PuD (1) - Peyton, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m not a big India pale ale fan, but when I came across this brew at my liquor outlet I had to give it a try. The black rye is what caught my attention. I had never had anything like that before and I must say, I’m hooked. It has an amazing aroma and a nice complex flavor that I couldn’t put down. My only regret... Not buying more when I had the chance.
dallenbrew (1) - Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally a black IPA that makes sense to me. The rye dries it out nicely, adds flavor and combined with the bitterness and hop flavor makes this beer something more than a hoppy Porter, which so many black IPAs are. Leave it to FW to get it right.
rxeight (990) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really impressed by this one. Great biter rye flavors. Not as much dark malt as most black ipas, may be because it is covered up by the massive amount of hops. This stuff is really good.
uhclem (354) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! This one is definitely a keeper. I’m not a huge fan of DIPA’s, mainly because the alcohol takes over. But this is a beautifully crafted ale. The alcohol only makes its presence known late into the finish.
yankeefan21 (129) - New York, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours a dark cola brown with a stiff foamy tan head that you can eat with a fork. The aroma is delicious combination of fresh rye, caramel, and clean flowery hops. The taste is a fantastic balance of sweet and roasty malts and medium hop bitterness that finishes dry and chocolatey. It’s medium bodied with a slick medium carbonated mouthfeel. I absolutely love this beer and found it incredibly easy to drink for an 8% ABV. This is what Black IPA’s *should* aspire to be.
Westmeister (1449) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Almost opaque dark brown nearing black and a thin tan head. Nose, of big pine, spicy rye light chocolate and toffee. Tastes is piney, citrus, earthy, roast, spiciness from the rye, bits of chocolate. Medium bodied and medium to long bitter finish.
906348 (3) - - NOV 30, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Loved the dark, bitter rye flavors.
Incredible on tap.
Very good in a 22 oz bottle.
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From growler. Dark brown clear pour. Nice citrusy aroma, grapefruity in essence but not a totally generic C-hop profile at all. Flavor is citric up front with a malty finish that screams ’rye.’ Not very roasty. It’s a nice idea -- many black IPAs have a hollow roastiness that doesn’t mesh with the hops, but Wookey Jack’s main malt note in the flavor is rye, a tried and true hop complement. Well done.
jb (2023) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extreme hop-based fresh nose of grapefruit and pine. Not much in the way of black roast/choc/coffee notes in the nose. Gritty mouthfeel, clean, more of an IPA character to this, but some roasted notes in the palate. Hangs together well. Nice lacing + retention. On tap at McGregors.
dinkle50 (877) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with a huge head. Good lacing. Aroma of roast. Taste is very bitter with lots of citrus and roast notes. Thick mouth with a little chocolate after taste. Really well done.