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Capt. - Ruhstaller

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Capt.Capt.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ruhstaller visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mkotsayfan on 03-31-2012)
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Rollzroyce21

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

07-14-2013 15:22:56 | More by Rollzroyce21
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Amerikon

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

08-30-2013 04:19:47 | More by Amerikon
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Joshre

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-12-2014 04:06:37 | More by Joshre
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psdonnelly

Alabama

3/5  rDev -21.9%

09-15-2013 01:54:03 | More by psdonnelly
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-17-2014 00:00:32 | More by thinwhiteduke
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Has a dark brown body with a light tan head.

S - Piney and a bit of a citrus nose with a burnt sugar character. Hoppiness abound but there's a lingering "off" smell, i.e. - dirt/soil? Really weird.

T - Really just a burnt, off putting hop taste. Could be a bad batch, but I'm going off of the beer in the glass. None of the hops shine through and the maltiness is really dampened.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Finishes wet.

O - This is at the end of the black IPA spectrum, that being the not good portion. Really hate it doesn't live up to the hype, but will revisit when new batches are in.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:43:09 | More by cvm4
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

10-10-2013 00:56:48 | More by HoistinBrews
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

08-11-2013 02:38:39 | More by PHBoiler
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, chocolatey, oversteeped tea brown. Fine, suede-textured, clingy, camel-colored head. Smells like a big ol' bale of hay. Grassy. Dusty. Resinous, woody, and a little peppery. Alfalfa, dandelion, and chipotle/smoky paprika. Intriguing.

Delicate fruitwood smoke, cola-like dark sugar countered by a fistful of resinous hops. Weirdly bland – there are basic tastes of bitterness and sweetness, but not a lot of actual flavor to back them up. Hints of cocoa and burnt marshmallow, radicchio and Seville orange... but only hints. Nothing really jumps out, which makes this feel hollow and disappointing.

Serving type: can

04-20-2014 22:43:38 | More by soulgrowl
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rand

California

3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

A: Jet black in color but a little less viscous than a stout or porter. Forms a huge, cavernous head that never full recedes.

S: The nose is lighter than expected, predominately crisp pine and citrus notes. A bit of an earthy must forms a backdrop where you'd normally expect tones of honey and bread. Some alcohol pokes through.

T: Bitter citrus-rind up front, with coffee astringency lingering throughout the sip. The palate is bitter and unbalanced and there's a touch of a metallic note bouncing off the bitter coffee tones. Alcohol is more masked than the nose, and there's not much else going on. The bitter aspects are not overwhelming, but the beer is one-dimensional and there aren't a lot flavors to contrast the bitter overtone. Finishes short, bitter and a little watery.

M: I think this is where my palate was thinking it's watery - this beer doesn't have that oily-slick viscosity you'd expect from a craft ale, especially an IPA. Weird, light-bodied complexion.

Strange brew...it's not undrinkable or off-putting. I suppose if this was really cold it would be refreshing. But there are so many better examples of black IPA's. I think if this was categorized differently I would have had a better experience...loses on a case of false expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 07:47:16 | More by rand
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notchucknorris

California

3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I wrote a pretty awful review of this beer due to a bad can I purchased. The owner found me out and sent me a new one (along with some other good stuff), so this is a re-review. Thanks, JE! You guys are awesome!

A: Pours a slightly thin, but solid-looking deep brown color. Dead black in the center with hazelnut edges and a nice and creamy 1 finger mocha colored head.

S: Earthy hops along with an almost buttery molasses and chocolate note. Slight hints of pine, citrus rind and toasted bread.

T: Definitely miles better than the first can. Light pine upfront with some smooth bready malt. Hints of toast, molasses, light cocoa and some roast before a slightly herbal hop finish. Wish the mouthfeel was a bit lighter, but this is a solid Black IPA.

Serving type: can

08-02-2013 02:02:30 | More by notchucknorris
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JustinQ

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-10-2012 03:29:59 | More by JustinQ
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casapy

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-08-2014 01:37:08 | More by casapy
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Flashyspoons

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-20-2014 04:57:23 | More by Flashyspoons
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra received in a great trade with jvillefan.. Thanks a bunch Michael!! Poured into my thin tulip; the brew looks like a light porter with clear walnut beer near the stem end of my glass... tannish head only rises about a half inch, but somehow produces nice sheets of lacing.

nose is odd.. piney/citrus hoppiness with some roasty elements but something that I associate with molasses (fermented out)... light across the board... I would expect more from the hop and roasty malts to push this into the bigger boy category.

Flavor mirrors the nose nearly perfectly.. I know this isn't an "Imperial Black IPA" at 7.3%, but the flavors seem watered down without any real maltiness or bigger hoppy flavors mid palate... a bit flaccid.

Body is lighter than expected too... carbonation is light and that really accentuates the light body.

More maltiness on the palate would help this brew deliver the roasty notes, hops, and make for a bigger body.. right now, it seems pretty watery given the prodigious expectations for a "new" style.

4.25/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5

Thanks again Michael!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 05:30:32 | More by JohnGalt1
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store has had bottles of this oddity for a while now, so I figured it was time to give it a shot. My first encounter with this brewery. Minimal label with some fabric glued around the bottleneck. "California Black India Pale Ale". "California Grown". My bottle lists a 7.60% abv instead of the 7.30% abv listed on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a giant five to one head to beer ratio. Beer is a very dark woodsy brown color, nearly black. Khaki head is big fat and fluffy, leaving lots of big sticky lacing in it's wake. Almost root beer float like in appearance. Head retention is ridiculous. Some dark flecks of sediment noticeable in the froth.

S - My bottle has clearly gone downhill from what it once was. All that is really noticeable is a strong bretty yeast character. Subtle notes of cream and faded citrus fruits in the background.

T - Ah yes, the earthy yeast have taken over. Dried, herbal hops, mild pine / grapefruit bitterness, subtle chocolate malt still vaguely noticeable. Sadly nothing that I would describe as "caramel" is noticeable. Some burnt dark barley roast is noticeable on the end. Musty green apple from the yeast. It's not what it once was, but it ain't bad.

M - Feel is crisp and clean. Good malt body with some lingering stickiness, and some hints of roast on the palate. Mildly resinous hop presence remains, also. Good drinkability for the abv. Medium-full bodied with hefty carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable offering from this unknown to me brewery, but I would love to have another chance to try this beer fresh. I will be on the lookout for more from Ruhstaller.

Ruhstaller Capt. ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:58:44 | More by mfnmbvp
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and cocoa. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky finish. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some interesting flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 09:37:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-21-2013 21:43:34 | More by Beerswag
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jakecattleco

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-20-2013 02:05:27 | More by jakecattleco
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-18-2014 20:04:41 | More by zeff80
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MickeyHops

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-25-2014 21:34:35 | More by MickeyHops
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-13-2013 05:38:07 | More by zestar
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sbanacho

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-11-2013 05:39:21 | More by sbanacho
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2neardead

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-04-2012 00:04:38 | More by 2neardead
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BAsbill

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-20-2013 04:48:40 | More by BAsbill
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