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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 Hoptometrist
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a globed glass. Bottled on 4/26/13

A-Poured black with a big creamy/fluffy mocha colored head that left lots of dense splashy lace

S- Big fragrant grapefruit, piney, and floral hops. Some chocolate and roasted malt notes. Big wood like notes.

T- Massive grapefruit notes, just like biting right into a fresh grapefruit or freshly squeezed juice. Some woody, earthy, and piney notes. Big roasted/charred malt character,

M- Very creamy and smooth, medium to fuller bodied, soft carbonation,finishes dry. Everything is spot on for the mouthfeel of this beer.

O- The grapefruit notes on this beer are so incredibly juicy and pungent. Nice malt backbone on this Black IPA. This is definitely at the very top of style for me, really tasty stuff.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, with reddish tints on the edges. The head is maybe a finger's width, off-white, and has long retention and a lot of lacing.

S: Toffee, alcoholic phenols, a spiciness, and some slight woody hops. Really not a ton of aroma coming off of this beer.

T: The taste is definitely a kick in the mouth. Sweet malts, toffee, and lots of spicy rye start this beer out. The rye melds nicely with the herbal, woody hops to take the beer through to the end. Despite all the sweet flavor, the beer is remarkably dry. The aftertaste is that f a pleasant burnt sugar.

M: Heavy body, almost chewy, but also a lot of carbonation to cut through the body. the beer is also slightly sticky in the throat.

O: Really a solid beer. It's a big beer, but I would expect nothing less from a black rye IPA. I am amazed at how well all the flavors are playing together.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of spicy rye malt notes with some dry hoppy notes with light resinous notes. Taste is also dominated by spicy rye notes with some resinous dry hoppy notes with light dry bitter notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really nice mix between some spicy rye malt with solid hops punch.

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Photo of ElderBeagle
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: super dark mahogany, good 1.5 finger tan head

S: very roasty, coffee, burnt sugar, slightly smokey.

T: very complex flavor in this beer. Big roasted malt flavor, smoke, and even a bit of wood (oak?). Also a hint of sweet caramel and then I taste the hop bite near the end of the tongue.

M: full body for this guy and good amount of carbonation. But surprisingly smooth.

O: this is a great beer overall. Big complex flavor profile but not aggressive, still easy to drink. The only knock for me is the smokey flavor as I am not a fan of smokey beers. But otherwise I was glad I tried this, good big complex brew.

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Photo of far333
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahogany colored and opaque. A beige thick head settles out quickly. Low aroma of citrusy hops. Flavors of citrusy hops, morphing to orange rind pith, mix of pine and rye spice. Good balance of hops and malt, leaning more towards the hops, but good presence for the roasty dark malt. Rich and full mouthfeel, creamy, finishes a bit tannic. Good beer overall.

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Photo of AndyP612
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured to Darkness stem.

A- Dark. Black color with a light brown head that dissipates quickly. Looks very much so at home in the trusty Darkness glass I usually use to review at home.

S- Hops with rye highlights but predominately hop forward. Good, hearty nose one this ale seemingly on the sweeter side with the nose.

T- Nice hop bite towards the front. The rye balances things out toward the middle and ends in lovely rich malt. Extremely well balances with nothing coming out as the star. The three acts are definitely present Hops, Rye and Malt in this ale.

M- Extremely drinkable at 8.3% abv and the layers work very well with one another. Medium bodied with the malt staying with you after the sip slightly longer than the hops.

O- This is by far the best Black IPA I have had to memory because there is evidence that it is, in actuality is an IPA. I have become quite sick of ale claiming to be BIPAs and are really just black ale with no hops detectable in the nose or the palate. Would buy again. Cheers.

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Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A near pitch-black brew with a fantastic, rich, dark brown head. The herbal hops flow freely out of this one. Some dark fruity notes and faint caramel are noticed. Nothing out of the ordinary or complex with the aroma, just right on target. Caramel and bitter chocolates to the tongue and this one goes down smooth as hell. An herbal hop envelope helps provide a pleasant and non-threatening counterpoint to the sweetness. Some rye graniness and plum is noticed later. Medium-bodied at the most and the alcohol provides warmth but no harshness. Fabulous is end of the story.

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Photo of smooth_aleing
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, Firestone Walker doesn't disappoint. Poured from a bomber into an over-sized wine glass.

Pours a deep, jet black with a thick, frothy, cream-hued head that stands at two fingers. Settles down to nice lacing, with a generous layer of head.

The smell is immediately of rye, which I love. Notes of pine, roasted malts. Nice earthy, meaty nose.

First taste notes are rye and hops, followed by lingering notes of toasted barley and hops. Sme lingering bitterness provides good balance.

Mouthfeel is nice, a good creamy feel with nice carbonation.

Overall, very nice. Definitely would drink this one again, and the balance of rye and hops is spot-on.

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Photo of hitter114
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mmmm... Wookey

It has taken maybe a case of this to review it, but this time, poured from 22 into gulden draak tulip

A: Jet black, some mahogany, with thin white head nice lacing
S: Smells like hops, farm hops
T: Dank Hops up front, rye, malts and a little roast finish, very nice complex layering of flavors from a hybrid style
M: IPA Style mouth feel with a little roast on the roof of the mouth that lingers

O: A great beer that mixes a few beer styles. It almost takes the character of a hoppy porter at times, then at others a black ipa. Very nice, FSW

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Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic beer.
Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head.
Smell is all citrus/piney hops but with a sweet smelling twist to it.
Is this its own style? Imperial Roggen American Black Ale?
The taste is just like the smell. A sugary sweetness starts things out but the mild hop bitterness quickly takes over and lingers.
Overall a really enjoyable beer and I am just a few sips into the bottle. This is worth the price and I will most likely look for it again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is a blend of hoppy smells and more roasted smells as would be expected for a black IPA. The roasted smells are largely of a coffee and toasted malt aroma with the hop being predominantly of a pine and earthy smell. While these are the bulk aromas other aromas of grapefruit and chocolate find their way to the nose as well giving a rather robust and dark smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins much heavier of lightly roasted malt and a rye flavor more than of anything else. Upfront there is only a lighter presence of a grapefruit citrus hop, but as the flavors advance this changes, with flavor of pine hop increasing in strength throughout the taste. A light chocolate flavor seems to come and go in the taste, being taken over in the end by an earthy hop flavor as well as some roasted coffee flavors. The roasted coffee gets quite potent toward the end, overshadowing the rest of the flavors, to leave a rather coffee bitter and moderately hoppy roasted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the average side as well. A slightly thicker body may have been slightly better for the roasted flavors of the brew, but even so, the feel was quite all right.

Overall – A pretty decent black IPA, but nothing too outstanding in my mind. It ended with a bit too much coffee bitterness, which took away from much of the nice hop undertones that were present. It was worth the try, but not one I would go back to with any real occasion.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle into a Speigelau IPA glass. A super dark brown/near black color with a thick 2 finger tan head. Great retention. One of the damn finest beers my eyes have seen

S- Pine hops, dank hoppy resins, touch of tabacco leaf, with some citrus, and a caramel malt presence.

T- Very smooth. Not a huge hop presence as expected, but maybe due to the age. If so, it ages just fine. Taste follows nose, but with a flavorful cross of pale and dark caramel malts that blends well with the earthy tone. Hops come back in the finish with the bitterness, accompanied by touch of rye spice.

M- Love the feel of this one. So creamy. Mid to full body. Smooth with lil to no alcohol detected.

O- Nothing wrong with this effort from FW. Quite an anticipation built up and i wasn't let down. Not sure what wookey dust is, but i seem to like it.

Bottled on 1/10/13
Consumed on 5/7/13

$7 for bomber bottle

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is of decent age, brewed at 3/4/13, written on the bottom left of the label.

A light tan one finger head, almost like a milk stout. The color is pitch black with a bit of brown coming through at the edges as the head recedes quickly.

The aroma is of big grapefruit with pine, malted sweetness and rye, and citrus. Certaintly smells like an IPA. As it warms up, it’s more orange and fresh fruit.

The flavor is surprising. It has a big grapefruit bitterness like Double Jack and also juicy orange and citrus. Then with a smooth clean malt that comes behind it, which then leaves a grapefruit peel finish along with an orange candy sweetness. It leaves your mouth watering because it’s so quite dry and strong.

The malt profile instead of crystal malt like Double IPAs has more of this breadiness and caramel behind it instead of rounded stickiness. There’s also a rye spice in there like Hop Rod Rye. Quite prominent actually in the later part of the beer.

As this beer warms up, the roasted malt notes slowly come through along with the rye.

Quite a complex beer, but not too far from a Double IPA. I’ve only had this with Sublimely Self Righteous, which I really did not like at all. This on the other hand is a really complex and delicious. For a rye beer, I think I like Hop Rod Rye more, but just slightly. This really is an impressive beer. Not shockingly different enough from a Double IPA for me to really go crazy for it about the style however.

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Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz (650ml) bottle
Bottled on: 02/18/13
Served in a pint glass

Dark mahogany appearance. The liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, two-finger, beige colored crown that slowly receded to a resilient cap of foam. Thick patches of lacing stuck along glass. As the liquid fell, the patches transformed into a curtain of froth.

While this beer is listed as an American black ale, the aroma was dominated by IPA-like characteristics. Quite hoppy with strong citrus notes. Orange peel was apparent. Slightly sweet. Somewhat piney. A touch of chocolate and roasted malts were noticeable in the background. Hints of a dry, powdery yeastiness came through as well.

The flavor profile was quite similar to nose. Very hoppy and crisp. Lots of citrus. Hefty dose of orange peel. Touch of sweetness. Pine notes came through strong on the back end. The finish was crisp, dry and bitter with intense, lingering notes of pine resin. Although the beer looked dark and malty, I picked up no indication of any roasted or chocolate malts.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied than anticipated. Smooth, creamy and soft on the palate with a crisp, bubbly, medium effervescence.

This American black ale leans much more in the direction of an IPA than a dark ale of any type. While it lacked some complexity, it was flavorful and quite drinkable. All in all, a respectable offering from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Surprising. Not walk in on your best friend and girlfriend "surprising," but a lil off the beaten path. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, this bad boy flies around for a while; but then like John Daly, it ends up being pretty par for the course. A lil dark, a lil hoppy, a lil boom boom in the zoom zoom, and a lil too bitter in the end.

Raul doesn't mind popping it, but like my fish oils every morning, it won't be a daily thang.

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Photo of spoony
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bomber (dated March 15, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-This is a good looking beer. The tan head is tall at two-plus fingers, pillowy, and slow to fade. A nice curtain of lace is left behind on the glass, too. The brew is nearly black and mostly opaque.

S-I detect a fair amount of spice and some herbal notes, but also a lot of citrus fruit like orange, grapefruit, and lemon. There is a little hint of cocoa and chocolate, but don't go looking for heavy malt influence because it isn't here.

T-The taste is more spicy, dank, and bitter than the smell. I lose a lot of the citrus. There is also more cocoa/chocolate from the malts and just a hint of dark-roasted bitterness. Alcohol is mostly concealed.

M-The feel is medium bodied with a fine carbonation that gives a soft bite, but mostly lays low.

O-I never know what to expect from black IPAs, but this was a good one for the sort-of spicy meal I had. Anyway, this good-looking brew leans heavily toward the hop end of things and fans of rye spice should enjoy. On the other hand, if you like a little more chocolate/malty flavor in your black ale, you might be better served elsewhere. Final note, for an ABV of 8.3% the alcohol remains well hidden.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For those not from CA...Bevmo is like heaven!!!

Pours a dark brown with light highlights. Good size brown head that is creamy and fluffy. Good lasting power.

Aroma of hops, malts, bread.

Taste is grapefruit, malt, piney and some light wood in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, much lighter than expected. Cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Very enjoyable. Very refreshing. Really like this one!

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Photo of brewtus
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz into tulip

A- pours black with a nice two finger light beige head
S- piney hops, some coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, floral (weird combo right?)
T/M-starts with a dry toasty smokiness, leads into a nice warm hop flavor complimented with some dry rye. Finishes with chocolate, coffee, and smoke like a porter. Texture is just thicker than an ipa, as expected.
O- this is one of the best black IPAs I've ever had, the smell and taste are just amazing, west coast style ipa mixed with Midwest style porter. it's flavors balance out perfectly, not too bitter, not too dry, not too roasty, and not too hoppy, very uniqueand extremely enjoyable. Got this in a trade and really wish I had access to get this again.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since my first sip of Firestone Walker’s Union Jack (See Review), I have been a fan of this fantastic brewer – this is the same Firestone that makes tires. Concurrently was my newfound love of the Black IPA; naturally, the two would meet in the guise of Wookey Jack.

It opens with a fast and furious rush of froth; it settles slowly into a pitch black body capped by a beige froth. While the nose reeks of a pine forest, the taste is rather semi-sweet and reinforced by an aggressive molasses toastiness that retreats into a grassy finale.

The mouthfeel is spectacular: it is perfectly balanced, smooth, sweet and dry – all at the same time! This Wooky is an excellent brew that covers all the bases and a wonderful addiction.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pour into a tulip reveals substantial head that looks like it isn't going away that quickly. There are very large bubbles in a nice light beige foam. The body itself is dark, dark, dark. Maybe some brown, some garnet at the bottom when held up to the light. Of course, there's a lot of lacing with this one. There's a nice stout surge when it's poured.

Nose- The aroma on this is terrific. It charges at you as an aromatic blend of mostly pine, some soapiness with hints of spice. I have been skeptical of the black IPA, but I'm enjoying the black rye IPAs. There is some citrus but pine is the predominant aspect.

Taste- This begins with a light sweetness that evolves into caramel malt spiced by rye, oak, and wood. There are hints of lemon that play around that also. However, this is more than the sum of its parts. There is a slight alcohol that informs the mouth but more than that, this is a well integrated beer. It's IPA characteristics are muted just enough to justify a different style. If it were an IPA with some rye sprinkled in, it would be boring to bad. This beer however achieves balance between two different beer styles to make a very nice beer. It's maltier than I like a beer to usually be but it provides a much needed backbone.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with some creaminess and syrupiness. It maybe could be carbonated more and the alcohol is apparent but faint.

Drinkability- At 6.49 (which might be higher than some places), this is a steal. This is a top 250 beer and it shows it. Take into account that this is a bomber with 8.3% ABV and you've got three quality beers for about 2 bucks a pop. Very tasty. Complex enough to keep your palate interested, simple enough not to be over powering.

Overall- Really good. A-. It could be an A but it is closer to an A-. Especially in the Firestone Walker galaxy, which is filled with stars.

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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 blankust
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

served from bottle into chalice style glass

Odor: piney, hoppy aroma
Appearance: black with 2 finger mocha colored head, plenty of lacing
Taste: nice citrusy start, very smooth, hops throughout, can fell 8.3% warming at end, spicy on tip of tongue, can taste molasses as beer warms.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey teku.

A- pours black with a 2" tan head. Thick trails and latches of lacing cover the glass.

S- chocolate, light roast, spice, good amount of pine.

T- semi sweet chocolate, some light roasted malts, mint from the pine/chocolate combo, and pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice smooth feel with light acidity at the finish.

O- very good black ipa. Great balance of chocolate, roast and pine.

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Photo of Steamer
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown, chocolate color with a one-finger beige head. Nice lacing. The strong hops and rye smells hit hard like fresh pine needles; citrus overtones. The taste follows the smell up front but it is remarkably smooth. A robust, full hops burst but not at all harsh; becomes bitter as expected at the end. Medium mouth feel, like a porter more than a dark IPA. This one goes on the favorite list as one to always have at the ready!

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Photo of Dave1999
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a small white.

The smell is citrus hops, lemons and grapefruit.

The taste is tropical fruits and just a little bit bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall although it looks like a dark stout it is infact a hopy ipa, without much malt flavour at all.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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