NachlamSie (2880) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Bruisiní. Let me tell you a few things. Iím really digging these Cascadian ales. It seems that my first encounter with "black IPAís" as we know them today were ales touted as overly hopped stouts or porters. When I think of this style, Sweetwaterís Happy Ending immediately comes to mind. Captín Krunkles has a roasty, chocolatey malt profile that I can associate with a porter, but of course powerful American hops add to the whole experience. Iím pleasantly surprised by Terrapinís use of hops here. Usually when I see something by Terrapin claiming to be overly hoppy, it disappoints in that department e.g., Hop Shortage, Rye Squared, Big Hoppy Monster. All of those are good, drinkable beers but I dare say Captín Krunkles is hoppier than all of those. The aroma immediately jumps at my nose with clear, defined grapefruit and pine. Itís a typical PNW hop profile, but ever-so welcome. The clarity of the hops is commendable and, of course, suggestions of dark chocolate truffles add truly delicous balance. The flavor again delivers plenty of bitter hops and the malts are ever so smooth. Itís like a valley of flavors. One end with deep, luscious bittersweet malts and one end with sharp, bitter, citrusy hops. There is no middle ground on this beer. I enjoyed how Captín Krunkles pulled this style off with remarkable clarity and full-bodied flavor. Also, these Cascadian dark ales are definitely not IPAís. If ever there was a case for "American strong ale", this is it. More food for thought: how is Three Floydís Black Sun stout not strangely similar to all these black IPAís yet most definitely consider that not an IPA? Answer me that. Cheers!
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Fireworks.
It pours a very, very dark brown with a foamy, dirty tan head. Excellent head retention. The nose is very light with notes of chocolate, a bit of paper, and a whiff of pine. The taste has a very subdued hop flavor, roasted malt bitterness, notes of coffee, earth, herbal hops, and a bit of licorice. Relatively rich body with a bit of lactic sweetness, medium, smooth carbonation, and a medium, mildly bitter finish. Sheets of lacing left behind. An interesting brew that is very smooth and sessionable but a bit on the subdued side. No date on the bottle so I canít tell if this brew used to have more of a hop prescence. Very good, but not outstanding.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on-tap today at Mad Mex North Hills. Served in a snifter.
A- Body is a dark-brown, nearly black that allows light to pass through though very translucent. Head is cream colored and served a 1/2 finger. Has pretty good retention and some lacing sticks.
S- The first thing I notice hear is a huge roasted malt/black coffee presence. This is accented by some grapefruit aromas and accompanying bitterness.
T- The flavor is much like the smell with BIG dark roasted malt being the main character upfront. This is accented by some grapefruit flavor. The finish is quite hoppy with a touch of hop bitterness and a big roasted malt bitterness coming through.
P-Medium weight body and medium to high tingly carbonation. Body is slightly oily.
O- This is a BIG and pretty good black IPA. This is much more malt forward than others that I have had. The roasted malt and hop flavors are almost combating in this one and the impression of black coffee spiked with grapefruit is interesting-but not necessarily my cup of tea. Decent overall but not my favorite of the style.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-07-2010 04:17:23
aracauna (3179) - Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My wife said this reminded her of the Wake n Bake Stout, but to my less-acute senses, the similarity was faint. There is a nice chocolaty quality to the malt, but the body is definitely lighter, but this goes very well with the hops. Iím actually a little surprised the hops arenít more aggressive, but this is an excellent beer.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, Opaque beer. Starts off tasting like a fairly typical IPA, strong, but not overbearing. Fairly smooth for an IPA. As the beer warms, more of a malt chocolate flavor arises.
Thewade (340) - USA - MAY 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice beer. Alcahol hidden very well for those not crazy about high gravity beers. I would classify as a hoppy porter.
egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, toast, vanilla, roast, light smoke, pine, and citrus. Taste of roasty, citrus, piney, resiny hops, and a bitter grassy finish.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottles. Pours black with a nice size light brown head. Aroma is hoppy and slight malts. Nice citrus hops flavor followed by roasted malts, and ends smokey and a nice bitter finish. Finish lasts for a while which is nice. Medium bodied.
Gachupines (994) - USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is black with a tan head. Aroma is somewhat hoppy with some roasted malt. Maybe a hint of chocolate as well. Flavor is slightly smoky but sweet as well. Hops are also present but buried under the other flavors. Overall, pretty solid beer with some interesting flavors but the IPA does get overwhelmed a little.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured dark brown with a fair amount of head. Nice light malty hoppy flavor with a quick finish.