patrick767 (3727) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample at RBSG 2010 - Pours very dark brown and smells of pine heavy hops. The flavor has the expected dark roast malt as well as the ample hops of an IPA. The pine of the aroma continues as a tasty accent. Medium bodied. Very good.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a tall tan head.
The citrus hop aroma combines with a soft roast malt characteristic of a good porter.
Hoppy, yet dark and malty flavor. Some bitter coffee on the back end.
Nice medium body.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to kiefdog. poured dark brown with ruby highlights and a beige head. aroma was coffee, meat, chocolate, brownie, and dark roast. flavor was coffee, dark roast, chocolate, and pine. light body with high carbonation.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
So elusive and rare! I played a losing game of hide and seek with this guy for awhile. Then I picked one up at my local store, sadly in non-growler format; although, I did consider buying a few and pouring them into a growler just to taste the totally awesome rarity effect that sitting inside 64 ounces of glass apparently has on this beer. I was too dazzled at the tasting opportunity to review at the time. From notes.
Pours near black with a bit of head. Nose is some citrus hops and a good deal of roast. Taste is slightly bitter and dry with roast. Hints of coffee. Nice citrus and a bit of pine. Medium body. Pretty good. Itíd take on the good captain again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-22-2010
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ibrew2or3. Thanks! Nose is roasty with notes of dark chocolate sweetness here and there as well as some muted hops(flat earthy, and lightly papery notes). Pours dark brown almost black, nice head and lace. The flavor is more roasted malts, darker sweetness, some residual sugar. Light earthy bitterness, hops are flat and almost stale and this reminds me more of a foreign stout or something along that line right now. Not bad, just not really what i was expecting from a Black IPA.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
taste is mildly hoppy with a growing smoky finish. clean and silky on the palate. good lacing. strong coffee finish, but still very smooth and inviting. rock on.
jsquire (3738) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer out of the bottle with puffed wheat and burnt grains nose. Dark sugar sweetness with roasted wheat, toasted white bread, raisens and roast apple fruitiness. Very nice beer.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown-black, tan cover. Aroma is very roasty, chocolate, some earthy, grassy hops. Taste is very roasty, chocolate, astringent, earthy bitterness.
thirdeye11 (5780) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle thanks to boomer0813) espresso brown pour, soapy khaki bubbles with nice lacing. Nose of milk chocolate, graham cracker, vanilla, biscuit, just delicious. Taste of fudge/cocoa, chocolate malt, light citrus, really easy to drink! Oily body and creamy as hell.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted many moons ago. Kind of going on memory here, but I did have the beer many times. Probably the best black IPA that Iíve ever had. Still that isnít saying a whole lot. There arenít many Black IPAs out there yet. And while good, this beer category as a whole needs some work. Most examples are just fair at best. Captín is better than most. Decent balance between the black malts and the super amped up hops. Harmony in flavor it does not have however. There is some clashing going on. Maybe I just havenít gotten used to this style yet.