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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Legend had is Captín Krunkles is the most feared pirate on the high seas. No one has seen him, his ship, or the great beer his band of pirates drinks has lived to tell about it. Until now. Made with a bombardment of hops to defeat your tastebuds in battle and all the black malt you can stand before walking the plank, this Black I.P.A. will make it worth going down with the ship.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bomber from Tylerís Bottle Shop, Carrboro. With more and more company, itís harder to make an impression in this style, and some of the underwhelming variants just make me want a regular olí IPA. Terrapin comes close to the mark here but doesnít quite reach the level of Stone, which is the benchmark for me. Nice oily dark brown pour with plenty of carbonation and a moderate head. Nose of pumpernickel and slight citrus, resinous hops. Mouthfeel is a tad too thin for me. The taste is a bit earthy, with dark bready malts reminding me of good deli. But then the hops come on fairly strong and make things a bit clashing. In some ways this is fun, like pinball in your mouth. But in other ways, I felt disappointed that there wasnít better integration of the many flavors going on. Still enjoyable, as evidenced by the solid rating. But not somethign Iíd go out of my way to have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle, poured black with a large, soapy beige head. Nose has big notes of pine and citrus with secondary notes of chocolate an toasted malt. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel and ample carbonation. Flavor starts with piny citric hops which lead to some roasted dark malt notes. Pretty good amount of bitterness throughout this beer. Finishes toasted with more bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Tried both on tap and in bottle. The tap version had a much more pungent dry hopped aroma. Unfortunately this was lacking in the bottle. Medium body and bitterness with roasted undertones. It was definitely better on tap, but the bottle wasnít bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11551) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
22oz bottle. Poured a brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of floral hops, a little earthy, pine, and light chocolate. Tastes of pine, floral, chocolate, and earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5070) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2010
Dark, clear ruby brown. Lightly sweet, woody, a little raisin. Maybe a lottle more light bodied that I was expectig. Wood, acidic finish. Boozy bite. Fermentation Lounge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1117) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2010
Dark brown pour with a lasting tan head. Aroma is hoppy, mostly citrus and light floral. Flavor is bitter with notes of chocolate and bread. Hops are evident throughout, again, mostly citrus, but not as pronounced as in the aroma. Very solid, dark, slightly roasted malt backbone make this a smooth sipper and very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2010
Draught at TJís: Aroma of hops, pine, citrus, black malt, and a hint of cocoa. Almost black in color, it poured very dark brown/ruby with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is medium bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, black malt, light brown sugar, pine, and hints of smoke. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Piney hop, black malt, and brown sugar finish is lightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2010
Draft at Redlight during Hopfest 10! Big dark brown pour. Toffee, chocolate, cocoa, citrus hop aroma. Very hoppy, solid malt bill and a great drink. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2010
Bottle... A hard pour reveals a black ale with a huge, frothy, taupe head that slowly diminishes, but never fully dissipates. The acrid, earthy bouquet offers dark chocolate, espresso, pine sap and resin. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with modest carbonation. The flavor is burnt, acrid and bitter with a trace note of cocoa nibs. Lightly tangy; nearly non-existent sweetness - even when room temperature. Gently acidic, medium to heavily bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours black with a thick light tan head that leaves several swaths and many specks of lace on the glass. The aroma is just what one would expect: lots of fruity, citrusy, lightly floral hops with a strong undercurrent of black malt and burnt toast - adds an almost savory component to the aroma. The flavor starts hoppy with lots of citrus, a little pine, hints of tropical fruit.... Then, still towards the front of the palate but starting towards mid-palate, a tasty and pleasant emergence of bitter chocolate. There are some bready and lightly sweet qualities here and there, but they are overpowered by complex, dry, and bitter flavors of hops and roasted barley. The finish is dry and both hoppy and roasty (a little more hoppy than roasty though). The mouthfeel is tickling with just the right amount of carbonation that quickly releases into a swirling, creamy flood of bubbles. It lightens the otherwise medium-full body marvelously. Overall, a very nice brew - bitter and twisted, but a little more satisfying, nuanced, and balanced than the last black IPA I tried (sorry, Stone).

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