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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

3,195 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,195
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 175
Gots: 304 | FT: 8
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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TheCuriograph

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-02-2013 00:57:56 | More by TheCuriograph
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-02-2013 00:51:41 | More by eggs
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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-01-2013 19:57:37 | More by MattPfeifer
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Invictus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-01-2013 01:19:17 | More by Invictus
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DSkilling

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-30-2013 22:51:36 | More by DSkilling
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Teddy-Pickles

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-30-2013 21:01:22 | More by Teddy-Pickles
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle (with a born on date of 8/9/2013), into a tulip.
Appearance - black, though against the light it shows some mahagony. Thick, fluffy tan head that recedes to a thin head that stays! Plenty of sticky tan lacing!
Smell - wow, didn't expect this to be such a hop punch in the face! Wonderful citrus hops, grapefruit! I'd be surprised if you find any black ale that smells better, and you probably won't find many DIPA's that do either!
Taste - there's so much going on with this beer! Hop forward, but momentarily gives way to some roasted coffee, a touch of rye bread, but citrus hops are noticeable throughout. Very complex on the palate, very well done!
Feel - not as complex as the taste; lacks some of the rye, roasted barley and malts. Lots of hops...which certainly isn't a bad thing!
Overall - somewhat pricey, but I'll seek out again and again!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 20:55:27 | More by DenverHopHead
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McAndrew

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-30-2013 20:25:57 | More by McAndrew
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BrewSTL

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-30-2013 02:43:29 | More by BrewSTL
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Jacob007

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-30-2013 00:14:36 | More by Jacob007
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psuscott1

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-29-2013 23:36:59 | More by psuscott1
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KyleMA

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-29-2013 22:46:42 | More by KyleMA
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hopsputin

California

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

a: pitch black like motor oil with a really nice and creamy looking off white heat, bout 2.5 fingers

s: dank pungent hops and toasted malt. sweet citrus blends nicely with the slight bitter roast aroma. orange, mango, maybe some pineapple. there is a slight spice too, i'm assuming the rye

t: oh yes. delicious roasted and toasted malt, with a sweet citrus flavor following it up. there is some bitterness that hits towards the end. i'm also picking up dark chocolate, and dough. the rye/spice is present in the background, and works well so that it is not the dominant flavor. real clean

m: medium with solid carbonation

o: i'm a sucker for these black ales, and this one hits the spot. its refreshing, yet also decadent. i still prefer Hop in The Dark to this, but Wookey Jack is definitely worth the buy and actually available.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 20:43:00 | More by hopsputin
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Jsmitty1967

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-29-2013 14:36:57 | More by Jsmitty1967
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-29-2013 12:39:46 | More by tarheels4life23
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mcdsports

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-29-2013 01:38:10 | More by mcdsports
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tabascosigned

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-29-2013 01:34:21 | More by tabascosigned
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-28-2013 23:57:19 | More by Goldfishman
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Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-28-2013 22:33:56 | More by vobr0002
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Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-28-2013 22:13:01 | More by George1799
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-28-2013 18:16:05 | More by brycevolk
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magictacosinus

California

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

Finally got to try this recently. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle. Bottling date is "04/26/13," and this was consumed on "06/24/13," so nearly 2 months later. That's actually fresher than I've usually found it, believe it or not. Black IPAs do not typically age well in my experience, but this one should be doing fine - especially considering FW's impeccable standards. Review is from my notes.

Pours a jet black color unlike any dark IPA I've seen to date. Very oily and thickened in the pour, and completes itself with a creamy frothy head at the top that is about 3-4 fingers tall. The head never seems to fully dissipate, and when it does, it leaves behind shrapnel-like bits of foam and sugar scattered all about on the glass in a totally playfully messy manner. Carbonation seems really good on this, and the hoppy resins seem full fledged based on the appearance alone. World class, even considering the style at hand.

The aroma is combination of dank, pungent hoppiness, as well as a surprisingly caramel-like toasted flavor from the malts. Rather than knock the senses with a roasted, dark character, it instead takes a backseat from the floral hops, which provide pine, orange peel, grapefruit, mint, a smidgen of anise, as well as bittered, earthy sensations. Afterwards, the caramel, slightly sugary but tamed flavor creeps in to give this the impression of a pine-mint-caramel combo that is actually very breezy and not sweet or dessert-like at all. The rye crackles underneath in a slightly spicy, pungent manner, but it's by far the most subtle flavor in the concoction. Really amazing stuff - seeks balance in midst of the diverse flavors.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma, bringing out a little bit more of the caramel, and especially the floral hop flavors overall. At first, there's the immediate bitterness, often melding into pine needles, citrus peel, less of the mint, although it's still there, and maybe a little bit of grapefruit. Then, the caramel, slightly leathery profile takes over and the malt washes the senses with a silky, creamy sensation that is flavorful but not heavy or too hearty. The rye provides a bit more of a bite here, and I believe these later factors cover up the relatively high ABV - which may provide a touch of sweetness, although there's no heat on this. Very well carbonated - the extra bubbles bring forward a lot of these dank hoppy nuances and creamy malts. This is fabulous... Hardly any complaints.

This sets the bar for how these beers should be made. Nothing too roasted or malty and not a hop bomb by any means. Everything melds together and does so without weighing you down. I wouldn't expect anything lesser from these guys. If you aren't so much into black IPAs, give this a whirl. The caramel melds so well with the pine and orange peel, and its complexity yet ability to shift flavors over the course of time makes it easy to drink. At less than $6 a bottle, I will definitely be buying the next one that I find fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 05:46:24 | More by magictacosinus
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Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-28-2013 03:21:41 | More by MarcWP
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%

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