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

Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale AleCapt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale
283 Ratings
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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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to a BA trader, wish i could remember which one...

after too many weeks (months ?) on the shelf, poured cold and black (as advertised) to a sun king shaped pint with a thin, tan, short lasting head leaving hints of lace as the glass is tipped.

fairly subtle hoppy aroma with toasted malts in the wayback (?).

hmmm... i'm thinking maybe the hops have settled a bit while this one rested on the shelf. first couple sips are smoky, dark malts, dark semi-sweet chocolate - perhaps leaning toward baker's chocolate even / slightly bitter.

light bodied, creamy, subtle bitter, very interesting.

drinkable - sure, a bomber's worth.

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2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes from a recent tasting.
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Cigar City Snifter.

A: Black, but not completely opaque, somewhat of a "clear-black" with a brownish head.

S: Chocolaty, toffee, malty, roasted espresso.

T: Slightly hoppy at first, very malty and chocolaty, towards the finish with a chocolate sweetness left behind.

M: somewhat of a thin, mealy-feel with a medium body porter-esque, not light and bitter like an IPA.

O: Not a bad beer but not really as advertised. The group consensus was that it really tasted/seemed MUCH closer to a porter than a Black IPA. The malty and chocolaty notes really dominate and again, not a bad beer just not coming off as a Black IPA IMO.

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4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with mrmanning, StephenRich, Chris, and Erin. Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin cap of beige froth and strings of lacing on the tulip. Complex nose is chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, perfume, floral hops, baking sugar, and coffee grounds. Quite appealing. Taste is roasted malt, burnt toast, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, grassy and leafy hops with a lingering, citric bitterness. High IBUs are evident on the palate. Mouthfeel is creamy-foamy upfront, fuller than medium bodied, bitter hop bite precedes a drying finish with some roast, cocoa, and flaked oats on the cough. A satisfying Black IPA, balanced compared to others that I've tried but no less enjoyable.

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4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of Florida9
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears black in the glass. Forms a large dull mocha-colored head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Rather aromatic. Citrus and pine with just a hint of roasted malt.

T: Starts off with the mild flavor of roasted malt then develops into a hoppy citrus character and a moderate bitterness before the roasted malts, and a bit of alcohol, return on the finish.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation.

D: I almost wonder if I got a different beer than everyone else, as I found this beer to be one of the most restrained black IPAs I've had with only a light flavor of roasted malts and a still able to retain a lot of the typical IPA character.

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3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh...the infamous Capt'n Krunkles. 220z poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Dark black with a fluffy latte-colored head. Pretty nice retention, leaves some soapy lacing on the glass.
S - Roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominate with a bit of caramel, malt, and some piney hops. Seems this has lost whatever kick it may have once had, smells like an over-the-hill IPA.
T - This is supposed to be an IPA? Not really detecting much hoppiness, I suppose I was expecting something more like Sublimely Self-Righteous. However, when judged along the lines of a Baltic Porter or even Schwarzbier, this is very nice. Dark roasted malt, deep coffee, caramel, and perhaps just a slight bit of smoke. Rich, earthy finish is nice and warming.
M - Fairly creamy with a medium body and medium-low carbonation.
D - Pretty nice, I'm not having any issues with the bomber. Again, a good beer, but it seems to be having a bit of an identity crisis.

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2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of dark chocolate and espresso with some mild earthy hoppy smells. Lots of roasted and cocoa maltiness.
The taste is a great deal of roasted and astringent malts. A fair amount of chocolate and powdery cocoa and earthy bitterness. Unfortunately not as balanced as I would like. I am not a hophead but I almost would crave some citrus hoppiness to challenge the roastiness. Maybe some dark fruitness or something, this is just too bitter.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharpness to it up front that then gets more slick and oily feeling as you swallow.
Overall this is a decent intepretation of a Black IPA, but if I tasted it blindly I would have called it a overly coffeed Baltic Porter. Needed more balanced somewhere, the Black IPA is not a beer which should be "imperialized" in my opinion.

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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/23/2010. Bottle thanks to Tsotsi. Pours a dark brown with a small but thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus hops, perhaps a hint of roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, smoked malt, some charred notes, and a bitter hops finish. A pretty solid black IPA from Terrapin.

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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Al's of Hampden...I didn't feel worthy enough to purchase a growler of this to make it SUPER RARE!

A-Deep, dark brown/black with a medium tan head that reduced slowly to a thin cap and left attractive lacing.

S-HUGE! roasted malt presence almost to the point of being burnt. Background notes of coffee and a touch of earthiness and ground citrus rind hop aroma.

T-BIG dark roasted malt up front, accented by a touch of grapefruit rind. flavor. While it worked in the aroma profile the roasted flavour on the palate becomes a bit too much to handle.

M-Medium body with a tons of lingering roasted bitterness and twang of citrus rind.

D-Big and bold with a ton of roast....too much actually. This is the downfall of this brew for me. I got through my pint but had no desire for a repeat. Has promise but this brew needs some work if it is to made again.

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Turbinator glass.

A - Black, black, black! This one is opaque with a cola-colored finger of head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Lots of bold piney hops hit first. As it settles, the malt makes its way through. Roasted coffee & chocolate. The hop aromas seem to have melted away into the other parts of the nose.

T - Interesting. Strong hop presence - piney & a bit earthy. Bitter but not overpowering, the strong roasted malt rounds out the hops. Some roasted coffee. Some woodsy flavors.

M - Carbonation is a little much and distracts slightly.

D - Not bad, but the high abv coupled with the carbonation takes it down a bit.

Interesting brew - there's hints of a heavily-hopped stout here. If that's your thing, this would be a good one for you.

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3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black (darker than many stouts) with a luxurious light brown head that is well-retained.

S: Rich chocolate malt and piney hop combination. Aroma is pretty clean, but not all that enticing for me.

T: Flavor starts off bitter pine and grapefruit and transitions into a dark malt flavor. Not really a chocolate malt, more of a bitter charred barley.

M: The feel is fairly thick, with light carbonation and fairly dry for the weight.

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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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Capt'n Krunkles Black India Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 283 ratings
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