Travlr (11122) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle "from the back room" at Cigar City Brewing Cask for a Cause. Black (obviously), tan head, massive lacing. Aroma of chocolate and licorice. Taste has big hops from start to finish, but lots of roasted malts to balance. Delicious.
rajendra82 (952) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour looked pitch black at first glance, but holding the pint glass against a light indicated that it was actually a shade of deep red. The head was three finger thick and foamy, and dissipated into a craggy surface with lot of lace. The looks were similar to a stout, but the grapefruit and pine aroma was typical American IPA. There was hint of chocolate, but I had to inhale pretty deeply to detect it. The dark malts definitely were present in the taste in the form of a coffee like bitterness, which supplemented the already bitter grapefruit peel hop presence. There was little bit of toffee flavor, but this did not provide enough of a counter balance. The finish was spicy and slightly astringent. This felt edgy and lacked a lot of the smoothness in the mouthfeel. I prefer some sweetness to go with the IPA bitter flavors, and sadly this lacked it.
drfabulous (3921) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought only to try. When in Georgia....the style still doesnít do it it for me. Chocolate and hops. But I canít get my head around the Black IPA as a desired style. Decent for what it tries to do.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010
Name: SP 10 Captín Krunkles
Date: February 27, 2010
Source: Brewfest, Brewvival
Appearance: black, frothy beige head
Aroma: big hop aroma on roasted malt, nice citrus
Flavor: sweet citrus hop flavor, nice backing roast, bitter dark chocolate
Name: SP 10 Captín Krunkles
Date: March 20, 2010
Source: summits woodstock
Appearance: black, creamy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma, light citrus that grows as it warms
Flavor: dry dark roasted flavor, touch of citrus hops, lots of bitter roast, touch of sweetness comes out as it warms and brings out the citrus
Name: SP 10 Captín Krunkles
Date: March 28, 2010
Mode: crabapple bottle shop
Appearance: black, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: roasted and dark chocolate aroma. plenty of hops, touch of citrus, light spicyness
Flavor: dark chocolate flavor, lots of hops, light citrus, touch of roasted bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Terrapin doesnít do it again. Draft at trappeze. Iím sure this is their India brown ale recipe. Nondescript. Tastes like all their other brews. Weak.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark black with an off white almost light brown head that sticks around.Nose is an interesting blend of pine hops and dark toasted malts.Smooth brew with hops and malts balanced well but confuse me at the same time?This is an interesting brew that challenges the palate and the mind.I think i really like it...but I want to sample again.....
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 (1309) - 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 (3755) - - 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.