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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown pour, light brown head. Aroma is loaded with roast, coffee and moasses. Molasses heavy flavor, some roast and a hoppy, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pdubyah (518) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2012
I Think that there is a melange of things going on all of which add up to a sum of less than the parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7563) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle consumed at Monks Kettle. Pours pitch black with a huge tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a huge dark molasses and coffee flavor with a dry finish. Tastes more like a porter than a black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rangi (640) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2014 Really enjoyable beer. Nice almost black poor with a mocha head. Bit like a ipa porter combo that has a superb balance. Great notes of smooth chocolate and slight coffee wraped up in toasty roast malts offering a earthy flavour that is awesome. The bitterness just adds another slight twist and where with other porters and stouts I haven’t enjoyed to much hops this combo works really well for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dgi (16) - DENMARK - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with a nice persistent head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee and slightly hoppy notes. The taste is bitter and slightly sour. Some earhty, fruityband garlick/onion hoppy notes are appreciable after swallowing. The body is quite this and with a lively carbonation, unusual for porters.This is a complex beer, and i can quite see that they find challenging to define it. Interesting and original, i really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
In short: An excessively roasted, excessively carbonated porter/stout with a strong peppery hops character. Meh.
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed approximately 2 months after purchase
The look: Black body topped by an enormous beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is charcoal, phenolic, burnt cereals, peppery leafy/grassy hops. Taste is burnt cereals, charcoal, a far amount of hops that are so peppery that the beer almost feels spiced with ground black pepper. The spiciness of the hops is such that it overwhelms its bitterness and the beer doesn’t feel very bitter all. Mocha coffee with light notes of black chocolate. Very low sweetness sensation with the extreme roast bringing a certain dryness sensation. Carbonation is excessive and it is very hard to keep the beer in the mouth. There might be something in there but the absurdly excessive carbonation and the excessive roastiness pretty much hide everything this beer has to offer except for the strong hop peppery spiciness. Disappointhing, not sure why I picked that beer at the beer store, sometimes I can hear a beer say “Pick me! Pick me!”, but most of my time its only my nose saying that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14040) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle drank at Hill Farmstead while waiting for the Harvest Festival VIP session to begin, Vermont. Pours rich black with a big, staying tan cream head. Dusty cocoa nose, light roast, wet dirt (i.e. mud...). Medium sweet flavor, lots of dirty roast, earthy bitterness, light ash, a bit of moderate dark chocolate. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Medium sweet finish with dry roast, good ash, light baking cocoa, earth. A slow starter, but quite robust and nuanced by the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (4015) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Dancing Camel Pub. Thanks troubles. Pours black with a beige head, aroma of caramel, honey, cappuccino, milk brandy and wood, light acidity, flavor of malt, dark bread, coffee, caramel, malt acidity, medium bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle sample. Clear dark brown with a small beige head. Sweet chocolate nose with some acetone, carobs and herbal hops. Bitter roasted coffee flavor, with black cherries and high bitterness. Dry, long finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4377) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Practically a gusher when opened. Pours a dark and deep black with charred brown edges and a profuse crackling tan head. The nose is light and floral with zesty notes and bitter chocolate. Some charred wood and burnt sugar. Bitter roast malt dominates the palate and flavor. Not too great. Kind of off-putting.

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