TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2010
22 oz bottle from GAManiac. Thanks, Grant! Pours a very dark blackish hue, brownish edges, a decent sized offwhite head dies to a decent film, decent lacing. Aromas are a nice piney floral hopping, roasted malts, touch of gentle vanilla and cocoa. Nice on the nose. Initial is a nice good roast and floral pine blend, very nice, moderate bitterness, roast, gentle vanilla and cocoa provide some sweetness, but it fairly bitter, nice mellow sweetness. The cocoa really grabs hold of me on the backend, provides an interesting contrast to the piney floral bitterness. Very nice, pretty drinkable, a light grapefruit and melange of pine and florals. This is quite pleasant, not an overblown hopping, but it works well with the mellow cocoa and good roastiness, touch of vanilla. If this is lighter abv, it plays into it’s favor. Nice. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Opaque black with a medium sized creamy tan head. Very dark, stout-like. Aroma is quite muted, roasted malt, citrus hops. Flavor is hoppy bitter, the roastiness is kept in check (thankfully). Med-full mouthfeel. A bit thick which keeps the refreshing quotient lower than it could be. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Shout out to SincereNC for sending this my way. Dark black color with a very unassuming aroma. In fact it was bland and boring. The taste was also not nearly hoppy enough for me. I got the slightest hint of a single hop flower and the dark malts just didn’t wow me at all. Boring. I think the best "black IPA" I’ve had is still Stone’s 11th Anniversary/Sublimely Self Righteous Ale.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-16-2010 21:42:06 nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Great brew here. Smell of dark malts, kind of roasted possibly then some coffee noats too, and then the taste well thats the hops. Great lacing. Brown head on dark brew. Good smoothness. Great beer. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Bomber from Whole Foods (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark brown to almost black with some brownish red highlights and thin off white head. Aroma is sweet, floral, malty with notes of citrus, grapefruit, dark malts, light chocolate, hints of roast. Flavor is about the same. Medium body with a pleasing floral hop and citrus finish. Nice black IPA.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Pours out black with lots of head. Taste is roasty piney. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, citrus, pepper, smoke, and some pine.Clean finish balanced smooth, good stuff. NachlamSie (3483) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Bomber from Bruisin’. Let me tell you a few things. I’m really digging these Cascadian ales. It seems that my first encounter with "black IPA’s" as we know them today were ales touted as overly hopped stouts or porters. When I think of this style, Sweetwater’s Happy Ending immediately comes to mind. Capt’n 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. I’m pleasantly surprised by Terrapin’s 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 Capt’n Krunkles is hoppier than all of those. The aroma immediately jumps at my nose with clear, defined grapefruit and pine. It’s 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. It’s 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 Capt’n Krunkles pulled this style off with remarkable clarity and full-bodied flavor. Also, these Cascadian dark ales are definitely not IPA’s. If ever there was a case for "American strong ale", this is it. More food for thought: how is Three Floyd’s Black Sun stout not strangely similar to all these black IPA’s yet most definitely consider that not an IPA? Answer me that. Cheers! Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Fireworks.
It pours a very, very dark brown with a foamy, dirty tan head. Excellent head retention. The nose is very light with notes of chocolate, a bit of paper, and a whiff of pine. The taste has a very subdued hop flavor, roasted malt bitterness, notes of coffee, earth, herbal hops, and a bit of licorice. Relatively rich body with a bit of lactic sweetness, medium, smooth carbonation, and a medium, mildly bitter finish. Sheets of lacing left behind. An interesting brew that is very smooth and sessionable but a bit on the subdued side. No date on the bottle so I can’t tell if this brew used to have more of a hop prescence. Very good, but not outstanding. SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Had this on-tap today at Mad Mex North Hills. Served in a snifter.
A- Body is a dark-brown, nearly black that allows light to pass through though very translucent. Head is cream colored and served a 1/2 finger. Has pretty good retention and some lacing sticks.
S- The first thing I notice hear is a huge roasted malt/black coffee presence. This is accented by some grapefruit aromas and accompanying bitterness.
T- The flavor is much like the smell with BIG dark roasted malt being the main character upfront. This is accented by some grapefruit flavor. The finish is quite hoppy with a touch of hop bitterness and a big roasted malt bitterness coming through.
P-Medium weight body and medium to high tingly carbonation. Body is slightly oily.
O- This is a BIG and pretty good black IPA. This is much more malt forward than others that I have had. The roasted malt and hop flavors are almost combating in this one and the impression of black coffee spiked with grapefruit is interesting-but not necessarily my cup of tea. Decent overall but not my favorite of the style.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-07-2010 04:17:23 aracauna (3606) - Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
My wife said this reminded her of the Wake n Bake Stout, but to my less-acute senses, the similarity was faint. There is a nice chocolaty quality to the malt, but the body is definitely lighter, but this goes very well with the hops. I’m actually a little surprised the hops aren’t more aggressive, but this is an excellent beer.