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Yeastie Boys
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Black IPA
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 94   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Third beer in the third annual Yeastie/Liberty collaboration... A double Raven. An Imperial Black IPA using both NZ and US hops.

Dedicated to James Kemp of Buxton Brewery.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (2979) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle from regional Wines, Wellington
Dark ruby-brown with vanilla yoghurt and chocolate chip cookies on the nose. Medium carbonation, fairly sweet malt, some juicy lychee and pine resin character. Cheesy old dusty hops, touch of roast character and red berries. Honey notes appear as the beer warms. Warming but not boozy. A good beer but probably could be a point or two lower ABV.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ALLOVATE (2408) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2013
Third in the trilogy and the mother of two sons. At just on cool it pours very softly into the glass managing little more than a wafer of tan suds that fade. The body opaque and black as night. Richly thick, fortified plum port dominates the nose with nuances of dates in syrup, molasses, twiggy bark, caramelised apricot, roasted carob and a twist of leafy green herbs. Tarrish, burnt sugar, light leather and a lot of sweetened liquorice root are first things to spring to mind tasting it. Quite sweet with the hops faded behind sticky, viscous elements that are a little one dimensional not too long into drinking. A hint peppery on end with an underlying earthy spice that is also shallow. Alcohol could be non-existent; well masked by the malts. A touch of chocolate icecream breaks it up. Whilst it is sweet, it is by no means the fun, full of fruit sweet instead it is just residually sugary with a dowdy tar and liquorice linger. I have to go against the grain a little. Oxidation may be showing on mine, but even so this is a little too shy of the weaker sons. Those wonderful hops tossed into a heap of bitter, burnt sugars; drowning in effect. Just not my cup of tea!! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (3110) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Bottle from Mane Liquor. This is a re-rate as the first bottle was completely flat. Nose is superb. Loads of white chocolate. Heavy cocoa and vanilla mix perfectly. Canít resist the smell and taste of white chocolate as Iím a little bit of a sweet tooth. Damn appealing. Taste shows lots of grapefruit like bitterness. Heaps of dark, bitter chocolate and espresso undertones. Vanilla comes through slighter than what the nose shows. Great balanced stuff for such a big black IPA. Full bodied mouth feel, a little creamy with some extending bitterness to finish it off. 10% drinks far too easily. Fantastic stuff

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brenhophead (559) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2013
330mL bottle. Pours black (a slight amount of light get through) with a tan head. Aroma on this beer is mind boggling! Itís like a chocolate covered cherry with hints citrus; a very unique aroma. That amazing cherry ripe aroma follows through to the flavour with a slightly bitter coffee after thought. This beer is so unique in flavour itís a must try.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AmericanAussie (2) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2013 does not count
Yeastie Boys create great dark beers. Although this beer is listed as a Black IPA, Iíd categorize it into the Russian Imperial Stout category. That being said, the aroma jumps out at you. It smells rich in chocalate, but yet not sweet. It seems to finish dry, so does not overwhelm in residual sweetness. There is a beautiful balance between the hops and malt. If it wasnít so high in alcohol, this is a beer that could be consumed one after the other. Speaking o f the alcohol, it does not show in this beer, despite itís 10% ABV. Iíd highly recommend trying this one if you are into flavorfull beer. As a preface, I am one who does enjoy IPAs and Imperial Stouts This is much more balanced than common double IPAs.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 Pours out densely. Aroma is equally solid- blindfolded, i could be smelling pudding. Hints of caramel mocha and stewed fruits. Taste is quite big- some port or shiraz barrel in there perhaps? Dark fruits hide the 10% alc well. Quite long on the palate. Very good beer

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2012
I like black IPAs. I like stouts. I like big bold brassy beers. And, this, wow. The alcohol floats above the glass like an orange-scented cloud, in the mouth itís full of jafa-cake sweetness and dark bitter chocolate notes on the aftertaste. This is, simply, delicious. A fruity chocolately boozy cake in a glass. Just something to melt into...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2432) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Black with a good coat of beige head that lasts. Aroma of treacle, vanilla fudge, chocolate, grapefruit, spices. Creamy mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Certainly wouldnít guess this is as strong as 10%. Less sweet than the aroma suggests, but rich dark sugars and fudge are there. And the fudge has nice Indian sweetmeat characteristics - cardamon, mace, meadowy milky touches. Bitterness struggles to emerge. Peppery at the end. Not the hop focused beer I was expecting, but intriguing and good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1651) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 25, 2012
I enjoyed the preceding Ravens and enjoyed the compare and contrast elements of NZ and US hops varietals. I see this as a beer that relaxes and enjoys the best of both elements. Deep black with port notes and a skim of cream coloured head. Aromas tend toward the orchard fruits of the Motueka Raven along with dates plum and chocolate. Full and plummy in the mouth and then apricots, peaches and dried fruits on a silky body. Not many indicators of the IPA nature but for all that, richly Porterish in nature. I love Porter. I also thoroughly enjoyed this beer,

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (697) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2012
One of the things I liked about this beer is that it gave me an excuse to try the preceding Ravens again. In comparison this beer is more restrained in the flavours, but is very soft with a little bit of sweetness.


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