Yeastie Boys
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Porter
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LesArgen (249) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2013
The aroma has an intoxicating blend of chocolate, coffee, cherry, spice and even a little brine. The first taste is brilliant as the palate comes across all creamy until it suddenly dissipates alarmingly. The chocolate malt gives way to citrus and salty brine. Bit of an odd one that reminds me of the Bellarine Mussel Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1112) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2013
11.2 FL OZ bottle purchased from New England Wine & Spirits for $7. To undersized snifter, it pours a richly deep sienna with an explosive fluffy burnt vanilla buff head 2 to 3 fingers in length. Aromas of fudge, toffee, spelt, salted caramel, hazelnuts, earth, and dates. Tastes the same with the addition of Oceanic hops, London yeast, and unripe clementine by swallow. I’d like it more had this not been so eruptive; half the liquid vanished before my very eyes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
brystmar (1310) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Hazy brown-black body, off-white head. Still burns my mouth with carb even an hour after opening. Honestly smells great! Tastes like carb. Tries to be roasty but the carb intrudes. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (923) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 Fruity aroma, very smooth with mild coffee and caramel flavours. Definate roasted hints. A great beer that is worth the effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (641) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2013
Black pour with a lingering pale brown head. Roasty, coffee, raisin and pine aroma. Slightly bitter up front then like a coffee and a steak all in one glass. finishes with a light coffee bitterness at the end. Cracker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1538) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours totally black with a beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, roasted notes, fruit like orange and hops. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a fruity and roasty finish. Decent stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (635) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2013
Pours a deep solid black with a tight coffee-coloured head. Aromas of black coffee, cocoa, smoke, light pine and dried fruit (sultanas and raisins). Taste starts off with some pine resin bitterness, before giving way to dark roast malt, more black coffee and rich dark chocolate. Softens at the end to a fruity finish with just a hint of minerality. Lingering finish with a coffee aftertaste. Really big flavours - like this a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2013
The head is good, the body is dark black. It smells roasty, coffe, aromatic. The taste is darkmalty, bit stony, darkmalty, coffee, roasty. I like this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chrishrt30 (102) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
Pours like flat coca cola, with very little head. Aroma is fantastic, part porter part IPA. Rich yeasts and malts, raisins, plum and maple syrup. Hops play a decent role too, a little floral and citrus. The taste is very porter like, bitter malts and dark chocolate. The rum soaked fruit cake comes through, but with just a touch of hop resin and citrus. The finish is nice and smooth, a little lactic, great malt and hop bitterness finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2549) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2013
On draught @ Sail & Anchor ‘Hey Brew 2’ New Zealand Craft Brew Week, Fremantle.
The only dark beer available amongst a plethora of pale ales. Cola brown and dazzling with ruby highlights. Tight, compact beige head of foam holds for the length. Complex malt and hop nose – mocha, dark chocolate, salted caramel and brown sugar, ash, rust and charred wood with a piney, resinous, fresh hop edge. Drier than the aroma suggests. Dusty, smoky, burnt malt and bitter chocolate finish. Good length. Resinous hops again leaning heavily towards pine-needles but it is the malt that dominates. A good lot of mocha throughout with just a hint of raisin and muscatel. Medium, sprightly carbonation and light in body. Easy drinking would be an understatement. A delicious brew!

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