Capt. | Ruhstaller

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ruhstaller
California, United States
ruhstallerbeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mkotsayfan on 03-31-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and cocoa. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky finish. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some interesting flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the nicest Black IPA's I've tried. Rich, bold, big flavored and expressive and remarkably drinkable.

Pours a deep black with a firm khaki head. Nice looking.

Nose is all ripe fresh pineapple and distinctive IPA - there's no missing it.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Very well balanced, nicely carbonated, rich and thick and bold with full body and an nice "half and half" mouth coating character.

Flavors are just plain good. Rich , full and assertive grapefruit skin oil bitter with undertones of fresh and lightly sweet fruit. All around integrated flavors that make you just want to gulp it, it's that inviting. There is some hint and undertones of roasted malt but very well integrated; it is much "IPA" before it's "black."

Finish is all fresh and bright grapefruit/pine bitter, with an undertone of coffee and burnt grain. This is a good one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an even and consistent beer. I feel like it could be bringing a lot more character and power. Maybe I have high expectations since I've had some very hop forward black ales. Well, I know that's what it is. Regardless, it's still a nice ale. The distinct tones there are much more along the subtle line than all up in your mouth. A nice and well done black ale. I appreciate the consistency.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra received in a great trade with jvillefan.. Thanks a bunch Michael!! Poured into my thin tulip; the brew looks like a light porter with clear walnut beer near the stem end of my glass... tannish head only rises about a half inch, but somehow produces nice sheets of lacing.

nose is odd.. piney/citrus hoppiness with some roasty elements but something that I associate with molasses (fermented out)... light across the board... I would expect more from the hop and roasty malts to push this into the bigger boy category.

Flavor mirrors the nose nearly perfectly.. I know this isn't an "Imperial Black IPA" at 7.3%, but the flavors seem watered down without any real maltiness or bigger hoppy flavors mid palate... a bit flaccid.

Body is lighter than expected too... carbonation is light and that really accentuates the light body.

More maltiness on the palate would help this brew deliver the roasty notes, hops, and make for a bigger body.. right now, it seems pretty watery given the prodigious expectations for a "new" style.

4.25/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5

Thanks again Michael!!!

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from Jaimie; thanks man! Appearance is a colossal frothy, light, billowy tan head with lots of clingy lace and an opaque black brown color. Aroma is hop, light malt, and grain with a hint of roast. Flavor's at first a touch soft with bitter coming on stronger and stronger. Not a lot of roast and mild malt flavor. Fairly dry. Body is good. Kind of an odd duck in that they've muted the hop & dark malt flavors.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fatehunter
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin head on a pitch black body.
The aroma dances between lemon and grapefruit to honey.
The taste starts with honey sweetness, then pine bitterness, finishes with a lemon bite. The sweetness at the beginning is great.
The texture has a softness with moderate carbonation and medium body.
This is a great BIPA.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store has had bottles of this oddity for a while now, so I figured it was time to give it a shot. My first encounter with this brewery. Minimal label with some fabric glued around the bottleneck. "California Black India Pale Ale". "California Grown". My bottle lists a 7.60% abv instead of the 7.30% abv listed on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a giant five to one head to beer ratio. Beer is a very dark woodsy brown color, nearly black. Khaki head is big fat and fluffy, leaving lots of big sticky lacing in it's wake. Almost root beer float like in appearance. Head retention is ridiculous. Some dark flecks of sediment noticeable in the froth.

S - My bottle has clearly gone downhill from what it once was. All that is really noticeable is a strong bretty yeast character. Subtle notes of cream and faded citrus fruits in the background.

T - Ah yes, the earthy yeast have taken over. Dried, herbal hops, mild pine / grapefruit bitterness, subtle chocolate malt still vaguely noticeable. Sadly nothing that I would describe as "caramel" is noticeable. Some burnt dark barley roast is noticeable on the end. Musty green apple from the yeast. It's not what it once was, but it ain't bad.

M - Feel is crisp and clean. Good malt body with some lingering stickiness, and some hints of roast on the palate. Mildly resinous hop presence remains, also. Good drinkability for the abv. Medium-full bodied with hefty carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable offering from this unknown to me brewery, but I would love to have another chance to try this beer fresh. I will be on the lookout for more from Ruhstaller.

Ruhstaller Capt. ---3.5/5

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I wrote a pretty awful review of this beer due to a bad can I purchased. The owner found me out and sent me a new one (along with some other good stuff), so this is a re-review. Thanks, JE! You guys are awesome!

A: Pours a slightly thin, but solid-looking deep brown color. Dead black in the center with hazelnut edges and a nice and creamy 1 finger mocha colored head.

S: Earthy hops along with an almost buttery molasses and chocolate note. Slight hints of pine, citrus rind and toasted bread.

T: Definitely miles better than the first can. Light pine upfront with some smooth bready malt. Hints of toast, molasses, light cocoa and some roast before a slightly herbal hop finish. Wish the mouthfeel was a bit lighter, but this is a solid Black IPA.

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Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elNopalero
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was my first beer of the evening and I found it to be one of my favorites. Poured a tan-mahogany color with generous foam. There’s almost a rye-like spice which is light on the aroma but definitely noticeable on the flavor and finish, similar to the grain notes I’d find from a Ruthless Rye or Red’s Rye. There’s a slight toasty-roast note to this which balances out the rye finish. Earthy hops are present on the aroma and flavor. I found this one really enjoyable and am looking forward to revisiting it again soon. This was everything I wanted from the style.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark near black cola brown with a tan head that sits at just over a finger width thick. Good retention. Lacing is abundant with nice stick.

Smell - Predominant hop aroma, hitting on citrus and pine. Malt notes are more subtle, producing a very faint mocha aroma.

Taste - Hop forward flavor, hitting strongly on citrus character; orange and grapefruit with a touch of pine. Malts are pushed well into the background, coming through most noticeably mid-taste and toward the finish, with hints of roasted coffee and light cocoa. Finishes with orange pith bitterness and a faint trace of coffee lingers well after the last sip.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with fair carbonation. Smooth and a touch on the creamy side. Goes down nicely.

Overall - I drank this exclusively on tap at a place my band was playing about a month ago, and absolutely loved it. I sought it out in bottle form about a week later, but felt sticker shock at the price for the bomber. Eventually, I gave in to buying it. Such is the life of a ticker. While I'd prefer a touch more stout character, this is a really good CDA. Problem is, it's nearly twice the price as comparable brews. Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous and Widmer's Pitch Black come to mind. For that reason, I'd be hesitant to buy it again.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of MickeyHops
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Capt. from Ruhstaller
3.88 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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