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RATINGS: 968   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Wookey Jack is our first foray into the dark outer world of black IPAs. Rich dark malts and spicy rye careen into bold citrus laden hops creating a new dimension in IPA flavor. This brew has been left unfiltered and unfined to retain all of its texture and character. At 60 IBUs, Wookey Jack is gnarly on the outside yet complex and refined on the inside.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5300) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 Bottle. Pours a deeP black with nice thick head that dissipates into creamy brown lacing. Aroma is super fresh, spicy skunky hops. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of roast, smoke and light fresh hop.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike12da (69) - Osaka, JAPAN - JUL 12, 2012
Nice deep rich brown color, not quite black. Huge aroma of everything you would expect: rye, malt, and hops. One of the best smelling beers Iíve ever had. Taste is outstanding, though I wouldnít mind a bit more punch to match up with the aroma. This is a beautiful beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5811) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2012
been wanting to try this, never had a bad FW .. . lots of dark roast and dark rye .. . look at my face! .. . deep and tasty, smooth mouth .. . one of the best black ipaís around! .. . . Did he gamble away all of his last-place winnings?

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Black with good, creamy, beige head / Fresh nose of weed, citrus, and pine / Medium body, light on the tongue with the bright hops and rye spice, great balance and bitter finish / Flavors of cut pine, roast barley, grapefruit, rye spice, and weed, with a hint of caramel / Outstanding.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Pours chestnet with beige head. Nose is wet grassy hop with slight floral notes. Smooth and mellow on the tongue with syrupy malt moving to lively lemon, lime, and lemon grass hops. Well balanced and well crafted.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thefederalist (282) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a large, puffy off-white head. Aroma of pine and grass and alcohol. The flavor is fairly bitter with a clean malt backbone that turns slightly roasty in the finish. Nice one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Pours an opaque black with a nice creamy khaki head. The aroma is massively piney, loads of floral and citrus notes. Some touches of chocolate and a kind of breadiness. The taste hits you with an abundance of hop bitterness, very piney. Later in the mouth you do pick up some roasted qualities, but they are dominated by the juicy hops. Has a really nice mouthfeel, finishes dry. Very complex. The best Black IPA Iíve had. Firestone continues to blow me away!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2290) - JAPAN - JUL 7, 2012
Is there such a thing as a bad FW beer? Or even just an average one? Man Huge Pine/Citrus danky dank nose. Really jumps out of the glass. Lovely black with brown tinges and a nice head - though retention is not supurb. Lots of tropical citrus a touch of pine with some undercurrants of chocolate and molasses. Easy drinking body. Another masterclass.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - JUL 6, 2012
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1161) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2012
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.


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