Yeastie Boys
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Porter
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 264   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (894) - 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 (638) - 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 (1528) - 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 (625) - 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 (3427) - 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 (2541) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle that I’m finally getting around to drinking almost two years later. Been refrigerated and tonight I’m drinkingmitnfrom a Nonic pint glass. Mahogany wood co,or pour with red hues. Dense beige head, about a half finger’s width. Aroma is roasted coffee beans with hop aromatics. The liquid fizzed like a cola when I poured it into the glass. Taste is moderately sweet roast and drinks a lot like iced coffee. Very creamy flavor and mouthfeel. Even after all this time, this brew is quite good. Understandably the hop flavors are somewhat vegetal but the dark oast provides enough bitterness in their place. I’m not sure what this tasted like fresh, but I can tell you it’s drinking great now.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 11, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 22.06.2013, 0,35l bottle sampled @ The Festival Portland Maine:
Small shortlasting head. Aroma is unripe banana, dark malts, grass, dark sugar, coffee, dark fruits. Taste is slightly sour-ish, dark malts, sour coffee, grass, bitter chocolate, sorrel, oak. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel, overcarbonated. Next!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerrmatt (27) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2013
Explosive, intense head taking most of the glass. Surprising. Very dark brown black colour, beige head fading quite quick when compared to its burst out of the bottle. Aroma of more hops than expected, pleasant for a stout(ish) brew but not too much to write home about. Flavours with lots of coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, some hops and hop bitterness. Possibly an older bottle here, a bit of copper rusty flavours coming through which added unbalanced bitterness. Rated generously considering this, may need a shorter expiry. Very enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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