RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
The first brew in the new "Ales From The Dark Side" series, Black Perle is 90-minute, octo-hopped, dark IPA that weighs in at 9.5%abv and named for the German bittering hops, Perle, that were addede during the beers unusually long 90-minute boil.

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NachlamSie (3582) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2010
bomber from Oasis. Pours a super dark brown with no head. Carbonation is visibly low. It looks nearly flat. The aroma is not hoppy in the slightest. Malt is in full effect in a roasty, chocolatey fashion. Sweet fruity hints peek out a little, but try as I may, there is no hop aroma to speak of. The palate is very flat, but the malt forward, roasty palate doesn’t suffer too badly from it. Dry notes of espresso, earth, licorice, fig and some wooden complexity make up the flavor. There are tamer sweet notes that keep this from being overly dry. I’ll tell you what: I don’t know what to make of this brew. I initially was expecting a black IPA, but then I remembered it was R.J. Rockers so they wouldn’t do anything too hoppy. Now I’m solidly convinced this is a porter, maybe a stout. There is so much roasty, chocolatey flavor here and no standout hop qualities to speak of. We’ve got a porter, my friends. This is in no way, shape or form a double IPA. A hoppier than average porter. . .perhaps. I will attempt to score this purely on how much I enjoyed it without regard to what the label claims it is.

drowland (9175) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sampled at RBWG 2010. The aroma is old ale and oxidized homebrew. The flavor is very bitter but not much hop flavor, just kinda disappointing.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Date: February 27, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Brewvival
Appearance: opaque dark brown, frothy beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: sweet chocoate aroma, touch of roasted, caramel sweetness, floral and citrus hops
Flavor: rich dark caramel flavor, touch of chocolate, light roast, touch of sweetness balanced by a big earthyness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

hopscotch (11334) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle (dregs)… RBWG ‘10… Dark brown ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The bouquet is reserved - I get chocolate, but not a boatload of hops. Medium-bodied and raspy with mostly expired carbonation. Chocolaty flavor with medium to heavy charred bitterness. Finishes very bitter and way dry. Bottle courtesy of kp!

bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, pine, grapefruit, and chocolate. Flavor of pine, roasted malt, grass, coffee, citrus, and chocolate with a dry, bitter finish.

wwwdottom (47) - Breese, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
22 oz bomber - pours an opaque black with a hint of brown head that quickly disappears - Roasted malts in the aroma - medium to heavy mouthfeel - slightly bitter on the palate - not a typical DIPA but still very enjoyable

smith4498 (3676) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle opened on the bus ride from Orlando to Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Pours dark brown with light tan head. Very caramelly aroma with some pine hops. Bitter pine hop flavor with some toasted maltiness. Medium body with average carbonation. Thanks to KP for sharing this one.

fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle thanks to KP pours dark brown to black with medium off white head. Aroma is chocolate with mellow floral hop notes. Very roasty malt flavor with evergreen and spruce hop flavors finishing dry.

ChainGangGuy (4932) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a clearish, dark brown body with a bubbly, sudsy, beige-colored head.

Smell: Pleasant mix of various hop and malt notes: roasted barley, robust coffee, chocolate squares, citrus, and lightly resinous pine. A bit of warmth pulls out more chocolatey tones.

Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness developing tastes of bittersweet chocolate and Colombian coffee with some soft caramel sweetness. An iota of dark fruitiness. The hops are made to compete with the earthy roast character here, though still they manage to present pine wood, citrus fruits, and a few coarsely-chopped mint leaves. Moderate bitterness that couples with the roastiness. Finishes dry, subtly warming, and roasty with a few final hints of spice and citrus zest.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderately smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable, well-rounded brew. Not nearly as notably hoppy or bitter as some of these so-called Black IPA’s (or in this case Walnut Brown IPA) on the market today, which is fine with me. It’s good to see RJ Rockers rolling out some new brews now that they’ve settled down in their new facility.

Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Blue wax dipped bomber. Pours a translucent chocolate to chestnut brown color. A small, frothy, khaki colored head leaves minimal, spotty lacing behind. The aroma shows a malty base of chewy nougat, cocoa, and barley roast, all countered by a substantial showing of earthen hops and hints of resinous spruce. Traces of dark coffee lend further roasty substance. Flavors follow suit, offering a nice, slightly dry chocolate malt base, countered by further coffee and grain roast and some bold, earthy hop content. The mouthfeel is relatively light for the style, sporting moderate substance, low to moderate carbonation, and a relatively smooth consistency. Bitter, earthy, and roasty on the finish. This is a pretty solid black IPA.

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