RateBeer
overall
94
78
style
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The first brew in the new "Ales From The Dark Side" series, Black Perle is 90-minute, octo-hopped, dark IPA that weighs in at 9.5%abv and named for the German bittering hops, Perle, that were addede during the beers unusually long 90-minute boil.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a clearish, dark brown body with a bubbly, sudsy, beige-colored head. Smell: Pleasant mix of various hop and malt notes: roasted barley, robust coffee, chocolate squares, citrus, and lightly resinous pine. A bit of warmth pulls out more chocolatey tones. Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness developing tastes of bittersweet chocolate and Colombian coffee with some soft caramel sweetness. An iota of dark fruitiness. The hops are made to compete with the earthy roast character here, though still they manage to present pine wood, citrus fruits, and a few coarsely-chopped mint leaves. Moderate bitterness that couples with the roastiness. Finishes dry, subtly warming, and roasty with a few final hints of spice and citrus zest. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderately smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable, well-rounded brew. Not nearly as notably hoppy or bitter as some of these so-called Black IPAís (or in this case Walnut Brown IPA) on the market today, which is fine with me. Itís good to see RJ Rockers rolling out some new brews now that theyíve settled down in their new facility.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Blue wax dipped bomber. Pours a translucent chocolate to chestnut brown color. A small, frothy, khaki colored head leaves minimal, spotty lacing behind. The aroma shows a malty base of chewy nougat, cocoa, and barley roast, all countered by a substantial showing of earthen hops and hints of resinous spruce. Traces of dark coffee lend further roasty substance. Flavors follow suit, offering a nice, slightly dry chocolate malt base, countered by further coffee and grain roast and some bold, earthy hop content. The mouthfeel is relatively light for the style, sporting moderate substance, low to moderate carbonation, and a relatively smooth consistency. Bitter, earthy, and roasty on the finish. This is a pretty solid black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pours deep red/brown with off white head, aroma is big zesty lemon and orange hops. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, orange up front leading into some smoky and bitter finish. Good version of a dark IPA, much more IPA than dark, but tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FSUScott (111) - Rome, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
nice amber color. smoky aroma. off white head. nice tangy hoppy flavor. great soft feel and fairly smooth going down. good beer.

2.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (3436) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Draft at Brewvival: No noticeable aroma. Cloudy brown, medium yellow head, good lacing. Dirty mud and bark flavor, not very hoppy. Rather like a strong black lager. Alcohol unavoidable. Not one of the better "india black ales".

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. pours a brown color with a quarter inch off white head... some dark hops in the nose but no where near what they advertise... generally a standard beer like their others... nothing to get excited about.... average finish with light hop notes....

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (7941) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Pours a dark orange brown color with small floating particles. Thin head with fair head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, chocolate, caramel and faint roastiness. Taste is bitter resinous hops with nutty roasty notes and a bit of caramel. Smooth, medium bodied and pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Dark pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate, and citrus hops. Flavor show many similarities to a hoppy stout. Chocolate, roast, licorice, and citrus. Dry finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 25, 2010
Aroma is of light smoke with hoppy notes. Slightly floral at the end. Appearance is dark brown, bordering on black. Slight dirty head that dissipates very quickly. It is the first thing that makes you take note that this isnít a stout despite the color. Taste starts out with almost sweet black licorice, and followed by hops. It also has some chocolate and floral notes. Palate has an oily feel, with average carbonation. Overall, this is a superb black IPA and a wonderful example of the style.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
THOUGHTS: OK, so if they hopped this one 8 times how come it didnít seem hoppy? Donít get me wrong, itís a very tasty, but donít tell us itís hoppy when itís not. Tell us about the malts, since thatís what weíre tasting. Very nice, but not at all like what they are promoting. Coffee flavors were the real star here. Americna hops are more interesting in this style, but this is a unique take on the style. Personally, I would put this in the American strong ale category. Opposite of most beers in that the bitterness grew as it warmed instead of the malt. Hid alcohol incredibly well. Perfectly balance, especially in the aroma. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark read that looked nearly black in the glass with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished to a point of only tiny spots and a thing ring around the edge that somehow left good lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted malt and mild coffee; lighter dark chocolate; and light to moderate citrus hops. The initial flavor was rather sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic; while the finish was very sweet, better and acidic with a long duration. There was coffee, roasted malt, black cherry, citrus, dark chocolate, piney hops, and resinous hops. It had tons of initial flavor, but it dropped off a little in the finish. The slightly more than medium body was rather syrupy and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly alcoholic and lightly dry finish.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page   1 « 14 15 16  17  18 19


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50