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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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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #10

Added by gford217 on 03-19-2010

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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 282
Photo of jtheheist
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, warm sable with a very thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent beige head, more like a stout or porter than an IPA. Aroma, though, is quite hoppy like a typical good IPA, except that it has an undertone of molasses and hints of smoke. Flavor is fairly hoppy and yeasty with a nice smoky overtone and subtle hints of roast coffee and brown sugar - delightfully different! I am in love! Texture is smooth and quite tingly, albeit just a teensy on the thin side; it leaves a pleasantly smoky, hoppy and fizzy finish. Recommended!

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There has been some debate about "Black IPAs" I dont care what you call a beer so long it taste good. This beer does.

Pitch black. Two-finger Mocha head. Great lacing. Looks great.

Hops dominate the aroma. Pine and earth. Some faint coffee aroma.

Flavor is much bolder than the aroma. Dry roasty body. Fantastic. Irish dry flavor on Steroids. The hops are powerful and earthy.

The body is fairly viscous. Moderate carbonation.

A very nice beer and extremely unique (to me). The flavors compliment each other very nicely, much more than I ever thought. I would not be disappointed if this was a regular from Terrapin, though the price is fairly steep.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Infinite thanks to Bennettrox for supplying me with my long lost White Whale! :)

A - Pours a near pitch black body, with a predominant tan creamy head of about two fingers. Lace was great and the head dissipated to a nice lightly foamy ring.

S - There's a surprising amount of piny, floral hop notes here! But the biggest contenders are bit roasted notes, chocolate and light notes of roasted coffee.

T - There's still a fairly strong bitter bite. Hoppyness is subdued, but definitely there: floral, woodsy and piny...just like I like it! Nice chocolate, coffee and roasted notes round it out.

M - Creamy, medium to full body. Good carbonation level.

D/O - Drinkability is great.

I know this isn't at it's peak, but for it's age, it's still extremely enjoyable and just about everything I imagined it would be! The only downside is that it makes me a lot more depressed that I didn't get a chance to try it fresh, as I know it would have been amazing...

I need another Ryan...

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 10th installment in Terrapin's Side Project program pours a deep, opaque mahogany with a big and fluffy beige head with great retention and lacing. The aroma starts with some light fruity citrus, oranges and lemons maybe, and some resinous pine. There is a nice backbone of dark roasted malts to help balance out the hops, but the citrus is still fairly prominent. The taste follows the aroma pretty well , but there is a bit more balancing of the orange and grassy hops by the backbone that the aroma suggested. The dry roasted character of the malts balance the hop bitterness of the finish.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh the long lost Krunkles, I have been searching so long for you! I finally found this pirate in a small liquor store in north Atlanta, captured him, opened him, and pored him in my belly. I had seriously been looking for this beer for many months, as I missed out on it when it 1st came out and it has been sold out for many months.

A - A very dark Porter, Stout looking color. A Mine had no head and little lace retention. maybe because its been on the shelf for a year.

S - Very hoppy. If you closed your eyes, you would expect an IPA. You would be shocked when you see it looks like a porter.

T - Fantastic! It has everything that I like in a porter and an IPA. Chocolate and coffee malts up front, but then finishes like an IPA. Great aftertaste.

M - Very crisp. Smooth throughout, with a nice alcohol mixed with chocolate aftertaste.

D - Oh my, I could drink this all night. I am very glad I grabbed 2 bottles. Terrapin needs to release this one again some day.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of detlefchef
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

picked up the mix 12 when passing through PA. enjoyed from a terrapin great pumkinfest glass mug. pours black w an off grey head that hung out and left nice lace. nose is a hoppy roast. taste to match. I am not a huge fan of the style but this one is excellent. really great blend of hop and roast. a winner in my book.

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Photo of gford217
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, opaque mahogany that almost sits black in the glass with a surprisingly big and fluffy beige head that recedes very slowly and leaves a hefty cap and great lacing.

The aroma starts with some light fruity citrus, oranges and lemons maybe, and some resinous pine. The hops are balanced a bit by the dark roasted malts but the citrus is dominant.

The taste is a bit more balanced and complex with the dark roasted malts forming a bigger backbone that the aroma suggested. That said, the hops are still big and start with oranges and tangerines and give way to a more grassy and resinous bitterness that lingers through the finish. The dry roasted character of the malts balance the hop bitterness of the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation, though it's bubbles that lend a very creamy feel to things overall.

I enjoyed this one a lot and I'm glad I got to try it super fresh as the hops are the dominant player now. Honestly, I'm intrigued to see what happens as the hops die down as I bet this turns into a completely different beer. Not sure if it'll be this good, but I look forward to finding out.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%

Variety lack, best by: December, Week 5, 2014. Reviewed 9/16/14

Appearance: Pitch black, thin beige collar. Good lacing (4.25)

Aroma: Light roast, medium piney hops (4.00)

Flavor: Soft roast, citrus peel, piney-grassy hop. (4.15)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, dissipating finish (4.25)

Overall: One of the better integrated Black IPAs I've encountered. Not as delicious as Midnight Monk, but tasty. (4.19)

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours very dark brown, zero visibility Big caramel head leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Huge hop forward aroma, mainly citrus (mostly grapefruit with a bit of tangerine twang). A bit of underlying earthiness beneath the hop blanket, noticeably lacking any big malt aroma that one would expect from something this dark.

Taste: Excellently balanced flavor profile. There is a nice big hoppy citrus blast with some earthy undertones as the beer washes down. Coming right along for the ride is a big blast of roastiness that one would expect in an American Imperial stout. Due to those dark malts the beer finishes very sweet, rather than overly bitter. Although there is a bitter bite on this brew, the huge maltiness prevents it from sticking.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy and slick, has the heaviness of a high malt DIPA but doesn't leave the dry mouth like a DIPA would.

Drinkability: This beer is a huge win for me. I love the battle of hoppiness and roastiness in this beer. Normally a big malt beer like this I would only grab one or two, however this one keeps calling me back...sad that this is a one off.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, into glass

dark brown almost black, decent head. Aroma and taste are nice balance of slightly roasted malt and earthy hops. Very nice. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Buebie
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of Mavajo
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22-ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at 45 degrees F.

Appropriately "black," as a beautiful pour shows off a nearly opaque deep brown with a goregous huge, fluffy, rocky head of light tan foam that holds together tightly and falls away slowly, leaving behind a webbing of lace on the walls of the glass.

Initially the aroma is bright and citrusy, but fades over a brief period of time, becoming very faint with a hint of citric hop character.

Medium-bodied with a medium-bright carbonation. Not dissimilar to an American-style Imperial Stout in the flavor arena; in fact, in ways it recalls another Georgia brewery's seasonal Imperial Stout -- Sweetwater's Happy Ending. Dark and quite roasty in malt character, with a big hit of citrusy hops throughout. The roasted nature and hop bitterness combine in the middle to really dry things out, lasting through into the finish which fades away a little burnt and bitter.

Almost more like an American Imperial Stout than the relatively new "American-style India Black Ale," with its heavy roasted character, but the combination is quite nice, being not too strong but full in all aspects of flavor and quite drinkable to boot. Perhaps Terrapin should consider replacing Hop Karma with the Capt'n.

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Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours just about black with a nicely formed tan head.

Aroma is, well, hops. Very nice for a black IPA. Mainly piney and floral, with some roast in the background.

Flavor has more of the roast and a little bitter coffee. Piney and citrusy hops are still really assertive.

Medium bodied with great hop resins that stick with you.

A clean, crisp, and nicely done beer overall. A winner from Terrapin.

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Photo of boss302
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Dark, cloudy, can't see through it unless you thin it out a bit. It is a dark brown. Nice thick head.

S Strong hop aroma that is floral. No citrus or pine aromas, or at least they are muted. Typical IPA.

T Very much like at IPA in initial taste. I would have expected more roast up front, but it wasn't there. The finish is more chocolaty, but still not a lot. There is a little sweetness in the finish as well as some astringency.

M Medium heavy, good CO2, head lasted most of the glass.

D Definitely a repeat beer.

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