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RATINGS: 1119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darwenus (659) - Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2013 This brew pours chocolate brown with a head that grows quickly and then recedes slowly and leaves lots of continuous lacing. The aroma is big. There’s huge rye, citrus and big hops in the smell. The taste is really good. This IPA might be brewed with stout lovers in mind, and not just because of the dark color. The taste is complex, with a lot of malt up front and then huge hops at the swallow (more than 60 IBUs imply), followed by this incredibly woody, sweet, smooth finish. I loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2415) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 6, 2012
On tap at Friscoe Grille & Taproom in Columbia, MD. Opaque, deep dark brown with tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, pine, pineapple, roast malt and a touch of chocolate. Taste of grapefruit, roasted malt, pineapple and chocolate. Medium body and medium/high carbonation with a very smooth mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2731) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2012
On tap at International Tap House in St. Louis, pours black with a light brown head and a ton of lacing through the glass, the aroma has a huge amount of citrus and tropical fruit, the flavor has an awesome hop front with a finish of malt and a hint of chocolate, the amount of citrus and tropical fruit was amazing, this had to be very fresh. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
high_on_hops (795) - Burlingame, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
On tap. Pours a deep brown with a thick tan head and plenty of lacing. It has a great aroma of citrus hops and dark malt with some coffee and chocolate. The flavor is complex, with hops and dark malt, with a coffee and chocolate middle and a balanced dark malt and citrus hops aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badpuppy69 (292) - orange, California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Pepsi colored, pine hops black licorice roasty flavor some citrus, not bitter but a little sweet. Complex big beer, this beer is amazing! A all the way smooth beer.. so worth a try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2012
On hand at Denver Summer Brew Fest 2012. Semi clear dark brown with a slight ruby highlight, and a persistent but small light khaki head. Aroma is kinda earthy and roasty with notes of black malt, herbal hops, and some grassy hops with a faint touch of espresso. Taste is plenty sweet with roasty dark grains and light light espresso tones, a touch of grassy hops, slight bitterness, and more dark malt sweetness. Very pleasant and roasty sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3891) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery Tulip produces a three finger thick, brown tinged, tan colored head; the beer leaves quite a bit of lacing stuck to the sides of my glass as it recedes. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated amber / dark-plum color when held up to the light. The aroma is hugely, expressively, hoppy; ample lychee, concentrated tangelo zest, concentrated floral citrus, kumquat zest, apricot, and guava are all noticeable. Softer, supporting notes of toasted, whole grain bread that has been lightly burnt, dark grain husks, and hop notes of herbal, slightly dank, pine, and touches of woodiness. The non-fruit side of the hop character is accentuated by the roast aromatics, and I like that it plays only a supporting role here; so often the dark / roast notes in Black IPAs make the hops harsh and sharp, and this just isn’t that.

Sharply bitter up front, with a zippy carbonation that accentuates the bite, bitter roast malt, and a lingering, toasted whole grain character in the finish. Floral, fruity, expressive hop character defines this beer; it is a bit reduced from the nose, as the roast malt plays more of a role in the flavor, but still one can easily notice notes of lychee, tangelo zest, orange blossom nectar, and huge peach flavors. Sharper hop notes of pine, hints of dank character, touches of herbal notes, and even some lingering menthol. The body of this beer is quite light, this is dangerously quaffable, and drinks a lot lighter than a beer of this strength should; there is just enough viscosity and malt body to this beer to carry the fruity hop character.

This is a beer that is right up my alley; this is the best hop expression that I have had in a Black IPA, the focus on floral, tropical fruit, and citrus is just something I can’t deny. I really like that the roast malt doesn’t get in the way of the hop character; so often it adds harsh, acrid notes to the hops, and it just doesn’t do that at all here. This is a beer I wouldn’t mind having a whole lot of in the beer fridge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Pours a dark brown-black with a fluffy, bubbly graham cracker head. Aroma is very fruity (prunes/raisins), crisp pine, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, some grass, earth. Smells great. Taste is really fruity right out the gate, raisins, them some bitter lemon peel, pine and juniper, finish is part baker’s chocolate and part fruit rind. Very drinkable, creamy mouth feel. goes down very smooth. Light lacing. Both complex and simple in its execution. This isn’t as malty as usually I like my darker beers, but its still very good and I would drink it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11227) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle shared by Ceasar. Deep dark brown color. Almost black. Blackcurrant, rye, lemon and melon in the aroma. Roast, rye bread and blackcurrant in the flavor. Roast. Tannines. Sweet with an almost sugary finish. Would be 4+ with less sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (5914) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle at the hotel room in New York, bought at Whole Foods Bowery in August 2012. Black with a large tan head. Nice hoppy aroma with roasted malt. Also a light smokiness. The taste was nicely balanced with a lot of hops. Not extremely bitter and heavy. Smooth and really drinkable. Propably the best Black IPA that I have tasted to date.

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