Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,753 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 222
Gots: 511 | FT: 12
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a small chocolate-brown head. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. What's there is some roasted barley malt, piney hops and some general earthiness.

T: More roasty than usual for an American Black Ale, but that's balanced nicely with citrusy and piney hops. Then, lingering on the palate in the aftertaste I get some roasted coffee beans. A touch of rye spiciness is there as well, giving this a slightly different taste than you usually get with an ABA - I'm not really getting any chocolate, for instance, but still I'm liking the malt profile.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest. Finishes semi-dry.

O: Good stuff. Closer to the "hoppy Porter" territory than most ABAs, but I'm good with that.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Poured from the bottle a dark brown color with two fingers of thick off-white head. Good amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma of grapefruit and pine hops along with dark caramel malts and toffee.

A well-balanced beer with citrus and pine hops together with dark caramel malts and rye bread. Finished clean.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation.

This is a complex and very tasty beer from Firestone Walker. All Black IPAs should be this good.

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

Poured into a tulip because I just broke my snifter.

Appearance
Pours translucent black with garnet highlights. 2 fingers of head that dissipate slowly leaving behind nice lacing.

Nose
Big tropical fruits, spicy rye and caramel.

Taste
Huge tropical fruit notes of papaya and mango. Some pineapple and very balanced spicy rye. caramel malts, navel orange and lemon zest. Finishes with some pine sap, cocoa nibs and hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth, juicy and dry.

Overall
This is easily the best Black IPAs that I've ever had. Huge tropical citrus, spicy rye and balanced caramel malts. Only a touch of roasted malts on the finish which is slightly deceptive judging by the color. Well done!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, date is not visible but spring '12 release
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A: Pours a deep dark brown. Almost black. Some reddish hues towards to edges. Light tan half finger head. Some lacing bits when you give it an aggressive swirl.

S: It's pretty amazing. I get all fruity hops initially on the nose. Grapefruit and citrus. Then digging in you get some roast even while cold. Chocolate is there.

T: Up front you get some nice bitterness, but not too much. Mid mouth you get the malts, but also the rye malts. Adds that touch of spice. The color doesn't lead to as much coffee and chocolate as it would appear. The malts add some creamy texture. And aid in a bitter yet smooth close.

M: Medium bodied

O: A BIPA for sure

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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.

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,753 ratings.