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.
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2015
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.
Pours thick dark black unclear with a creamy beige head. Aroma brings fresh piney hops so nice in the nose. Flavor brings roasted malts and piney hops blended on the palate smoothly and rich. randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2010
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..... DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2010
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 (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
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 (3536) - 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! dmac (6434) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2010
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
Pours a deep black as you would expect of a black ipa. Smells of hops and alcohol and corn. Tastes the same. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Great stuff, best beer of the night in a sampling I did two weeks ago. Great hop flavor but smooth and drinkable. I’m 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 (335) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
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