DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Craft. Pours deep black with 2-finger tan head. Big piney hop nose matched by dark malt and chocolate. Tastes resiny hoppy up front, with the dark malt catching up nanoseconds later. Gets ever so s;ightly sweet as it warms, stays complex, and stays very malty. I still cannot totally resolve this style, as the hops never seem to meld as well with dark malt as caramel or pale malts, but this one was a fine example of the style.
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
NachlamSie (2784) - 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!
dmac (4087) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber shared by pineypower, thanks Dean. Poured a deep black body with a lasting creamy beige head. Aroma of citrus hops, milk chocolate and earth. The palate was spot on with a full chewy mouthfeel, average carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. Flavor was even better then the aroma with more grapefruit hops coming through, earth and chocolate. To bad this was a side project because I would drink this all day long.
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black as you would expect of a black ipa. Smells of hops and alcohol and corn. Tastes the same.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great stuff, best beer of the night in a sampling I did two weeks ago. Great hop flavor but smooth and drinkable. Iím really becoming a big fan of black IPAs, they seem to have a great flavor while beeing more drinkable than some of the bruisers.
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours as black as an imperial stout. Smells like one too. However it taste like one might expect with a roasted hop flavor that finishes clean and smooth. Awesome
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle from Dchmela, ( thanks Dave ). Nice black pour with a fine tan head. Roasted barly goodness with a nice balance of hops with a little wheat. Every sip was a pleasure.
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.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is hops and roasty malt. Taste is dry hops, toasted malt and coffee. Goes down very smooth. Really good stuff.