Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

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

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 35
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: gford217 on 03-19-2010

Side Project #10
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a charred ember color with a massive tan head that just sits atop the liquid and refuses to budge; plenty of lacing sheets the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Pine sap aromatics with licorice and black bread underneath

Taste: Opens very roasty, with an almost charred flavor that is joined, at mid-palate, bu the piney bitterness; underneath, there is a dark fruit sweetness that adds a prune-like dimension though all the flavors wind up in a charred muck after the swallow; with a rough bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I had high hopes for this one but the beer just lacks balance and the counterpoint of the malt and hops is jarring

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This started showing up in the area last week and I decided to crack a bottle last night and try it out. Served cold and poured into a pint glass with dinner, this one was consumed on 04/16/2010.

The pour was huge, monstrous to be honest, coming out of the bottle black as night with a towering three inches of chocolate colored foam on the top of the glass. Settling slowly it left behind tons of brown lace up and down the glass. Aroma is piney hops and rich roasted malts. Touches of peat and campfire like tones coming through. Nice feel, medium carbonation and heavy enough to keep me intrested, but not overally full. Nice opening bite of piney hops come across quite nicely with a delicate dryness and touches of light hops. Quickly the roasted malts take over and offer lots of smokey and rich malty notes. Light chocolate starts to come through in the dry finish and leaves the palate searching as to which flavor dominated the most but the last gasp goes to a deep, smokey malt.

Overall very solid, a nice and almost sessionable black IPA. No issues in puttin down the bottle and on of the more intresting offerings from Terrapin.

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the fifth Side Project I have tried,I have for the most part enjoyed them.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep cola color with a nice two finger off white head that held well.A mix of dark bread spiciness and resiny hop in the nose,a light caramel note is in there to.A mix of dark bread and citri-piney flavors on the palate,each hold their own,a caramel sweetness shows through nicely in the finish.Not mind blowing but it has good balance and subtle comlexity.

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

Just in time for the official of the christening of the new American-Style India Black Ale style. Just rolls right off the tongue!

Appearance: Served up a black body ("like licorice" according to TheLibrarianGirl) with a thinnish, light beige head.

Smell: Striking scents of well-roasted malts and brash hops with notes of citrus fruits and pine all vieing for attention.

Taste: Charry, blackened malts displaying a taste of roasted coffee beans and just a litte bit of sweetness transitions to a citrusy, piney hops with a bold bitterness. Small hint of particularly bitter dark chocolate. Tussle of roastiness and hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hoppy and dark, just like Lebron James! These brews are curious blending of styles that I'm still acclimating myself to. This one was pleasant enough.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Big thanks to DosBerrigos and the QaEHC BIF for this gem!

As much as it pains me to try this outside of its optimal (and insanely rare) growler form, I will trudge forward. For the children. It pours a pretty much opaque black-brown topped by a couple o' fingers o' healthy tan foam. The nose comprises a nice bushel o' fruity hop aromas, with ruby red grapefruit leading the way, and some smooth, semi-toasted caramel coming through as well. The taste begins heavily in favor of the grapefruity hops; as the hops fade into the background, the caramel steps in, along with a touch of light coffee. The finish has all of these elements take a bow as the music slowly dies away and the lights gradually come down. The body is a hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and rather creamy feel. I'm glad I was able to enjoy the Krunkles experience, especially after the hype. Consider it lived-up-to.

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, topped with 2 thick and foamy fingers of light mocha head. This retains with about a ½ finger of rigid froth that throws a robust cascade of up on the sides of the glass, settling into some rich spotty lacing. The aroma is floral in the nose, punctuated with notes of pine and green earthy citrus. Chocolate roast and smoky smelling astringent coffee add a rather toasty tang to the proceedings.

The taste is bright feeling in the mouth with aggressive hop character, which lays down some sharp accents of spice, resins, and bitter grapefruit juice, which all stretch the whole way through the profile. Sweetness from the chocolate and caramel provide some underlying balance, while that dark roast is felt mostly in the backend of this. The hops are still definitely the most pronounced aspect of this though and remind you of that with a deep finish of earthy grit, bitter fruit, and dry spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharpness to it up front that then gets more slick and oily feeling as you swallow. Most of the alcohol is felt towards the back, with some lingering warmth that seems to strengthen that bitter finish.

Totally serviceable Black IPA here, with strong hop flavors that melded well with the darker aspects of the malts. Just enough smooth crispness to keep the drinkibility up as well. Another solid entry in the Side Project series.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - pours a dark brown with one finger light
> tan head light carb

s - Smells of citrus hops. Maybe some pine hops as well.

t - Tastes of smooth pale malts and faded citrus hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok IPA. I thought the hops in the taste were a bit faded and this had just hit the shelves. Would try again.

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle of Capt’n Krunkles Black IPA poured black and opaque with a good size, durable tan head that left splotchy lacing.

Aroma: pronounced hops with faint malts. Nonetheless, appealing.

Flavor: more balanced. Unlike many black IPA;s, IMO, this one successfully integrates the substantial hop load with a substantial amount of medium and dark malts. Its success is due in large part, I suspect, to not going overboard with the ingredients. Terrapin also has done a fine job of matching the malts to the hops.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cochell for sending this bottle to me.

The beer pours black with an off-white head. The aroma is pretty heavy on the smoke with some roasted malt as well. The flavor is earthy hops, smoke and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not as much hop presence as I expected from the term Black IPA, but this is still a good beer.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 5/8/10.

Poured from a bottle into a snifter it appears a dark brown to nearly black color with a creamy tan head about a finger strong with pretty good retension. Spotty amount of lace clings to the glass. Aroma is citrus hops upfront with a nice dark malt character with both chocolate and coffee in the back. Taste is citrus hop bitterness upfront with more bitterness contributed by the dark roasted malts. Little bit of yeast character is included in the flavor. Lasting taste of hops and dark grains left in the mouth with an increasing amount of alcohol as the beer warms. Light feel with a mild level of carbonation.

Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip glass. Poured pretty close to black with a half inch tan head. The head faded down to a thin covering, but left some very nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is like someone mixed an IPA and a stout. It has a citrusy, hoppy aroma to it, but also a roasty, malty flavor as well. It's a pretty nice mix of the two and is relatively balanced between the styles.

The taste leans a bit more towards the citrusy, hoppy side then the roasted, malty side. The bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted and burnt flavors are all present, just overshadowed a bit by the citrus hoppiness.

The mouthfeel I'd say is a little above medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is decent, it melded some pretty good flavors together. That said, I think I'd still like the flavors better separately in a good IPA and stout. Still a pretty tasty and interesting beer though.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a decent head that fades to a thick swirl atop the brew. Smells of spicy hops and some sharp malt- almost like there is some rye in there. The taste also seems like it has some nutty, grainy, sharp rye notes as well as some black patent malt dryness and light roastiness along with bitter chocolate notes. Nice hop accents of pine and citrus peel. Firm, bitter, and full, but dry mouthfeel. I had a Brooklyn cocktail earlier in the evening made with a particularly earthy rye. This bears more than a passing resemblance to that. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but I like the dry richness and bracing bitterness.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, very slight chocolate, and some dark fruits, slight citrus note. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, nice little touch of chocolate and dark fruits, slight citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, really liking this one.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

4/3.5/3.5/4/4

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

Photo of harpus
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

650ml bottle courtesy of Ding!

It pours an extremely dark brown or a very light black..I can see some light shining through. A good 2 finger head of tannish foam and some lacing complete the appearance package. A very good looking beer.

The smell is hoppy with a bit of earthy malt peeking through. Some other aroma here that I can't identify.

The taste is quite bitter with the easy to identify hop characters of grapefruit grass and pine not being here, imho. The bitterness is more like a hot chocolate/cocoa flavour, not something I'd expect from anything labeled as an IPA/Black IPA/whatever.
There's some mild malt sweetness in the mix; I don't know if it helps or hurts in the long run but I'm not digging this much.

The mouthfeel borders on thick with medium to medium+ carbonation. Ok there.

Drinkability? My palate is getting a bit of bitterness overload and I haven't even finished the bottle yet. An "interesting" brew but I wouldn't want another.

Photo of cjgator3
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a large tan head that has excellent lacing and retention. Looks great in the glass.

S- The aroma is largely comprised of piney hop resins with very faint roasted malts. Smells great, can't wait to try it!

T- The taste like the aroma has some faint roasted malts in the background with the hops clearly stealing the show in this one creating a nice lingering bitterness that leaves you craving the next sip.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is probably my favorite Side Project beer to date. I really enjoyed it. Can't wait to try the next new release from Terrapin!

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malt tempered by good amounts of citrus and pine hop aromas. Also present are mild amounts of smooth dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors that are the opposite of rich (but not in a bad way) kick things off and are joined shortly by solid amounts of hop flavors - mostly pine but with hints of citrus. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was an above average beer not because of the flavors but because of the way they played off of each other. This may be the most well-balanced Black IPA I've had (though there aren't all that many). Worth a shot.

Photo of claspada
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid only $2.50 for the single much cheaper than the bomber counterparts. It must be good since this was previously an Anniversary ale.

A - A bit lighter shade of black than I am used to for the style I can see some brown hues at the base. Head is exceptional a 1/2 inch of mocha solid goodness making for great lacing.
S - Hmm despite it being a black IPA it smells more like a black ale with roasty goodness, some coffee, and mild citrus hops.
T - Pretty good balance of roast to hops but it does come off slightly acidic. Rather sweet but really nothing to rave over.
M - Light to medium really easy to drink. Decent.

Overall it was worth picking up and I am glad these are being released cheaper as 12 oz offerings. In a way though it was like that peanut butter porter they made OK but it wasn't super tasty.

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Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.