Black Perle Dark India Pale Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

very good
289 Ratings
Black Perle Dark India Pale AleBlack Perle Dark India Pale Ale

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Deep, dark brown, almost black, with no light penetration. Voluminous sand colored head, with a smooth and creamy texture. Moderate lacing through the glass.

Nose is just a touch disappointing, I was expecting more in the way of hops. As it stands, I get mostly sweet malts and some slightly charred bread crust.

On the tongue, things pick up quite nicely. Smooth, bitter chocolates and the charred bread come through, some ghostly coffee undertones linger in the mid-palate, while a nice pine and ever so slight citrus hop bite steps in to finish things off. The malt backbone holds up nicely throughout.

Mouthfeel is slightly above average, not too thin, with a fairly decent astringency lingering. Medium body and carbonation, hides the alcohol very well. Would not have guessed 9.5%.

Overall the best offering I've had from this brewery. Would definitely pick it up on my next trip to SC.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured black and had a nice one finger tan head.

S - Malts, dark chocolate and coffee.

T - Roasted malts and coffee on the front. In the end you get some dark chocolate and bitterness. The abv is well hidden.

M - Perfect mouthfeel that just coats and medium carbonation.

O - Easy to drink. Flavors meld together. More porter or stout than a black IPA though. On its on, not judging by its category, it's a great beer.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Pleasantly surprised by this brew! Enjoyed my first 22oz bottle on 17 Feb 12, poured at about 55 degrees or so. Nite quite room temp, slightly chilled. Really nice black IPA. This is the first beer I had from this brewery and it is pretty good. A little unhoppy for an IPA, and tastes more of a really good porter of mild stout. Deep malts and sugars are dominant in this ale. I am actually surprised that it only has a 87 rating (at this current time), and think that it deserves quite bit of a better score.

A: Deep black pour...
S: Malts, sugars, and more malts! really nice..
T: The best part of this I said, has flavoring more of a porter or stout...
M: Really smooth
O: One of the better Black IPAs...itza nice!!!

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3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First let me point out that I am reviewing this beer more as a cascadian or even a porter/stout or black ale despite the bottle claiming that it is indeed a black IPA - which it most definitely is not.

Poured a jet black body with a nice mocha tan head which lingered.

The smell was full of roasty malts, burnt sugar and slight coffee but absolutley no hops.

No idea when it was bottled so if it was an IPA at one point - it has surely evolved.

The flavors were also very dark with some rich smoky and roasted malts, a nice sweetness and an overall pleasingly full mouthfeel.

Although we were all perplexed by the style indicated on the bottle - we fully enjoyed this beer.

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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/17/11:
Bottle dipped in blue wax; No freshness date; Poured in a snifter.

A - Lives up to its name - pitch black in color; One inch of creamy, frothy, khaki colored head that leaves a decent amount of lacing

S - Nice inviting aroma; Notes of molasses, dark chocolate, leather, and woody tones

T - Flavors of sweet, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, woody/leathery tones, and tobacco; Very subtle earthy hops step forward at the end of the taste, accompanied by coffee flavors; A little bitterness present from mid-taste to the finish; No hints of alcohol

M - A little carbonation; A shade under full bodied; Dry finish

O - Overall, this was a pretty solid beer. I was hoping for a bigger showing of hops to fit the Black IPA mold, but got a much bigger showing of Imperial Stout type characteristics. That said, I think I'll try this beer again if I see it, as this newly developing "Black IPA" style really intrigues me.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color that is brown around the edges. The mocha colored head is frothy and reminds me of chocolate milk.

The aroma is quite chocolatey and has a brownie batter note. I pick up some wood notes here and there but not much roast. I don't really pick up any hop aromas either. I like the chocolate aroma but feel that the beer should have some roast and hop aromas to be true to the style.

The taste has the roasted malt notes. Not super strong but does bring a ground coffee flavor. This is coupled with both a semi-sweet and milk chocolate flavor. Some light wood and char notes as well. However, not much of a hop presence, perhaps some grassy/earthy notes. Maybe light pine, hard to tell with the roasted malt.

Moderate to full feel with soft carbonation, which leads to a nice silky feel. Fairly sweet on the palate but does finish with a mostly roast bitterness but does have a hop bitterness as well. Not a bitter attack on the palate like most from this style.

I like the flavors in this beer. It has really nice chocolate notes to go along with a medium roast. There really isn't much of a hop presence so it takes some style point hits.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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