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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
monkeychugg55 (1109) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Black pour with an over-carbonated, rocky light tan head. Thick lacing. the aroma is very porter-like. Mostly roasted malt, with some crystal in there as well. Unnoticeable yeast, and might have a touch of earthy hops. I assume this has been sitting for a while. Flavor is similar, and well balanced. Nice palate, too. Will try to re-rate a fresher one.

beeebon (478) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2017
Bottle from Home Bargains for 89p, bargain! Pours very dark with medium tan head. Aroma is toasty malt, a bit of ash/smoke, some vanilla, a touch of chocolate and a resinous and citric hop presence, quite complex! Taste is medium smokey bitterness but also pelasingly sweet. Light sparkle in the carbonation but also rather slick and very drinkable, medium finish. Great beer!

rodsquad (333) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2017
Can from JK Fine Foods. Looks pretty black with an outlying ruby tinge. A lovely fluffy tight tan head. Looks-wise it’s spot on. Nose has an ashy smokiness over chocolate truffles. A little soft vanilla. A touch of lime, a touch of booze and a dusty grain. The taste matches the nose with plenty of smoke and ash. A nice smooth chocolate follows. There’s a surprising fruitiness too that’s quite citric. A refreshing medium body with a bit of smooth wash. A dry moderate to light sparkle. It’s a strange one that’s for sure. It’s seriously ashy providing a lingering bitterness. But it also has a real light fruity quality that stands at odds with the bold front. But it really is incredibly moreish.

Mad Dog Martin (80) - - OCT 29, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2017 Bottle from M&S. very black with a tan head. Light yeasty aroma. A light, chocolate porter. Nowt special.

prawlie (1675) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle. Chocolate orange aroma with some pine needle. Nutty, chocolate, rich, with a light, zesty hop bite. I got on well with this, a good blend of drinkability and complexity.

carlcallycharly (1) - Barnsley, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2017 does not count
Great go to stout always good stuff with distinctive but not too overpowering taste

christof1871 (11) - - OCT 10, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2017 From M&S; dark, tan head; very lightly carbonated; chocolate and coffee aroma; slight hop tang; beautifully smooth, silky feel and taste; some citrus hops, but very well balanced; decent length; very good

kmeats (16) - Hinckley, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2017
330ml bottle. Jet black with a lively tanned head. Aroma of hops and coffee, hints of citrus and pine. Pine hops more evident in the taste. Smokey coffee, chocolate and malt flavours. Creamy mouthfeel. Somewhere between a light porter and a black ops.

mabuzzer (909) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Can @ Pizza Punks. Black with a large, foamy off white head. Chocolate aroma, flavour is smoky roasted malt, chocolate, sweet.

jooilakon (277) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2017
330 ml can from Drinkers Paradise, Kentish Town. Aromas are very chocolatey with notes of coffee and caramel. Big cream-beige head and deep black body. Taste is burnt malts with notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Pleasant aftertaste. A great porter.

AntonyWilson (460) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 26, 2017
330ml Can: Pours a jet black with thick, frothy tan head. Lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, molasses and a slight roasty note. Slight coffee flavours with dark, bitter chocolate and citrus from the hops. Beer is medium bodied, carbonation is medium and the finish is bitter. Overall the beer is big on flavour. The roastiness is low and well balanced by the hops.

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