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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,853 Ratings
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Ratings: 2853
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:
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(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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illidurit

California

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

From growler. Dark brown clear pour. Nice citrusy aroma, grapefruity in essence but not a totally generic C-hop profile at all. Flavor is citric up front with a malty finish that screams ’rye.’ Not very roasty. It’s a nice idea -- many black IPAs have a hollow roastiness that doesn’t mesh with the hops, but Wookey Jack’s main malt note in the flavor is rye, a tried and true hop complement. Well done.

Serving type: growler

02-20-2013 23:50:04 | More by illidurit
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We crack our grumbler and pour a brew of the deepest chocolate amber. It holds a brief one finger head of soapy tan bubbles. This leaves spots and jabs of lacing down the sides of the glasses, with a foamy ring circumferentially to crown. Carbonation appears mild, while a chill haze permeates the liquid. No sediment is noted. The aroma is surprisingly fruity. Notes of fusel booze, strawberry, big pink bubblegum esters, floral and citric hops, and tangy sweet pineapple all mix off the bat for a refreshing pop. To balance is fresh dill, caramel and pale malts, chalky coffee roast, and a zesty soured bite of yeast. Our first impression is that the malts are much more present in the flavoring than in the nose, curbing some of that sweet and tart fruitiness with puckering bitterness. As we sip, both pale and roasted coffee malts are apparent. Waxy lipstick-like flavors, along with some puckering but juicy citric hops, bubblegum essence, chalky yeast, sweet booze, lemon rind, and butter-flashed figgy syrups mix and bring us to the peak. Here, we get a pale muskiness, plum and honeycrisp apple sweetness, and a sweeter, balancing side to the caramel malty base. The finish is a wash of bitterness and pucker, with huge citric hop bite, medicinal phenols, booze fumes, tannic dryness, and the thick roast of raw coffee. The aftertaste breathes of citric hop cone and stem, bittered minerals, herbal bitterness, booze, more charred malts, and the drying, tannic astringency of black tea. The body is on the full side, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is nice slurp, pop, cream, smack, and froth to each sip, with a nice coating and initial pucker. This drips down to wetness, but the mouth is left with a final drying bite on the breath. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips a bit more slowly.

Overall, what we liked best about this beverage was its boldness, and nice mix of flavoring. The nose painted the picture of something curiously sweet and fruity, which was nicely intriguing. The flavoring, however, was a departure from this, with big hoppy bitterness, and drying pucker by the end of the sip. This made for a nice contrast, and kept you guessing throughout. This bitterness might get to some who may not be expecting such a bite on such a sweet-seeming beer, but this guy remains drinkable, and is a tasty treat.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2013 02:29:13 | More by TheBrewo
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Chas58

New Jersey

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

Poured from a growler filled at Central Liquors in Flemington NJ into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance - Pours an inky black that screams Porter, but with a much thinner head. The head does extend an inch high and leaves lacing along the edges, it does dissipate very quickly. A tan colored head builds and dissipates a beautiful aroma.

Smell - the first hint that this might be something special, and a little mind blowing is the aroma. I get huge hints of grapefruit and citrus and pine. A beautiful mixture, but without the maltiness or caramel one would expect based on the inky black beer sitting in the glass. the aroma is very reminiscent of Double Jack, but with a slight bit more potency. The aroma is fantastic, and lasts throughout the glass. The aroma that Firestone Walker gets from its hopping is truly one of the great skills of craftsmanship.
Taste - The first taste is spectacular it contains the wonderful citrusy and piney taste that was apparent in the nose, but with a very rich and complex maltiness. The hops are clearly upfront and the maltiness and bite are in the back of the taste.

Mouthfeel - this comes across with substantial carbonation and a strong hoppiness and a residual coating reminiscent of a porter or even some sweet stouts. Unlike most Double IPA's this has a sweet stickiness that does remain. It is very nicely balanced with the heavy hopping.

Overall - This is a spectacular beer, not for the faint of heart as it is very hoppy, and very complex, although in my opinion well balanced as are most Firestone Walker beers. This is a beer that will impress you with the pour, impress you with the aroma, and impress you with the taste. This beer will make you go out and find another. Try this, you will be pleased.

Serving type: growler

01-03-2013 01:15:24 | More by Chas58
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scootny

New York

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

Nitro growler from the Beer Boutique in Brooklyn. Like a take home cask. This is a black-brown viscous fluid that hits the glass and slowly foams into a somewhat dense, creamy, two finger head. Fade is gentle and leaves some nice lacing. No light getting through this one and as a consequence I have no idea of what the carbonation is doing. Smell is sweet and piney with a lots of roasted malt and a light banana like fruitiness. Toffee and scorched caramel flow into some fresh, yeasty brown sweet bread and hints of coffee and cocoa. Taste is so close to perfect it is killing me not to give it. Sweet and roasted malt front moves to a heavy dose of sweet pine hops that leave grapefruit skin and hop oil. Finish is quite clean and dry with a sweet dark malt syrup flavor and a healthy hop blossoming in the swallow. Feel is velvety and almost cask like with a superfine carbonation that while gentle is quite active somehow. Creamy too. Weight is surprisingly light and supple. Don't get me wrong, it is sticky and has some syrup to it but it drinks like nobody's business and you can quickly find yourself at the bottom of the glass. This is a superb version of an ABA, it hides the abv like a double agent, drinks like a session ale and has a perfect balance of taste with big sweet roasted malt and a pine dominant hop signature. Wow.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2012 01:14:49 | More by scootny
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a stark black with half an inch of a fluffy tan head. There's decent head retention and a touch of lacing. Resiny, piney hops cut through the beer's sweet, chocolaty body in both the taste and aroma. The beer drinks smoothly mixing a sweet and velvety black IPA body with earthy, resinous hops. The beer reminds me of Maine beer co's Zoe (a dark-ish amber), but has a heavy, dry, and lingering bitterness in comparison. There is also a touch of an unexpected smokiness... possibly my imagination. I would have liked a heavier body, the beer seems a bit thin.
Overall, this beer is tasty for the price, but I'll probably only have it once.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2012 20:18:05 | More by ThePorterSorter
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edproctor

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from randy's firestone growler into my "epic dance parties" pint glass. thanks to my lovely wife for picking this one up for me on a recent trip to paso. Cheers!!!

a- this is quite a dark ipa. fades from khaki into a dark brown quickly before turning into a light black abyss. not much head on this one...but i did open this growler day before yesterday so thats to be expected.

s- i mean, i get the strong pine hops up front, but those hops are almost dominated by a strong roasted malt. definitely picking up some toasted cardamon/coriander seeds in the finish. actually, now that i think about it im getting the rye much more than the hops...which i was not expecting.

t- oh now is the hops time to shine. piney fresh forest hops!!! really fresh tasting with lots of hop bitterness. fresh grapefruit, orange zest, grassy. what a fun beer!!!

m- resiny and palate coating. even though this beer is on its second day in the growler it has lost none of its potency.

o- a real winner. i love this beer! arguably one of the best ryepa's out there right now for sure. beautiful balance. what a wookie!!!

Serving type: growler

08-09-2012 08:41:29 | More by edproctor
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Jnashed

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A: black pour with lots of head. Good retention and lacing . Head is white/ brown.

S: slight burnt notes, lots of citrus hops though in addition. Earthy tones also. Sweet fragrant hops not dank

T: like it a lot. Hops up front. Certainly an IPA with plenty of flavor. Complex though with burnt char slight acrid taste. Lots of fruity overtones also. Slight chocolate and molasses.

M: full slight chewy tone. A good amount of carbonation. Not stout like at all. Again it's an IPA thru and thru.

O: excellent brew. Many different favors that work together. Better than mist regular IPA or DIPA. Rye comes through in a way similar to Sucks but that burnt taste really caps it off.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 00:40:41 | More by Jnashed
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HopHog87

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving- bottle into a tumbler

Appearance- wonderful rich, ebony with a slight ruby around the edge. Finger and a half of a tan head.

Nose- A very wonderful aroma of dark hops. Not fruity but more piney, spicy and perhaps grassy.

Mouthfeel- Medium with a smooth finish.

Taste- Extremely well balanced. I anticipated a flavor much more lopsided toward the hops, but this beer showcases all that is good with a Cascadian Dark Ale; sturdy malt backbone on which the hops ride and showcase their beauty. It is bitter but not so overpowering you don't get good notes of dark malt, too. Dry and not too sweet. Dark, piney hops.

Overall- Really perfect for a CDA. I mean, I don't really have any faults with this beer. You can tell it is made of good stuff and it isn't so lopsided with either the malt/alcohol or hop bitterness. I could see anyone who enjoys bitter beers but isn't a total hophead convert to like this treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 19:00:27 | More by HopHog87
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a thick brown that is practically black except when examined under a penetrating light That will only reveal the true color but is still impenetrable. The head is alight tan that is thick and leaves a very full lacing down the glass.

The nose is a spicy malt wit the hops being nicely dominant and pleasantly balanced with the smokiness, chocolate and coffee notes that result from the rich malt.

The taste is a very strong blending of hops that is very bitter riding on a semi-sweet to dry malt that has the similar notes of chocolate, coffee and some hints of molasses and spice with a sharp hop bite up front that fades to a pleasant hop finish.

The mouthfeel is just right for this brew with it being full and flavorful but not too heavy.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer and is very enjoyable. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:47:32 | More by AtrumAnimus
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a very dark brown, almost black, unfiltered, nice lacing. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, pine, a bit of caramel, very nice. Flavor is okey, piney, dark roasted malt, a bit of coffee and caramel. I feel like I'm in the lumber yard and inhaling deeply with my mouth open. Mouthfeel is medium thick, not quite chewy. Overall the is an outstanding black IPA, a style I am not familiar with.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 22:45:05 | More by Dsimenson
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fscottkey

New York

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a nonic pint glass. Dark brown with little light making it through. Pours with a massive 4 finger head. The head took up half of the glass. The bubbles are off white and homogenous in size.

S: Powerful dark fruits and hops. Earthy and pungent.

T: I am getting grapes and plums. Hints of bitter coffee. There is a "tartness" due to the bitter finish - but it is not unpleasant.

M: Smooth start - with the right amount of carbonation. Dry finish - but doesn't detract from the overall mouth feel.

O: I wouldn't turn this down - but I am not sure I will seek it out again. It is a nice brew but if I am getting something in this style I prefer Southern Tier Iniquity.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:23:57 | More by fscottkey
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ricknelson

Vermont

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Firestone's Wookey Jack came in 8th in my recent 8 beer tasting of Firestone Walker's top beers. Out of the seven BA guys we had at the tasting; Wookey Jack got the poorest reviews with an average review score of 3.78. Unfortunately this beer was about 2 years old and was too old to properly judge. It should have been a lot fresher in all fairness.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:48:53 | More by ricknelson
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a generous two inch beige head that morphs into eternal darkness in my chalice. Lacing is scant. Hop influenced head is very impressive.

Aroma not very profound. Tones of citrus and pine mainly.

Here's where the horses run otta the gate. Beautiful rye spice pronounced with a charred grain with some smoke. Citrus emerges with piney tars evident. Maybe it's just my mind but I'm also picking up on cocoa powder in the back.

Creamy mouthfeel and finishes with a snap-very crisp. Hops do linger throughout.

I've had this on and off in the past few years but lately been craving back for this. A spectacular all year round craft. I'm sure black ales are tough but this has been nailed. Really can't say enough fine things.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:27:14 | More by joeseppy
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surfbouy

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 10/30/13
Appearance: Aggro pour from 22oz bomber into 16oz snifter yields a two finger café latte head that dissipates slowly into a thin layer. Thick and heavy lacing with nearly opaque, deep black cherry color and legs like a speed skater.

Aroma:Hops, spices, dark chocolate, coffee and mild caramel

Flavor: Dark chocolate, coffee, slight pine, rye spiciness, some biscuit? Very slight alcohol warming with medium bittering and slight astringency at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with dry/ bitter finish. Low active carbonation, very slight alcohol warming in the back. Slight astringency.

Opinion: I really like this beer. It’s very complex yet moderately session-able in spite of the fact of the 8.5 % ABV. I’m currently cellaring one and will probably do more.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 04:40:10 | More by surfbouy
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MrBoz21

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown-copper-black with thick tan head that retains. and leaves nice lacing.

Nice citrus hops with pine. Rye malt, roast.

Taste: Nice rye crispness with a roasty back bone. Lots of bitter, resiny hops that stay in throat.

Mouth: Dry and astringent. A stout-like slickness.

Overall: Nice beer with good balance and complexity. Its a bit astringent and has more roast than I like for style.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 01:10:56 | More by MrBoz21
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mlhyatt

Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date was 12/27/13 poured on 3/3/2014

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- an almost opaque darl brown. Not much head but what is there is an off white lace that covers the top of the beer.

S- bitter roast with some charred notes. There is a sweet malt that resides very faintly behind the roast. There are also some bready notes in there. The smell is very addictive.

T- a thick bread taste overwhelms the palate at first. But then the roast takes over as the beer goes down. Very unexpected sweetness that i can't describe really well. Its like there is syrup mixed in with the bread. Very nuce touch. The finish is bitter that rests on your tongue for a good while

M- the carbonation has a bite to it while swirling around in the mouth. Goes down super smooth after that though.

O- i was not expecting this beer to beat out double jack but everytjing about this is good. Haven't had very many rye ipa but i will definitely have to try more of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 03:26:57 | More by mlhyatt
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Copernicus

California

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

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a boding jet black. Opaque. Only sign of light within bears the crimson glow of a fading forge. The head is tan to light brown. Full, like root beer. It clocked in around 3-4 fingers and retained for a while, leaving spotty constellations of lace upon its descent.

S: I've never smelled a beer like it. The hop aroma is basic boilerplate: piney, resiny, woodsy. Yet, its contrast with such a potent, merciless black malt is autopoietic. Tons of mild roast on the nose. Spicy, like old world bread with molasses.

T: The front drinks like an IPA, all piney, resiny hops. The middle displays a solid roasted and black malt structure but then gives way to a prominent spiciness. No doubt from the rye. The finish leaves you with a tenacious bitterness that lingers for some time. Chocolate begins to emerge as it warms.

M: Not as velvety as you would expect. The carbonation is playful , and there's no sign of alcohol.

O: A good beer, but confusing. It seems to fall a bit short of what the concept and appearance promises. Very drinkable though!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 22:08:19 | More by Copernicus
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PPOmaha

Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Candied orange slices, medium spicy aroma, could be hops or malt bill. Nice sweet malt aroma. No DMS, no hot alcohol, faint diacetyl.

Appearance: dark brown to black with amber highlights. Tan head with pinpoint carbonation.

Taste: Starts light citrus in the front palate, very bitter spicy hop flavor in the mid and finishes dry with light alcohol. The bitterness is very pleasant and lingers for several seconds. Malt backbone is there to support the bitterness. Roast is really only there in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body that lingers on the tongue. No hot alcohol.

Overall: A great DIPA that would be hard to pick out as a black IPA if not for looking at it. Hides the alcohol well and the bitterness level is pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:56:19 | More by PPOmaha
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bbeerman

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A..Very dark luscious black. Poured a good frothy and grey head. Not too much lacing though which surprised me with the head.

S..A somewhat unique scent being a black IPA and rye beer. Wasn't sure at first smell that I'd like it.

T..Well the taste was very good. There are certainly fruity tastes throughout, more than I would have expected. I think the fruitiness contributed to my initial thoughts when smelling, but the fruit essence works upon tasting. A good rye presence made me very happy.

M..Easy to drink. Not heavy in my opinion and almost a bit light/weak on the back end. Minimal carbonation. Very little sense this was 8%+ ABV.

O..I'd be happy to drink this again. Would think it might be tasty from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 14:06:09 | More by bbeerman
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label reads, Bottled on: 12/27/13. Love the boxing bear on the cap.

A: Essentially black, red-tinged dark brown. 1 finger of tan head with ok retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Hops at the forefront with a surprisingly fruity essence. Grapefruit. Citrus. Faint pine. Lighter roasted malt notes and a little oak. Touch of booze.

T: Assertive hopping throughout with a nice bitterness and more pine notes than I was expecting. Some roasted malt notes develop with some bitter cacao and a trace of smoke. Dry finish. A bit of spice from the rye, although fairly subdued. Alcohol is light for the 8.3% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Good vehicle. Smooth with a slightly velvety feel.

O: Well-executed and good drinking brew. Nice hop notes and particularly nice mouthfeel. I'd welcome some more rye presence, but tasty for sure.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 00:57:46 | More by fourstringer
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark black in color but you can still see just a slight bit of light gets through when held up to a light. Brussels lacing. A thin layer of khaki colored foam covers the top, perhaps not quite a quarter of an inch. Aroma of rye and pine like hops is very prevalent and beckons for a sip. The flavor is initially very bitter from the pine like Northwest hops, but then quickly segues into the spicy, earthy rye flavor. The mouth is silky and deceptively smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:02:39 | More by Franziskaner
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champ103

Texas

3.36/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About time I have put my thoughts down for this one. I have had many bottles, and on tap at several places. Throughout Houston, and elsewhere. Maybe the beer I have had the most of, without a review.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A beige head rises to over two fingers. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Piny, soapy, oily hops. Orange, grapefruit. Mixed with deep almost burnt caramel malts. Chocolate, light roast. A mess.
T: Again, a mess of piny, oily, orange, and grapefruit like hops with the big malt flavor. Burnt caramel malt with tons of sweetness. Some coffee, and chocolate. Finishes with an everlasting bitterness.
M/D: A full and resinous body. Almost sticky and oily. Moderate carbonation, but just very slick overall. Not hard to drink. Considering, I keep having a pint or bottle when available.

This is a hard review to write. I keep trying this cause I want to like it. Though I keep being let down. Certainly a standard for this style, if that is your thing. I have never been a fan with the clash of hops and big malts. After many tries, this is obviously not for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:07:50 | More by champ103
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap before and it was THE BOMB. very good beer regardless of its style.

Pours a dark brown/black with a nice sized head that lasts a while. Some pretty big bubbles stay afloat along with nice lacing.

Smell is inviting as hell. Huge billowing hop essence with pine, grapefruit, orange, and roasted malt.

Taste is unique, more so than sublimely self righteous. First thing is a roasty quality like a stout, then a piney citric hop flavor that holds its own well through the taste. It's a combination of a dark ale and a double IPA in one. I love this beer its so in your face, yet also balanced as hell.

Feel is right spot on, just the right amount of bubbles with a slick feel to it that lends a nice flavor package.

This is a must try beer, I will be buying this more often now that I think of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 06:38:40 | More by BastardKing24
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Rast

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Round one of the Great Snowstorm IPA Taste-Off (Ed. 2014)*

Pours a lovely hazel with deep head. Check this out though: the head is full of LARGE bubbles. I have no idea why or how, but they're big, and they're distinct. Lacing on the glass is less like a spiderweb and more like a mountain range. Very Sochi. Very Caucasus. My wife proclaims that it looks like scallops. Also very Sochi.

Aroma is vaguely smokey, and certainly more malty than hoppy. Ah, the glory of rye. Taste us powerful, but commendably, laudably, superbly balanced. Malts win the day, but the hops are ever-present. Fine medium mouthfeel, and cavernous rye aftertaste. Pairs well with Utz Ripples and winter Olympics.

*Rules: When significant snow likely to give you time to consume large quantities of birra is forecast, buy some up, and post 'em up.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:36:29 | More by Rast
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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,853 ratings.