Yeastie Boys
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Porter
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 12/20
maolucci (7) - Pavia, ITALY - MAY 7, 2013 does not count
It's hard to name it Black IPA, seems a fairly decent porter. It's not hoppy as one would expect, very smooth but overall absolutely not outstanding. Low ABV hinted about a light beer and it is, i prefer dark beers that have more body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2236) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2013
11.2oz bottle. Pours a dark brown-black color with a large off white head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of sweet dark fruits. Taste is smokey, chocolatey, raisins, and bitter roasted coffee on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
Presented as a Black IPA but I wouldn’t really agree with that. Dark brown. Aroma is toasty with roast and slight earthiness. Lightly toasty, chocolatey charctaer. More like a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
OnlyIsland (3) - - APR 13, 2013 does not count
Had it on handpull, very smooth. Nice dark colour hard to decide style but would have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
junon (424) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 10, 2013
Tight nose. Great solid colour. Superb mouth feel. Depth of flavour with follow through and sturdy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3245) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle thanks to weihenweizen. Pours a darker brown with a thin layer of khaki colored head. Good retention. Aroma has dark chocolate, licorice, charcoal, and nuts. Taste is like a complex coffee, with a mild fruity nuance over top a toasted coconut, and licorice. I’m also getting a nice marshmallow thing. Really nice porter. I really did not expect it to have the tropical vibe and to do so well. Damn good porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
really don’t think of this as a porter - the oxymoronic black ipa moniker seems to come in handy here - but whatever it is, it’s delicious. the light fruits of the hops combine with the dark fruits on the backbone, to combine in a fruit bonanza of sorts. add in the chocolate malts and the smacking bitterness, and this is absolutely bursting with flavour. great beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cantabrian (883) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 31, 2013
Kinda feel guilty for not being my thing when everyone is so excited. Starts with the herbal nose, a bit of unripe citrus and eructation. The flavour is too hoppy, herbal, and not what I wanted from a porter. Indeed a contradiction of styles, I’d hate to call it a "Black IPA" for the oxymoron, but neither it is a porter. If not an American Black Ale then, I have no idea what it is. I’d love to be excited by the conundrum, but this pasticular puzzle does not do it for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DylansDad (316) - 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 (1064) - 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.

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