Capricorn Black Ale - Rubicon Brewing Company
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2.6/5 rDev -26.8%
Attractive but harsh dark beer. Initial taste is of dark malt, followed by tarry gumbo, and finishing with an intense, drooling bitterness. Really astringent and sets the teeth on edge. Utterly bitter with no hint of anything floral or hoppy. Medicinal like chokecherries. Nice head and great mouthfeel with a creamy carbonation. Slight aroma of roast barley.
This is borderline undrinkable. I don't think the hops have enough aromatics to even flavor a malt liquor.
08-25-2011 04:04:14 | More by mactrail
3.13/5 rDev -11.8%
Nearly light proof black colored beer with a very thing brown head that doesn't last.
Smells strongly of patent malt, char with a sweet burned sugar aroma. Strong smoke note and a roasted nut smell. Grapefruit and pine hop scents. This beer really does smell like it is burned though.
Starts out bittersweet with a LOT of patent malt taste. I do get a burned flavor here. Some sweetness and the taste of butter. Tastes like a porter more than an IPA.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall this is OK but I won't buy it again.
01-25-2012 03:57:04 | More by Zorro
3.33/5 rDev -6.2%
The first thing I noticed with this brew is the burnt wood aroma. When poured though, it was a consistently smooth throughout blackened cream color. The beer retained just the right amount of lace and head and minimal carbonation. The taste is a bit overpowering of either lemon or citrus of some sort mixed with burnt coffee beans. The mouthfeel reflects the overall taste with a lingering aftertaste and heaviness. STill, Rubicon has brewed a slightly better than average black ale and look forward to trying more products from Rubicon.
01-26-2014 02:53:46 | More by ronniebruner
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
Picked up a bomber in late May from Total Wine for $4.89.
Beer poured black with a huge tan head that is lasting longer than most brews.
Nose has hints of roasted malts and citrus.
Taste is roasted malts dominate with the citrus hops taking a back seat.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.
Overall not a bad brew but the roasted malts are a bit too overdone for the style.
08-09-2014 01:18:58 | More by arizcards
3.54/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest. Some herbal garlic and onion hop aromas come out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with earthy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am not a huge fan of the hop profile coming through on this one.
03-21-2013 02:27:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours black with a mild white head, some good lacing, an inticing brew.
S: Notes of hops and grass, pine resin, some black malt.
T: Chocolate, burnt sugar melds well with the strong pine notes and mild citrus. Good flavour overall.
M: Smooth, sticky pine resin, low carbonation makes for an easy drinking pint.
D: A solid brew from Rubicon, not the best Black IPA ever but an enjoyable beer.
04-01-2009 19:37:38 | More by Halcyondays
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.
A: Opaque black color with one finger of lofty and persistent beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass, and submerged bubbles cling to the sides of the glass in places.
S: Roasted malt smells of faint sweet smoke, while the hop presence is minimally floral and piney.
T: Begins off-dry, with hop-forward pine and some herbaceous spiciness that is joined by moderate acidity. Roasted malt is complementary, rather than dominant or passive, with earth and wood smoke. Flavors dry out some in the middle with aromatic grapefruit peel emerging. Husky, coffee-like roast defines the moderately bitter finish.
M: Medium to thick viscosity, feels more rich than it otherwise is but is also undermined somewhat by spiciness and acidity on the palate, with low carbonation.
D: This black IPA finds an engaging balance in its flavor, without really showing a conspicuous effort to be extreme. The understated smell proves to be a let-down but is thankfully not indicative of the intensity waiting in the taste--which is remarkably similar to Deschutes Hop in the Dark.
04-13-2011 05:36:02 | More by beagle75
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured into a surly nonic.
A classic black ale look with a light milk chocolate head. Hibiscus, jasmine, and big corn chip in the nose. Taste is dominated by corn chip with herbal and floral tints. For the most part rubicon has granted me interesting and decently enjoyable journeys in the beer world and this is no exception.
10-19-2011 03:38:43 | More by Klym
3.74/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours two fingers of light tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is roasted malt, burnt lemon and pine.
The taste is burnt malt with a little coffee and some lemon bitterness.
The texture is quite soft and pillowy with moderate carbonation.
An excellent black ale.
01-25-2014 06:16:53 | More by Fatehunter
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
Rubicon Capricorn Black Ale
Got this beer via a sweet beer trade , and it is A very nice Cascadian Ale which I have never seen before.
A: Pours Jet Brown with a very active khaki / beige head which is very active. I over poured first shot. Very lovely creamy head which laces like Grandma's tablecloth.
N: Smells typical for the style, dark roasted malt well balanced with some nice hoppiness, and maybe citrus or green minced onions a bit.
T: Deliciously balanced yet the taste is more dominated by the charred easy bitternes of the malts and the hops take a back seat a bit. Very earthy flavors.
MF: Lovely creamy mouthfeel which coats the mouth just like it does the glass. I would say body is a little on the light side for the style and carbonation level is middle of the road. Refreshing and sessionable.
O: A nice beer which I would definitely buy again, even though I'm not a huge Cascadian fan. Very enjoyable.
04-26-2013 19:47:03 | More by JeffreyJDavis
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours a flat black color with a pretty nice off white head, nice lacing too.
Aromas are chocolate like and a bit creamy with pine hop undertones.
Taste is very bitter up front with strong pine like hoppy notes. Beer then settles into bitter dark chocolate, light semi sweet creamy malts, and some coffee. Finish is a bit fleeting, with some mineral like bitterness,
Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit on thin side,
Overall, this is a good black ale. On the bitter side, and a bit rough around the edges, but I like it, and would drink it again.
10-30-2011 02:56:33 | More by flexabull
Capricorn Black Ale from Rubicon Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.