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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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 brentk56
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
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

brentk56, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note- Rating this as a Cascadian Dark Ale, not a regular IPA.

Bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours out near black with an initial 2 finger beige head that initially seems fizzy and unimpressive, but retreats into a denser layer, leaving some nice lacing along the way.

Pretty nice nose- piney hops and rich dark roasted malts in equal proportions, with some chocolate chip sweetness underneath. The sweetness is notably stronger in the mouth, followed by a raisin tanginess that threatens to overwhelm the roasted/hoppy combo that define the CDA style. Medium-thick bodied with fluffy carbonation and fairly dry and toasty finish, but with a lingering chocolate stickiness.

Overall impression: Decent take on the CDA style. Could use a few tweaks to lose some of the sweetness/tanginess.

PDXHops, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

cjgator3, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Definetely a black pour, or very dark brown. Off white head, maybe a fingers worth. Sticks to the glass ok.

Aroma has some piney resin, but mostly dry roast malt, and cocoa.

The roast and the pine work pretty well together for me. Quite dry, cocoa and piney resin like the aroma gave hint to. Not really a ton of maltiness, so it keeps the IPA a little more than some black IPAs.

Medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation. No problem putting this down. A very different change of pace brew.

Bung, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark brown with a 1/4" mocha colored head from a vigorous pour that has fair retention and lacing.

S- Piney, resinous hops with some dark roasted malt. Smells really good.

T-Piney hops lead with a solid follow through by a nutty, somewhat sweet dark roasted malt flavor and some faint coffee and chocolate notes lingering in the background.

M-On the light side of medium bodied. Dry finish.

D-Had no problem finishing the bomber. Very drinkable.

Overall, a very nice beer. Nothing world class, but I'd certainly drink it again.

Lerxst, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in my Double Mountain tulip pint glass.

A - Brown to black with a big but well behaved tan head. Looks very enticing! Nice lacing as the glass empties.

S - A nice blend of citrusy and piney hops with roasted malts. The hops really stand out despite the dark malts.

T - Lots or floral and fruity hops with a touch of bittersweet chocolate. The bitterness is moderate but it lingers nicely.

M - Creamy and smooth with a nice low carbonation.

D - An interesting beer. I really enjoyed it and could easily go for more. I'm enjoying the emergence of this new style.

GJ40, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up from Grace's a few days ago and cracked it open while watching the Penn State spring football game...

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

Pours an almost black but more dark ruby with a very impressive head of 1 inch that never seems to go away... Rather nice looking brew, more porter than anything... Interesting...

Porter-like roasted malts up front with a nice hoppiness in the background. Piney and earthy hops that is. Not overpowering. Was looking for a little more hop presence even if it is a black IPA...

Dark roasted bitter malts that quickly meld into a piney hoppiness for a flash and then turn rather porter-like with a dark roasted finish that lingers with a little bitterness from the hops. The blend seems a bit off here when compared to say, Sublimely Self Righteous... Its all here, the dark roasted malts, chocolatey presence, the hoppiness and bitterness... But it just never comes together that well... Its like drinking a blend of porter and IPA and neither one wants to take the lead. As this warms, it really gets sorta difficult to finish... I'm actually a little surprised as I thought this sounded great when I first heard about it...

Thin watery mouthfeel here and an unbalanced taste make this one 2nd tier to me. Pretty disappointing... I usually dig the Terrapin stuff and especially their Side Projects.

Tilley4, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black is certainly an adequate descriptor for this one. Impenetrable to light. Thick, foamy dark khaki colored head. Spiderwebs of lace left behind.

S - Hints of roasted malt barely slips through. Lots of pine and citrus hops in the nose, primarily pine. Definitely hop dominant in the nose.

T - Burnt grains and a light roastiness up front. Bitter hoppiness comes through quickly but does not meld well into the malt profile. Very piney tastes. Roasted malt profile becomes a touch stronger as the beer warms.

M/D - On the lighter side and a little thin in the mouth. The combo of roasted dark malt and big hops just doesnt meld well in this one. Black IPA's have been a little hit or miss in my book and this one is a definite miss.

ckeegan04, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of bpfishback
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a DFH snifter.

a - Looks fairly black, pours with about 3/4 of an inch of off white head.

s - Hop resin and some stinky in a good way hop citrus with sweet roasted dark malt. Intriguing, sometimes I get the hop smells easily and sometimes the malt.

t - Sweet dark malt flavors up front, bitterness at the finish and some citrus in between.

m - Good body. Nothing really special in regards to mouth feel.

d - Pretty good. Easy to drink though a little too much malt for me to stick with it all night. Worth picking up if you see it and I will definitely try it again, as it is a very interesting beer. Unfortunately this is the first black IPA I've had so it is impossible to say if it represents the style well.

bpfishback, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of jtheheist
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a really interesting and unique beer. It is listed as a black IPA but I think it is more than that. Deep black color with tan colored head. Aroma is a wonderful mix of typical IPA mixed with complex coffee stout. Taste is quite unique. Hops abound in the beginning. Not as much as a typical imperial IPA or even upper end IPA. But I didn't miss the extra hops at all. It was immediately replaced by rich roasted malts and coffee. I wasn't expecting the richness and complexity from the malts that it has.

I would definitely buy this again and probably will next time I see it. I feel like I could drink several of these, the drinkability is much higher than I expected for the style. Very interesting and worthwhile beer for its uniqueness.

jtheheist, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tnx to dmunroe for the extra (1 of many btw)!!! Poured into my cigar city snifter.

A- Pours black in color with some reddish hues. Easy with this one, this thing pours a huge mountainous head. Three inches easy and it wasn't an agreesive pour. The head recedes but never really goes away, nice retention. Some spotty lacing left behind.

S- Piney hops and a solid malt background. I'm getting a bit of a spice although I can't exactly finger it.

T- Nice combo of hops and malts. There is a slight coco taste and maybe a hint of licorice. The hops are up front but I believe the sweet malts eventually win this tug of war. No real alcohol presence.

M- Pretty dry with quite a bit of carbonation. Medium in body.

D- I had no problem drinking this one. I don't think I could go with it all night, but I really enjoyed this.

urwithdave, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte

Pours black with ruby highlights when held up to the light. It has about an inch and a half of tan head. Good head retention and lots of lacing.

Lots of piney hops; very pungent and aromatic. beyond that I get some light chocolate notes and roasted malts.

Mostly roasted malts and piney hops. I get some coffee and chocolate notes as well. Medium bodied and on the low end of the carbonation scale.

I would really call this more of a hoppy porter/stout than a black IPA. Fuller body than an IPA (black or otherwise), and a bit less hoppy than I would like to see in an IPA as well.

Really quite a good beer even though it doesn't quite fit style guidelines

CBlack85, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Straight black with almost no other color, huge foamy light head, large bubbles creates a pocketed look, light brown/tan head, slight lace sticks at the top of the glass

S: Smells delicious, nice pine and citrus grapefruit hops, malt comes through in the end with its roasty bitter flavor and adds to all those hops

T: Not quiet as nice as the aroma, still has that grapefruit flavor, but its much more bitter punch than juicy hops, the malt comes through but in a strange way, adding to the bite instead of countering, every once in a while coffee notes come through, some phenol taste too

M: Has a dry mouthfeel for sure, slightly stinging carbonation, but good medium body

D: Good, but the taste is a little bit much after a while

Notes: This is definitely an interesting beer and worthy of a try. It is a pretty good combination of an IPA and a black malty ale. The balance could be a little better, but the perfection hinted at in the aroma holds some promise.

dpodratsky3, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. It has a jet black pour with an abundant white head. The head is very sticky and long lasting. The aroma is piney and has a delicate sweetness to it. The taste follows with sweet pine that leaves a dry, lingering finish. The beer is medium/light in body and highly carbonated. A very interesting that I would buy again.

bonkers, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of bdupree
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours with a gigantic cocoa colored head, with a lot of dense foam. The color is just jet black. Almost hard to even see light pass through. Overall appearance is very good.

S: Very powerful hop aroma, with a great deal of resin and pine. Some citrus comes through, but I think the roast overpowers that. Based on aroma, it is hard to tell what this will taste like.

T: The hops show up immediately, but then finishes with a kind of charcoal aftertaste. I am a big fan of IPA, and a big fan of the dunkel. I thought this would be great, but bottom line is that the two don't play together very well. In the taste, it seems as though the bitter hop flavor I love is canceled out by the roasted malt and bitterness of chocolate and coffee.

M: Definitely not as heavy as it looks. The high alcohol is almost invisible, and it will pack a whallop after drinking half the bomber bottle. It is smooth on the palate, but the sharp contrasting flavors don't finish well for me.

D: I didn't know what to expect with this, since it was the first black IPA I have tried. Bottom line, not sure if I would pick this up again. I'm sure this will go over well with a lot of people, but it just wasn't fit for my palate.

bdupree, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Duvel Tulip

A - solid black with a nice creamy looking tan head, heavy lacing in the glass, this thing looks mouthwatering

S - coffee and chocolate with a mix of piney hops. Interesting combination of smells both are distinct and present in the nose

T - Taste really follows the smell in this one. You can distinctly taste the chocolate/coffee flavored roasted malts at first with a layer of piney hops mixed in. It really reminds me of a imperial stout at first and then finishes with the flavor of an IPA. Maybe a hint of the malt again at the very very end. This is a pretty complex beer that has a lot going on. The mix of flavors is close to being confusing but overall works well.

M - Great mouthfeel, low carbonation with a medium body, this really adds to the drinkability. Kind of blends the mouthfeel of a syrupy IPA with a think stout without really falling in either category.

D - As previously stated the mouthfeel really makes this one easier to drink. The complexity of the flavors may take away a little bit of the drinkability but the flavor is great so it doesn't take away much. I would definitely recommend anyone that has an opportunity to try this to go for it. I will probably pick up another bottle of this at the store.

jpmclaug, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Jet black. Huge tan head. Nice.

S-floral citrus hops. Light mocha. Some toast.

T-Firm but not overpowering bitterness. more of the light mocha. citrus and catty hop flavor.

M-Medium- medium-dry body. Medium carbonation. Very slight astringency

D-Nice black ipa. moderatly dry and hoppy. It might be the dark malts (carafa?) but the hop flavor/aroma seems to be hidden behind the toast/mocha. Would be perfect if they turned up the hop flavor/aroma.

organicbrewer, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of everetends
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta for $7.99 a bottle. Served up in a standard Terrapin pint glass.

A: This one pours out a somewhat thick looking, jet black body. This beer is almost completely black once the body sets up. Held to the light, a thin like of dark blood red comes through. Otherwise, this is pretty much opaque. The pour built an easy and quick two fingers of mocha colored head. That falls within 10 minutes to a half a finger, but it does toss up a lot of lace on the glass. The foam is super sticky and stays on the glass easily. This is absolutely a black IPA.

S: The nose is pretty much all hops, and a good amount of them. The most dominant aroma is that of citrus hops. Getting a lot of orange and lemon citrus aroma. Behind that, I am getting mostly pine. Resiny and just smells bitter. This rounds off with a lightly floral aroma. To tell you the truth, I am not getting much of any malt or roast. Well, it is an IPA.

T: The flavors are interesting. It starts off with the hops just as in the nose. First and foremost, the citrus hops (lemon and orange), pine resin, and floral notes. Behind that comes some lightly roasted malts that bring a little bit of sweet and bitter notes. Then this rounds out with just a little bit of (ever so slight) chocolate and some bitter, dark coffee. It all works, but can be a bit weird at times.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. This beer still has weight but it is light enough to be an IPA. It still has that sticky and slick IPA feel. ABV has no presence at all to be honest. Bitterness is much lighter than expected, but it is bitter on the palate. Aftertaste is coffee and citrus hops.

D: For my first black IPA, I am happy. I was expecting some more roast and malt presence, but then again I was expecting more hop presence as well. The bitterness does build throughout the sip, I just wish it was a little more assertive. With that said, this beer does lean toward balance and that makes it very drinkable. It looks like a heavy porter or stout, but drinks so well. Enjoyed it and glad I got a hold of a few bottles.

everetends, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark brown - nearly black in color, nicely retained mocha head

s: full dark pine hops on a big malt body with currents of smooth, woody roasts, okay but it seems a bit reserved for the style, not much of a counter to the heavy earthy aromas

m: carbonation moderate, medium-full bodied

t: body of darker malts with a woody roast flavor and some caramelized sugars, loaded with aggressive pine resin hops and a full bitterness

d: no problem, nothing really standout about this one, but it's a nice dark ipa for sure

pint at Tyler's, Carrboro

blackie, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the Charleston Beer Exchange. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with the scarcest of black cherry highlights and a khaki brown head.

S - Roasted, brown, sugary malt. Little piny/citrus hops.

T - A mellower, citrusy hops flavor that has some brown sugary flavor to it as well. Very light pine in there. Really faint underlying dark roasted malt taste.

M - Medium bodied.

HeyItsChili, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of kirkmichel
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Blackish brown and opaque, with a light clingy tan foam.
S-Wierd - I smell piney hops and toasted hops with a smoky undertone and an almost medicine-y quality. So not necessarily wierd in a good way.
T-OK - A bit over toasted and bitter for my taste, but gives you a little hop zing. Unfortunately, not much there besides the zing, but not unpleasant at all. Did I mention how bitter it is? I feel like someone just poured some Fee Brothers in my glass when I wasn't looking.
M-Nice carbonation, and light on the palette. Very different than it looks, and even kind of refreshing.
D-If you can get past the bitterness, this is a nice beer; I just think it came out a bit unbalanced, so one is enough for me.

kirkmichel, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch or so of light, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, pine, coffee and some malt.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, pine, hops, and perhaps a little chocolate. I think black IPAs need their own designation. This beer has more in common with a stout than an IPA. Still, very flavorful and easy to drink.

M: A crisp, highly carbonated beer with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Of course this one deviates from the parameters of the style, but it is still drinkable.

avalon07, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge 3-4 finger head if you are unwise enough to pour down the center, insult to injury takes some time to get down below two fingers of deep tan, heavily whipped foam, craters as much as dimples, serious lacing left behind. Starless and bible black liquid, not a hint of color and full opacity. Given its appearance, the hops leap out of the glass with pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pine and pressed flowers, offers biscuit, cocoa, rye bread, the malts play a steady supporting role, balanced on the whole if favoring the hops. Full-bodied with more bottom than lift, the increased presence of the malts via mocha, cocoa and lighter coffee, then comes the biscuit, scone notes and darker pumpernickel breadiness. The carbonation gives its all but doesn't end up effecting much. Pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon citrus in abundance. Pine and green herbs, anise seed, as before alternates frequently enough to strike some sort of balance. Absolutely intrigues and holds your interest, that said, a couple of glasses might be all you'd want.

farrago, Apr 07, 2010
Terrapin Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.