Yeastie Boys
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Porter
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

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).

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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DylansDad (449) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2013
Poured black with a very thick creamy beige head. Swirling released some aromas of roastiness, a touch of fruitiness. Taste is nice with an initial burst of dark coffee or cocoa which immediately starts sweetening and fattening and the hop bitterness starts blooming. For me the hops were a bit smothered by the chunky black body of this beer. Maybe I should just get over my hop fetish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydian1 (1170) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 23, 2013
330ml bottle @ Tonic Bar in Dunedin NZ. A "hoppy porter" is an accurate description of this fine beer that has dark chocolate, orange, coffee and fruity NZ hop notes on the nose and a delicious smooth velvety mouthfeel. Flavour is nicely balanced between the roasted malts and fruity hops. Finishes moderately dry. Possibly some cherry flavours in there as well. Pours almost matt black with a firm beige head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4785) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2013
11.2oz bottle in an English pint. Pours very dark brown with a big, lacy, light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, hints of smokiness, and a good amount floral and almost citrusy hops. Flavor about the same with a good amount of hops to go along with the malt character of a porter. Average texture. A pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (7607) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2013
Black coloured. Has a light brown head, lasting. Sweet, malty, roasted, soy, chocolate, dark. Sweet starting flavor, bitter finish. Creamy, dry texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Deep brown pour with tan head that lasts forever. Piney, floral and citrus hop aroma with roast and touches if chocolate. Flavor is pretty similar with more roast and a bitter finish. Loaded with carbonation and a medium body. Petty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
monkeychugg55 (958) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Black pour with an over-carbonated, rocky light tan head. Thick lacing. the aroma is very porter-like. Mostly roasted malt, with some crystal in there as well. Unnoticeable yeast, and might have a touch of earthy hops. I assume this has been sitting for a while. Flavor is similar, and well balanced. Nice palate, too. Will try to re-rate a fresher one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyobon (1096) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2013
(Bottle) Opaque black with thin tan head. Fantastic and unusual aroma combining fresh fruity hop notes with richer notes of caramel, chocolate and almost smokiness. Medium body with nice carbonation giving velvety feel. Great and unusual flavour showing again a mix of styles which works pretty well. The start is rich dark roast malts with dark chocolate notes and this gives way to the thinner somewhat sharper flavours of a porter, out of which develops a refreshing hoppy bitterness which combines with dark roast malt bitter coffee notes for a long pleasant finish. An unusual beer that works very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11492) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Moderate malty and hoppy nice aroma. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Strong chocolate notes. Long moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (4922) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2013
330ml bottle [Thanx David]. Pitch black colour with average, frothy, lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Intense chocolate aroma with a plethora of yeast flavours. Taste is dark malty with a mixture of chocolate notes, yeast, orange zest and juniper; more or less clean and explicit chocolate notes in the finish; lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4249) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thick, fizzy beige head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted, caramel, and cookie malts, raisins, plums, floral and light earthy hops, and faint chocolate. Flavor is roasted and cookie malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters, milk chocolate, light espresso, and light earthy hops; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

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