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Capricorn Black Ale - Rubicon Brewing Company

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 18.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 11-19-2007)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

t0rin0, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

GRG1313, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of mactrail
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

mactrail, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Halcyondays, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Zorro, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -15.5%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

flexabull, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Floydster
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach for six dollars

This was the second black IPA I have add along with Stone's 11th Anniversary Ale and it was impressive as well

Color was opaque black and resembled a porter with a 1/2 vanilla colored head, left sticky lacing the entire time

Smell was a variety of hops and small accents of citrus, had a sweeter smell, more like a DIPA in my opinion because of the syrup-like aroma

Taste was very dry and bitter like a good IPA should be, small hints of grapefruit and oranges are present but not near enough to say this one tasted like an imperial like the smell might make somebody believe, starts off bitter and mellows into a dry charcoal-like aftertaste, went perfectly with the food and all three of the people I was with enjoyed this one as well

Very carbonated and had an impressively thick body, all around good mouthfeel

Could have drank three or four of these with no problem, light on the stomach and the alcohol percentage did not seem to be too high even though the bartender was not sure about it

This was my first beer from Rubicon and it did not disappoint, probably will buy a bomber of their normal IPA next time I see it at a BevMo or something

Floydster, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of arizcards
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

arizcards, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Fatehunter, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Lots of head, maybe four or five fingers. Color was basically black. Light brown cloudy lacing. Lots of film on the sides, brown, wet and sporadic.

An interesting mix on the nose of citrus hops (more lemon or lime than anything else) and dark chocolate malts. A bit of a toffee/caramel sniff as well. Maybe even a bit of mint in there, too, or just some wishful thinking?

Tasted fairly similar to the nose, although not as much citrus hops (still lemon or lime). A lot more stouty and coffee than dark chocolate. Still got that mint taste as well.

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.

A better beer overall than I anticipated. A couple of my ratings could have gone either way, but all in all it was a decent beer.

BucannonXC5, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

beagle75, Apr 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

dertyd, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of LakerLeith
1/5  rDev -71.8%

LakerLeith, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sugit for this one.

A: 1" light brown head over extremely dark brown/black liquid.

S: Toasted malt and a faint smell of pine hops.

T: Pine hops up front with a toasted malt finish.

M: Medium/thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: An enjoyable and drinkable American Black Ale.

DaftCaskBC, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

OriolesFan1008, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of MisterClean
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tapped at the source.

A - Dark mahogany to black in color. 1 fingered head and dissipates fast. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Citrus, chocolate, and light coffee.

T - Dark roast coffee, citrus, bittering hops, and light chocolate.

M - Slightly thin mouthfeel, not very viscous. Fairly bitter, but very filling.

D - Good, but a little heavy on the bittering hops.

MisterClean, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of jakecattleco
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jakecattleco, May 30, 2013
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rubicon Capricorn Black Ale
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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.

JeffreyJDavis, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of casapy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

casapy, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of rhino54
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

rhino54, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Klym
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Klym, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of ac22rush
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ac22rush, Mar 01, 2014
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Capricorn Black Ale from Rubicon Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.