Nose: hops, bakers chocolate, roasted cacao beans. Wood and vanilla bean burnt, black, and toasty. Dried cherries. Subtle hint of greenness pervades and weaves; hop cones.
Palate: clean up front than explodes atop my tongue and rushes down my throat to make merry in my tummy. Complex is an understatement, and yet he manages to be amazingly drinkable. Burnt wood, spice, and dried rye seeds in the back suck moisture from my tongue. Apple, pear, peach, and plum skins for a tickle of sweetness before quickly giving way to tart tannic skin delights. Medium weight with a full mouthfeel. Intense flavors. Almonds, roasted please and hold the sugars. Long refreshing dried hop cone bitterness tinges breathe and pervades her burnt bitter roastyness in harmonious titillation.
Final Thoughts: here we have one of the newest beer categories that came about through brewer’s whim and fanciful disregard for brewing parameters. Flavor first, quickly followed by set styles, then enhanced and expanded upon with imagination and flair. The India Black Ale or Black IPA is one such style and Capt’n Krunkles went above and beyond pleasing this flavorholic.