Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Aromas. Poured dark black, with a decent off-white head. Aroma is really interesting mix of roasted malt, and piney/citrusy hops. Aroma is not that different from their IBA. Taste is also a nice mix of the roasted and hoppy flavors. Citrus hops more prevalent in the taste than the nose. Mouth is pretty full and smooth, especially from cask. Finish is nicely bitter. Overall, a solid brew that hopefully will move quickly. Not sure what this will look like in a year.
CheersMate (1299) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Greenís on Ponce De Leon. Nice thin off-white head with a black opaque body. Wow, this is much darker than expected. This beer looks pretty good. Subtle roast aroma. Nice light citrus and pine hop aroma. Roast aroma is not as present as the hop aroma. Not a very crisp hop aroma. Roast flavor lingers throughout. Citrus and pine hop flavors provide some nice bitterness. Citrus hop profile is nice because it provides a nice lingering bitterness. Smooth and relatively creamy texture. This beer has some nice fresh hop flavors along with a nice roast flavor to add some character. Fairly nice idea amalgamation of flavors. On the level of an everyday drinking IPA, I donít think so. Get this one before it becomes a crappy porter.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown, nearly black with an almost two finger light brown head. Maintains a small cap and leaves a ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with some hops clamoring for attention but the chocolate takes precedence. The aroma that is there is nice, but itís strength is very low. Flavor is much better, nice citrus and pine hops up front, and an excellent dose of sweet chocolate in the middle. Finish is quite bitter. Hops get even bigger as it warms. This reminds me a little of a black & tan with an IPA, a battle of citrus and chocolate. Itís very tasty. Mouthfeel is full and somewhat sticky, low to medium carbonation. The only other dark IPA I can compare this to is Yakima Twilight which has a bigger hop presence, but I also really like the chocolate in the Captín Krunkles.
SSSteve (3666) - - MAR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. hurray! made it to 10 side projects. black beer under a large, foamy beige head. aroma has notes of a strong ipa and chocolatey stout scents. iím not really a fan of the mixing of two polar opposites but iíll give it an honest try. much to my surprise i found this one to be decent. i believe the hoppy ipa is the dominant flavor but a nice cocoa powdery roast flavor lurks in the distance throughout. palate, body, and finish of an ipa. they managed to mesh these well by allowing the roast and creamy body to mellow the bitter hoppiness but not letting either win in the end . i have to say, iím still not a fan of the style but i could handle this one.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep, opaque mahogany that almost sits black in the glass with a surprisingly big and fluffy beige head that recedes very slowly and leaves a hefty cap and great lacing.
The aroma starts with some light fruity citrus, oranges and lemons maybe, and some resinous pine. The hops are balanced a bit by the dark roasted malts but the citrus is dominant.
The taste is a bit more balanced and complex with the dark roasted malts forming a bigger backbone that the aroma suggested. That said, the hops are still big and start with oranges and tangerines and give way to a more grassy and resinous bitterness that lingers through the finish. The dry roasted character of the malts balance the hop bitterness of the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation, though itís bubbles that lend a very creamy feel to things overall.
I enjoyed this one a lot and Iím glad I got to try it super fresh as the hops are the dominant player now. Honestly, Iím intrigued to see what happens as the hops die down as I bet this turns into a completely different beer. Not sure if itíll be this good, but I look forward to finding out.
obguthr (3453) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brewvival: Lime, grapefruit, and licorice aroma. Dark brown, thick tan head, good lacing. Licorice and charred oak flavor, lime peel finish. Good beer, but the selection of hops doesnít work well for the style.
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. Solid. This is an excellent black IPA.... and one of Terrapinís best Side Projects to date.... loaded with hops! nice black pour with a quarter inch off white head... citrus hop notes across the nose... medium body with average carbonation and a good blend of caramel malts and deep citrus based hops.... really looking forward to this in bombers this month!
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brewvival. Dark pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is citrus, nutty and spruce. Flavor is roast, toffee, hazelnut, pine, citrus and grapefruit. Finish is dry.
ksurkin (1022) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Brewvival. 1st rating! pours a dark, cola brown with a bubbly, light khaki head and spotty lace. aroma is excellent with massive pine esters, grapefruit, orange, and grass with light floral notes and subtle, toasted, cocoa malts. flavor is great as well and everything you would imagine a great black IPA would taste like with big, nutty malts and caramel up front with bold, grapefruit hops, pine, and lots of floral esters with a roasted malt finish. palate is medium bodied with solid carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. overall, one of the best renditions of a black IPA out there and another well done side project.