Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale AleCapt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale
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Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale AleCapt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 283 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -17%
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

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz bottle of Capt’n Krunkles Black IPA poured black and opaque with a good size, durable tan head that left splotchy lacing.

Aroma: pronounced hops with faint malts. Nonetheless, appealing.

Flavor: more balanced. Unlike many black IPA;s, IMO, this one successfully integrates the substantial hop load with a substantial amount of medium and dark malts. Its success is due in large part, I suspect, to not going overboard with the ingredients. Terrapin also has done a fine job of matching the malts to the hops.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the fifth Side Project I have tried,I have for the most part enjoyed them.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep cola color with a nice two finger off white head that held well.A mix of dark bread spiciness and resiny hop in the nose,a light caramel note is in there to.A mix of dark bread and citri-piney flavors on the palate,each hold their own,a caramel sweetness shows through nicely in the finish.Not mind blowing but it has good balance and subtle comlexity.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So elusive and rare! I played a losing game of hide and seek with this guy for awhile. Then I picked one up at my local store, sadly in non-growler format; although, I did consider buying a few and pouring them into a growler just to taste the totally awesome rarity effect that sitting inside 64 ounces of glass apparently has on this beer. I was too dazzled at the tasting opportunity to review at the time. From notes.

Pours near black with a bit of head. Nose is some citrus hops and a good deal of roast. Taste is slightly bitter and dry with roast. Hints of coffee. Nice citrus and a bit of pine. Medium body. Pretty good. It'd take on the good captain again.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a light brown head of thick foam on top of a black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Sweet, chocolate malt with a hint of coffee. Citrus and pine hops that are affected by the roasted malt to produce a mustardy character that is reminiscent of a barleywine.

T - Sweet, toffee malt up front with some brown sugar and caramel character. A note of lemony hops appears in the middle with light pine and some sour caramel. The beer finishes with coffee and burnt chocolate flavors as well as some pine and sharp blue cheese character. The hop bitterness and rich malt lingers with a carbonized note of roast barley.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Enjoyable, but not particularly complex. The malt is kind of one dimensional with some notes of caramel and moderate roasted notes. The malt is subdued enough to the hops shine through, but it does impart a bit of dark flavor that brings out the pine and creates notes of blue cheese and mustard. This is a nice example of the style with a particularly pleasant hop character.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, topped with 2 thick and foamy fingers of light mocha head. This retains with about a ½ finger of rigid froth that throws a robust cascade of up on the sides of the glass, settling into some rich spotty lacing. The aroma is floral in the nose, punctuated with notes of pine and green earthy citrus. Chocolate roast and smoky smelling astringent coffee add a rather toasty tang to the proceedings.

The taste is bright feeling in the mouth with aggressive hop character, which lays down some sharp accents of spice, resins, and bitter grapefruit juice, which all stretch the whole way through the profile. Sweetness from the chocolate and caramel provide some underlying balance, while that dark roast is felt mostly in the backend of this. The hops are still definitely the most pronounced aspect of this though and remind you of that with a deep finish of earthy grit, bitter fruit, and dry spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharpness to it up front that then gets more slick and oily feeling as you swallow. Most of the alcohol is felt towards the back, with some lingering warmth that seems to strengthen that bitter finish.

Totally serviceable Black IPA here, with strong hop flavors that melded well with the darker aspects of the malts. Just enough smooth crispness to keep the drinkibility up as well. Another solid entry in the Side Project series.

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Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip glass. Poured pretty close to black with a half inch tan head. The head faded down to a thin covering, but left some very nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is like someone mixed an IPA and a stout. It has a citrusy, hoppy aroma to it, but also a roasty, malty flavor as well. It's a pretty nice mix of the two and is relatively balanced between the styles.

The taste leans a bit more towards the citrusy, hoppy side then the roasted, malty side. The bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted and burnt flavors are all present, just overshadowed a bit by the citrus hoppiness.

The mouthfeel I'd say is a little above medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is decent, it melded some pretty good flavors together. That said, I think I'd still like the flavors better separately in a good IPA and stout. Still a pretty tasty and interesting beer though.

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3.93/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Mine is a later version of this beer that I found in the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. Apparently, Capt'n Krunkles was popular enough as a Side jawn to come into his own command. He still peers into a spyglass with his left eye, but now he spies a hop cone and a couple of atolls on the horizon.

From the bottle: "The legend of 'Krunkles' begins on the high seas with this adventurous Black I.P.A. With a treasure chest full of hops, and malts as dark as the depths of the deep, this pirated beer is worth walking the plank for."; "'Live the Legend".

Ahoy there, Krunkles! This looks like a fine beer ye have, matey. I'll be Pop!ping the cap to find out for meself momentarily. Oh, aye, I'll be gentle with you and yer crew since I have no idee where ye been all this time as I chase down bottles far & wide. One of the scurvy lot didn't get the memo & I had to give him an in-glass swirl as a result. This caused a momentary uprising among the crew, resulting in a finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head that sat back down as I made a move to quell things. The color scheme aboard this scow was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & ruby highlights. Rubies?!? I knew this bunch was holding out on me! I put my nose right up in Krunkles' face, demandin' that he tell me where the booty was stowed. He belched in reply & I could smell both the black coffee that he drank for breakfast in the galley as well as the breath mint that he was suckin' on! It were not unpleasant, all tolled, but I was no closer to my goal. I chomped down on his hand to get him to talk. Mouthfeel was solid, big for the style, with an unexpected creaminess. The taste itself, though, was rather bitter, not quite burnt and charcoal, but close and enough to overwhelm the hops that had been seemingly squandered in its production. The inherent problem with this style is its use of dark malts which do not showcase the hops, but overpower them, much as I am doing to Krunkles & his crew. I was left with a dry bitterness in me mouth, so I decided to Finish with them & take me leave. I know that they have other destinations in mind, Down Under, so I'll just follow them for a bit & see where it leads.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - pours a dark brown with one finger light
&gt; tan head light carb

s - Smells of citrus hops. Maybe some pine hops as well.

t - Tastes of smooth pale malts and faded citrus hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok IPA. I thought the hops in the taste were a bit faded and this had just hit the shelves. Would try again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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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3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 5/8/10.

Poured from a bottle into a snifter it appears a dark brown to nearly black color with a creamy tan head about a finger strong with pretty good retension. Spotty amount of lace clings to the glass. Aroma is citrus hops upfront with a nice dark malt character with both chocolate and coffee in the back. Taste is citrus hop bitterness upfront with more bitterness contributed by the dark roasted malts. Little bit of yeast character is included in the flavor. Lasting taste of hops and dark grains left in the mouth with an increasing amount of alcohol as the beer warms. Light feel with a mild level of carbonation.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with my boy Kolby whilst chilling at the Library in da Burgh. Did I mention the Library has a rockin' happy hour twice a day. This big bottle poured with a pitch black dark cola vibe, forming a big tan head fill the glass with lacing spread fine and evenly between sips. Aromatics offer up dark roasts with a creamy malt accent, herbal green undertones a touch of pine and citrus as well. Flavor has herbal tea tannins buring dark ale with hopped up bitterness in the backend. Strong alcohol finish for the 7.5% alcohol, I was a bit confused with this aspect. Assertively hoppy a bit hop but nice dark roasted malts work oaky with the combination of the two. Mouthfeel was medium bodied healthy dose of carbonation carried things across the palate a touch cloying at times but this beer had no time getting down our gullets. Solid drinkability, I was hoping to find this on tap, but never did catch it flowing in the Burgh.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, very slight chocolate, and some dark fruits, slight citrus note. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, nice little touch of chocolate and dark fruits, slight citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, really liking this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, light coffee. Taste is roasted malts, some hops in the background, mild in flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but nothing special, and a little disappointing from this fine brewery.

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Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 61.5% out of 100 with 283 ratings
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