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Yeastie Boys
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Porter
Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
What exactly is this: a Black IPA, a Hoppy Porter or a Nelsonian Dark Ale? Whatever you end up deciding to call the beer (and we still haven’t decided), it is New Zealand’s original hoppy dark ale and the inaugural People’s Choice champion at the NZ Brewer’s Guild "Beervana" festival. Even better, in a first for the Yeastie Boys, we’re now bottling the beer all-year-’round... if you’re lucky you may even find it from time to time in keg.
Note: PKB was originally released as an annual release in 2008 (5.2%) and 2009 (6%) but from 2010 is now available all-year-’round.

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION 2008
The first seasonal release from the newest kids on the local craft beer block. ’Pot Kettle Black’ is an unusually hoppy rich and robust porter balancing the delectable dark malt flavours of traditional porter with fruity hop characteristics usually associated with modern craft pale ales. The result is a rare beer indeed: moreish, nutritious and delicious. Tech info: ABV = 5.2% OG = 1061 IBU = 47 Malt: NZ Pale Malt, Melanoiden Malt, Crystal 55L, Pale Chocolate, Black Patent Malt. Hops: Nelson Sauvin, New Zealand Styrian, New Zealand Cascade (organic, to please the brewing gods).

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Winter 2009 sees the return of Yeastie Boys much loved debut beer - New Zealand’s original ’Black IPA’. This year’s vintage is built upon the same malt base as the original but has fired up the ’chocolate and orange character’ with more NZ Cascade hops and a zesty fistful (or 10) of imported Styrian Goldings. At 6.0%abv and 50ibu it is rich, hoppy and way too drinkable.


2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
NeoHippie2 (799) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2014
Dark brown pour with a small beige head, Slight aromas of roasted malt and bitter hops. Flavor is thin and bitter. Not a fan of Black IPA’s so this beer definitely isn’t for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (5557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
Bottle thanks to Big Dave. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, toast, earth, rocky road and toffee action. The taste is toasty, earth, roasted malt, cocoa, ash, dirt, charred wood and light alcohol with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Decent enough porter by any measure.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (7005) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
Bottle at Craft Clapham, during Craft 100, big thanks to Wingmanwillis aka Big Dave, 03/04/14. Dark mahogany brown with a moderate tan swirl and edgeing. Nose is roast malt, cocoa, toffee, lightly oxidised ring to it. Taste comprises cocoa powder, light roast, toffee fudge, hint of tobacco. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok porter, not getting much in the way of hops from the suggestion that this could be a CDA! Recovered fairly well from the oxidised notes on the aroma.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ragnampiza (229) - ITALY - MAR 28, 2014
330 ml bottle from Portale Birra, served in a nonic pint glass. Dark copper, looks almost brown in the glass, pretty clear, with a tiny, non-persistent light beige head which went away quickly. On the nose dark fruits (raisins, figs, plumbs), good amount of bitter chocolate, some coffee notes, roasted malts and a tiny amount of hoppy presence, but mostly soapy/stale. Slightly more hoppy during the taste, in a herbal/balsamic way, together with the same coffee and chocolate presence. Certainly more bitter than sweet. Soft to average carbonation, medium body, slightly oily texture. Good porter/BIPA hybrid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1724) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle from Aeon. Aroma is lightly roasty and with a sharp citrus hoppiness. Bit earthy too. Taste is good, light tropical elements but neither roast or hops dominate. Feels like it might have lost a little, but still pretty nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (668) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle- pours clear reddish black, milky sandy head with great retention. Nose of chocolate, caramel malts, biscuit, some subtle line hop notes. Lighter bodied on the tongue with pleasant drying chocolate and hop bitterness on the finish. Plenty going on for only 6% ABV . Dug it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3652) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Dark pour. Tons of carbonation. Taste is all chocolate and roast. Very rich for the low abv. Slight hop finish. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NBird (298) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2014
Looks.. Very dark mahogany red tinge, slightly tan sml-med head. Smells.. Roasty malts, some chocolate caramel and a slight hint of the hops. Tastes..semi sweet malts before some fruit from the hops, chocolate and bitterness to finish. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (1772) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle from Asahiya. Medium-strength coffee, caramel, and yeasty nose. Clear translucent brown. Big earthy maltiness in initial / coffee, chocolate / some herbal notes from the hopping. Thin-medium body. Very good stuff. The roast malt and hop balance is great. Maybe a touch light for the style (even the brewers seem to be unsure about the style), but so tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (642) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2014
Pours a rich dark brown. While the nose was a little stunted the flavours in the mouth are abundant. Hints a cocoa supplement a superbly hopped offer from YB.


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