Black Perle Dark India Pale Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

Black Perle Dark India Pale AleBlack Perle Dark India Pale Ale
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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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of coldriver
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours a near opaque black with lots of suspended hop particles. Very good head and lacing. Aroma of roasted bready malts, alcohol and carrots. Hops and roasted malt give a nicely balanced taste as neither dominates. Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel, but dry finish. This is a tasty and mellow version of an American Black Ale. Alcohol is well hidden for 9.5%!

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Photo of cannabanaceae
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A - Beer is a deep dark brown, not quite black. small amount of light brown head.

S - smells a little bit sweet and roasted/toasted with a distinct hop character as well

T - Good balance between the bitter hop character and roasted malt. the two sets of flavors seemed to complement each other fairly well. Also, no distinct boozy flavor was present for this 9.5% offering

M - medium body and pleasantly carbonated.

O - overall this was a very good beer, drinkable despite being 9.5%, flavors not too overwhelming. a balanced and tasty drink. would recommend to others and will likely buy it again.

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Photo of cestlavie
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of discord257
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer is very dark brown, almost black, depending on the lighting. Does appear to have a slight translucency to it. Forms a moderate sized deep tan head. Decent retention and lots of lacing. There is some fine sediment on the second pour.

S: Nose is a blend of roasted malts, chocolate, herbal hops, and light coffee.

T: Taste starts off with a fairly strong blend of coffee and chocolate. Light sweetness that fades away gradually to piney hops and a mild bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. Smooth yet dry.

O: Another good black ale with a nice balance between the hops and the darker malts. Nothing is overdone; nothing is missing. Good drinkability.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although the bottling and labeling is stunning the wax encased top annoyed me. It's hard to dig through and you can't wedge a standard bottle opener on it to pop the top. An example of style over function.

Poured a 2" tan head with reasonable lifespan. Body is indeed dark, but not black, just a very deep brown with some red tinges when held to strong light. Smell is not particularly complex beyond malt and medium hops. Taste is pretty good - if this were a porter. There's malt, coffee, and cocoa, and a mild amount of hops. My issue with it is it's supposed to be a black IPA and there is nowhere near enough hops in this thing to be more than a subaverage IPA.

I'd call this a B+/A- porter but only a B- IPA, so I'll split the difference and give overall a B.

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Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date. cap is sealed with blue wax. looks nice, but this style of beer is meant to drink fresh, so not very functional.

pours black, with just some brown highlights around the edge of the glass. light tan colored head, decent lacing and retention. aroma is both toasty and hoppy, kinda piney.

taste of mild roasted malt, finishes with strong hop presence, earthy. flavors are nice and complementary. on the thicker side, but it's smooth. nice mouthfeel.

solid example of this "new" style. I recommend!

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Photo of doughanson78
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to 67couple for this.

A: Very black. No light getting through. One and a half finger mocha colored head, with some bigger bubbles. Great retention and lacing.

S: Very malty. Roasted caramel and chocolate. A decent floral and piney hop aroma coming through. Some very light citrus hops and some light coffee.

T: Sweet chocolate and caramel upfront. A roasted piney coffee bitterness comes through well. Some citrusy floral notes in the aftertaste. Very nice taste on this one. I think I like the taste better than Stone's 15th.

M: Medium to full bodied. Good mouth coating. Higher carbonation makes it very crisp. Nice dry finish.

O: I don't know... IMO this is giving Stone's release a run for it's money. Would like to try side by side. This might be a tad better blended. Would like to know a bottled on date to know if this had sat a bit. Definitely one you should want to try if your a fan of the style.

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2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle brought out by Jon, 650ml into a few glasses. Nice wax dipped cap, but as others have mentioned, super thick and more than a bitch to cut through.

Pours a dark brow, with some deep burgundy highlights. Not black (listed as a Dark IPA) so I'm not docking any marks. A few fingers of a brown tinged khaki head. Great retention and lacing. nose is less impressive, some muddled and certainly not outstanding hopping, sweet dark fruits, burnt brown sugar. Not alot of IPA character to be found. Taste starts with the dark fruits again, and finishes roasty with some faint coffee flavour. Mouthfeel is too thin and roasty for my liking, with a bitterness that's just as undesirable. Medium carbonation. Moderately interesting overall, but I'm not picking up any real "IPA" qualities per say. Leans towards more of a moderately hopped English porter than anything. Meh.

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

First of all this is a damn cool bottle, but it was a bitch getting the wax off.

Lighter in color than I expected (but then they call it a "dark" IPA, not "black", so it's OK). Pours dark brown with amber highlights, light brown/tan head. Thin head recedes quickly. Light lacing.

Smells is very malty. Caramel is dominant. Very little hop aroma, compared to others of this style.

Taste is roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. Good bittering hops to balance, but again the flavoring hops just aren't there for this style.

Mouthfeel is medium and drying. Beer has a sticky and syrupy quality that is more prominant as it warms.

Overall a good quaff. Very drinkable for 9.5%. The alcohol is well hidden by the heavy malts. I would buy this again and recommend it to others...if nothing else for the cool bottle. But it happens to taste good too.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes
bomber bottle.
A - dark but not opaque with a small head.
S - light malts and distinct hops.
T - not as hoppy as I expected and even the malts fall short.
M - moderate body with carbonation a little low.
D - not greatly appealing but can certainly finish it.
Guess I expected something more extreme.
The best single word to describe it is


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Photo of PDXHops
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into an oversized snifter. Pretty badass looking- near black with a huge blanket of uneven foamy tan head that slowly reduces into a thick skim. Great retention with a crazy amount of sticky lace rings.

Nose is exceedingly heavy on the roast, to the point of somewhat muffling. A fair amount of chocolate. Rather stoutlike.

Tastes pretty damned good, but is this really a CDA? I say no, but it's a heckuva imperial stout. Thick, creamy and loaded with chocolate, roast and hoppy goodness. Booze is alarmingly well-hidden. Sticky, coating mouthfeel is equal parts sticky chocolate and burnt malts. In the interest of rating 'to style', I have to dock some points here (too thick/sweet/chocolatey for the CDA style), but this is well worth seeking out, style be damned. Picture a thicker, more chocolatey Smuttynose Imperial Stout. I'm tempted to cellar a few bottles of this to enjoy down the road.

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Photo of GSmithBeer
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: good dark black ipa appearance. nice color.
S: didn't pick up too much aroma from the sample i received.
T: good taste. but not sure it belongs in the black ipa category.
M: mouthfeel was nice. good carbonation.
O: after having the abita black ipa at the event i think this one fell a little short to that one. it's not bad by any means. the people serving didn't really know all that much about it. it hid the alcohol well, but it's just not memorable.

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Photo of csiewert
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark chocolate color with a finger of tan head that leaves no lacing as you drink. The aroma is strong with chocolate roasted malt. The taste starts with chocolate malt and then moves to some slight bitterness... But there is no hop flavor to speak of, which is what i would have expected from how the beer was described on the bottle. The mouthfeel is ok with slight overcarbonation. Overall I would give this a try if you are more of a porter fan.

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Photo of raszputini
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a moderate light tan head. Hoppy nose. I'm not really an IPA guy, but this doesn't really taste like an IPA. It's almost like a hoppy Imperial Stout. Distinct roasted malts, maybe some chocolate or cocoa. Hops are robust but not overwhelming, and are tempered by the malts. Enjoyed it a lot. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of cichief
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle.

A-Pours jet-black, nice brown head.

S- Hints of coffee, good floral hops nose.

T- Coffee and sweet malt, but nice hops finish.

M- Medium bodied, lots of flavor, no alcohol burn.

D- Not too heavy, but with the alcohol level it would not be a session beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JM03 for this treat!

Pours a very dark, muddied brown color. Head is minimal (less than a finger) and light tan in color. Doesn't stick around for long, but does leave some spots behind.

Aroma, though pleasant, would be wonderful if just more pronounced. Roasted malts, some sweet chocolate, and hints of pine and citrus.

The taste is were its at. Big roasted malt taste, with bits of toasted bread, chocolate, and a splash of coffee. Afterwards, you get the hops of citrus and pine with a pleasant lingering bitter bite at the end. Very nice.

Feels creamy, medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is solid. The bomber will be a breeze; this goes down easy.

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Black Perle Dark India Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 67.1% out of 100 with 289 ratings
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