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Yeastie Boys
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Porter
Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION 2008
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).

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


StevieT's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (545) - - 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.


2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
HKdIPA (216) - HONG KONG - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle from Soho Wine at home. Dark black pour, very thin tan head with some lacing. Not much aroma at all. Taste is roasted, then a bit soapy, with a lot of bitterness. Hard to place - but not in a good way. Sort of thin, sort of bitter, sort of roasty. Not bad but disappointing. Wouldn't get again.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TourDeBeer (116) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2014
2013 single batch. pot black in colour, lacing of head around the rim, the rest of it disappeared before I could sit down to look at it. aromas of smoky, toasty, toffee, coffee, chocolate. First taste, 4/10 for carbonation level (10 being apollo 13). light bitters. oily.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (3857) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle. The look is dark, tan head, and black in color. The smell is burnt malts, pine, hops, fruit, and burnt. The taste is burnt, malt, heavy roast, hops, and pine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3646) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2014
12 oz bottle. Black with an average sized beige head. Aroma is of light smoke, coffee, chocolate, light leather and some pine. Taste is of coffee, dark chocolate, light smoke, and roasted malts.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CacheManyHose (169) - HONG KONG - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle. Smells of nutty gently roasted malt, bit of cola, faint sweet syrup. Tastes sweet and fizzy, slight spice, not much depth. Bitter finish. Body on the thin side but with sharp carbonation. Love the name! But a trifle disappointing - not really reminiscent of either an IPA or a porter despite being somewhat bitter and roasted. Not much to the taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
(bottle - 330 ml) Dark brown pour with a fluffy tan head. Floral and peppery hop aroma sitting atop a light and roasted malt and chocolate blend. Flavor is hops and bitter roasted hops without any of the sweetness I thought I might get. Some sweet malts come up at the end but give way to a bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - 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.

4.2
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4104) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (260) - 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.


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