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Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 35
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Side Project #10

(Beer added by: gford217 on 03-19-2010)
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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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!!

JohnGalt1, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

bucklemyshoe, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Mebuzzard, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A couple of BA traders have asked me about this beer when I told them I could get Terrapin. I bought one for someone, and then picked one up for myself to see what all the Hooplah was about:

A: Pours black as night, with a 1/2 inch head that left instantly, and carbonation to spare.

S: Not really strong in the aroma department, but what I'm getting reminds me of Coca-Cola - slightly bitter, with a hop sizzle.

T: Not at all vicious, actually very malty, and much smoother than I expected.

M: Frothy lacing and very creamy in texture. Very soothing.

D: Nothing really special about this one, but the beer itself is not too pretentious. Also, I REALLY love the bottle art!

Chaney, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper to a black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast, and a small hop. In the taste, mellow grapefruit like hops and a sweet, roasty malt. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry grapefruity hop in the aftertaste. Mellow nose but big flavor, I can dig it.

OWSLEY069, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black ruby with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like a standard IPA with lots of citrus hops (orange and grapefruit), as well as some pineapple and honey and a bit of coffee.
T: It tasted much darker than it smelled, like citrus hops blended with roasted coffee and burnt barley, and a little pineapple and honey. It had a bitter and roasty aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with some carbonation.
D: This was a very nice black IPA that brought great balance of super clean hops with dark roasty malts. The roasted character was a bit harsh, but the alcohol was well hidden. It had nice body too, so it was overall easy to drink and enjoy. Another solid Terrapin beer.

Pencible, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Buebie
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

gold tin wrapped bomber.
Poures a solid black, light brown thick head. Settling slowly, leaving thick coating lace and a very solid 'dallop' of retention. Presentation is great here.
Aroma is also very good, chocolate malts providing...chocolate cake batter to aroma. As well as fruity sweet hops. A splendid aroma that offers the best of the man and womens desires. Chocolate and hops.

Thicker feel with slickness and just the right amount of carbonation keeping to the ipa'nes of the feel.
Taste is roasty upfront with bittering grain flavor, becoming more and more toasty. Hops are fruity upfront and bittering much more into the finish. Lingering with roasted grain and bittering leafy hops.

Really an interesting beer right here. A very good black ipa, probably one of the more solid versions I've had.

Thanks Grant!

Buebie, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Georgia about a month ago only because of all the hype.

A - Dark brown with Bourbon colored highlights and a finger of light tan head that fades quickly.

S - Smells of Coffee, Chocolate, Grapefruit, Citrus Acidity, burnt Sugar.

T - Tastes of Roasted Coffee, Cocoa Powder, Grapefruit, Lemon, and a slight hint of sugar.

M - Medium carbonation but light bodied mouthfeel. Tannins are present with the hop bitterness.

D - The drinkability is better than most but the roasted coffee/hop bitterness gets a little old after a half bottle.

Final thoughts - This beer is more of a mild hopped porter. Good, but does not live up to the hype and a little expensive.

SanDiegoBeerLove, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Like the name implies, it's a black color beer. A tan, frothy head with some good lacing.

S: A very floral bouquet with hints of peaches and plums.

T: This beer is a journey in itself. It starts with a sweet and fruity beginning, has a malty middle with hints of chocolate and caramel, and finishes with bittering hops. Happens very quickly (like 5-seconds), but has a long lasting aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

M: Full bodied, medium to little carbonation. Slightly creamy and a bit chewy.

D: Tried this in the summer and it was a bit hot for this beer. Good, but not great in 110 degrees.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Mavajo
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark near-black with a good off-white head and moderate lacing. Nose is of roasty malts and chocolate, overlaid with hops. Taste follows the nose. A wonderful blend of the roasty malt, cocoa and hops. Mouthfeel is great - extremely smooth and perfect carbonation.

All in all, I really enjoyed this brew. It's just damn tastey and goes down easily. Does it blow me away? Not necessarily. But it's just quite delicious and rolls across the tongue wonderfully.

Mavajo, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this at Savor 2010. Poured black, slight mahogany when held up to light, with a thin off-white head, less-than-stellar retention, and average lacing. Smelled heavily of roasted malt, as well as some cocoa powder, sweet orange, and modest lemon/orange zest. The taste revealed lots of orange/apricot citrus, evolving to balance out with some caramel/chocolate/roasty malt, and then finishing on a sweet orange note, with only a modest note of dry peel. Not much carbonation, and medium-bodied. A little too sweet for my taste; it would benefit greatly from some more bitter/dry balance like some other black ipa's I have tried.

donniecuffs, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Kegatron, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of detlefchef
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a stout. Super rich coffee and cream colored head and a nearly black color.

Rich, boozy aromas that smell more like an IPA than anything (which you'd expect) but the dark malt certainly plays here. Notes of ripe plum and a bit of smoke on the nose.

Nearly sour on the palate and is somewhat reminiscent of a true porter with the toasted malts, aggressive bitterness and deceptively light body given everything up to that point.

Certainly doesn't taste as boozy as it smells and is, all around a great dark beer for the summer months.

Black mole of grilled potatoes, nopales, and field peas

detlefchef, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass. Reviewed at cellar temps.

Pours black, with just a bit of a ruby tint towards the bottom of the glass, with a two-finger khaki head that shows very nice retention and good lacing. Eventually, the head settles into a dense 1/4" cap and stays that way for the remainder of the glass.

Nose is one of the high points of the beer - lightly roasty, with a smooth cocoa character, and a noticeable but not at all overwhelming citrusy hop character coming through to provide just enough orangey goodness to make this one seem exceptional.

Taste follows suit - hop forward, but with a body that meshes the barely-roasty chocolate body with the orangey acidity from the hops quite nicely, leaving a citrusy, dry, lightly roasty trail on the tongue with a moderate lingering bitterness. Whatever I feel about calling hoppy porters Black IPAs, this isn't at all a bad attempt at the style. A nice balance makes for a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is moderately creamy, medium bodied, smooth, with just a bit of an oiliness from the lingering hop presence. Big, full finish.

Drinkability isn't bad, though perhaps just a bit of a hit for the lingering bitterness which tends to build up just a hair. Nice balance though, nice flavor, and fairly well put together. A nice, refined attempt.

One note: I've come to believe that for the most part, Black IPAs, or hoppy porters, or Cascadian Dark Ales (ironic given the first one were brewed in freakin' Vermont), or whatever these things are called now, age pretty damn well. The generally robust, complex malt body make for a beer that, like many higher abv porters, will age quite gracefully. An interesting note given the lack of proper aging potential for most actual IPAs.

JohnQVegas, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of mcallister
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahagonny with a nice tan colored head leaving a nice lace behind with great retention.

Dark fruit aromas with deep malt esters leading into a citrusy hop aroma with hints of orange. An aroma of black tea as well.

Nice beer. Black cherry and currant with a very bitter finish. Hops are dry and grassy in the finish and citrusy in the middle. Hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Could be a bit creamier but fine nonetheless.

mcallister, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of csmiley
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours nearly black with a sliver of dark brown that sneaks through around the edges. The tan head comes to about two fingers deep and hangs out on top of the beer for a while. It eventually settles to a thick cap. Lacing is pretty impressive. Krunkles is nice looking brew overall.

S - Starts with a hint of smokiness. Then some citrus comes in quick and strong. Getting quite a bit of orange along with some bitter orange zest. Might be some red grapefruit mixed in as well but that is harder to single out. Light roasted aromas bring it to a close. One word...interesting.

T - Hops dominate the flavor right from the start. Mostly citrus with notes of blood orange that turn bitter and border on lemon. Charcoal comes and goes in the flavor midway to end. Alcohol has a presence but it's pretty mild compared to the other flavors. Somehow, the citrus morphs into a dark fruit at the very end. Mostly cherry is what I'm getting. As it warms, the distinction between roasted and fruit flavors seems to fall away making it even better.

M - Lighter bodied. Carbonation is smooth yet still effervescent. Finish is a little odd. Sweet and smokey are the two words that immediately come to mind.

D - Drinkability is good. All the flavors come together to make an interesting and quaffable brew. The abv seems a tad lighter than what's listed but that only helps this category. Would I have a problem putting away a bomber? No. Would I have another? Yes, but not in the same session. Glad I got to try another of the (usually) solid Side Projects from Terrapin. Much appreciated Josh.

csmiley, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to kkipple for this one!

Capt'n Krunkles pours a dark mahogany color. It's nearly opaque, but not quite. Backlighting reveals some nice burgundy highlights. An off-white head covers the top and rises to about a finger and a half tall. It's fairly quick to recede, and leaves a light coat of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is pretty good, but is a tad underpowered. Hops are apparent from the first whiff. They're citric and feature a nice mix of grapefruit and pineapple scents. Smells like a little pine and floral notes might also be present. Dark malts are subtle here. There's a little cocoa-like chocolate. Perhaps some light roasted notes. This could really use some more muscle, but smells more than decent nonetheless.

The flavor is better. Enough to warrant a score bump. It kicks off with a bit of cocoa-like chocolate and light roasted malts. Something about it tastes a little charred or burnt. The hops kick in and a nice burst of citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and a touch of mango. Pine and a slight floral flavor are there, but are very subtle. It has a slight bitter kick, but doesn't seem all that bitter. I wouldn't mind more. EDIT: It seems to grow more bitter with each passing sip. Go figure! Alcohol is blended very well and isn't noticeable at all. It finishes hoppy and dry.

Capt'n Krunkles has a medium body. Carbonation is dialed down nicely and it has a smooth feel. I like the feel quite a bit and am very tempted to go with the next highest score, but just can't get there. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor here and it goes down rather easy. I'm splitting the bomber, but would've gladly tackled one alone.

Capt'n Krunkles is a pretty good Black IPA or whatever you want to call it. It has a good flavor and doesn't make any huge missteps on the journey. The nose would benefit from a little more strength, and perhaps the charred/burnt flavor could be toned down a little. Overall though, this is good stuff. Definitely worth checking out if the opportunity presents itself.

prototypic, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Bitterbill, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of vacax
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This *rare* bomber poured out black with a large brownish head, good retention and lacing all around, looks great. Fruity with citrus and pineapple mitigated by roasted malts. Appealing nose. Taste is smokey with assertive hop backbone that has a pervasive fruity-resinous streak that leads to a grapefruity midpalate with high bitterness and a highly roasted, coffeelike and cookielike finish. This one is pretty heavy on the roast, while the hops are here in full force, they seem one-note in comparison to the vastness of the malt. Medium bodied with high carbonation, which works for the IPA factor, but not so much with the huge roast notes. Interesting beer for sure, I would have it again, but the balance isn't quite ideal for me.

vacax, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a dark mahogany body with a three finger tan head that sticks around for a few minutes. Plenty of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is citrusy grapefruit hops, milk chocolate, and some mild roast.

Body is a bit above medium in texture and carbonation is a creamy medium.

Taste is mostly bittersweet chocolate that is edged by roasty coffee hints. Hops are very apparent and contribute a pleasantly soft pink grapefruit fruitiness. Not as bitter as expected and not at all like an IPA. I agree with other reviewers that this is more of a hopped up porter. Finishes smooth with just a hint of dry roasty bitterness.

I would have preferred a more assertive hop presence here, perhaps like Stone's Sublime. Still, it's a nice sipper and very drinkable.

merlin48, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's-Downtown in Columbia, SC.

A: Black, thin light tan head with minimal lacing.

S: Mostly roasted malts with some coffee, chocolate, and underlying hops.

T&M: Nice and smooth, medium bodied ale. More of a hopped up porter than anything. Flavor is like the smell. Nothing overpowering, but better than I expected from the reviews I read. Probably more of a mild chocolate, coffee flavor with a nice hop bite throughout. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall, very good. The 7.5% ABV is very well masked, but definitely not really categorized in the style correctly. So I'll mark based on a Black IPA, since there is no such category;
A: 4.5 It's black!
S: 3.5 The malts are overpowering any real hops that may be there.
T: 4.5 for Originality and The HOPS ARE there.
M: 4.5 Very smooth and crisp, slightly chalky due to those roasties.
D: 4.0 I'm not into too many dark beers, but this one is well-balanced and worth a try!

cdizinno, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Wasatch, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black shows deep red when held to the light. Big foamy dark tan head almost chocolate but not quite there it falls slow only sparse lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee with lots of citrus hops and some pine.

Taste is wow like aroma but even stronger roasted malts for sure here more bitter coffee no chocolate in taste. Bitter coffee taste moves right into citrus and pine hops strong bitter hops blend right in and kick up bitter coffee a few notches. Over all not very balanced but if you want roasted and bitter this may be your brew.

Mouthfeel is medium with decent level of carbonation.

Drinkability might be simple take a porter and hop it to high heavens but eh like roasted like hops not much to complain about on my part.

mntlover, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black with a foamy tan head but no lacing.

S-Roasted malt and bitter citric hoppiness.

T-Lots of roasted malt in the front, almost burnt, then a bitter earthy and grapefruit finish.

M-Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D-The bitter roastiness gets a little bit wearing by the end of a glass. Glad I shared the bomber of this one. Not bad but nothing special.


sholland119, Jun 21, 2010
Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.