Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
a beautiful black pour with 2 fingers of off white head and excellent lacing. smells of pine trees, caramel, roasted grains. lots of hoppy scent. the flavor is piney bitterness up front, a slight sweet ruby grapefruiness, despite being a dark ale, it is very very sweet and hoppy. the rye just adds to an exquisitely sweet flavor profile. medium body, high carbonation with a nice stickyness and creamy feel on the lips. this is an excellent beer of any profile.. whether you stick it in as an ipa, a rye ale, a black ale.. it is fantastic for all of the above.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2012 00:44:02 | More by facundoCNB
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
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
3.69/5 rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled on 12/06/13.
A very dark black pour with gobs of lacing melding on the glass and thick foam retention. Spice rye is prominent, strong roasted coffee with nuttiness, grainy coffee, bitterness felt at the end. Smooth and robust at the same time.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2014 16:46:48 | More by papat444
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
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From: Binny's, Des Plaines, IL
Date: "Bottled on 7/19/12"
Firestone Walker's black IPA is a citrusy, piney, hop-lover's dark beer dream, with a recipe that involves all these elements welded to a smooth and noticeable roasted malt base. With a price point of $6 per bomber, this is definitely among the better, lower-priced dark IPAs out there.
Pours a 2cm tall head of tan foam, which is dense and composed of smallish bubbles. Retention is above average, gradually descending to a thin ring around the glass with a thin island of foam atop the body. Lacing is present and noticeable, but modest. Body is an opaque dark brown to black, while the carbonation is not visible through the body.
Aroma of slight roasted malt, grapefruit-like hops, a bit of Christmas wreath pine, all covered with a very light, but very smooth chocolate-caramel sweetness. Very pleasant, definitely refined, could use a bit more upfront character, but perhaps this is due to age.
Opens with smooth roasted malt flavors that delve into slight chocolate territory, and features citrusy fruity flavors, particularly grapefruit. Mid-palate notices bittering hops, some grapefruit flavors, a bit of pine, and a surprising burst of peppery spiciness, from hop choices obviously. Back palate continues the peppery spiciness, hop bitterness, and slight, smooth roastiness. Long-lingering, somewhat intense bitterness and more subdued pine resin flavors, accentuated with a slight roasted and sweet malt character.
Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation. Resultant mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thick, and creamy, with slight traces of carbonation. Finishes dry on the palate, as expected from hops.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2012 03:45:48 | More by falloutsnow
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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