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Leo V. Ursus: Wookus | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Leo V. Ursus: WookusLeo V. Ursus: Wookus

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Once thought to be extinct, the Wookey family comes roaring back with its wooliest progeny yet: an imperial black IPA that is wickedly hoppy, righteously spicy and fearsome in flavor. Right out of Firestone Walker mythology and into your glass—behold the beast that we call Wookus.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by Fremont897:
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4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of CHickman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It’s as if Wookey Jack rose from the grave and gave this brew near perfect looks with outstanding lacing and rings coating the sides.

Smells of strong piney hops, peppery spices, rye, char, roasted chocolate malts, grapefruit, caramel, citrus hops, and earthy or leafy notes. Balanced with the nice roast of the malt and grains mixing well with the hop spices.

Flavor has smoked malts, piney hops/pine cones, peat moss, bitter grapefruit, peppery spices with coriander, white pepper and rye, roasted grains, chocolate malts, charred wood, lemon zest, orange peel, tea leaf, cocoa powder, dry floral hops and what tastes and feels like dry hopping. Balance is well done shifting from hoppy to roasty, unleashing complexities with each sip.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and on the smooth side with average carbonation, a medium body and a nice slightly bitter finish. Aftertaste is almost sweet, letting the citrus hops come through again as the char fades and allows piney notes to sneak through. Spot on for the style, very easy to drink.

Black IPA/American Black Ale is such a great style, beers this good should not be limited releases. Well done again Firestone Walker.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16oz can

Pours a finger of light brown head into my tulip. Somewhat pillowy. Body is jet black, with small hues of mahogany when held to the light. Head retention was above average, and has left an impressive film, and initial lacing. Looks pretty nice so far.

Piney hops on the nose. Hop presence is pretty good. A little rye. Definitely spicy between the hops and rye. Not too roasty underneath, more of a sweet undertone, which is actually kinda nice here. Perhaps some faint chocolate. I want to go 4.5, but it's not quite there.

The beer hits the tongue so nicely, no flavor overpowers, they all blend from beginning to finish. Some would prefer isolated flavors during different parts of the palate, and I like that as well, but this is just as good. Piney hops, a touch of rye, some chocolate, and a little roast. Finishes not too sweet, not too dry. Just extremely well balanced here. This is a great beer.

The mouthfeel is quite nice. Hops are very present, but don't really linger. The body is not silky, but it is very smooth. Carbonation is about medium, pretty lively though, feels like an IPA, while it is definitely also dark. Really a lovely feeling beer.

The drinkability is great, this is a seriously tasty beer, with no heat or booze.

The appearance turned out pretty great. The lacing was thick from top to bottom. Body was impressively dark, and head stuck around a decent while. Good looking beer.

Overall this is one of the best beers I've had in quite some time. Flavorful, tasty, and extremely well balanced.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a dark black, with a fairly dark brown and creamy looking head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like charred malt, resinous burnt pine, rye spice, tobacco, dark chocolate, caramel, and a little bit of citrus.

Black IPAs are, for the most part, very flawed. However, this is still a very tasty beer. This doesn't surprise me, as it's basically Wookey Jack 2.0. It's got a super burly and gnarly malt character- rich and ashy roasted malt, smoke, tobacco, and slightly sweet caramel, with a bit of chocolate too. The hop character struggles to stand out, but still does- with a searing bitterness and a light sprinkling of citrus.

This is creamy and quite rich, with a good level of carbonation and a high level of drinkability.

Similarly to it's older cousin, Wookey Jack, this is one of the best black IPAs that I've ever had. It's a stupid style, but it works here for me.

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Photo of hophugger
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with light tan head and spotty lacing. Lots of hop bitterness that balances quite well with roasty malts and dry spice. Carbonation is right on and finish is light and slightly bitter at the end

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Photo of dental
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanK252
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Firestone Walker Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown with a frothy cocoa brown head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Hoppy side comes through first, piney, slightly tropical, a little citrus, a touch of spice, countered with the malty side, roasty, coffee, chocolate, faint smoke, and toffee sweetness.

T: Pretty solid malt presence for a black IPA, it's not just in there for color. Nicely roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, faintly smokey, countered with resinous pine, fruity notes, berries, slightly tropical, mango, some citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine, a bit spicy, and some rounded out with toffee sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: It's sorta like seeing the twin of an old friend. Not exactly the same, but still nice. It's no Wookey Jack, but it's nice to see a close relative let out to play again.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a splotchy cap; very nice lacing;

S: chocolate is predominant with pine in the background;

T: chocolate and pine are balanced up front; a little orange gets added in at the middle; finish is moderately bitter and tastes of spruce;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: complex aromas and flavors;

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly non-aggressive; somehow I was expecting a "bigger" beer. Decent amount of dark roasted malts and piney hop character. Very smooth for being 8.2% abv.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Khyber Pass in Philly. The appearance is pitch black with a small brown head. The aroma is toasted malt, caramel and pine hops. The taste matches the nose.

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Photo of JonSchwartz
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Donkster46
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a huge creamy, off white head.
Smells of citrus in Pine hop. And a bit of nuttiness.
Wonderful bitter citrus and pine hops. Pine resin sticks around. The roasted malt really blends things well.
Very smooth with a medium mouthfeel.
A great black IPA probably awesome fresh.

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Photo of mig100
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wordsworth
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pitch black, crowned with an enormous fluffy tan head. Excellent retention, the head sticking around forever as a rocky foam, leaving sheets of lacing.

The aroma offers ruby red grapefruit, pine needles, pine sap, unsweetened bitter chocolate, burnt toast, and slight smokiness.

The taste is juicy grapefruit and orange upfront, along with lots of pine resin and earthy dankness. The malt backbone is big, burnt, and oh so bitter. It's bitter chocolate, cacao, acrid black coffee, burnt toast, earth. A hint of mushroom/meaty character. Smokey and ashen. Massive piney bitterness on the back end. Quite dry. Alcohol is completely hidden. Finishes with a huge lingering bitterness, some pine, but mostly an acrid, burnt taste.

Feels medium-plus, very smooth, well-carbonated, feels very full on the palate but moves quickly.

A great beer! Not quite like Wookey Jack, but still one of the best black DIPAs around. A perfect balance of DIPA and stout.

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Photo of Blazer22
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stratusjeans
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Leo V. Ursus: Wookus from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 196 ratings