kopher (592) - New York, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
delicious. roasty and spicy aroma with hops and caramel maltyness. rich but balanced throughout. deep woody flavor, just a hint of burnt sugar along with strong foresty hops and light sweetness. best black ipa iíve found.
Chad9976 (1065) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pitch black body in the glass. Forms a light tan, creamy/rocky head which lingers and laces extremely well.
Smell: Quite piney, almost resiny or astringent hop aroma. Definite citrus or tropical fruit juice concentrate or other underlying sweetness.
Taste: The "Black IPA" is such a relatively new category in brewing itís hard to criticize a beer for "deviating from the style" when it isnít entirely agreed upon yet. And while Firestone Walker Wookey Jack is by no means a bad beer, I might fault it for just not living up to my expectations. If I were drinking this blind I think Iíd peg it as a standard IPA.
It starts off with the more dank, East Coast-style pine and resin bitterness. Some tropical fruit and citrus sweetness riding shotgun, but not so prominent as youíd normally associate with a West Coast IPA. As it transitions to the second half a rush of rye spicy dryness swoops in. It works with the hoppy bitterness quite well, although it might account for the rather dry, almost cloying aftertaste. Itís a delectable, robust palate to be sure, but not all that complex. Thereís a noticeable lack of stout-like qualities such as roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and other associated flavors and features.
Drinkability: With a thin, very soft, almost tepid mouthfeel and complete lack of alcohol taste or warmth, youíd never know this beer is 8.3% ABV. Itís almost a little too drinkable for it is. The texture walks a fine line between velvety smooth and flat-out watery. The hops linger and dry out the mouth, but thatís to be expected. Still, Firestone Walker Wookey Jack goes down very smooth and would seem to be very versatile.
UDBeernut (1405) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Continuation in my celebration of brash american ipas to celebrate the death of british imperialism in the new world. Pours black with ruby edges. Capped by a foamy tan head with good retention. Lovely lacing cap coats the glass. Nose wafts with rye, citrus, and pine. Taste follows with emphasis on pine hop. Rye provides gentle drying. Medium to full body on this critter. High abv is well masked and enjoyable. More of a drinker than a sipper. Amazeballs.
SenorLobster (1) - California, USA - JUL 4, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: light pine and citrus. Appearance: very dark and the pour from a 22 oz bomber generated a one finger head into a 16 oz pint glass with nice lacing start to finish. Taste and Palate: it is a medium bodied beer. Up front, there was nice grapefruit and citrus flavors typical of west coast IPAs, followed by a hint of caramel then a clean, dry rye finish. Overall: this is a unique, easy drinking dark IPA.
AskForJenny (1011) - Ontario, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz - Black liquid, epic lace, massive citrus nose. Palate of robust, spicy malts, hops slightly too bitter for me.
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Sunset Beer Co. in Echo Park. This beer should be the standard-bearer for the style: hoppy, dark, nice roasted notes. Pours with pretty substantial head, opaque brown-black body.
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michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at TND: Aroma of hops pine, malt light molasses, light roasting, citrus, resin, and rye. Poured very dark brown/cherry wood in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet, and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, rye, hops, pine, resin, molasses, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Lightly sweet, medium bitter, malt, rye, molasses, pine, resin finish. 8.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
PapaSkeetSkeet (799) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Chocolate Brown with glints of amber (like a porter.) The aroma is stinging my nostrils from a foot away already, whew! 2-inch cappuccino head. Aroma is massive fresh hoppy pine and sweet citrus, half orange, half grapefruit, and a touch of floral notes. Halfway between Ruination and 2-hearted. Flavor is ... damn! Orange, Grapefruit, some pine, floral nectar up front, a touch of caramel and licorice, moving into a distinct and lovely espresso, with a medium-light bitterness. Yeah, thatís what Iím talking about!!! Itís so smooth and lovely. Iím going to go back out to my store and shell out the 30$ necessary to get the parabola and secuba tomorrow!
Scopey (5276) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Leightonís Euro Semi-Final tasting, thanks to deeblo. It pours very dark brown, with a decent tan head. The nose is roasted malt, caramel, touch of citrus, liquorice and aniseed. The taste is roasted malt, treacle, coffee, some acidity, spice, liquorice, citrus pith, rye and underlying alcohol warmth, with a solid bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Good balance and flavour.
Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Trinity brewing company May 31st, 2012 and 2 subsequent bottles-Pours pretty much black with a big bubble kacki head and some lacing. WOW, that nose is something else-big tropical dank hops with chocolate roasted malt undertones. that could be the best black ipa nose i have ever smelled! Very dank! holy fuck! Huge hop wallup of dank pine and roasted malt-not any metallic tones like i get with most every beer of this style. huge juicy hop flavors and big burnt char-like malt profile. THis is the best clashing combo i have ever had in a black ipa. velvety body adds to the awesome beer. subsequent bottles have not had the huge dank nose like the tap however, still a pleasant drink. im doing this rating from the fresh tap version.