Yeastie Boys
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Porter
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 280   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2014
(750ml bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, plum, and raisins. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, subtle anise, some caramel, and dark fruit with a dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Outstanding porter! Dark ruby color, almost black. Produces a beige head, which leaves good lacing. Notes of roasted malt, caramel, and hops on the nose and palate. Perfect body, not watery. Great bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5840) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle at Taps, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a dark mahogany with a thin broken off-white head. The aroma is creamy caramel malt. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a rich nutty earthy resin malt palate. Medium to full bodied with flat carbonation. These guys like doing something different and in that respect they did not disappoint, however, as porters go, I’d prefer something a little more traditional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (539) - ITALY - MAY 15, 2014
Dark reddish brown, fine beige head. Very good smell with caramel, plums, raisins, cherries, coffee, strong red wine, some liquor, some light orange. Taste adds toasted malts with more coffee and chocolate and less fruits. Still some winey aftertaste. There’s way less hop than expected, probably because the bottle is quite old (expired 11 months ago), and I think this also explains the wine-like feeling. Surely more a porter than a black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cousin_Larry (643) - - MAY 6, 2014
Pour was 95% head. Even tipping the glass and pouring slow, it took a good five minutes to get the beer from the bottle to the glass. However, it was a good chocolate porter with a booze-like finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (7874) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle. 2013 Remix. black and lacy. Big coffee nose with hops, oranges. Flavor of coffee, wood, grass, hay, lemon, paper. Nicely bitter finish. The coffee and paper flavors are off-putting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (9372) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (12865) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, 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.

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