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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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683
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4,549
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 683 | Ratings: 4,549
Photo of me4657
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark blackish brown. Nice craggy head fades to sustained oatmeal froth. Good lacing.

Substantial body without being viscous; pleasant!

Caramel and roasted malts, pleasant bitterness throughout attains full expression in finish.

Intense!

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Photo of mabermud
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown body. Thick and creamy head that is light brown.
Smell: Some hops and some malts. Nothing discerning at this time. More hops than malts. Refreshing after smelling a Fort George Fresh IPA that is an assault on the senses with hops.
Taste: Surprisingly nice taste. Pine and not so sweet malts. With the taste, the grains are at the forefront, and the hops are in the backseat. 60/40 split. Nonetheless, this is good to go.
Feel: Medium. Not crisp. Far from astringent mouth feel at the end, but it's there.

Overall - I would like a fresh bottle. Malty goodness with hoppy niceness.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, almost black. Crisp, hoppy, slight roastedness. Clean roastedness and bitter hops mostly in the taste, although there is a great sweet malt taste to it. Definitely tastes like a big beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big stout tan froth that doesn’t move over opaque ruby black. 4
Leaf and resin fresh hops with just a speck of roasty meat char and root beer. 4.25
Black grape, dark chocolate, licorice, then slammin’ resin, spearmint, herbal, and resin hops. 4.25
Sarsparilla end and numbing minty linger.
Medium, round, chewy, chalky. 4

Junior Mints! Big, fresh, sticky oil and just hints of black - definitely not the stout side of things. Only hitch is I’m losing the rye. But top 3 BIPA, for realz. 4.25

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Typically not a fan of black ale because many of them end up with a combination of smoke with bitter taste that simply comes off as ashy. But not this one. Beautiful dark beer with fluffy tan head that slowly dissipated and had decent lacing. Nice hop aroma. Nice sweet malt flavor with some citrus, maybe orange, and a touch of roast. Creamy, with just a bit of cloying. Overall an excellent beer that I enjoyed very much and am not a fan of the style, so that is saying something.

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Photo of shea117474
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6-21-15. This beer may not be as fresh as I've had before, but I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer and how it ages. The hops may have faded, allowing the silky/oily texture of the rye to come through.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black pour with a khaki head with pancake batter bubbles. Spotty lace after each sip.

S - Citrus hops, brown sugar, piney.

T - Hop forward, citrus, grapefruit, balanced nicely with a solid malt back bone, rye ads different elements of hop zest. Feel is a bit too much of an acidity bomb.

O - Solid Rye IPA that had good complexity and flavor.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass
L: Very dark, with hints of reddish brown. Small head, little lacing
S: Very citrusy for me. Some piney notes but lots of fresh citrus on the nose. Hints of sweetness as well
T: Hoppy, definately an IPA, but surprisingly well balanced. The hops impart pine as well as citrus flavors. They make their presence known without being too assertive, which I appreciate. Also a bit of that roasty malt on the finish.
F: Smooth, but definately a bit dry. Sort of pulls the moisture out of your mouth. Goes back easy though
O: Great beer. Love how the hops are balanced in this one. Definately would recommend.

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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 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 Miller138
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer
Poured out of bottle - nice, dark tan head and rich, dark chocolate color
Caramel and slight licorice hint in the nose
Brilliant complexity - lots of chocolate and caramel malt flavors complimented by a nice spicy hop finish.
Has a warm mouth feel and body without having a syrupy quality.
To me, this beer combines some of the best elements of an IPA, Porter and Old Ale
Really great job by the brewers

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wouldn't consider IPAs, Rye or dark beers my favorites but when you combine them all its perfection. Based on the color of this beer I was expecting it to be heavy but it was medium body and crisp. A little roasty-ness lots of resinous earthy dank hops. I enjoyed this one very much.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great black IPA that I have enjoyed a few times.

Scent is full of piney, rye spiciness and citrus. Very dark beer with brown highlights at the edge of my glass. Clear at the edges, but generally opaque. The rye is more apparent in the taste and plays well with the hops. Fairly string bitterness. Mild alcohol warming, but neither hot nor astringent. Nice mouthfeel on the fuller side of medium. All around enjoyable and likely my favorite Black IPA with a well integrated rye flavor.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another solid offering from the Firestone Walker brewery. The beer is highly complex with a great hoppiness flavor. At 8.3% ABV it is very drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of AnalogErik
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, in a (frosted, ugh) mug - Black as the night, fruity and malty at the same time on the nose - it was great. Flavor was sweet, heavy on the earthy malt bill. Overall - strong beer, loved it.

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

12oz bottle dated 1/2/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 1+ finger head
S: Nice malt/hop balance; toasted malts and citrus/grassy hops
T: Matches the nose
M: Medium+ bodied
O: Definitely solid. If I can source a slightly fresher bottle I'm sure my score will increase

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

as a huge fan of both black ipa's and rye's i couldnt have been more excited to discover this beer
its getting good distribution in colorado and i have had the pleasure of having it from a bomber and on tap at my local roadhouse here in rural gilpin county colorado
to me this beer has some of the characteristics of a black ipa like stone's sublimely self righteous, but also a smokiness that i think comes from the rye
the overall taste is a more muted hopiness than the stone black ipa but with a deeper character that the rye adds to the mix
i didnt notice much difference between the bomber and the tap version at all but both were totally enjoyable and super drinkable
the color was notably on the brownish to amber side instead of deep black and had a decent head and smoky complex taste
had 3 pints in short order out on the deck in the sun and felt the abv!
great beer

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Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep Amber / chocolate color with a nice foam head. Aroma of malts and rye. Flavor is roasty, malty and a touch sweet. You get a mild hop profile. Overall one of the better black IPAs I've had

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

This is the kind of beer that built FW's reputation. Great hybrid type ale with a nice hop bite, spicy rye characteristic, all nicely balanced with malt sweetness. Add in some stout like bitter chocolate and coffee notes and you have one fine CDA, American black ale, black ipa (choose your lingo). Thank you Firestone!

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

Look: Three fingers of almost brown head is retained nicely. Beer is pretty close to pitch black. Dark brown around the edge of the glass. Pretty lacing.

Smell: Toasty chocolate and toffee comingle with sharp rye and an understated hop profile.

Taste: Rye really comes out and dominates this palate. The roast is pleasantly mild. Hop and bitter finish is almost overlooked by the quality of the malt pressance but really presents its self nicely after a few sips. Pretty dang well balanced and fairly complex.

Feel: A little creamy. A little warmth from the high ABV. Pretty near perfect body.

Overall: Really freaking good. Totally worth the $12 for the 4 pack. Hop heads looking to get into darker beers, this is a good place to start.

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better rye based ales I've tasted. I don't always gravitate towards rye in the mash bill, but it just works exceedingly well in this beer. Robust piney hop bitterness, some roasted coffee accents on the nose, and a dark bakers chocolate flavor note are the highlights. The persistent foam cap is an added bonus. Alcohol is present but in a really appealing way, not overpowering but instead adding to the overall rich character and aroma. Drinks lighter than the appearance would suggest. I understand why this beer gets so much praise, and it deserves the hype. You won't find many black ales superior to this.

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

22oz. bomber poured into a tumbler glass.

A- Very, very dark brown. Some light penetrates around the edges. Fantastic khaki head, and fantastic lacing.

S- Chocolate, coffee, rye, and an earthy hop finish. All balanced very well.

T- What a fantastically balanced beer. Some coffee, bittersweet chocolate, rye is certainly there, but there's some earthy, piney, and grapefruit based hops on the finish. Balance. Delicious balance.

M- Creamy, and pretty wonderful.

O- This beer has hype, and it's all warranted.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber- no date found, poured to a pint glass.
L- real dark, lacy head, almost looks nitro charged with tiny bubble going up the side of the glass.
S- malty, with hop finish on smell
T- Malt first, pepper second, dry finish, hop hint on finish
F-good micro carbonation moves beer around you tongue

I know it says rye IPA, but it tastes like a stout/rye/ipa hybrid.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle at home from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.60):
Quite a strong tasting beer that hit the spot with a good combination of pine & tropical fruits early on that was balanced out well thanks to the darker malts & some sweetness. Despite the strength, the beer was quite an easy one to drink & I worked my way through it quicker than I probably should have; an excellent beer & one I'll be on the look out for again.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this for the first time in Vegas a few years ago. Probably the best rye beer I've ever had. Great hop smell but not overpowering to the taste. My only critique is I think the bar stored it a bit too cold.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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