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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

3,296 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,296
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 180
Gots: 335 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%

The beer pours like a lovely French roast coffee with a white sand head with big rocky bubbles. This beer is opaque and has velvet midnight black in the glass with an ever so slight hint of brown to suggest very dark chocolate, though there are some light carbonation bubbles working their ways up the sides. Lacing is thin but sticky and gorgeous like a complicated root system splaying out beneath a lovely fat ring of soil that surrounds the glass. The beer smells dank and tremendously fruity with fat mango, orange, pineapple and even some slight pine. This is the best fruity smell I can remember getting from any beer in a long time; it’s like a fruit salad in the hops aroma and I am absolutely digging it. Further whiffs suggest the tantalizing roasted coffee malts and dark chocolate below the hops. All the smells come together to overall remind me of a fruit salad lathered in dark chocolate and coffee. The smell alone has me salivating for this beer and upping my expectations tremendously. The beer’s taste loses a lot of that fruit and coffee, but that is not an entirely bad thing. Mango hops are still the dominant flavor for me with some nice side character fruit hops. The dark malts are very sideshow in the flavor, appearing mainly in the middle to provide some lovely creamy roasted flavoring before being flushed away by bitter, less-ripe fruit in the back and aftertaste. A ghost of the roasted chocolate flavor does dance on the fringes, in between the undulations of the fruit hops, but it is quite light. The rye spice is also a ghost in this taste, only slightly suggesting itself as the beer moves over the tongue and lingering a little to meld a spicy burn with the bitter burn. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and almost a touch watery. I kind of want a thicker beer too help bring more of the roasted malt flavor. The mouth is left with a good glaze of saliva and a fizzy, bitter-bitten tongue that is ready for more, if only in moderation. This beer is in between a sipper and a chugger, but I would suggest a more leisurely sip personally. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully for its 8%, with only the suggestion of a bite and burn hidden beneath the bitters. Overall this is a very nice example of the black ale style. Personally, I would love to see a little more malt action in a black ale, but this is very nice more IPA-based black. I also would have loved to see more rye action in this beer, but again the beer worked very well for what the brewer was going for. The smell of this beer is one of the best I have ever smelled, and has me dreaming of big hops and malts. This beer is definitely worthy of a sip and is quite enjoyable.

08-30-2012 23:57:57 | More by Maxwell
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep cola color with one finger beige colored head atop.Great aromas of roast,earth,and pine resin,a littlbitter chocolate is there as well as the beer warmed a little.Big roast up front on the palate with earthiness and bitter chocolate,the piney hops hit hard in the finish.This is a big brash ABA,maybe the best I have had.Awesome

10-01-2012 13:11:17 | More by oberon
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-25-2013 18:21:27 | More by aszatk01
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-13-2014 14:05:54 | More by tectactoe
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%

A good drinking draft and spot on black IPA solid offering. Very good, another solid Firestone Walker offering. Black bodied, assertive carbonation. Average mouthfeel. Solid hops, solid roast,anise. Rye spice adds some edge. Roast aroma. Significant grapefruit.

04-12-2014 14:07:58 | More by ExtraStout
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-02-2012 23:14:14 | More by DavyJones
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MadScientist

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-18-2013 22:42:40 | More by MadScientist
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California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-22-2012 03:52:43 | More by Runs4Beer
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-01-2013 22:48:42 | More by jono0101
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-14-2014 02:01:36 | More by brownbeer
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Narshwaggle


4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-26-2012 16:12:55 | More by Narshwaggle
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-21-2013 23:21:32 | More by Tiernan
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-20-2014 02:39:27 | More by TimBeaulieu
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-22-2013 20:21:14 | More by SkiBum22
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beergod82

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-09-2014 06:32:52 | More by beergod82
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joemetric

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-10-2014 16:00:55 | More by joemetric
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steelerguy

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

A - Pours black...wait, if you tilt the glass you can see that it is actually slightly translucent and a deep walnut color. Tan head, that fades quickly leaving just a covering on top with a few unfortunate large bubbles.

S - Get ready to enjoy as soon as you open a bottle, the citrus hop aromas that immediately escape are divine. Once poured, the hops are still present, but joined by a lot of chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

T - This is first and foremost an IPA, even better a rye IPA. The hop delivery is smooth with lots of citrus and a touch of floral. There is a sweetness and a bit of spice from the rye that plays perfectly with the floral notes of the hopes, and then the chocolate comes on as you finish, with just a hint of roasted coffee aftertaste.

M - Mediums bodied, velvety, and warming. Just enough alcohol and carbonation to linger.

O - This is one of those beers that should be a standard. If you want to make a black IPA, Cascadian ale, American Black ale...whatever you want to call it, this is it. There are lots of black IPAs out there since it became "the thing" to do, but this one does it right.

10-09-2012 23:48:26 | More by steelerguy
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Bitzer

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

08-19-2014 01:12:20 | More by Bitzer
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Ben7773

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-01-2014 22:11:52 | More by Ben7773
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SanDNigel

California

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

22 oz into tulip pint
A- Coca-cola color on the pour with a thick creamy light tan head that doesn't want to go anywhere-I'm excited
S- Chocolate Chip Power Bar, toasted malt with a sweet hoppy rye backbone
T- Oohh. Aahh. Thats good. It's unexpectedly refreshing. Lighter than I thought it would be. Not lighter as in lacking flavor, just in body. Very unique. Brownie points for being something different. It just tastes like someone brewed exactly what they wanted to. Very mellowed hops
M- IPA mouthfeel; refreshing, big bubble, light (enough) bodied, but the roastey toasty-ness coats the tongue
This is a very good beer I would drink any time. I appreciate what it is. Is there bigger better beers... of coarse. But this beer is delicious and enjoyable, and for that I give it credit.

(Firestone Walker, I had written you off. I am sorry, I didn't mean it, I know good things happen there. The Costco pack does not do you justice (obviously...))

06-08-2013 06:47:43 | More by SanDNigel
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supa0525

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-19-2013 13:29:48 | More by supa0525
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-02-2014 22:50:00 | More by danthehopslamman
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NWer

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Served too cold at local establishment that seems to have no trouble getting great brews.
First keg in Washington State? Incredible considering the competition. Don't know how they do it.
Nice dark pour into a stemmed glass. Virtually no head. Took a sip & decided I needed to wait for it to warm. Served way too cold. Cradling it in my hands to help it along.
Flavors definitely evolve with patience. Malt smoothness & rye up front with a nice hoppy persistence.
Well worth the effort to seek out. A fun beer. Can't wait to find it in bottles.

04-21-2012 01:19:33 | More by NWer
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-11-2014 05:45:57 | More by DaftPatrick
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Kappakoosh

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-26-2013 01:30:34 | More by Kappakoosh
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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,296 ratings.