Beer of the Week: Yeastie Boys' Pot Kettle Black

BY DI STAFF | JULY 19, 2012 6:30 AM

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Music and beer are two of life's simple pleasures. Why not combine the two?

The Yeastie Boys are a pair of New Zealand brewers with a hilarious moniker (I'm a sucker for awful puns) and a serious talent for creating beer; The Daily Iowan's beer of the week is their Pot Kettle Black porter, which has won six major international awards since Stu McKinlay and Sam Possenniskie introduced it in 2008.

The beer itself is produced at Invercargill Brewery, which was previously featured here for its Boysenbeery brew (again with the puns — it must be a New Zealand thing).

Pot Kettle Black has a deep, malty nose with heavy notes of chocolate and coffee and a subtle caramel aroma.

The brew delivers on its name once in a glass; it pours jet black with a thick, heavily foamy light brown head that sits atop the beer for the duration of the drink.

The porter carries many of the flavors from its nose, with some added light sweetness to counteract a lengthy bitter finish. Pot Kettle Black doesn't feature much in the way of carbonation — just enough for a creamy mouth feel — but is one of the better-tasting beers of the summer to date.

Plus, the name makes me giggle.


— by Seth Roberts

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