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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,837
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 237
Gots: 544 | FT: 13
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:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Photo of Neorebel
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

OK Wookey Jack: "Black Rye IPA." This has the potential to be one of my favorite beers... Why? I have had other selections from the Firestone Walker Reserve series, and they were stellar, and well, I happen to really love good Rye beers, IPAs, and I am addicted to roasted malt.

And if looks can kill, I would be dead, because this beauty has everything: A pitch black midnight color, with tiny white bubbles rapidly rising to the surface like shooting stars if you look hard enough, and a thick frothy head that would be suitable for a milkshake!

The aroma smells delicious, imparting a melange of grapefruit-like hops, grainy, bready rye, molasses, and a touch of vanilla. Everything seems to be in perfect harmony. I only wish the scent was a bit stronger.

Wow, this taste came at me in waves, giving me chills throughout the process! Initially, the flavor has a similar effect as the aroma - it seems complex yet tightly rolled up and smooth. Delicate. Softly coating the mouth. Just moments after it started going down, an earthy rye taste crept in, and shortly afterward...WHAM, a pleasantly pungent, huge resinous hop bitterness came over my tastebuds! A touch of dark chocolate is noticeable too. The finish was very, very dry as well.

This brew seems lighter than an 8+ percent, but it does in fact warm the drinker a bit moments after a few good sips. Overall, my expectations were fulfilled - this beer did satisfy me on multiple levels. I love big, complex beers and I like the delay effect the taste had on me. To get a perfect score I would probably have liked the roast turned up a hair. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who appreciates extremely hoppy beer with a twist.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of scotorum
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/15/13, so almost six months old when consumed. Age probably muted the hops somewhat on this example.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Very dark clear almost black ruby red with a huge tan head which took its time receding to thin surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Moderate pine with citrus notes.

t: Hops up front over a dark malty base. High ABV hardly evident.

m: Medium and slick. Very pleasant.

o: A very good black IPA with high drinkability. Not as distinctive as I had hoped given the name and brewer, but a good solid brew. A fresher bottle should have even more evident hop presence.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottled poured into an IPA glass. Bottled 5/28. Drank 9/8.

A - Brown, approaching black. 1 finger head. Fades quickly. Billowy foam.

S - Molasses, coconut, and applewood bacon... is that even possible?

T - Hints of mango, bitter espresso, anise, and pineapple. Bitter espresso/grapefruit rind finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Better cold, because as it warmed, it took on more of a syrupy complexion.

O - Although not generally a fan of this style of beer, I can appreciate the tastes and complexities of this beer. Recommend you try...

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Uncle Barry's in Park Slope.

A - Black. Had a nice brown/coffee head about an inch high.

S - For a black IPA, the smell was of pungent hops with a touch of rye. Very interesting.

T - it had a nice pineapple note with a sweet finish from the dark grains.

M - It felt a bit thin but sweet. Excellent.

O - This isn't your typical black IPA as it uses rye. That being said, it finds a fantastic balance between dark grains and citrusy hops. Very well done.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,837 ratings.