Brewed by Yeastie Boys
Style: Black IPA
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 435   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Can, bottle, and keg: Filtered
Launched 2008 as a 5.2% abv beer. Changed to 6% in 2009.
NZ & rest of the world brewed at Invercargill Brewery. UK & Europe brewed at Brewdog, Aberdeenshire.
A juxtaposition of styles: fresh and hoppy, yet dark and rich. Mindbendingly delicious.
2009 release information:
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.
2008 release information:
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.
Ingredients: 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).

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ianwelby (1591) - SCOTLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Black beer, thin head. Rich malt, a dash of fruit, some chocolate and caramel in the aroma. Flavour has the same qualities but more subtly, and you have to really let it sit in your mouth to get it because the flavours aren’t that strong. It smells amazing and at first sip I thought it tasted weak but when you really take the time to savour it it starts to work. I’m marking it down slightly for it seeming to require that effort because it should be a deep, rich, amazing beer.

FatPhil (17510) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 4, 2017
330 ml can, from Thirsty, Cambridge
Looks good enough. But disappointing otherwise - this is trying to be a black IPA and failing - too harsh. Dirty in the aroma and taste both.

Skarecrow (1106) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2017
330ml bottle Black with slight tan head. Roasted aroma Medium bitterness with roasted malt palate/finish. OK

77ships (11601) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2017
Tasting glass draft @ Billie’s Bier Kafétaria. Black, little tanned head. Nose is strange, roasted pumpkin pits, low burned sunflower seeds, roasted licorice, artificial chocolate & some thin artificial chocolate flavoring. Body is far too weak to carry it, feels too light empty, strange taste, roasted pumpkin pits, almond milk, cheap chocolate, herbal roast, burned seats, artificial chocolate. Weird, doesn’t entirely appeal to me.

simontomlinson (719) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Thick, creamy, sandy coloured head stayed well on a near black still body. Dark chocolate, coffee, iron, bitter aroma. Medium body. Sharp, clean & minimal carbonation. Dry on the aft. Bitter cold coffee, citrus, fruity, & pine with a hoppy aft.

themightyjag (640) - - JAN 26, 2017
330ml can from Brewdog shop. Small creamy head, good lacing. Dark black body. Roasty coffee nose, some spicy hops. Flavour is coffee, earthy hops, charcoal, roasted nuts, grassy bitterness on the aftertaste. Light carbonation, good full mouthfeel, creamy. Really tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

Villyzzz (466) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Tap at pub. Pours black with medium sized beige head. Aroma is cocoa, dried fruits and a hint of apricot. Taste has cocoa, coffee, some fruit and chocolate in the end.

sunevdj (4148) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2017
Bottle from NZ at home. Pours a clear almost opaque black with a tiny beige head. Medium sweetness with a mellow bitterness. Aromas of toasted malts with notes of burned caramel. Also notes of sprucey and resiny hops. Tiny hints of band aid. Medium bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Long dry finish.

Sebilinz (2784) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JAN 20, 2017
Can. Dark brown body with tan head. Aroma is roasted malts caramel and some coffee. Taste is roasted malts fruits dark caramel . Aftertaste is nice roasted malts bitter with some malty sweetness. Nice one.

DruncanVeasey (8603) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle from Cov M&S. Black with ruby glints and a slim beige foam. Aroma of ink, bitter chocolate and burnt wood. Dark prune-like fruit pipetted with ink over a burnt toast and pistachio base. Hints of soapy hop and blueberry. A bit thin and simplistic with deeply roasted malt predominating and licks of booze at the edges. Tasty though.

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