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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a Guinness glass. Deep black with a half a finger tan head. Smells of pine,hops, orange peel. Taste follows the nose. I'm also getting some roasted malt and faint hints of Baker's chocolate. Very pleasant and easy to drink. I could easily finish a 4 pack while watching a football game on TV.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wookey Jack pours black with a creamy light tan head. Lots of netted lacing on the glass.

The aroma has lots of piney hops, Chocolate and bready rye notes are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and velvety with mild carbonation. The flavor is rich with chocolate, roasted malt, piney hops, a touch of citrus and some rye spice. It finishes mildly bitter, earthy and a little grassy. Once gone the chocolate and pine lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer with lots of rich flavor. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

IPA...? Really, I'm thinking Stout but whatever, this is a fine beer! I have the fireplace going and Firestone fits right into this chilly night. The Rye is fine, why not Rye Stout?, don't worry, I'm going on a three brewery, three hour tour soon so perhaps I can figure this out?

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Photo of delta490
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near-black, with just a hint of brown showing where light manages to get through. A big creamy tan head hangs on a long time, eventually settling down in to a nice disk, leaving tight soapy lacing. The aroma is lighter, with light roasted malt and pine hops. The taste, though, kicks it into a higher gear with roasted malt, burnt sugar, and floral and fruit hops adding to the pine. The body is nice and smooth, with just a little bite from the hops on the finish. A great black ale.

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Photo of Chaney
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting this one for a long time. Finally!

Served in a DFH snifter about the size of one of the continents that the dig up ingredients from.

A: Lots of mocha lacing here, with a dark, dark brown liquid below it. Pretty scary at this points...

S: Whoa pine! This totally one of those air freshener beers that is both hoppy and fruity at the same time. One comes across this profile every once in a while. If there's dark malt in here to offset the West Coast hop bomb, I REALLY want to try the base beer. Awesome stuff!

T: Ever so subtle chocolate (cocoa notes) underneath with a very strong citrusy, pine component. It's almost as if the malt attached itself to one of the hop sizzle cells. They are truly one in the same here... which is awesome!

M: Stupidly ridiculous lacing, not a sweet brew at all, and with quite a bit of fresh grapefruit-like bitterness.

O: I had a conversation with a friend tonight about this style and he said, "I'm still looking for that Black IPA to change my mind about the style." I'm thinking this might be the one...

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Photo of Thawley
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you thought the Firestone regular IPA was good try this one. Your best girlfriend just split into two and now she's is hot for a menajahtwa. Is it you or does the beer make you sexier? You may never know.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark bown, bordering on black body with chestnut hues beneath the dense, dark tan head which slowly dissolves to leave a scattered sticky lacing on its wake.

Awesome aromas of abundant pine hops with rye and other woody notes. Big pine and floral aromas, which appear to let in just a hint of sweet chocolate malt as the beer warms.

Palate coating, chewy hops highlight the flavor offering pine, woody and floral notes similar to the aroma. Re seed shows up as it warms a touch with a nice bread malt character as well.

Medium to generous carbonation with a full body of hops that coats the tongue long into the aftertaste.

A substantial beer that is quite delicious and one of the finer black ales I've had. Tons of character to please the senses and a great blend of rye and pine, just plain well done.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear but very dark auburn liquid is topped by a lasting fat finger of desert sand foam. Soapy lacing, superior retention.

Complex aromatics suggest citrus and hay, smoke and wildflowers. The dry hopping contributes substantially here I think.

Clean toasty bitterness is overlaid with layers of grain. There is a certain freshness evident in the flavor profile, which brings to mind a well stocked home brew store. The roast levels vary but there is no astringency (owing to the use of "de-bittered" black patent?) to the malt bill. The wheat seems to offer a smooth gentle tartness that integrates well with the juicy citrus notes from the hops. Rye adds further balance throughout without dominating (as it often can). Finishes moderately dry with hints of Ovaltine.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, satisfying mouthfeel. The ABV adds a bit more body and flavor but is otherwise hidden.

Very drinkable example of the style - uniquely crafted and startlingly fresh-tasting. Stone's DDH Sumblimely Self Righteous Ale bests it, but FW has produced a solid contender for top-of-the-pack for the style.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Olney Place in Penn Yan, NY.

This pours a dark black, with a half inch off white head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like dark roasty malt, chocolate, burnt pine, and some grapefruity citrus.

This is definitely one of the upper echelon Black IPAs out there. This makes sense, as Firestone Walker is one of the upper echelon breweries out there. The "black" and the "IPA" are well balanced, one doesn't outshine the other a whole lot. There's a great slightly ashy dark malt flavor, roasty, with a burnt pine hoppiness, some grapefruit, and some grassiness. Feels a bit earthy.

This has a nice creaminess to it, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a fully thick body.

This is a pretty great black IPA, certainly one of, if not the, best ones out there.

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Photo of mooseo
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml into Firestone Walker tulip.

A - Black with dark brown hues when held to the light. Head is small and light tan in color.

S - Grapefruit, sweet bread, pumpernickel, pine, hints of tropical fruit.

T - Big hoppy waves of grapefruit citrus and pine. Very resinous. A smooth, rye malt backbone is present. Finish is bitter with earthy hops and a slight breadiness.

M - Silky smooth, a little creamy, medium body. Dry finish, medium carbonation.

O - My new favorite black IPA. This stuff is delicious. The hop profile reminds me of Heady Topper, which is definitely a good thing. The rye malt blends in perfectly. Awesome.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 31 Aug, 2014

The beer pours into a Duvel glass with a light tan 1" head on the dark brown, almost black liquid. While the head recedes fairly soon, there are rings of lacing on the side facing a way from me with patches and large speckles of foam on the side where I'm sipping. Most of the surface remains covered with a thin layer of foam for quite a while.

The smell is more or less like dark chocolate with some cattiness from the hops mixed in and sometimes dominationg the smell.

The flavors are fairly complex, with dark chocolate from the roasted malt, some almost but not quite burnt character giving way to the catty flavor and then dryness from the hops.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the finish begins in in the dark almost burnt chocolate of the dark malt and gradually fades into a nice dryness that invites another sip.

Overally this is a nicely drinkable beer and one that has a great deal of balance from the ingredients playing together nicely. The malt could taste burnt but does not, the hops could have a stronger catty character but don't linger long enough to become unpleasant. On the this is a good example of the style which I'll be happy to have again in the future.

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Photo of riored4v
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip. 2 finger tan head. Pitch black body. Didn't notice any transparency.

Aroma was grapefruit and citrus. Some chocolate and signs of ABV present. Fair amount of spiceyness. Slight biscuity aroma as well.

Taste was great. Lots of hop flavor up front of grapefruit and orange. Some resiny, pine flavor as well. Hop flavor was quickly followed by a bready malt backbone. Light roasty flavor with some chocolate notes. Slight spicey flavor lets your know there is definitely Rye in it. Finish is more spiceyness, slightly grainy, some piney, resiney and grapefruit notes as well. Bitterness lingers slightly as it coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carb and a slightly sticky finish. No real signs of ABV.. atleast not as much as noticed in the nose.

Overall another great beer from FW. Great balance anf flavors. Glad I bought more.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown. Almost black before showing some light on it. Deep red hues at edges. Head is a light tan, creamy, and drops to a smooth cap after a minute or two. Nice sheets of lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts. Hints of chocolate malt. Some milk chocolate and cocoa as well. Nice backing spiciness from the rye. It's minimal, but it's there. Slightly burnt. Caramel with a huge punch of citrus from the hops. Grapefruit flesh and some orange. Tons of citrus. Crazy depth and balance.

Taste: Hops up front. Grapefruit flesh and rind with a building pithy bitterness. Nice resinous and oily pine. Malts are sweet and roasty. Caramel, hints of old coffee, and some dustings of cocoa. Milk chocolate sweetness plays through a spiciness from the rye. Slight peppery flavor in the back. Mild char. Rye spiciness builds as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation on a medium body that moves toward full. Slight dryness on the swallow. ABV is hidden. Sticky and oily.

Overall: A damn fine take on the style. Loaded with the right balance of black and IPA. Huge citrus. Even at 2 months old it's got great depth. Rye is deftly handled and adds a nice element.

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Photo of match1112
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks go out to pelican5 for sending this to me in a bif!

a: think pumpernickel bread. dark brown almost black with some plum highlights around the edges.
finger and a half of sand colored creamy head. slowly settles into a frothy ring leaving spotty lacing.

s: pine, spice and a little citrus twang with a hint of bready malt in the background.

t: starts and finishes with a pine forward presence. a solid rye bread flavor rounds out the body very nicely.

m: creamy full body. nice level of carbonation. a little dry and spicy on the finish.

o: really enjoy this beer. wish there was more rye presence, but none the less very solid offering.

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Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a small chocolate-brown head. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. What's there is some roasted barley malt, piney hops and some general earthiness.

T: More roasty than usual for an American Black Ale, but that's balanced nicely with citrusy and piney hops. Then, lingering on the palate in the aftertaste I get some roasted coffee beans. A touch of rye spiciness is there as well, giving this a slightly different taste than you usually get with an ABA - I'm not really getting any chocolate, for instance, but still I'm liking the malt profile.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest. Finishes semi-dry.

O: Good stuff. Closer to the "hoppy Porter" territory than most ABAs, but I'm good with that.

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Photo of kevanb
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a lovely jet black color, hints of brown and burgundy when held to the light. A nice big caramel colored head rest atop the beer, very soapy and sticky that yields some fantastic lacing and has pretty decent retention but leaves a nice amount of soapy film behind. The aroma is spot on, dank earthy hops, slight pine, lots of grassiness, almost like pot, just super dank and weedy, bright cuts cuts it well, and is finished with some spice and bitter coffee from the malts and rye. Big hit of bitter hops on the tongue straight away, lots of grassiness and dirtiness, juicy citrus and some sappy pine, nice rye flavors, a bit of unpleasant cola flavors but what really impressed me was a wonderful lingering coffee flavor that sits perfectly on the tongue. The body is spot on, medium carbonation, wonderful smoothness, coats the mouth very well, amply dry but not overpowering.

Verdict: Fantastic Black IPA, especially for being their first widely available beer of this style. The flavors are dank, bitter and balanced well, with a great body which makes for a great drinking experience, this is definitely one of the better black IPAs out there.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a nice dark brown color with some nice golden caramel edges. There is a nice creamy ecru colored head that is about 1 inch tall and is pretty sticky leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma starts off with some delicious citrus hop notes mixed in with some nice slight dank pine notes. Definitely some hop forward notes in the nose. There is some nice roasty malt on the back end of the nose that slightly balances the brew. The roast is nice and grainy with some slight notes of chocolate.

The flavor starts off with some nice earthy grain and some slight chocolatey and sweet roast malt notes. Then a quick fresh rush of herbal and grassy citrus hops comes up giving the brew some wonderful life and brightness. There is also a nice slight piney note that goes along well with the other hop notes and are blended perfectly with the malt notes. Amazing brew with great balance between the roast and the malty grain notes really shine as the brew warm with some nice spice form the rye showing up with the grassy and herbal dank hop notes. Mouthfeel is nice and light-medium with some creamy notes and good carbonation.

Overall, this is a great take on the Black Ale style. Very good hop profile matched up nearly perfectly with the great rye malt profile and the awesome roasted notes.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wookey Jack into a brandy snifter; no bottle date stamped.

Yup, this bad-boy is jet black. Tall khaki crown of two fingers plus. Tier lacing, in full effect. The head falls about as fast as the minute hand on a clock moves.

Pine forward hop nose with tart wedges of grapefruit, a barrow of kilned rye grains, pulpy orange juice, and vanilla bean. Hoppy, with a solid, but merely supportive, malt backbone.

Juicy grapefruit, leafy hop cone oils, pine needles, and a spicy rye malt buttress. Lively hop bitterness and a mildly sweet and spicy malt makes for incredible balance. There’s a lovely wet-hop flavor; hardly resinous, dank, that sort of thing. This is actually a very refreshing brew. A pretty big-medium body with a rich, tight effervescence. Absolutely solid mouthfeel.

Reeeeally enjoying my bomber of Wookey Jack. You would, too. Boom-shaka-laka.

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Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly jet black in colour, 1.5 fingers of tan head, good retention and lots of tight lacing on the glass. Smell is initially citrus and fruity hops with a secondary of roasted malt, a little bit of smoke and some spicy rye malts, as it warms and settles there is also a bit of pine but a nice mix of hops and spicy malts. Taste is spicy rye malts followed by pine and citrus, grapefruit and even a bit of melon, moderate bitterness mid palate with a bit of roast and smoke flavours. Light-medium carbonation, full body and lightly oily. A great black IPA that is spicy, complex and hoppy, perfect bomber to sit down and sip for an hour or so, will certainly revisit this.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Happy Columbus Day 2012

A: Poured a midnight black with little to no head to mention. Some rather large bubbles hang around the perimeter. Carbonation appears perfect, with just the right amount of fizz.

S: Dull pine, spicy grapefruit, earthly peat, floral bouquet, roasted malt, milk chocolate.

T: Layers upon layers of flavor. Oily hops, dark espresso, tea leaves, citrus, honeycomb, and hints of sea barnacle assault my palate.

M: Smoother than cocoa butter. I'll leave it at that.

O: Standout beer. One of the best black ales I have had. The flavor for this style is superb along with a perfect mouthfeel jets this one to the top. FW keeps the good times coming.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 5/12/13

L: Pours a near jet black with little head.

S: Right off the bat is a noseful of fresh, sticky, resinous hops; somewhat grapefruity. The second is a sort of sticky, bready maltiness often found in DIPA’s. I’m also getting a fair amount of rye spice. Add these together and you get a terrific aroma.

T: Resinous hops meld with strong bready, caramel-like malts that don’t quite taste roasted, but definitely let you know they’re of the ‘dark’ variety. Strong grapefruit flavor. Rye taste is also present but not terribly strong, especially towards the finish which is on the sweeter side. Despite thorough hoppiness, this beer is only mildly bitter, and much of that bitterness is roasty in nature.

F: "Chewy, is that you?" -- just kidding, but really though... Medium-full, lush, thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O: Awesome name, awesome use of rye, awesome beer.

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Photo of LCB_Hostage
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 22 oz bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A: Deep dark black with a thick, creamy 2" head that lingers for several minutes. Seriously frothy lacing that lasts and lasts.
S: An intoxicating blend of boozy malt and piney bitter hops
T: A sweet malty lead that is quickly cut by a complex blend of hops. No one hop characteristic stands out, but it balances the malt perfectly.
M: Creamier than I would expect from an IPA, but a solid level of carbonation brings the bitterness to the fore.
O: An outstanding beer. The first black rye-based IPA I've had that actually used the rye to great effect. It offers a nice, crisp dry character and a richness that truly makes this beer unique.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just obtained this one. It is the second one from Firestone Walker that I have tried and I do think they make fantastic beers. I guess I should give props to Beer Camp this year for introducing me to this brewery. It doesn't get distributed to my state, but I travel to VA and they do get it. Anyway, this one was interesting. Not my first black IPA, but this one was not really like the others I had tried, to the best of my recollection.

Appearance: Dark, but not totally lights out dark. There is some transparency in this beer, its almost like a really dark brown ale in color. Big fluffy head that settles to a nice lacing after a few minutes.

Smell:Wow, this is really where this beer hits you. You can detect the hops right away, but you also get that rye spiciness in there too. It does have a bit of the malt character but the hops really do shine in the aroma.

Taste: Not as hoppy as you would expect from the nose. The malts tame it down an bit. I detected the rye heat in there but the dark malts sweeten it up and the hops are not as prevalent, which is a bit of a downer. Nevertheless, its a tasty beer and a really good price for the bomber. I think I picked this one up at a grocery store in VA for less than $7.

Overall: Nice beer. I do like this black ale, black IPA, whatever they want to call it style. It blends the best of two worlds, for me anyway. I have drank a few but kind of backed away while summer was here. Now that we are in a transitional season and I want more stouts this is a good beer to bring me up to speed. I recommend it if you can find it. Its a good price and a very solid beer.

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Photo of BrianScottK
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

It's certainly black. Can't see any light at all through it when holding it up to a bulb. Smells of sourdough and chestnuts. Sweet and malty on the fore with hints of currents and charred bread. Sweetness gives way to a perfect, relatively intense floral hoppiness. So smooth on the tongue that the 8.3% ABV doesn't even register.

One of the most well-balanced beers I've tasted. I'd recommend it to any IPA-guzzling hop-head as well as anyone who loves a good porter or doppelbock.

Great beer.

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Photo of bbeerman
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A..Very dark luscious black. Poured a good frothy and grey head. Not too much lacing though which surprised me with the head.

S..A somewhat unique scent being a black IPA and rye beer. Wasn't sure at first smell that I'd like it.

T..Well the taste was very good. There are certainly fruity tastes throughout, more than I would have expected. I think the fruitiness contributed to my initial thoughts when smelling, but the fruit essence works upon tasting. A good rye presence made me very happy.

M..Easy to drink. Not heavy in my opinion and almost a bit light/weak on the back end. Minimal carbonation. Very little sense this was 8%+ ABV.

O..I'd be happy to drink this again. Would think it might be tasty from the tap.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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