craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. Solid. This is an excellent black IPA.... and one of Terrapin’s 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! Travlr (25488) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2010
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. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010 Tap at Capones. Pours a deeper brown almost black with a medium creamy tan head that coated the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, great orange and floral hops. Flavor of this great hop flavor, orange, floral and other citrus. Also getting toasted malt and caramel. egajdzis (6669) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Dark brown with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, toast, vanilla, roast, light smoke, pine, and citrus. Taste of roasty, citrus, piney, resiny hops, and a bitter grassy finish. Thewade (340) - USA - MAY 7, 2010
Nice beer. Alcahol hidden very well for those not crazy about high gravity beers. I would classify as a hoppy porter.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a deep cola brown with a frothy beige head, some spotty lacing. Nice nose of citrus, pine, toasted malts and cocoa dust. light sticky pine on the palate accompanied by nice roasted malts....tasty. carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
22oz. pours near black with a nice creamy looking tan head. very stout looking... aroma is pine and hint of citrus. mouthful has a huge pine forest with a little cream mouth feel. hard to find the roasted malt for a while, but comes around in the finish, which lingers with big hops as well. i would put this on high on the BIPA list, which is not too long... jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2010
From Norm’s Beer and Wine. Nice black appearance. Hoppy front, malty back. Slight coffee taste. Very interesting IPA. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Dark pour with a thin bubbly brown head. The aroma has a good mix of dark malts,chocolate, and hops mashed together. The flavor leans more towards the hops, but still remains sweet enough to taste the chocolate and malts as well. One great beer!! otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Appearance: black with little than no head. Bubbly cappuccino collar. Swirls with a smidge of lace than gives up the ghost once more.
Nose: hops, bakers chocolate, roasted cacao beans. Wood and vanilla bean burnt, black, and toasty. Dried cherries. Subtle hint of greenness pervades and weaves; hop cones.
Palate: clean up front than explodes atop my tongue and rushes down my throat to make merry in my tummy. Complex is an understatement, and yet he manages to be amazingly drinkable. Burnt wood, spice, and dried rye seeds in the back suck moisture from my tongue. Apple, pear, peach, and plum skins for a tickle of sweetness before quickly giving way to tart tannic skin delights. Medium weight with a full mouthfeel. Intense flavors. Almonds, roasted please and hold the sugars. Long refreshing dried hop cone bitterness tinges breathe and pervades her burnt bitter roastyness in harmonious titillation.
Final Thoughts: here we have one of the newest beer categories that came about through brewer’s whim and fanciful disregard for brewing parameters. Flavor first, quickly followed by set styles, then enhanced and expanded upon with imagination and flair. The India Black Ale or Black IPA is one such style and Capt’n Krunkles went above and beyond pleasing this flavorholic.