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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

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Ratings: 2854
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%


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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markmiller

New York

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brand new offering from Firestone Walker.

Poured into a large tulip and it was quite foamy. I was a little over agressive with the pour and it was mostly head. And it stayed like that forever. Finally got to pour a decent amount in and was incredible impressed by the appearance and the aroma that was emanating from the glass. Some lacing.

The nose of this beer is incredible. A monster amount of sweet citrus and tropical aromas, with a touch of raisins and maybe some peach. Smells like those fruits drizzled in chocolate and spiciness. Amazing.

That first sip was magical. I'm so happy I picked this up. I find this beer so complex. Sweetness and malt right up front. Some cocoa and great luscious fruit in the middle with mango, peach, and spiciness probably from the Rye. The almost peppery flavor glides into the bitter flowery hop finish. Delicious all the way.

Wookey Jack is so creamy, too with just the right amount of carbonation. It almost warms, as it is almost 10%.

You need to seek this beer out. I believe it to be up in the world class category. Amazingly complex and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 01:09:28 | More by markmiller
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, split with my brother, my portion poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Dark brown with lots of khaki head, good lace, carbonation visible on the sides of the glass.

S: Tons of herbal notes, resinous and dank...bitter, earthy, and a bit piney. Chocolate, roasted malt character underneath, just hints of sweetness really. Fairly unique.

T: More of the same here, Zeus hops in this bad boy? Earthy astringent notes, hints of mandarin and blood orange and grapefruit as well. Minimal sweetness as the malts are uncovered, faint bready notes and a distant roasted malt character.

MF: Medium mouth, no alcohol really detected, good carbonation, and good bitterness on the back end.

O: Not sure I care for this one, the hop profile doesn't really do it for me. Seems pretty one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 14:16:24 | More by Scotchboy
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SHODriver

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a two finger light tan head which is slow to fade and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
S: smells like cat piss up front but a little more sniffing yields a bit of piney hop. Not a lot of malt picked up in the nose
T: chocolate and roast malt up front with some accompanying piney hop flavor and some slightly herbal hop flavor as well. there is some spicy rye flavor that mingles at times and more chinook hop flavor on the swallow with a bit of roasty flavor and sweetness
M: between medium to full body with slightly prickly carbonation but still nice and smooth
O: smells like a hop bomb but drinks very balanced. I must say that I'm impressed and this beer is finely crafted and not something thrown together to capitalize on the popularity of the style. Probably one of my favorite examples of the style

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 09:22:44 | More by SHODriver
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HalfFull

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capped bomber served into a wine glass, the village of Wookey finally gets its 15 minutes of fame here in the New World from our Union Jack guys. Pours a nice dark brown and fairly clear and bright for an unfiltered ale. Offers crimson highlights and an inch of pourous tan foam. Good retention and rings of lace.

Aroma is a pleasant blend of hops and roasted/chocolate malts. Bit resinous but not too potent. Good balance for the style as hops aren't too blatant and malts are more complex than just making the beer dark like a few I've seen.

Taste of roasted malts with a background of hops. Finishes with a bit of char and a rather light bitterness but a good dose of texture to the base grains. Touch of dark fruit as the pour settles in exchange for a bitter hop finish. Does offer some bitter chocolate on the close which keeps the feel from being too thin.

Overall hoppy but not, malty but not. So I guess that's good for a Black Pale Ale. Auto logged off again a minute ago and data lost. Why do I review live??

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 04:20:32 | More by HalfFull
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour, leaving a half-inch platform of tan foam. Amazingly, the foam barely dissipates at all, and the lacing is plentiful. Definitely a thing of beauty to look at. A nice blast of citrus hops in the nose, is this even a dark beer? Oh wait, I do detect a nice caramel balance with suggestions of doughy/bready sweetness.

I notice a nice balance initially in the flavor, and am very impressed it doesn't taste too potent/alcoholic. The hops are very tangy sweet and dank though, and after while they do start to hang on in the finish a bit too much. With the addition of darker malts creating a cocoa-ish caramel balance, it's almost cloying in the end, and I'm feeling robbed of a cleaner, dry more straight on bitter finish that I would prefer. Perhaps these Black IPA's just aren't my style as I prefer my hoppy brews much less sweet. The body has a silky thickness, but despite the foamy appearance, the carbonation is a bit too subtle.

The look and smell of this beer have a huge "wow" factor, and even the initial sip is pretty tasty. It becomes apparent rather quickly though that this is not something I could drink alot of. Definitely worth a try though, but split this bomber with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 04:15:20 | More by bennetj17
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 03:31:16 | More by thecheapies
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear ruby brown when pouring, two finger light tan head.

S-Roasted malt, some spiciness from the rye, burnt notes, all topped with bunch of citrus and grassy hops.

T-Starts with a blend of roasted malt and rye, but at the end of the day the citrus hop and bitterness prevail. End is a balance between all three flavors. As it warms rye seems to take over

M-Light in body, well carbonated.

O-One of the better Black IPAs I've had the balance is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 01:18:17 | More by rlee1390
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dirtylou

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber

appearance: served in a big time shaker pint, black body, lively creamy tan head with outstanding retention

smell: big citrus nose - grapefruit rind, pine resin. spiced rye

taste: This beer is pretty crazy - bright grapefruit hop flavor contrasting with spicy rye and charred malts, pine resin, passion fruit. The flavor profile is fairly remarkable - i've had some great black ales but known that presented such a clean citrus flavor - the rye spice also comes through very nicely

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, oily hops

overall: really outstanding

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 04:46:53 | More by dirtylou
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WesM63

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a dark black with a light brown 2finger head. Head retention and lacing are excellent.

S: Smells of citrus (grapefruit), pine/resin and some malts hanging in the back.

T: Citrus, pine/resin all up front, sweet malt middle with a citrus finish. Some alcohol burn is present on the tail.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, this is an excellent black ale. The color and smell throw you off, in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 01:07:03 | More by WesM63
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charlzm

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed June 1st, 2012.

Beer poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass. A three finger creamy tan head forms atop the clear, cola-brown beer. Over the next few minutes, the head becomes sticky foams on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is hoppy, full of clean grassiness and grapefruit.

Flavor is interesting; some dark malt character up front with an over-roasted, nearly burnt note first, followed by some peppery cocoa (rye showing its addition here) and then a significant hop presence that manifests primarily as medium-to-heavy bitterness. A dash of acidic, almost sour citrus follows. Finish is fairly clean, considering what's going on here, though a woody bitterness lingers.

Well-carbonated and tingly on the tongue. Slightly thick.

This is a big beer and is considerable. I've had imperial stouts which gave me less pause on first taste. Like everything Firestone does, though, this turned out near the top of the heap for the style. Another winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:12:02 | More by charlzm
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Phelps

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The origins of the name Wookey Jack are ambiguous. Some say that it's related to Phish, the favorite band of Firestone's head brewer, Matt Brynildson. Others think it's named for Wookey Hole, a village in England known for its dark caves and resident witch. I prefer to think it was inspired by this scene from Star Wars in which Chewbacca and R2D2 are playing holographic chess:

Chewbacca: Ghaaa!
C-3PO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it can't help you.
Han Solo: Let him have it. It's not wise to upset a Wookiee.
C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
Han Solo: That's 'cause droids don't pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
Chewbacca: Grrf.

Regardless of what's in the name, we know what's in the beer: pale and black malt, rye, Midnight wheat, and a dash of Wookey dust (on this ingredient the brewery is also infuriatingly silent). German Magnum hops are added for bitterness; Citra and Amarillo for flavor and aroma. The brew is then double dry-hopped with Citra and Amarillo.

Wookey is the third of Firestone Walker's Jacks, joining Union Jack (an American IPA) and Double Jack (a double IPA), and is the brewery's first black IPA. Poured into a snifter, it's as inky-black as the deep space Chewie travels through. Pour it hard and you'll get about an inch of sandy tan foam that's creamy and sticky, decorating the sides of the glass in beautiful, resinous webs.

Hops are massive in the nose, and it's a beautiful blend -- lots of pine needles, orange pith and lime peel. Just a hint of dank resin is offset by a subtle smoky note and a touch of dark chocolate. It's a very forest-like aroma, like a pine tree that grows oranges downwind of a campfire.

While there's no shortage of black IPAs on the market now, a black rye IPA is a different story -- and it's what makes Wookey Jack interesting. The spicy malt interacts with the hops well, playing off the bitterness -- 60 IBUs, if you wanted to know -- while adding its own playful bite. The front of the flavor is a blend of tangerine, pine resin, subtle tropical fruits and rye. The swallow is better-rounded, with swirls of cocoa and dark chocolate meeting the fruity hops. Smoky toast rises after the swallow, lingering in the mouth until the next sip ups the hops again.

Firestone chose to leave Wookey Jack unfiltered and unfined, meaning some small particulates are left floating in the beer. While this might affect the appearance of a standard IPA, for which clarity is key, in a black IPA it's moot, and in fact improves the body, giving it a silky, creamy texture.

Roasted malts have been applied with a deft hand in this brew. There's just enough to round out the edges of the flavor, but not so much that the hops are interrupted. The flavor doesn't pull your arms out of their sockets, but rather caresses you with a Wookiee-like growl. Ghaaa.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 04:42:00 | More by Phelps
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 2" head. Mild lace appears.

Smell: roasted malts and chocolates are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolates, earthy bitterness, rye, some prune sweetness, and a bit of alcohol rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very enjoyable black IPA. Easy to quaff an somewhat refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 21:21:39 | More by Gavage
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Thickfreakness

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just showed up in my area yesterday!

A- Pours near pitch black into my DFH glass leaving a smear of tan lacing all down the glass as the three finger head fades away gently.

S- Pink Grapefruit juice, orange zest, sweet and zesty rye grain, burnt wood, pine and fresh cut grass. Some hints of bittersweet cocoa, but mostly this is about the sharpness of the citrus!

T- Tart and pungent grapefruit, charred malts, spicey yet sweet rye, lemon peel, over roasted nuts and pine wood. I really like what the rye is bringing to the table here. Gives it a sweet/spicy grain taste that most in this style lack.

M- Very surprised how thick and oily this feels. Must be the rye malt? Nice citrus punch that lets in some of the charred grain without either really dominating.

O- Really nice, but thats what I've come to expect from F.W. The thick chewiness of the rye adds a really nice balance between the burnt charred malt and the citrus punch! Not my favorite style, but this one ranks near the top of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 21:10:10 | More by Thickfreakness
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer. Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a massive off white head. Thick lacing cling to the glass.

Smell: Burnt malts, cocoa powder, pineapple, pine, grass, and grapefruit.

Taste: Hops start the beer off and give a moderate amount of bitterness that is balanced well with both the rye and malts! hops are citrus, pine, and grass. Little bit of roast and a little bit of chocolate. The rye adds a nice spicy taste to the beer.

Mouthfeel: on the light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer drinks like its 5% great drinkablity. This beer is creamy.

Overall: I gotta say before wookey jack I thought that New Gluarus Black Top was the best Black IPA that I have ever drank. I also thought that it would be difficult to find a better Black IPA; Firestone Walker proved me wrong. The X factor for wookey jack that makes it better is the RYE. The rye adds this spiciness and great complexity that just works so well. Let not forget this is a very affordable bomber costing around 6 to 8 dollars.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 02:13:42 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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mjtiernan

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Almost fooled me with the blank bottled on date on the label, but I found a date of 5/2/12 stamped on the neck.

A: Tan two and a half finger head with decent retention and tight, tight bubbles. Looks extremely deep brown to me but I’m pretty color blind, so what do I know? Letting the bubbles die down reveals a slick oily appearance.

S: Smelled the hops from a foot and half away as I was pouring. Heavy grapefruit with a very evident rye note. A whiff of bubble gum and pepper too.

T: Way more rye in the flavor that I anticipated. Very overpowering. There is some of the grapefruit there but it’s holding on for its dear life.

M: Lightly fizzy carb, medium oily body. No alcohol present, but drinkability not as high as I’d like thanks to the somewhat dry and acrid finish and aftertaste.

O: Disappointed to be honest. Burnt malt + spicy rye + bitter hops is just too much for my taste. It did grow on me and become less abrasive as I went on, but still not one of my favorite FW brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 01:48:20 | More by mjtiernan
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a light brown, fluffy, bubbly head. Some head retention and lace. Blood red when held up to light.

S: Everything you'd expect is there. Fresh, American hops, spicy rye, and creamy, sugary, roasted malt.

T: Very tasty but not mind-blowing as I expected. But I guess I shouldn't have expected that. Parabola, on the other hand...anyway, the American hops, roasted malt, and rye come through and create a pleasant experience. No booze, either.

M: Extremely smooth and delicious. Little carbonation. So easy to drink you won't believe you've finished the bomber.

O: The flavors come together well to make this an awesome example of a unique version of the style. With so many Black Ales out there, this is different enough to merit high marks.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:00:34 | More by Gatch
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label and the date of bottling almost hidden on the neck of the bottle.
Dark brown color on the pour, but pitch black once it was in the glass. No penetration of light whatsoever.
Massive two finger off-white to tan colored head that dissipated very, very slowly. Tons of lacing along the sides of the glass as the head dissipated.
Lots of hops; citrus (grapefruit), pine, tropical fruits (mango and some pineapple), upfront in the aroma. The spicy rye notes blend perfectly with the hops. This has to be one of the best aroma on a black IPA.
Wow, extremely hop-forward ale. There is just an explosion of hop bitterness upfront which is accentuated by the rye. Towards the finish the bitterness slowly gives way to a robust malt character. Lingering bitterness in the finish that is not too overwhelming. Just a perfectly balanced ale exploding with flavor. Mouthfeel is almost bordering on a full-bodied ale.
The alcohol is masked really well, making it very easy to drink.
Overall, this is just a fantastic brew.
A winner all the way by Firestone. Definitely worth a try and is highly, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:48:27 | More by CaptDavyJones
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with garnet edges. Big think head leaves moderate, irregular lacing. Piney hops mix with toasty dark malt aromas. Medium heavy body with high carbonation. Dark burnt malts dominate the taste with a grassy hop finish. Mild sweetness. A pleasant enough beer, but not a standout.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 20:45:33 | More by kscaldef
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 from the COOP... Poured into my HotD goblet... great tannish head dies quickly ... nice leopard lacing.. the brew is deeep dark brown...

Nose shows skunky and citrus hoppiness.... LOVE IT ... tropical fruits with plenty of dark malt.

The "rye" leaves no flavor... maybe something on the palate... "pretty slick" for such a big ABV... glistening dark malt with fruity hoppiness... mango and melon... pithy citrus comes out on the finish...

Body is bubbly while still approachable... Tough to put down, but I am still a fan.

3.5/4/4/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 06:32:20 | More by JohnGalt1
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go west to rau71 for sending a box of Firestone Walker goodness this way. When are they coming to Minnesota? I might be able to support their sales all by myself. 22 oz. bottle split up the middle.

Pour is black, which surprises no one. The smell is that unholy clash of roast & hops. It's strong, but wrong. Reminds me a little of a San Diego pier. I have no idea why. Maybe I saw Han Solo there once.

Wookey Jack, in addition to having a cool name, has lots of my favorite things. But as in too many black IPAs, the ingredients seem to be head-butting one another rather than shaking hands (not fist-bumping; that's for mindless fucking idiots). Surprisingly, the rye sticks its tongue out first, there's a strong, spicy & earthy shot right out the box. Aggressive roast slaps the rye around, then the hops drop-kick both out of the aftertaste, leaving a bitter, juicy, pine skewing all over the palate. There are more distinct levels to this Wookey than any beer I might have tried to date. They snuggle up a bit as it warms, but they're still keeping their distance.

What a weird beer; only Firestone Walker. It did grow on me as it warmed, & I have to say that this is a very good beer, & keeps me hopeful that this style doesn't entirely suck. Arrr-rrrr.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:35:18 | More by maximum12
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jethrodium

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a decent sized tan head that has good retention and leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is grapefruit, pine, tobacco, light roastiness, some tangerine, and a bit of rye. The taste has some sweetness with tangerines, a rye twang, some grapefruit, and a bit of pine. The finish has a decent bitterness with some lingering rye spiciness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite enjoyable. Certainly one of the better black IPAs that I've had. I liked that it didn't have a lot of roastiness and enjoyed the rye. Perhaps a touch too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 23:52:43 | More by jethrodium
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t420o

California

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FW Wookey Jack

A- pour produces a 2 finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Beer is very dark brown in color 4

S- citrusy and piney hop scent followed by the rye and chocolate malt. 4

T- i really like this black ipa a lot. The hops are strong enough to withstand the rich rye and chocolate malt. 4

M- very smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation. FW usually has the mouthfeel down very well. 4.5

O- a very enjoyable beer. At $5.99 I got 6 of them which I wouldn't do with many other black ipa's. Very well done beer. 4.5

A- 

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 22:36:21 | More by t420o
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augustgarage

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 05:18:50 | More by augustgarage
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kaseydad

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anxious to finally try this.

Pours a dark brown with a burgandy hue and a massive fluffy, yet bubbly, cream colored head. Nice.

The aroma is very hop forward. Orange peel, grapefruit rind, faint chocolate and light rye.

The taste definitely has a lot going on. A big rye sensation throughout the mouth with a bit of malt and a big grapefruit skin swallow followed by a nice long bitter finish. I love it. Awesome stuff!

Full bodied with a pretty kick dry finish.

Overall I think the crew hit this right on the head. The rye and citrus combo really worked here. Firestone deserves the accolades they receive and I can't wait for the next new batch from these winners.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 00:43:13 | More by kaseydad
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snaotheus

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours dark brownish black with a big tan head, fading slowly. Surprisingly opaque. Smell is nicely hoppy, dominating a slight roasty malt smell.

Taste is very loud. Lots of stuff going on, with the nice spicey hops and the powerful rye and the dark roast bitterness. This is a really interesting beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Overall, I'm pretty impressed.

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2013-06-08
22oz bottle again, dated 04/11/13 15:12. This time poured into a large snifter.

This is still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:20:12 | More by snaotheus
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,854 ratings.