mouthfeel, fairly smooth.

This strikes me more like a big porter than a Black IPA. It was fine, but I wouldn't necessarily say it is deserving of a wax coating. The impression I got is there are a ton of ingredients involved, but they sort of all wash out distinct flavors.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black brew with a beige head that thinned to a few bubbles around the glass leaving a streak or two.

S - lots of roasted malt and chocolate in the aroma.

T - as with the aroma this beer is full of roasted malt and chocolate with a bitter finish.

F - medium bodied, it goes down smooth and easy.

O - a good example of the style.

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

Poured from 22oz waxed bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with a thick finger of frothy dark tan foam. Good lookin'!

Smell: big, rich coffee, toffee and malt aromas with a little bit of vegetal hops. I'd think imperial stout before American Black Ale. Still, the aroma is smooth and enticing, if not particularly hoppy.

Taste: malt starts off with a light fruitiness, possibly due to the alcohol or to fruity hops. It then segues into a rich coffee roast flavor which is smooth all the way through. See my style comments above.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a lightly creamy silkiness. Pretty good, although more in line with a black ale than an imperial stout.

Overall: this beer doesn't really fall into an established category. It is technically an ale which is black which is made in America, but that's about as much as you can say for putting it in this style category. Still, it is a yummy beer I'd be glad to quaff again.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1228th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
22oz

Thanks to Cliffbrake for this one

App- Poured out more like a deep crimson/garnet into the glass. Looked brown in the glass. Had a very large three finger khaki head. Decent lace and cling.

Smell-  Really a fine line between a coffee stout and a malty brown ale. A bit of earthiness behind the nose.

Taste- A creamier malty beer with a bit of the abv being upfront and a touch over roasted. Pretty smooth for as large as it is. Pretty standard profile.

Mouth- A touch thick bodied but mostly thin. A medium creamy carbonation with residual malts and coffee.

Drink- A welcome extra with some good layers of flavor and big boozy background. Dont think I would have again but still good.

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Photo of Lee_Hancock
2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty bland with some roasty malt and herbal hop aromas. Taste is the same but seems quite watery tasting. There is a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with noting that really stands out in my opinion.

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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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