Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA at a 4th of July barbeque, but it got lost in the sampling of other beers before and after it. I liked it enough, though, that I wanted to try it by itself without competing distractions. As its name states Wookey Jack is a black IPA, which to me means its a hoppy beer with roasted malts. Wookey Jack fit this description. It didn't look completely black (despite what the accompanying picture looks like), but more a deep mahogany with a cream foam.
The beer's rye was present throughout, and gave Wookey Jack flavor depth, a full mouthful, and provided a complement to the hops. Wookey Jack also had a slight mouth coating texture, a sensation I don't usually appreciate, and I'm not sure whether it came from the rye or the alcohol. It wasn't prominent enough to change my opinion of the beer. The abv was 8.3%, but it wasn't noticeable, getting lost in the roasted flavors. Wookey Jack had a smooth aftertaste and a nice, long lasting bitterness.
I don't know of a beer style that generates the passion - love or hate - more than black IPAs, although the controversy seems to have passed. Beers like Wookey Jack should help the style, because it's a no nonsense, unpretentious beer that tastes good. It should appeal to those that don't like black IPAs as there is depth and character to it, which makes for a drinkable, interesting pint.