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Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPATerrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA

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very good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Side Project #10

(Beer added by: gford217 on 03-19-2010)
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Photo of EgadBananas


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Infinite thanks to Bennettrox for supplying me with my long lost White Whale! :)

A - Pours a near pitch black body, with a predominant tan creamy head of about two fingers. Lace was great and the head dissipated to a nice lightly foamy ring.

S - There's a surprising amount of piny, floral hop notes here! But the biggest contenders are bit roasted notes, chocolate and light notes of roasted coffee.

T - There's still a fairly strong bitter bite. Hoppyness is subdued, but definitely there: floral, woodsy and piny...just like I like it! Nice chocolate, coffee and roasted notes round it out.

M - Creamy, medium to full body. Good carbonation level.

D/O - Drinkability is great.

I know this isn't at it's peak, but for it's age, it's still extremely enjoyable and just about everything I imagined it would be! The only downside is that it makes me a lot more depressed that I didn't get a chance to try it fresh, as I know it would have been amazing...

I need another Ryan...

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 02:05:14 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh the long lost Krunkles, I have been searching so long for you! I finally found this pirate in a small liquor store in north Atlanta, captured him, opened him, and pored him in my belly. I had seriously been looking for this beer for many months, as I missed out on it when it 1st came out and it has been sold out for many months.

A - A very dark Porter, Stout looking color. A Mine had no head and little lace retention. maybe because its been on the shelf for a year.

S - Very hoppy. If you closed your eyes, you would expect an IPA. You would be shocked when you see it looks like a porter.

T - Fantastic! It has everything that I like in a porter and an IPA. Chocolate and coffee malts up front, but then finishes like an IPA. Great aftertaste.

M - Very crisp. Smooth throughout, with a nice alcohol mixed with chocolate aftertaste.

D - Oh my, I could drink this all night. I am very glad I grabbed 2 bottles. Terrapin needs to release this one again some day.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 00:01:34 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of robwestcott


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to a BA trader, wish i could remember which one...

after too many weeks (months ?) on the shelf, poured cold and black (as advertised) to a sun king shaped pint with a thin, tan, short lasting head leaving hints of lace as the glass is tipped.

fairly subtle hoppy aroma with toasted malts in the wayback (?).

hmmm... i'm thinking maybe the hops have settled a bit while this one rested on the shelf. first couple sips are smoky, dark malts, dark semi-sweet chocolate - perhaps leaning toward baker's chocolate even / slightly bitter.

light bodied, creamy, subtle bitter, very interesting.

drinkable - sure, a bomber's worth.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 22:20:47 | More by robwestcott
Photo of Fluke828


2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes from a recent tasting.
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Cigar City Snifter.

A: Black, but not completely opaque, somewhat of a "clear-black" with a brownish head.

S: Chocolaty, toffee, malty, roasted espresso.

T: Slightly hoppy at first, very malty and chocolaty, towards the finish with a chocolate sweetness left behind.

M: somewhat of a thin, mealy-feel with a medium body porter-esque, not light and bitter like an IPA.

O: Not a bad beer but not really as advertised. The group consensus was that it really tasted/seemed MUCH closer to a porter than a Black IPA. The malty and chocolaty notes really dominate and again, not a bad beer just not coming off as a Black IPA IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 21:46:58 | More by Fluke828
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with mrmanning, StephenRich, Chris, and Erin. Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin cap of beige froth and strings of lacing on the tulip. Complex nose is chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, perfume, floral hops, baking sugar, and coffee grounds. Quite appealing. Taste is roasted malt, burnt toast, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, grassy and leafy hops with a lingering, citric bitterness. High IBUs are evident on the palate. Mouthfeel is creamy-foamy upfront, fuller than medium bodied, bitter hop bite precedes a drying finish with some roast, cocoa, and flaked oats on the cough. A satisfying Black IPA, balanced compared to others that I've tried but no less enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 19:01:32 | More by cratez
Photo of boss302


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Dark, cloudy, can't see through it unless you thin it out a bit. It is a dark brown. Nice thick head.

S Strong hop aroma that is floral. No citrus or pine aromas, or at least they are muted. Typical IPA.

T Very much like at IPA in initial taste. I would have expected more roast up front, but it wasn't there. The finish is more chocolaty, but still not a lot. There is a little sweetness in the finish as well as some astringency.

M Medium heavy, good CO2, head lasted most of the glass.

D Definitely a repeat beer.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 01:13:32 | More by boss302
Photo of Florida9


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears black in the glass. Forms a large dull mocha-colored head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Rather aromatic. Citrus and pine with just a hint of roasted malt.

T: Starts off with the mild flavor of roasted malt then develops into a hoppy citrus character and a moderate bitterness before the roasted malts, and a bit of alcohol, return on the finish.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation.

D: I almost wonder if I got a different beer than everyone else, as I found this beer to be one of the most restrained black IPAs I've had with only a light flavor of roasted malts and a still able to retain a lot of the typical IPA character.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 03:18:53 | More by Florida9
Photo of jsanford


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh...the infamous Capt'n Krunkles. 220z poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Dark black with a fluffy latte-colored head. Pretty nice retention, leaves some soapy lacing on the glass.
S - Roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominate with a bit of caramel, malt, and some piney hops. Seems this has lost whatever kick it may have once had, smells like an over-the-hill IPA.
T - This is supposed to be an IPA? Not really detecting much hoppiness, I suppose I was expecting something more like Sublimely Self-Righteous. However, when judged along the lines of a Baltic Porter or even Schwarzbier, this is very nice. Dark roasted malt, deep coffee, caramel, and perhaps just a slight bit of smoke. Rich, earthy finish is nice and warming.
M - Fairly creamy with a medium body and medium-low carbonation.
D - Pretty nice, I'm not having any issues with the bomber. Again, a good beer, but it seems to be having a bit of an identity crisis.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 23:04:07 | More by jsanford
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of dark chocolate and espresso with some mild earthy hoppy smells. Lots of roasted and cocoa maltiness.
The taste is a great deal of roasted and astringent malts. A fair amount of chocolate and powdery cocoa and earthy bitterness. Unfortunately not as balanced as I would like. I am not a hophead but I almost would crave some citrus hoppiness to challenge the roastiness. Maybe some dark fruitness or something, this is just too bitter.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharpness to it up front that then gets more slick and oily feeling as you swallow.
Overall this is a decent intepretation of a Black IPA, but if I tasted it blindly I would have called it a overly coffeed Baltic Porter. Needed more balanced somewhere, the Black IPA is not a beer which should be "imperialized" in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 00:40:53 | More by claspada
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/23/2010. Bottle thanks to Tsotsi. Pours a dark brown with a small but thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus hops, perhaps a hint of roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, smoked malt, some charred notes, and a bitter hops finish. A pretty solid black IPA from Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 21:00:57 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Deuane


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Al's of Hampden...I didn't feel worthy enough to purchase a growler of this to make it SUPER RARE!

A-Deep, dark brown/black with a medium tan head that reduced slowly to a thin cap and left attractive lacing.

S-HUGE! roasted malt presence almost to the point of being burnt. Background notes of coffee and a touch of earthiness and ground citrus rind hop aroma.

T-BIG dark roasted malt up front, accented by a touch of grapefruit rind. flavor. While it worked in the aroma profile the roasted flavour on the palate becomes a bit too much to handle.

M-Medium body with a tons of lingering roasted bitterness and twang of citrus rind.

D-Big and bold with a ton of roast....too much actually. This is the downfall of this brew for me. I got through my pint but had no desire for a repeat. Has promise but this brew needs some work if it is to made again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 21:34:20 | More by Deuane
Photo of BatDaddy


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Turbinator glass.

A - Black, black, black! This one is opaque with a cola-colored finger of head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Lots of bold piney hops hit first. As it settles, the malt makes its way through. Roasted coffee & chocolate. The hop aromas seem to have melted away into the other parts of the nose.

T - Interesting. Strong hop presence - piney & a bit earthy. Bitter but not overpowering, the strong roasted malt rounds out the hops. Some roasted coffee. Some woodsy flavors.

M - Carbonation is a little much and distracts slightly.

D - Not bad, but the high abv coupled with the carbonation takes it down a bit.

Interesting brew - there's hints of a heavily-hopped stout here. If that's your thing, this would be a good one for you.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 06:33:54 | More by BatDaddy
Photo of harpus


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black (darker than many stouts) with a luxurious light brown head that is well-retained.

S: Rich chocolate malt and piney hop combination. Aroma is pretty clean, but not all that enticing for me.

T: Flavor starts off bitter pine and grapefruit and transitions into a dark malt flavor. Not really a chocolate malt, more of a bitter charred barley.

M: The feel is fairly thick, with light carbonation and fairly dry for the weight.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:24:15 | More by harpus
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with my boy Kolby whilst chilling at the Library in da Burgh. Did I mention the Library has a rockin' happy hour twice a day. This big bottle poured with a pitch black dark cola vibe, forming a big tan head fill the glass with lacing spread fine and evenly between sips. Aromatics offer up dark roasts with a creamy malt accent, herbal green undertones a touch of pine and citrus as well. Flavor has herbal tea tannins buring dark ale with hopped up bitterness in the backend. Strong alcohol finish for the 7.5% alcohol, I was a bit confused with this aspect. Assertively hoppy a bit hop but nice dark roasted malts work oaky with the combination of the two. Mouthfeel was medium bodied healthy dose of carbonation carried things across the palate a touch cloying at times but this beer had no time getting down our gullets. Solid drinkability, I was hoping to find this on tap, but never did catch it flowing in the Burgh.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 16:33:43 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of nickfl


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a light brown head of thick foam on top of a black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Sweet, chocolate malt with a hint of coffee. Citrus and pine hops that are affected by the roasted malt to produce a mustardy character that is reminiscent of a barleywine.

T - Sweet, toffee malt up front with some brown sugar and caramel character. A note of lemony hops appears in the middle with light pine and some sour caramel. The beer finishes with coffee and burnt chocolate flavors as well as some pine and sharp blue cheese character. The hop bitterness and rich malt lingers with a carbonized note of roast barley.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Enjoyable, but not particularly complex. The malt is kind of one dimensional with some notes of caramel and moderate roasted notes. The malt is subdued enough to the hops shine through, but it does impart a bit of dark flavor that brings out the pine and creates notes of blue cheese and mustard. This is a nice example of the style with a particularly pleasant hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 05:52:04 | More by nickfl
Photo of babaracas


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty solid black with dark brown edges, dense light brown creamy head, slowly fades to a dollop of milk chocolate ice cream, leaving a sheet of sticky lace. Smell: dark caramel, light roast and chocolate, mild leafy and orange citrus hops. Taste: medium roast, dark chocolate syrup, slightly leafy, grapefruit and orange citrus. Creamy and slightly alcoholic.

Thought this was coming out in July/August based on reports from Feb/March, then it never made it here, then thought September or maybe October, then finally showed up along with a more recent Side Project. Terrapin has really botched their distribution to FL (thus I can't give 2 shits if this is maybe is possibly 2 months old), but this one held up pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 07:03:14 | More by babaracas
Photo of steve8robin


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this gem on a recent work trip to georgia. I've heard a lot about it, but never thought I'd get to try it. 22oz bottle...

A: black with copper colored edges. Small half inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get some smokey roast upfront with some creamy milk blended in. Some chocolate roast in the middle with some espresso and a very faint hop on the backend. Smells more like a milk stout. Decent.

T: I get some watery roast upfront quickly followed by a heavy espresso roast in the middle, mild hints of licorice and molasses on the backend, with faint dry hop. Dry earthy hops shines through the more I drink. Decent.

M: medium body with a heavy carbonation. Very bitter finish. Good.

D: once you get past the heavy roast, this goes down. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Not great, just decent. Seems more like a porter or milk stout to me. Try if you like roasty beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 03:09:37 | More by steve8robin
Photo of emmasdad


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Poured a medium black color, with a creamy beige head. On the nose, this one had a nice roasty smell, roasted malt, light cocoa and finally floral hops. On the palate, medium bodied, well carbonated, very roasty up front, even more so as it warms, before the hops show themselves.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 00:14:16 | More by emmasdad
Photo of hippityhops85


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

Pours pitch black with a thin, tan head that quickly dissipates into an oily slick. Really beautiful beer, although I'd expect this pour from an IS.

Smell is very hop forward. Lots of pine, but the toasted malt is also there to balance out the hopiness.

Taste is really impressive for a "black ipa." It's not too in-your-face like some I have tasted. Excellent hop flavor with a really deep malt backbone. Very happy.

Mouthfeel is ok. I would have preferred a little bit more carbo but the flavors of this brew make up for it. An excellent example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:36:11 | More by hippityhops85
Photo of Thorpe429


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. It'd take on the good captain again.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 21:59:20 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Legend has it Captn Krunkles is the most feared pirate on the high seas. No one who has seen him, his ship, or the great beer his band of pirates drinks has ever lived to tell about it. Until now.
Made with a bombardment of hops to defeat your taste buds in battle and all the black malt you can stand before walking the plank, this Black IPA will make it worth going down with the ship."

Sounds tasty. Lets see. Pours pitch black, stout like in color, with a tight and stout mocha colored head of about two fingers in size. A large amount of lacing covers the glass.

Aroma is nice and hoppy, almost fresh hops. There must be plenty of dry hopping going on here. Very piney aroma with not much roastiness in the nose. Love the hops, disappointed in the lack of roastiness.

More hops in the flavor as well. The roastiness is a little more noticeable and prevalent, but the only roasty character comes through in a metallic taste. Mostly hoppy, piney; again, more fresh hops. Fairly bitter, but no real sweetness either. Not completely out of balance, but certainly leans toward bitter and oily.

Easy drinker. The eyes play drinks on the buds and the brain. This one is pitch black but drinks and tastes like IPA. Interesting and delicious. A little disappointed in the lack of noticeable roastiness, but I liked it anyway.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 16:21:36 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of drabmuh


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really wish this was a growler. Beer is black with a big brown head of medium and large bubbles. Some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a mixture of roast and cascade hops, smells like a hoppy porter.

Beer is a porter, not an IPA, there is almost no bitterness or hop character in the mouth. Beer is medium bodied and has some mild sweetness in the front and then the roast in the back. Not much in between though. I was really hoping this was hoppy. Its not.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:46:08 | More by drabmuh
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 received a long while back from GeezLynn in a fantastic trade.. Thanks again Geoff.. looking forward to the next! Shared this one with the Boise peeps...

Dark tan head... black at first but deeeep ruby highlites when held to a light... descent retention and lacing.

Nose shows at first more roasty than hoppy.. hops are "C" for sure.. very minor.. needs a huge punch

Flavor mimics the aroma but with a hard to describe acrid bitterness from the malts... lite esters make me think dried cherries.. and some background phenolic bandaid.. oily pine hops ... the body and carbonation are about right... but I have a hard time with this one because it isn't nearly as "yeasty" clean as it should be.

Approachable.. and really there isn't anything that is super "wrong", I just think it needs to be dialed in a fair amount.


Thanks again Geoff... this was a Super Trade!! Looking forward toward December!!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 06:23:31 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes from 08/28/2010:

22 oz. bottle at 42* poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This beauty pours jet-black with a 2 finger khaki head. It doesn't have the best retention, leaving a fluffy ring around the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma is a mind-boggling blend of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and hops.

T: Chocolate, coffee, light citrus flavors, and some smoke play magical tricks on my palate.

M: It is acidic to the tongue when cold but comes more refreshing as it warms.

D: I could down a couple of these a night if I had the money.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 05:02:16 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A glossy black/deep brown pour. Medium off white head, some rockiness, some lacing. Good contrast with body.

Aroma isn't strong. Hints of roasted malt, some dark bitter chocolate and pine. Roasted pine?

Flavors make up for the lack of nose a bit. Combo of dark pine, unripe black plums, dark chocolate and anise...faint anise. Not sure which way they are trying to go here, of if any way. Not bad, nothing outstanding. Solid intro to the new style though, as it combines the bitterness and pine with the roasted malt.

Drank it fairly well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 18:44:04 | More by Mebuzzard
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Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.